As I entered the emergency unit of the hospital, I knew that it would be a very long wait before the doctor would actually show up at the patient’s ward. Let me just tell you now that being at the hospital and especially in an emergency, isn’t good at all, unless you come in an ambulance. The reason will be disclosed later. But what I hate most about hospitals is the long wait. Inevitably long wait. The healthcare in Pakistan might be very expensive, but trust me, it’s worth it.
When you enter a western hospital, you know you have to wait. You can easily look forward to a 3 – 4 hour wait (unless you’re heart patient) before you get to see the face of your beloved daakter. You should also know that the nurses will act as if they don’t know anything about the doctor’s whereabouts. Such is the condition. You would also have to beg her to see the patient if need be (not in an emergency case, though — which, I think, in their dictionary is myocardial infarction only). But what works in this case is a constant stony stare. If you stare at your nurse constantly, this will put her surely in an awkward situation and force her to come to you and ask what the problem is. It should work as I haven’t tried it but have observed it happening. It worked.
Once the doctor enters the patient’s ward, he will be working at a supersonic speed like The Concord. So be ware and get ready to ask questions. At a supersonic speed, ofcourse! You should have all your questions ready in your mind before he disappears not to be seen again. I think he/she is taking revenge from the patient of their 8-year long medicine study.
These are some things that you will have to face in a western hospital where healthcare is free. The only concern is that is it really worth it? Even if you go in an ambulance, you will have to wait whether you are dying out of the pain, had surgery the day before, have a fractured elbow, or have a serious injury. No matter what the problem is, wait is required. While in a Pakistani hospital, you would get the same check-up done in quite a shorter time. It’s a blessing in disguise. Trust me for that.
I have been to the emergency ward quite a few times and I had to wait for about 3-4 hours each time for my doctor’s deedar. But, oh well, what can you do? Read a book, perhaps. But if you haven’t gotten proper sleep then cross that out and get a nap in that chair you have. That’s another issue but we can not do anything about that either. I wish they had beds for the visitors who are there for a night’s stay. But one can only wish, until I make a hospital. Maybe, one day. *grin* While you wait, you will also witness many scenes like a man shouting at her nurse and threatening her to get her into jail for not treating him, etc. Some are genuine cases but most are not and it all depends on the patient’s mental health which, I think, gets worse from the moment he/she enters this kind of hospital.
But as bad as my experiences are of the hospitals, I still love this profession (not the hospitals though :P) And not to mention that at the end when you get home after a 12 hour long torture, it pays off (sometimes).