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Since: Jul 07

Douglasville

#1 Jan 11, 2008
I know we've had this discussion before but I spent this afternoon at the ER at Wellstar with my child having abdominal pain and blood pressure out the roof and all we got was a valium (her not me, although I think I needed one). Doctor spent no more then 5 minutes with us - felt her stomach had her pee in a cup and told us to go home watch her and if the pain returns come back and then they will go futher.

While I was there there was an old man screaming in pain. I comment to the nurse about him and she told me he had been there for 2 days because there are no beds in the hospital to be had. I know I feel better about the whole situation!
DouglasCitizen

AOL

#2 Jan 11, 2008
I would try Tanner. There's a hospital in Villa Rica and Carrollton and there's Tanner Immediate Care in Douglasville that (I think) is open from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and is also open most of the day on Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is needed--you can just walk right in. Tanner Immediate Care is in the doctors' office building on the corner of Hwy 5 and Concourse.
Uidiot

Powder Springs, GA

#3 Jan 11, 2008
Oh my gosh I was there earlier this week, with a hacking cough, green mocus, runny nose, head pounding, body aching and chest pain. After waiting several hours finally made it to the back he listen to me breathe gave me a presciption for an otc medicine and sent me home stating I had a viral cold and there's nothing they can do, besides wait it out for 2 weeks.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#4 Jan 11, 2008
Mugsy wrote:
I know we've had this discussion before but I spent this afternoon at the ER at Wellstar with my child having abdominal pain and blood pressure out the roof and all we got was a valium (her not me, although I think I needed one). Doctor spent no more then 5 minutes with us - felt her stomach had her pee in a cup and told us to go home watch her and if the pain returns come back and then they will go futher.
While I was there there was an old man screaming in pain. I comment to the nurse about him and she told me he had been there for 2 days because there are no beds in the hospital to be had. I know I feel better about the whole situation!
And the situation will grow worse. Esp. with the increasing number of pain clinics creating addicts who seem to get top priority in the hospital.
Charles Farley

Peachtree City, GA

#5 Jan 11, 2008
Douglas hospital is run by a peculiar company. On one hand they are "going broke" taking care of all the Grady patients, Katrina refugees (still!!!) and the indigent of West Georgia but on the other hand they are paying huge bonuses to their marketing and upper management. They have also been changing the nurse:patient ratio to levels that would cause strikes in states with union nurses. This has had the effect of causing a massive exodus of experienced nurses leaving Douglas. The doctors are still there, they are trapped in other kinds of contracts, but now they are working with a perpetually changing nursing staff. Make the drive to Cobb if you must use Wellstar and for God's sake do NOT carry a sick child to Douglas, they are BARELY equipped for children at all. I still fail to understand why a hospital was torn down to make room for a Home Depot.

CF

Since: Jul 07

Douglasville

#6 Jan 11, 2008
believe me I much rather go to tanner but she is 13 and her blood pressure was 165 over 95 and was doubled over in pain. I didn't think I had time to go to tanner but I know now when the valium wears off and she starts hurting I'll go straight to tanner and spend my evening there!

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#7 Jan 11, 2008
Mugsy wrote:
believe me I much rather go to tanner but she is 13 and her blood pressure was 165 over 95 and was doubled over in pain. I didn't think I had time to go to tanner but I know now when the valium wears off and she starts hurting I'll go straight to tanner and spend my evening there!
Mugsy what was the ER Docs diagnosis. That is very high B/P for 13. Although pain can certainly have an effect. Esp. the diastolic or bottom number.
whyus

Winder, GA

#8 Jan 11, 2008
Charles Farley wrote:
Douglas hospital is run by a peculiar company. On one hand they are "going broke" taking care of all the Grady patients, Katrina refugees (still!!!) and the indigent of West Georgia but on the other hand they are paying huge bonuses to their marketing and upper management. They have also been changing the nurse:patient ratio to levels that would cause strikes in states with union nurses. This has had the effect of causing a massive exodus of experienced nurses leaving Douglas. The doctors are still there, they are trapped in other kinds of contracts, but now they are working with a perpetually changing nursing staff. Make the drive to Cobb if you must use Wellstar and for God's sake do NOT carry a sick child to Douglas, they are BARELY equipped for children at all. I still fail to understand why a hospital was torn down to make room for a Home Depot.
CF
When did they purchase Grady?

Since: Jul 07

Douglasville

#9 Jan 12, 2008
We ended up at tanner last night where they did a CT scan - lots of fluid in her pelvis - appendix was a little enlarged so we have to watch her for the next few hours to see how the pain goes. The BP was due to the pain. Thank you for your concern MS04. I appreciate it very much.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#10 Jan 12, 2008
No Problem. Although I talk a lot of crap here, I do have expertise in medicine.

Since: Aug 07

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#11 Jan 12, 2008
Same here. Even though talking here is good and fine, I hope your little one is okay. When in doubt with the appendix, it usually comes out. 165/95, while elevated, is likely due to her pain, not to mention variance in mechanical BP cuff machines, appropriate cuff size, medical history, etc.

Let us (Tanner) know how we've done for you.
MLM
JUST A THOUGHT

United States

#12 Jan 12, 2008
I have been to Tanner at Villa Rica and had a very good experience. I have lived here all of my 34 years and Douglas has never been good in my eyes. My mom should've owned stock in Parkway I spent alot of time there as a child and I still can't understand DouglasCo. tearing itdown when the county s growing the way it is

Since: Jul 07

Douglasville

#14 Jan 12, 2008
Thank you for all the concerns - she is fine - just giving me h*ll all day (at least since I've been home) Seems it was the fluid on the pelvis which I found out thanks to Tanner. We had a 50/50 chance that it was the appendix and since there was no fluid around it the doctor there decided to wait and see which way her pain went. I love Tanner and will never go anywhere else again (I should have known this from past experience)

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Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#15 Jan 12, 2008
done enough wrote:
Tanner hospital overdosed my sister with Morphine.She is now on disabilty,pretty much ruined her life.MLM,do you know what happens to a person when the dose was enough for 5 or 6 people?
Morphine, MS04 for short, can be reversed rather easy with narcan usually 0.4mg. This is strange that your sister is having problems from Morphine without knowing more. Was it a brain injury?
Concerned Citizen

Peachtree City, GA

#16 Jan 12, 2008
When did they purchase Grady?

They didn't purchase Grady. Grady has cut many of it's programs with all of thier financial striff. People are heading out to the burbs all over looking for medical care. Also Wellstar got a huge huge number of people from Katrina that they are still seeing today.

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Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#18 Jan 12, 2008
With new dispensing methods drug errors are much less than even a few years ago.

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#19 Jan 13, 2008
Done enough,
Sorry for your sister's plight. It would depend on the dose of morphine given. The "normal" amount differs from person to person. In somebody opioid naive, I would usually give up to 10mg. In somebody with chronic pain and chronic narcotics use, they could laugh at 40-50mg. Usually, if given in sufficient amounts, the person usually just stops breathing and blood pressure drops. Now, some individuals can have an allergic reaction to just about any drug, so all bets are off.
Lupus is a very difficult disease...sorry to hear she is afflicted with it. Have you seen the movie "Gross Anatomy?" Deals a little bit with lupus.
whyus

Winder, GA

#20 Jan 13, 2008
JUST A THOUGHT wrote:
I have been to Tanner at Villa Rica and had a very good experience. I have lived here all of my 34 years and Douglas has never been good in my eyes. My mom should've owned stock in Parkway I spent alot of time there as a child and I still can't understand DouglasCo. tearing itdown when the county s growing the way it is
DC didn't demolish old Parkway the property was sold and they toke it down to build the HD.

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#22 Jan 13, 2008
Sadly, many pain management docs hand out those meds because it's easy. Chronic pain is one of the most difficult things to deal with from the medical perspective. There is a school of thought that decreasing the amount of narcotics can decrease the pain. The higher dosage of narcotics can actually make her pain worse (opioid-induced hyperalgesia). There is a good program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester that deals with getting chronic pain patients off of narcotics. Most patients find that the pain does indeed decrease once they either cut down or get off of pain meds. Of course, that has to be done gradually so she doesn't go into withdrawal. That can be life-threatening.
Lupus is absolutely a nasty disease and is so variable. Some people are lucky and have minor symptoms. Some get hit hard and it is completely debilitating and fatal.
I wish her the best of luck and hope she is able to find comfort.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#24 Jan 13, 2008
done enough wrote:
MLM,Lupus in the advanced stages as she has lupus inside.People should realize how serious lupus is and with all kinds of complications just with that said just having lupus is a fight for your life.On the subject of pain medications she has such a high tolerance now with everything wrong with her she can take 80mg of oxtcontin 3 times a day plus perocet 3 times a day with little relief.It is a shame to have to rely on such high dosages of medication to survive,but I wonder is all this medication really needed.I know she is is in pain but to me it's crazy to be dependent on all this medication.Why do these pain management just hand it out like candy?
"Why do these pain management just hand it out like candy" Money. Big Money. 25-30% of our ER visits are Chronic Pain patients. Wanting more 100mcg Duragesic patches.

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