I have posted two blogs about emergency issues related to Periodic Paralysis. The first was about knowing when to call for an ambulance or when to seek medical help. The second was my story about my experiences with the Emergency Room (ER) and why most of us who have Periodic Paralysis fear the ER and the doctors we must deal with there. Today’s post is about how we can better prepared and get the care we need if it is necessary to be seen in the ER.
About two months ago, this was all put to the test when I had a possible small stroke (TIA). Calvin called 911 and my doctor. She called the hospital ER and told them about my condition (Periodic Paralysis). When the paramedics arrived, Calvin handed each of them my emergency chart with instructions. They read them, asked a few questions and got to work checking my vitals and getting me ready to transport me to the hospital. With Calvin’s coaching, they followed every detail and I was safely taken to the ER. Upon arriving, the same thing happened. More copies were made of my emergency chart and the doctors referred to my medical records already in the system. They were very careful with everything they did or did not do to me or for me.
Calvin and I were very happy and relieved. They believed us and followed our instructions. We no longer fear a trip to the ER. However, with the co-pays and expenses related to an ambulance ride and a few hours in the ER and the testing involved, we now fear that we cannot afford to call 911. I am paying nearly half of my social security check towards being covered, but the costs we must still pay, make it nearly impossible to ride in an ambulance, go the ER or see specialists. I believe I have a new idea for another blog?!