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We need a better plan

Fear has a particular sound. I could not tell what she was saying, but she was making begging weeping words. I thought someone was being threatened. I opened my door. it was not what I dreaded

A man who lives above me has been ill all week. He just swooned and fell down the stairs. He is obviously dizzy, seems shocky. His gf refused when I offered to call an ambulance. She says they cannot afford it. I offered them a blanket. They said no. The man apologized. They seem so scared. He kept trying to stand up, the way a horse does, out of habit. Lurching. She kept telling him to sit down and rest more. He is covered with cold sick sweat. I could see it from my doorway. I know how it feels.

We have to pay for ambulances too, of course. But not right away. And compared to the cost of the ER they are nothing. Our ER is covered by insurance.  The ambulance is not just a ride to the doctor. It can save your life on the way. So I feel no shame or hesitation in calling an ambulance. I just stick the bills in a drawer. I pay them when I can, like everyone else in the USA.

Today, at my house, we are well. I am damn grateful.


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Mar. 5th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
If it were me, I might give them money for a cab. Don't know how much that would be where you are. Seems awful to see someone so ill and be unable to help.
Mar. 5th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
They had enough for a cab. They were calling one. And it a short ride to the hospital. But he would have done better with some oxygen, and a way to lie down. Also, he was quite likely to barf in the cab!
Mar. 5th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
This makes me so sad, but also so grateful we still have the NHS, despite the government's best efforts to dismantle it. Privatisation by stealth, it's insidious.

I hope the poor man who lives upstairs is able to get the treatment he needs.
Mar. 5th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
She said 'he has been sick all week.' That could be nothing, or anything. I am worried for him. If I find out how it goes I will let you know. Bad flu this year. That is my guess.
Mar. 5th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, we are so lucky here in the UK - though I suppose we do pay for it through National Insurance. I'd hate to have to think whether I could afford an ambulance or not. Also, where I live, we have a very good Air Ambulance service, which is all paid for by donations and fund-raising.
Mar. 5th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
I am a total fan of ambulances.
Mar. 6th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
I live in the US. When I passed out at work once, they called an ambulance. They very kindly told me they would only charge if they had to take me to the hospital, so I opted to just have my brother take me home. It would have been in the thousands otherwise.

Sometimes, I hate how the world works.
Mar. 6th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
I've had an ambulance ride. I had a pain in my abdomen upon going to bed. Woke up in the AM with pain so bad I kept passing out. My Hubby was terrified! He called an ambulance and followed it in. It was diverticulitis and I spent a week on antibiotics and pain meds by IV, nothing by mouth. In the ambulance they got permission by phone to administer some mild meds and it was comforting to me to know I was in the care of people who knew what to do. Hubby was glad he only had to drive and not worry about how I was doing. Thank God, I was on Medicare, so we didn't have big worries about what it would cost.
Mar. 6th, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
Though we know about it every account like this always reminds us in the UK how lucky we are at least at the moment.

I hope your neighbour gets some advice and help so they can be less anxious

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