This blog is dedicated to everyone who helped me recently.
Monday, May 17th, 2021, I alighted from a bus at Hoppers Crossing terminus.
I started feeling sick, and decided to head to the station restrooms, unfortunately, they were closed.
I went to sit down and try to hope night air would help.
The local Werribee Mercy Hospital is close by, but I didn’t feel capable to walk there.
I called an Ambulance.
Whilst waiting, a Protective Service Officer saw me and asked how I was.
I replied, “Awful.”
He then called his team over to help me out.
They were amazing. Found me a seat and talked to me.
I was so cold that I stuttered.
1 rang Ambulance to find out eta.
I was then asked if I wanted to sit in their room where it’s warmer. I accepted.
As we entered, I was given a Face Mask, as per Victorian Transport Law.
Even with the warmth and my jacket done up, with hood on, I was still shivering.
The Ambulance soon arrived and guided to the room.
I was asked questions, my heart rate and pulse checked, and my blood glucose levels too.
I was asked if I wanted to go to hospital, just in case.
I agreed, and we slowly walked to the Ambulance, surrounded by the PSO’s.
Once in the Ambulance, I sat down. I was too afraid to lie down, in case I threw up.
The female Paramedic got in back with me, she was the 1 who looked after me in the room.
The male started driving.
I felt sick, like motion sickness, but it was my illness at the time.
We soon arrived at the hospital and I was escorted inside.
The fun & games started.
Found out, for a Monday, there were no beds available.
I was asked questions by a nurse, then advised that I need to sit in waiting room.
The female Paramedic escorted me out and found me a seat.
There was a screen informing patients of the number waiting & approximate time.
41, with a 4+ hour wait.
This was 7pm on a Monday.
Around 10pm, my name was called and my vital signs checked.
Around 11pm, called again, this time into a room.
Blood was taken.
I headed back out to wait.
Many people complained about the wait time.
The staff were amazing and polite too. I can’t fault them.
There were many people who violated Social Distancing or refused to wear a mask.
Finally, around 2am, my name was called.
I was shown to a cubicle and asked to change, then given a warmed blanket.
A few minutes later, a Nurse came in, introduced herself, then asked what happened. I told her.
As a precaution, hooked up to a machine to be monitored.
Everything was fine.
The Doctor came and saw me, and as it had been over 10 hours, he felt I was ok, especially as all my vital signs and blood tests, were normal.
I was given a sandwich and coffee, then allowed to sleep, which I did.
Around 5.30am, was woken up by the Doctor.
He explained a couple of things to me, gave me the discharge papers, then able to change and leave.
I thanked the nurse on my way out.
I then walked to the station, waited for a bus to my local station.
Upon arrival, I alighted and walked home.
I finally arrived back at 7.30am.
I immediately went to bed, and didn’t know a thing until 1pm.
As I write this, I’m still not right, but will be with rest.
I’m so upset as I had a great job on today, Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, which I had to cancel.
I just want to say that I am eternally grateful to everyone who went out of their way.
Lastly, I would like to offer this advice:
Find someone you trust to be your Next Of Kin. Please ensure they know your medical history and your wishes in case the worst happens.
I have no one, therefore if I’d gotten worse, my life would have been in the Doctors hands.