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Abbott Northwestern hospital rocks

Last night I went to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Urgent Care to get my weird recurring headache checked out. After getting bounced between Urgent Care and the Emergency area, they finally decided I belonged in Emergency. Long story short... they convinced me to get an injection of Droperidol, which is a tranquilizer banned in Britain and infrequently used in the U.S. because of potentially lethal side effects. I didn't want it, but they said it'd make me feel better and may break the pain. Plus? They let me drive home after being doped up.

I'm so angry with HCMC for this terrible diagnosis and unnecessary, potentially dangerous, treatment.

The last day of my life has been lost to an anxious, disconnected dope fog - far more uncomfortable than the problem this was meant to address.

After reading about how dangerous droperidol can be, and that continued lightheadedness or anxiousness could indicate a problem, I ended up going to Abbott Northwestern to have it checked out. They were 10 times better than HCMC. Absolutely stellar.

I was in a room after about 5 minutes getting checked in. Then a team of 3 people, including the doctor, showed up and very thoroughly questioned me about my problem and examined me. The the doctor told me all about this drug, and how they don't use it anymore because of the side effects. He even described what I was feeling better than I could - the "heeby jeebies" and "ants in my pants - like you have to go someplace but don't know where." Yes, exactly that anxious feeling.

The most likely solution was Benadryl, which they offered to give me there but said it could make me drowsy. Unlike HCMC, they were concerned about my drive home. I decided I'd just by some over-the-counter since that's be cheaper and I could take it when I got home. I was out of there within an hour, just amazed at their efficiency and competence.

So friends, we know you have a choice in Twin Cities emergency medical care. Next time, make it LowenbraĆ¼. I mean, make it Abbott Northwestern.

May 16, 2007 at 08:45 PM in Personal Crap | Permalink


Watch American Idol, It'll make you happy.

Posted by: steve garfield at May 16, 2007 9:34:34 PM

I'd give you a nice backrub if you were at the GayFrame.

Hope you are feeling better.

Posted by: starfire at May 16, 2007 10:40:26 PM

American Idol and starfire massages... I'm feeling better just thinking about it. :-)

Posted by: chuck at May 17, 2007 12:46:36 AM

...and let you drive home? That is totally whackadoo. I have a couple of friends who work at Abbott and they repeatedly extoll its virtues. Always Go Abbott.

Feel better!!

Posted by: missb at May 18, 2007 5:00:51 AM