Owen slipped and smashed his head into our van door today and managed to gash his forehead... It really wasn't too too bad but I thought it would be wise to take him in to see if he should get a stitch or two.
We got to the hospital and waited in line to see the receptionist lady. That took about 20 minutes. I asked the receptionist if she thought his wound was enough of a deal to be seen. She ignored me completely.
Then we went and waited to see the triage nurse. That took another 15 minutes.
We saw the nurse. The nurse did all the things nurses do and then I asked her if SHE thought it was a big enough deal to wait around. She said "Oh ya, you will probably want something done so he doesn't get a scar". She was very nice.
But then she completely lied to me. She said "there are 4 people ahead of you in line so you shouldn't be waiting very long at all."
Off we went to wait in the waiting room.
And waited some more.
FOR TWO HOURS we waited.
Then Owen actually started crying and asking if he could go home and go to bed.
I went and asked the receptionist lady if she happened to know about how much longer we needed to wait... she waved her hand at me and walked away.
I looked at my sobbing son with blood on his forehead and decided we should just go home.
So THREE HOURS after we first arrived we left the hall of torture known as our local hospital without seeing the doctor.
Now I understand there must have been extenuating circumstances and good reasons why it took over 2 hours to see 2 patients (the third person ahead of us was still waiting when we left). But seriously, if there is something huge going on to make it so we wouldn't get in for HOURS than SOMEONE could have come out to the waiting room and said "don't bother waiting". There were only 3 of us waiting and 2 of the patients were little kids.
Owen was amazing the whole time and was so patient and good. But I just couldn't put him through anymore. He went to sleep in minutes after we arrived home. Poor kid.
So that sucked.
Remind me to NEVER do that again. I'm sure Owen prefers the small scar he will have to sitting in that waiting room for another 2 hours.