OK, so mom's ALF called at 11 pm to say they were sending her to ER because her sugar was low (paramedic said was at 24). She is a type 1 diabetic. I arrive at the ER just as they as unloading her from ambulance. I go into the entrance asked to wait in waiting room while they settle her in. Fine right. Only have me wait about 10 to 15 minutes, the ER was very busy.
I go back and the nurse tells me her sugar is now 117, but she is not talking. Which I try to say that is normal for her with her dementia. I notice there is a list of test ordered on the wall for her (CT scan, ultrasound and chest xray). I ask the nurse if all that is ordered for her. He said that since she was unresponsive the doctor order to see why her sugar was low. I said this happens as a result of her not eating, can we not do the tests. He says he can send the doctor over.
10 more minutes. Dr. comes over and immediately goes into how no one was here and she was unresponsive and the test were to help figure out what was going on. I say OK, I am here. She has dementia and this is what mostly happened. He interrupts me say well she is unresponsive. I stop and says yes but I rushed here to answer questions and am here. I am ok with CT scan to make sure she did not have a stroke, but why the chest xray or ultrasound? Xray to make sure she does not have fluid on lungs. I said she is here for low sugar, not a cold or cough or chest pain. He they said well she was foaming at mouth and could have shallowed some fluid and that could be on her lungs. Really can't we treat the diabetes? Dr then says well you can refuse but if she gets pneumonia later that is on me. My response was, that was just rude of you. NO xray or ultrasound just CT scan and can we get her some snacks to see if I can get her to eat something to stabilize her sugar. His response, I guess she will eat it. Seriously, because I question you. No one asked he a history or wanted to hear anything I was saying.
I did get mom to talk to me, but she was very combative, which I know means her sugar is still low. Nurse finally brings snacks and checks her sugar and it is dropping again, now at 74. Dr. comes back to tell me what the nurse just told me and that mom has a UTI which could also be cause the problem so going to get her IV for sugar and antibiotics. Me being angry at this point, say I know about the UTI she was being treated at the ALF, if some one would bother to actually speak to me and ask me her history and what has being going I I would have told you. P*ssed off Dr. is like well this is why we run tests and she could not answer. Serioulsy I am her and no one is asking questions. He then says he would like to admit her to her this in control, but I don't have to if I don't want to. I am being a a**, I should just let them run up a huge bill and run every test because she can't answer them. Ask some thing and I will answer you. Jack A**es! Oh course she needs to be admitted, I am not trying to deny her care, just unessary tests.
CT scan done, no sign of any new damage. Another doctor comes over to tell me she is being admitted and then asks me is there any history they should know about. Finally what should have been done over an hour ago. He does ask me what type of diabetes, I say type 1 and he questions if I am right, because doesn't sound right. Really, what is wrong with this place this evening? His also ask why no chest xray, my answer because I don't feel it is nesscary to treat her condition.
He then trys to listen to her chest and mom throws a fit about him taking away her covers because she is cold. Another reason not to do extra test her response is combative, come on.
So, 3 am I leave as they admit her and hope the Dr's on the floor are more willing to listen.
Am I wrong or this horrible person for not just letting do whatever? Just feeling so annoyed