So, I don't usually do this, but something needs to be done about the sorry service at Sampson Regional Medical Center. I have been bleeding for two weeks. I decided to go to the emergency room today to find out what's going on. I know some of you are probably wondering why I didn't go sooner. By the time you finish reading this, you will understand why.
I get there and tell the front desk what was going on. Then, I sat in the waiting room for at least twenty minutes before the triage nurse called my name. I get to triage and the nurse tells me to tell her the reason I was there. I explained to her that I had an IUD insertion a year and a half ago, and it was giving me problems. I also told her that I had been bleeding for two weeks straight and I wanted to find out why. She tells me, "There's nothing we can do about that. You have to go to your OB/GYN and get that checked." Pissed me off. So, after she was done taking my vitals, she had me to go sit back out in the lobby. About five minutes later, she calls for me again and puts me in a room where there was no bed, but a raggedy, broken hospital recliner. It was so raggedy that every time I sat down in it, it made a loud banging noise. I sat in that room for about an hour before the doctor came in. Well, he was a PA. He asked me why I was there. I told him everything I had told the triage nurse. He looks at me and said, "First of all, why didn't you go see your OB/GYN about this?" Pissed me off again. I replied, "First of all, I don't have an OB/GYN because the one I had, I can no longer afford." He then tells me that they can't take a look to see if the IUD had moved nor could they remove it. He then orders a urine sample and blood work from me. After doing that, I sat and waited in the same room for two more hours. The nurse finally comes in and tells me that I have a UTI, gives me some medication for the cramping, a prescription for antibiotics, and then discharged me. HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY GET A UTI OUT OF ME BLEEDING FOR TWO FREAKIN WEEKS?!!! Y'all, I'm pissed because I know why they did that. It's because I don't have insurance (can't afford it) and I don't qualify for Medicaid. So, basically, I get what they give! And that ain't much. It makes no sense that my health is treated as a mere pimple when it could be something more going on. But because I can't pay for treatment, it's of no importance to them. I don't get it.