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35. I live 30 miles from the closest hospital equipped with a Cath Lab
Mon Apr 15, 2024, 09:30 PM
Apr 15

I also live 3 miles from a small town that used to be a full blown hospital capable of handling any emergency that most people needed. Its still got 75 beds and it served the rural area within a 40 mile radius of it. I was born there. I had a massive heart attack in October 2022. I drove myself to that hospital. They could do nothing but give me an IV and some drugs, slap an ECG on me to monitor and wait for an ambulance. Oh, and try and jump start me if I died. Weather was too bad for a chopper. City has 2 750k dollar ambulances but they can't go out of town. They held a phone to my ear while I was screaming in pain so a heart surgeon 30 miles away could explain the risk of having a chemical thrombolysis procedure. He basically told me without knowing how soon they could get me to him (at the same medical system as the local hospital) and seeing my ECG I may die without it. That was 90 min after I had gotten there. I had to sign a freakin' release form. Yeah, it probably saved my life but also significantly increased the possibility of a stroke for the next 90 days or so. I finally got to that specific hospital (in their ambulance). I went straight from the ambulance to my ass hitting the Cath Lab table and the last words I heard were "his ECG is looking really bad" before they knocked me out. I came close to losing consciousness but was afraid I'd die, so I just screamed in pain the whole time to stay awake. That was FOUR HOURS after I got to the hospital in that small town.

I lost 30% of my heart muscle that morning because IMO, it took them too long to get me to a capable facility. I did a little research, there are 10 Cath Labs within 35 miles. There are over 100 ambulances both fire rescue and private (hospitals, private companies) within 35 miles. But theres only 1 hospital with a couple Cath Lab's and 6 Ambulances within 35 miles directly associated with this hospital system. 4 hours is not acceptable with that much availability within a 30 min ambulance ride.

Yeah, don't get sick in a cornfield.

Access to quality medical care may be a part Maeve Apr 15 #1
bingo. WarGamer Apr 15 #5
And, the city hospitals are now bamagal62 Apr 15 #6
You're right, especially about access to specialists. ShazzieB Apr 15 #22
Jeez !!!! Karadeniz Apr 15 #2
They die of jobs where OSHA is absent or barely present. no_hypocrisy Apr 15 #3
I think you're right. And the stats should be able to show this. erronis Apr 15 #11
I live in furniture making country in rural NC ms liberty Apr 15 #24
And I thought we were doing a good thing buying American. LT Barclay Apr 15 #27
It is a good thing. But it's not easy work, it's physically demanding ms liberty Apr 15 #37
The pieces are definitely quality and we are "bringing them home". We are working on a move to Anderson, SC by June. LT Barclay Apr 15 #38
Oh yes, you will be able to find someone I am sure. n/t ms liberty Apr 15 #40
Don't forget more pesticide exposure, higher reliance on hunting and fishing for sustenance LT Barclay Apr 15 #25
Good points. Everyday life harards/stresses, coping attempts. brush Apr 15 #28
"Stick it to the libs" idiocy is undoubtedly a factor. Aristus Apr 15 #4
It also encompasses males being against other practices that they perceive as "nanny state" or anti-macho. Sky Jewels Apr 15 #8
The only problem is when it ends up killing someone other than the toxics themselves. Aristus Apr 15 #10
Yeah, but men have always been that way. erronis Apr 15 #12
Yep. Anyone remember Sarah Palin drinking a "diabeetus in a cup" Big Gulp... keep_left Apr 15 #19
It worked. jimfields33 Apr 15 #36
People in cities are more active Buckeyeblue Apr 15 #7
And In so calif urban areas..gyms are packed!! Demovictory9 Apr 15 #9
IMNSHO, refusing to expand Medicaid is reprehensible. ShazzieB Apr 15 #13
Can we state it in the same moralistic terms as Fox News would? JadedButHopeful Apr 15 #14
I have a hospital literally a block away from my house. BlueTsunami2018 Apr 15 #15
We're On The Fringes Of Chicagoland ProfessorGAC Apr 15 #29
It's 41 miles to the nearest hospital for me Kaleva Apr 15 #34
At least they're voting for people who will put their kids to work after they're dead. Probatim Apr 15 #16
Opioids? In the US Appalachian & Ohio areas irisblue Apr 15 #17
All of the things others have said Tree Lady Apr 15 #18
I remember reading how badly fried fish impacted the heath of southerners BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 15 #26
True, I try to stay away from fried food Tree Lady Apr 15 #41
Stubbornness Drum Apr 15 #20
Republicans, in their determination to be cruel, are killing off their voters dlk Apr 15 #21
Insecticides&herbicides OceanPete Apr 15 #23
Yep, all those toxic chemicals in the clime nearby are sure to kick butt, then bucket kicking. brush Apr 15 #33
It is likely a number of things. Manual jobs in all weather and poor working conditions are two I think. twodogsbarking Apr 15 #30
Medicaid expansion has not been implemented JustAnotherGen Apr 15 #31
+1 betsuni Apr 16 #45
Rates can be misleading when talking about small numbers Kaleva Apr 15 #32
I live 30 miles from the closest hospital equipped with a Cath Lab Cheezoholic Apr 15 #35
yikes. glad you made it. BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 15 #43
They closed a few hospitals/clinics in rural area in my area. LiberalFighter Apr 15 #39
Because their employers choose profit over regulations? Initech Apr 15 #42
I notice the food first when I visit family in "rural America." hunter Apr 15 #44
I was a vegetarian traveling thru the south..it wasnt easy Demovictory9 Apr 17 #46
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