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Marilee J. Layman

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01:09 am: Back From the ER!
I got there at 8:30pm and left at midnight. I spent two hours of that waiting -- first to see the doctor, then for a bed, then for results. Then again, I read two old WashPosts and had my rehydration fluid. The Prince William ER has changed since I was there last -- there's now a big triage area with its own doctors and then, if necessary, you get a bed. I had physical exams by both the triage and ER doctors, labs, a chest x-ray, EKG, and CAT scan. Everything was within normal limits for me (I'd taken a printout of my last labs) except the phenobarb which is a little low, but wouldn't cause loss of balance.

The ER doc told me to call Kaiser Neuro and tell them he thinks I should have an MRI. I'll scan the notes and results and send them to Kaiser Neuro tonight in an email instead.

I expected to have to do all this, just tomorrow, at Kaiser. The ER was very well-designed and teh staff very good, but they have real emergencies to deal with and didn't need me taking up a bed. So far, Kaiser emergency docs 0, me 4.

I slid the bracelets off after I got home (the allergies one smelled like crayons!) and gave them to Spirit, but Shiva took the allergy bracelet away and played with it.

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From:soon_lee
Date:June 6th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
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On the plus side, the tests results within normal limits do not reveal any causes for concern. Sending good thoughts your way.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 6th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
From:writingortyping
Date:June 6th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
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Aiee. Not surprised at the waiting, unfortunately. John had a scare (trouble breathing) about a year ago (turns out he has developed asthma in his old age). We got to Kaiser at ten, I read about half of the last Harry Potter book while waiting.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 6th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Ack. I'm glad it's asthma, which is quite manageable if you pay attention.

I knew I'd be there for a while, I took three old WashPosts, my reading glasses, my eye drops, my rehydration fluid, my slippers, and the printout of my last labs and my current medical info. And for the last half or so of it, the totebag also had my top and bra, since I was wearing a gown on the top. Every time they let me off the bed I had to pull my pants and underpants up. Jersey sheets are not good for sliding over on.
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