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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
ER’s Suck
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:39 am

And I don’t mean the TV show (although it ain’t what it used to be…).

Middle son had a little spill on his bike this evening, that resulted in the need for a 911 call and a trip to the ER. Aside from a splint on his left arm and a likely mild concussion, he is well.

I will say that there are better ways to have spent five and a half hours…

Hopefully his arm will be ok, the poor thing just stared baseball on Saturday and was supposed to have his second practice tomorrow. They aren’t certain it is a fracture, so let’s hope it isn’t-the x-ray didn’t show a break, but rather a “fat pad” (?) that might indicate a fracture, and so we have been referred to an orthopedist.

Update : a point of clarification-our initial concern was a concussion, and he probably had a mild one (he’s fine now). He was unusually lethargic after the incident, fell asleep at one point (very, very unusual for that time of day) and was extremely difficult to awaken, and we had a hard time keeping him awake later, hence the 911 call. I realize that the post (written after the ER and pharmacy trips) made it sound like I called 911 for an arm injury, which wasn’t the case. It was the keeping the kid conscious issue that was of issue.

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  1. Well maybe Twain was right when he said, “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.”

    Comment by Talmadge East — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 2:48 am

  2. Sorry to hear about your son. hope it’s not broke. I’ve had two ER trips in the last five years, and I’m resolved that unless there’s bleeding involved, I will take my kids to the doctor’s office as long as it is physically possible. I used to work in an ER and it’s really sad the way people are kept waiting.

    Comment by bryan — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 6:04 am

  3. You actually called 911 because he fell off a bike? I’m sorry to hear the little one got hurt. Maybe it won’t be too bad for him. I know what you mean about ERs, aweful! At least with an accident you don’t have that extravagant copay.

    Comment by Jan — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  4. Jan,

    He was having a hard time staying awake at one pointn (even when people were direclty talking to him), which caused enough concern to call 911. Which was likely an overreaction, but you know how it goes with one’s children.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 9:15 am

  5. I hope he’s back on the diamond again really soon!

    Comment by Matthew Shugart — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 9:41 am

  6. I’ve called the hospital before with questions, but I thought 911 was for different types of emergencies. That’s all.

    Comment by Jan — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 10:17 am

  7. Sorry about your son.

    I broke my thumb rather badly last Tuesday. I arrived at the ER at 8:30pm and got home at 4:15AM. Almost eight hours for two x-rays and a cast.

    Comment by Matt — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 10:22 am

  8. Jan,

    911 is both fomr emergency police help and emergency medical help.


    Sorry to hear about the thumb (I hope it wasn’t on your writing hand!). And I can easy believe 8.5 hours in the ER.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Tuesday, March 7, 2006 @ 10:41 am

  9. I remember when you fell off your bike when you were ten and got a concussion and 2 black eyes. I guess this is payback! Give my nephew a big hug! I’m glad he is feeling better!

    Comment by Jill — Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 12:00 am

  10. It’s a matter of limited resources. Your boy was assessed and given a low priority. Had he started having a fit, throwing up blood, or something like hat, the whole scene would’ve changed.

    When I had my stroke (last March) it was straight to a bed, then upstairs where I was kept under observation for a few days. (Minor-transient-ischemic event, but they couldn’t have known that, thus the treatment.)

    Expect Mid-Kid to be off the field for a few days to a week. Even if it’s “only” a compression fracture, it can be painful and may require immobilization.

    Comment by Alan Kellogg — Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 1:11 am

  11. Alan,

    First off-sorry to hear about the stroke.

    And I do understand the triage situation-it just isn’t any fun. In fact, I must say that the staff was quite nice and professional-just swamped.

    His arm is currently immobilized pending the advice of the orthopedist.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 7:26 am

  12. Jill,

    Thankfully he isn’t anywhere near where I was after that fall. Of course, back in the Dark Ages, we didn’t wear helmets!

    And I will convey that hug!


    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, March 8, 2006 @ 7:28 am

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