Stupid reasons for coming to the ER via ambulance
10. A second opinion on a broken leg.
9. I’m in labor. Her last period was a week ago and she didn’t have any reason for thinking she was in labor except that she felt like she had to push (poop will do that). This might not be so bad, but this same gal came in with this about once a month.
8. I’ve had a cough for about three weeks. Does no one have a regular physician anymore?
7. I lifted weights for the first time in a year yesterday and now my arms and chest hurt.
6. I have a rash and I was out of Benadryl. Rather than go to the pharmacy or the grocery store to get Benadryl (after being told to get some by his doctor), he called the ambulance to take him to the ER.
5. Checked out before being seen because he just wanted a ride closer to his friend’s house. (I’ve always wondered if this guy tried to get arrested so the police would take him to jail, which is closer to his house, when he was done visiting his friend.)
4. Drunk teenagers. A surprising number of teenagers end up in the ER because they have had too much to drink and have done something stupid and their friends have felt compelled to call 9-1-1. I can’t imagine a worse conversation with mom and dad. Because we HAVE to call.
3. I need a refill on my medication. Despite trying to explain the differences between a pharmacy and an Emergency Room, some people just don’t get it. I had a woman screaming at me that we were required by law to give her whatever she needed. Cool…I need $30K. I’ll head to my local ER.
2. I have a fever (or my kid has a fever) that I haven’t taken anything for. One of the first questions we are going to ask is if you’ve taken some Tylenol or given your kid some Tylenol. Try Tylenol. Don’t get me wrong, if there’s other stuff going on with the fever or if the fever doesn’t get better with the Tylenol, fine. But, try the Tylenol.
1. A blood blister. This one takes the cake. The guy had a tiny blood blister on his finger. It wasn’t painful. He just didn’t want to leave it alone and didn’t want to pop it himself. When I asked him why he came to the Emergency Room for this, he told me that he would have to pay if he went to his regular doctor, but he doesn’t have to pay if he goes to the Emergency Room. And we wonder what’s wrong with our health care system?