Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell in America’s Health Care System

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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELLBut it was a gas. 

St. Alexius Brother’s In HOFFMAN ESTATES, Il

(Submitted to Yelp. Almost positive they’ll yank it.)

PART I
After coming from a State with a horribly disfigured Health System, when I walked through the revolving doors at Alexian Brothers, I thought I had walked through the doors of the Hilton. OR, The Waiting Room of Heaven. EVERYONE was SO nice. No one pushed you for money at the front door, like most hospitals do now. And the service is prompt and high caliber. Some Administrative Glitches where someone obviously didn’t proofread the Information section and the Address was rendered in Computer Jumbo. However. And this is an important however.  The United States Post Office figured it out!

The diagnosis was accurate. 

I showed almost all symptoms of Concussions. 

(Curious whether Yelp will strike that last sentence.)
Oh, well. 

Anyway. 

So there is not much to do other than rest for it to heal. 

The discharge forms had the diagnosis, but nowhere where I could, at least, see, were there specific discharge instructions. They told me (verbally) to come back if I showed further symptoms. 

As I sat around resting, other symptoms began to emerge, associated with Concussions. Mild ones, like Double-Vision (once) and Blurred Vision (several times).  

But here’s the creepy thing about concussions …

While everything appears to be functioning, they are marching silently – or rapidly – toward catastrophic damage to the Brain and can be deadly without any warning. Or, you can endure long-term damage. Or, you can heal. One never knows how one’s body will react. 

(As  can see, a few glitches here. I lifted this draft from Yelp. Who knows what they embed behind the page?)


PART II

THE EMERGENCY ROOM WAITING AREA


As I said, I could literally feel the holy air wafting through the ER. The air was warm, but not too warm, and full. There were halos everywhere you looked. The staff were selected for their healing skills, putting people at ease, naturally. 

So the first visit was comprehensive. But between the first visit and the second visit, I received a letter from the hospital’s attorney, threatening to sue if I didn’t pay The Bill. 


THE END

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