2012-04-06 / Letters

My Hospital Nightmare

Dear Editor,

On February 26, I was taken by an ambulance to St. John’s hospital. I had a weakness in my left side and low circulation on my legs. It took all day for the emergency room to take two physical exams when they came to the conclusion that I was suffering from dehydration.

I was told to go to my personal physician or return to the ER if my condition worsened.

I insisted that something else did not feel right with my body, but Tracey Anneppra had me released. I was sent home without shoes or a winter jacket – the same way I was brought into the emergency room. St. John’s would not even authorize an ambulette to send me back, and at 9:30 p.m., it was freezing cold outside.

Having no one to pick me up, I had to take a cab home. My neighbor and her son helped me out of the cab when I arrived – because by that time my legs felt like rubber. I was in my apartment for a minute when my legs gave out once again. I was taken back to St. John’s and this time they kept me for a few days and ran a battery of tests before concluding that I had a mild stroke!

Thanks for the living nightmare, St. John’s. You’ll surely kill someone someday.

PATRICIA D. KANTOR

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