I don’t want to sound like every old man living in a Florida condo, but give me one more shot to write about my operation. I’ll (try to) be brief.
I’ve been pondering logistics. A hospital is a huge logistical nightmare!
Every day is similar, but different. You need enough staff for busy periods, but not so much you go broke. And you do everyone 24/7/365 with 100% reliability. Wow!
There were dozens of people with whom I had personal contact. Much of that is automatic. They just arrive. How?
Who’s the general contractor? This is like building a house, right? Are all these decisions relegated to computers now?
It is an exceptionally well choreographed ballet. Everything happened when scheduled.
Everyone in the hospital is a specialist. Sending an SICU nurse to the ER or vice versa would be like putting a 737 pilot in an A319.
Very similar jobs. Very different environments.
One exception. Everyone draws blood! I can’t tell you how many vials flowed from me, but ‘never ending’ is close.
I have large purple bruises on both wrists. Looks like I was in a barroom brawl with a phlebotomist!
No bills yet. My insurance policy has a maximum yearly out-of-pocket limit. I might as well write a check for that now.
Imagine if I had to pay everyone individually?
6 thoughts on “A Logistical Nightmare”
Brace yourself. Before my insurance came in, the hospital (not yours) sent me an unitemized, 1 line bill, for $26,000. They left room for MC / Visa payment.
Welcome back to the land of the upright. $$$$ means nothing if you don’t have your health. The feeling of being “used” by the insurance company will fade with time, just as the black and blue’s will. Heal well, live fully.
Airports also give me the same feeling of logistical nightmare……although external influences are more apt to throw a wrench in the works at an airport…weather isn’t a major player in a hospital environment that often….
You must be on the mend. Your posts are sounding progressively more and more like your “old self”.
Great to have you back and on the mend.
I agree! Geoff, with no nerve pain you ARE sounding like your self before the pain got real bad. Hang in there. You are almost through another week!