How many trips to the ER in your first 25 years?

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    Nov 02, 2013 9:41 PM GMT
    My parents were in town this week and one night we had dinner with a med student I've dated a few times. He's doing a rotation in the ER, which prompted my mother to mention that there were several times she thought that she and my dad might be reported to authorities for the number of times my older brother and I wound up in the ER. She also apparently questioned whether my brother and I would live to adulthood.

    We counted eight times in the ER for me between age three and 14, and six for my brother. My eight were seven accidents - jumping off an upper bunk, jumping out of a tree, falling out of a tree, two skateboard wrecks, two bike jumping attempts, a baaaaad jump off a roof onto a trampoline, etc. Two of my brothers trips to the ER were caused by me (the bullied younger brother who learned that massive retaliation worked!). And then there were another six for me between high school and under grad (four sports injuries and two drunken stunts gone wrong).

    So how about you guys: were any of you best buddies with the ER docs?
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    Nov 03, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
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  • MikeW

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    Nov 03, 2013 3:07 AM GMT
    Only once, age 12. Falling out of a tall maple tree resulting in a broken arm. That's not to say I didn't have a lot of other shit happen, only my parents basically "didn't believe" in Dr.s and avoid medical interventions unless it was absolutely necessary. If it wasn't broken or didn't require stitches, it just got fixed up at home.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Nov 03, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    When I was a kid emergency rooms were just for the dying or if you lost a limb. If you got hurt you put Mercurochrome on the wound and wrapped it up, no matter how deep the cut was. I think I went to a doctors office once (the first time) and he give me a few stitches. We didn't have health insurance back then. Good thing I never broke any bones.
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    Nov 03, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Two times I was taken by ambulance to the ER when I was a teenager. Once when I was shot by a doped up house burglar (on PCP) in our own house (I'd been shot through my chest). The second time was when I contracted food poisoning during my undergrad years. I was as sick as a dog and was found lying on the floor of the hall in my fraternity. (I'd eaten something that had sat out too long).
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 03, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    One time. I had already started to feel sick, but it was when I was taking the subway to the doctors office. I suddenly got really hot, pale, dizzy, and my heart started to race. I then for about 5 minutes only saw white. Some nice stranger helped me off the subway to sit down and collected myself.

    It's never happened since, but was pretty scary. Was told it might have been acute Orthostatic intolerance.
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    Nov 03, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    I've never been to the ER.
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    Nov 03, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    Twice I think, but I don't really remember them.
    CO poisoning as a baby. Sunstroke when I was a little kid. I remember being in the hospital for a couple of days afterwards.

    Oh yeah, forgot the motorcycle accident... Three times.
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    Nov 03, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    2 times:
    1) A chipped bone from camping (I wore a cast).
    2) A bloody nose that wouldn't stop; I've had it cauterized 3 times, I believe. It's been great for the past several years (knocks on wood).
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    Nov 03, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    About 10-12. I have a severe nut allergy that landed me there many times as a kid.
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    Nov 03, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    I practically lived in the ER for the first 9 months of my life and never went back until 6 months ago. I could have received faster service and better care from the vet clinic I work at, seriously.

    I have to be nearly dead to drag myself into ER. There is no way in hell I want to willingly wait over 12hrs to be admitted. Yet some people go because they have a sore throat.icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 03, 2013 8:08 AM GMT
    None and here's why! I take care of myself and make sure that I don't do anything stupid that would end up in the ER. This is not referring to those with chronic conditions because those people need frequent medical attention. I work in healthcare and too many times, I've seen people admitted to the hospital for conditions that could've been easily prevented. People who smoke and don't check their blood pressure tops the list.

    But at this point, I'm not complaining because it is people's lack of awareness for their own health that helps me with job security.
  • janu88

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    Nov 03, 2013 8:21 AM GMT
    Twice icon_lol.gif

    1) SNHL
    2) Panic Attack
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    Nov 03, 2013 3:53 PM GMT
    At least 6 times, most likely more.
    Broken: left wrist, nose, Clavicle, right wrist, front teeth (twice)and there was the months in ICU with a skin flap where a portion of my skull should be--fun times.
  • Import

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    Nov 03, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    I think once. I fucked up my eye when I was walking in the woods in Pennsylvania. It was bleeding and I was crying blood. Now I have these floaters.
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    Nov 03, 2013 4:11 PM GMT
    9 visits to the ER, by age:

    4 - lacerated scalp falling on a metal toy, released
    12 - bicycle accident, admitted to hospital
    14 - emergency appendectomy, admitted
    18 - motorcycle accident, released
    19 - motorcycle accident, admitted
    20 - head injury during Basic Training, Army ER, released
    24 - head injury when knocked down by Army jeep, Army ER, released
    24 - uncontrolled bleeding following wisdom tooth removal, Army ER, released
    25 - head injury from fall down stairs, Army ER, transferred & admitted to civilian hospital
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    Nov 03, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    Never been to the ER icon_neutral.gif