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Could I have been a better advocate for my son in the emergency room?

This past week, my 4 yr old son had an accident and tore his ear lobe. The ER didn't do a great job on the stitches. Could I have insisted they call a plastic surgeon, in that moment? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Mar 30, 2016 - 17 answers

How to help a 3 year old recover emotionally from hospitalizations?

My kid had 2 ER trips and an overnight hospitalization last week due to his chronic health condition, and he's been an emotional wreck ever since. I would love tips on how to help him settle back into a more level emotional state, or at least as level as a 3 year old gets. [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Feb 28, 2016 - 15 answers

What can we do to help my (nearly) mother in law with her hospital stay?

My partner's mother (can I call my long term partner's mother my mother in law if we're not married?) has to be in hospital for several weeks for a stem cell transplant, confined to one room. We're obviously raiding our bookshelves for her and will visit as much as possible, but what else can we do to help her along? More details below. Input from mefites who have undergone or know people who have undergone similar treatment would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Video Game + Treadmill = Nausea + breaking my neck

It turns out that playing FPS and racing games while walking on a treadmill can lead to vertigo, nausea, and gracelessly falling on the floor. Can you suggest games which might minimize these issues? [more inside]
posted by roue on Feb 2, 2016 - 15 answers

Methadone law in Calfornia

I have a very specific question about the legality of prescribing methadone in a specific context in the State of California. Regular old googling isn't resolving this. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 1, 2016 - 9 answers

How much do I tip for valet parking at a hospital?

Basically what it says on the tin. What I can find on Google is all about how much to tip for FREE valet parking at a hospital in the US. But the hospital we're going to has paid valet parking, not free. How much do we tip? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Jan 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Sketching people

I would really like to practice drawing portraits, or at least do figure drawing from life. However, I'm afraid that my subjects might want to see or keep the drawing in the end, and I am afraid of giving them a totally disappointing, bizarrely unrealistic rendition of themselves, because I'm not very good. Has anybody navigated this smoothly before? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Dec 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Can anyone help identify this hospital in Mongolia?

This hospital was/is apparently a maternity and pediatric hospital. I've Googled this repeatedly without success. The pictures were taken in 2010, so I'm unsure if the hospital building is still standing or if a newer hospital has been built in its place. [more inside]
posted by aielen on Dec 20, 2015 - 8 answers

improving elderly relative's hospital stay & persuading her not to leave

Last week, for the second time in the past 12 months, my 95 year old relative had a bad fall and broke several bones. She had surgery and is now recovering in hospital. She absolutely hates being there, wants to go home, and is angry at the medical team. Is there anything concrete we can do to mitigate her unhappiness and persuade her not to check herself out against medical advice, like she did last time? [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Dec 18, 2015 - 23 answers

For what reasons might a hospital send a certified letter?

A friend is freaking out because she got a notification in her mailbox that she has a certified letter from the hospital at the post office. She was there six months ago for a procedure. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Dec 7, 2015 - 23 answers

Discharged with delirium

Were you, or someone you know, discharged from the hospital with delirium? What can I expect? Does delirium clear up faster outside the hospital? [more inside]
posted by PSB on Nov 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Care packages/other ideas for sister with baby in hospital

What would be good things to put in a regular care package for a mom whose infant child will be in the hospital for the next indefinite period of time? [more inside]
posted by eleanna on Nov 3, 2015 - 21 answers

Lighter mysteries to read aloud in hospital

My friend is recovering from surgery that makes it impossible for her to talk for the next few weeks. I'm looking for books I can read aloud to her while she is in recovery. [more inside]
posted by chapps on Oct 22, 2015 - 26 answers

The Young Doctors

The doctors in NHS hospitals all seem so young. Where are the older doctors? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Specific Abandoned Place Website

Need Help finding specific old Abandoned Places website. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Oct 1, 2015 - 12 answers

What will it be like having a baby in the NICU for several weeks?

Due to some pregnancy complications, it's looking very likely that our baby will be born by c-section at around 32 weeks, and at least 3 weeks small for gestational age. We're anticipating a NICU stay of many weeks. I have a few questions for those who have been there to help me visualise what this time will be like. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Sep 27, 2015 - 22 answers

Anyone know a book about a boy in an isolation unit?

What's that novel filter: teen girl in hospital falls for a boy isolated behind glass. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 21, 2015 - 2 answers

Hospitals in northern Virginia DC metro area with best reputations?

My mother recently had a wretched time at Reston hospital. She doesn't want to go back there, nor do the rest of us. We'd like to have a plan about a better hospital to go to the next time there is an emergency. We've looked at Yelp, etc., but would like some more filtered insight into our options in the area.
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me dispute my insurance company

My partner was recently in a life-threatening accident, and he went to the closest hospital - which happens to be the only hospital in a 100 mile radius that is out of network for our insurance company. Do we have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Jun 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Inhumana

What does it mean when medical insurance applies a negative exclusion amount to a charge? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Apr 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Arranging an interhospital transfer from a good hospital to a great one

My last question was about coordinating care among physicians at different hospitals. It's not working. Now I need to know the safest (but also insurance-covered) way to get my baby to the better hospital in a future crisis. Please share your interhospital transfer (or other related) experiences. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Apr 3, 2015 - 10 answers

crazy camp comforts

I am finally going inpatient to deal with my mental health issues on Tuesday. Yay! I am also pretty scared about it. Boo! What can I bring or do to comfort myself in times of boredom seeing it is far away from friends and family? What's lame and what's not for a grown person to bring to crazy camp? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Mar 25, 2015 - 30 answers

In need of an urgent procedure - resources for Patients' Rights?

She's uninsured and pretty weak, but told she needs the operation in 30 days or her life is at risk. How do we get a hospital to take her on? [more inside]
posted by oneaday on Mar 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Just say No!

Expecting #2 this summer! Help me rock my NUVBAC in a hospital. Teach me the magical 'No' phrases that won't tick off the medical staff but allow me to have the birth I want (emergencies/ extenuating circumstances aside). [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Jan 22, 2015 - 31 answers

recovering from hospitalization?

It looks like I'll be discharged from my week-long stay in the hospital tomorrow. (Fingers crossed, knock on wood.) I've been treated for double pneumonia, chronic migraine, trigeminal neuralgia breakthrough pain, and severe constipation. This is the longest I've ever been hospitalized. I'm weak as a day old kitten. Still having pain from the migraine and TN. Still having difficulty pooping. Still short of breath. But they say I'm better enough to go home. Give me your best hacks, skills, and advice for transitioning home and having an easy recovery. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Nov 17, 2014 - 19 answers

ER Visit bill received 11 months later for deceased mother-in-law

Last year on 12/11/13 we had to take my mother-in-law to the closest ER which happened to be a hospital that had just opened under new company/management (had been closed for almost a year until new company took over). I provided her Medicare Part A and B card and her AARP Medicare Supplement Card at the time we took her in. The intake person made copies of both cards and said nothing about the insurance coverage what so ever. [more inside]
posted by just asking on Nov 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Hope my hair, ICU bed head edition, Portland

My long hair is a casualty of a recent ICU stint. I am ok with going short and starting over. But... There are complications. 1, I am still in hosp, and when I leave will be in a skilled nursing facility. 2, I moved here two days before ending up in hosp and have no friend base. 3, I have $40. I am hoping to find someone who would be willing to work in those confines to cut and style my hair, who does have experience. The nurses have no suggestions. I don't even know where to start, and am over whether by enough life changes in the past three months to last a lifetime. I need this to be as simple as possible. Please forgive not doing all the requisite searches, limited by tablet and energy. Thanks for suggestions on who might be able to help.
posted by batikrose on Nov 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Best things to bring to chemo appointment?

I'll be accompanying my mother-in-law to her first chemo appointment tomorrow. What can I bring her to make the experience as comfortable as possible for her? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Oct 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Perfect gift for a brand new Human who fought through a rough patch?

My very best bestie in the whole wide world just had a baby girl. Hooray! The first week of her little life was Very, Very Scary, but the stubborn little nugget fought her way through and is now home and safe and ready to get on with Life and Growing and Becoming a Someone. I've already made a donation in her name to the amazing children's hospital that saved her life, but I'd like to send a physical gift for the little monkey, too. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Oct 17, 2014 - 21 answers

Salary for caring for an infant

Here we go guys, I found a perfect job for me: a baby with complex heart issues is in the hospital since March. Her mom needs me to be there for maybe two hours in some days to give her a break and help her get out of the hospital for a bit. She lives in the hospital with her daughter. I totally fell in love with Charlotte. She is the most amazing baby in the world. Now I start feeling guilty for taking money for what I do. I feel terrible for accepting money for other people's misery. What would you guys do? I just feel bad for her, and think what if she will not make it.
posted by barexamfreak on Sep 25, 2014 - 23 answers

What's a breast biopsy like? What medical language is involved?

I will be interpreting at a breast biopsy procedure and want to prepare ahead of time, so I'd like to compile a list of vocabulary as well as have a general idea of what happens during the procedure. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Jul 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Umm what now

Hubby was diagnosed with diabetes last week during pre-surgery check up. He had the surgery today and that was fine, but it's been sprung on him rather suddenly that this means injections 4 times a day. Most people grin and bear it but hubby has a HUGE injection phobia going back to childhood. He's in a lot of distress. I don't know what to do to help my hubby. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 1, 2014 - 23 answers

What was this foreign-language horror film called?

Zombies outside hospital; man and woman inside; man is infected and slowly turning; woman must decide when to kill him. Those are the vague details because I never saw this movie but I remember reading reviews and wanting to see it. I think the title was one word & I think it was a spanish-language film. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jun 20, 2014 - 6 answers

urgent health insurance purchase: how fast can it be bought?

My friend "Rita" is gravely ill. She wants to go see an out of state doctor ("The Specialist") who is maybe the last person who could help her, but her current insurance doesn't cover his office. She needs to buy some new insurance as soon as possible. How? [more inside]
posted by sockanalia on May 5, 2014 - 18 answers

Where have all the patients gone...

I work at my local County Hospital and for the last two weeks we've had a very low census. I hear rumors that the local Giant HMO and local For Profit Hospital Chain are packed right now. I also know one Local For Profit but Independent and Unaffiliated Hospital is at risk of closing right now because of extremely low census. So for folks who actually work in hospitals (and clinics?) are you seeing a change in number of patients since Obamacare started? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Will I die of possible staph?

I have what looks like a staph infection. I've had it for 5 days, and it has been getting better. My temperature is normal. I'm healthy and in my 20s. Normally, I'd just go to the doctor, but I'm locked in by weather. All urgent care clinics and doctors offices are closed due to ice on the road. Do I need to go to the ER via ambulance? [more inside]
posted by semaphore on Feb 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me get a job as a CNA in a hospital! Advice needed, questions...

Certified Nursing Assistant/Pre-PA filter: I'm working on pre-reqs at my local university towards Physician Assistant school. In order to get approx. 2,000 hours of direct patient care on my application I am going to be a CNA. I finish the certification at the end of January. How do I look competitive on my application/resume to work in a hospital since I don't have any prior healthcare experience besides my 4 days of CNA clinicals? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jan 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Patient score

I have a family member who is in the hospital at the moment. I've noticed that outside the room doors there is a yellow form that gives the patient's score. Most of them say 45 or greater, but some say 23-45. Anyone have an idea what this means? I've been googling but haven't come up with anything.
posted by jenh526 on Jan 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Do I need to produce original documents at hospital?

My same-sex partner and I have executed health care powers of attorney and related documents. Rather than bringing a bulky envelope with the original documents every time we travel, I'd like to scan and upload the documents so that, in an emergency, I can access them on my phone or via email and show/email them to the hospital staff. Is that likely to be a problem? Do hospitals require original documents or certified copies, with the raised seal and all that jazz? Or are digital/scanned copies sufficient? Has anyone been in a situation where they had to produce such documents in an emergency situation and photocopies were not honored?
posted by southern_sky on Jan 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Activities for a long hospital stay. Difficulty level: vision loss.

My sister is in a rehab hospital recovering from a brain injury. She has a lot of time between physio and therapist sessions and she has to entertain herself. Unfortunately she now has limited, blurry vision (legally blind) - she can enlarge text messages and facebook messages but reading a book is too difficult. She has an iPad but is limited to rewatching movies that she is already familiar with as it is otherwise too difficult to see what is happening. She is getting tired of sitting there just listening to audiobooks and I would love to hear any other ideas you might have (including simple apps/games) that could help keep her occupied. Thankyou!
posted by Naanwhal on Jan 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Migraines and hospital night shift mitigation

My friend is in nursing, working in an ER right now, and also finishing up a degree to be a nurse practitioner, with intention to work in a hospital emergency dept. She suffers from migraines, and whenever she's worked a nightshift, she's been hit with a terrible one at 3 or 4 in the morning. It seems like new hires in every position she's found are expected to take on regular night shifts, and that even later on they'll be expected to do that a few times each month. Is there any hope of getting hired in an ER at that level with a stipulation that drastically limits the number of night shifts she has to endure, or is there really no recourse other than to leave the emergency department in order to work. (In her present job, she's been doing regular 12-hour daytime shifts, which has been fine.)
posted by spbmp on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I fight to get my dad into a better rehab center?

My father was in an accident two weeks ago, involving some broken bones and head trauma. He was released from the hospital yesterday to a rehab center that is awful. I’m having major difficulty getting him into a better one. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 7, 2013 - 9 answers

A medical bill was sent to collections. What do I do?

A medical bill was sent to collections. I am 25 and have no credit and no money. What do I do? Is it even possible to fix my credit? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Oct 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Mom went to hospital with difficulty moving legs, was berated by doctor

Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Oct 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Things to do at a hospital?

My SO's grandmother is in the hospital, and he has sort of vowed to stay with her during his free times for as long as she's there (they are very close). He's the kind of person who can't sit still for too long, and is most likely to find himself bored in this kind of setting, especially if he's alone. Besides just being with him, what activity/thing can we do to pass the time/make this ordeal less painful for him? [more inside]
posted by bigasthesky on Oct 16, 2013 - 17 answers

I want to trust the hospital, but I don't . . .

Last week, my 85 year old father suddenly began to experience weakness in his legs and severe pain in his lower back. His PCP couldn't fit him in but recommended the ER if he was in a lot of pain - he was, so Friday afternoon, my brother took him to the ER of the nearest hospital (which looks more like a resort). They wanted to check him out with an MRI, but their machine was not available (could they really only have one?) The hospital "admitted" him - or so we thought . . . [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Oct 8, 2013 - 12 answers

"Works on Contingency? No, money down!" How does this work in Australia?

You are, of course, not my Australian lawyer. However, my SO may soon be hiring one for a suit against a hospital. To ensure that the lawyer we're hiring is the kind that we think we're hiring, she's asked me what the difference (if any) is between a no-win, no fee lawyer, and a lawyer that is hired under a contingency agreement. [more inside]
posted by MarchHare on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Hospital Confidential?

I'm looking for a book like Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential that can explain to me the politics between workers in a hospital setting and how it affects decision making. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Sep 1, 2013 - 13 answers

E.R. Bill HIGHER after submitting Insurance

After submitting an ER claim to insurance, my bill from the hospital INCREASED. Is there any way to fight the hospital on this? [more inside]
posted by unmouton88 on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

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