The Importance Of Visit To The Emergency Room

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You know all those TV and movie scenes with emergency rooms. The hero is taken in

with their ailment, all the while glancing at the other people waiting, looking like death.

But because we 're with the hero, we 're taken in immediately, the tests come back in no

time at all, the hero is saved, and all is well.

Right. Fail.

If a visit to the emergency room were made into a movie, it would take, oh, 5 ­ 8 DVDs to

play the entire thing. That 's over 12 hours.

I got to the emergency room with some friends (one of whom is the reason for the visit)

around 1730 on Tuesday. We had left school at 1630ish. We got there and got into one

of the triage rooms in a rather quick amount of time. We stayed in there for a while,

maybe 15 minutes? My
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We came back, I fell asleep because my body was breaking down on

me. My friend was back, though still asleep.

I slept for about 30 minutes until a nurse came in just to do a small checkup.

Sleeping for another hour when a doctor came in to check some other things.

It 's been almost 45 minutes since then.

We are not heroes, not a single one of us. We are ordinary people, confined to the

systems of an entirely different world. We wait for so long; just waiting. We fidget with

our hands, talk nervously to people we 've never met and are likely never to meet again,

talk rapidly out of fear of stopping and never being able to talk again, holding a friend 's

hand and telling them that it 's going to be okay in the end, waiting in silence for hours and

hours on end hoping that someone will come out and save you. See, we are not the

heroes, the ones who are rushed in and out as though the rest of the world never existed.

They are swamped with all of us, the ordinary and beautiful. They are the heroes,

working as hard and fast as they can to treat each of us like the hero. But they will never

be able to do this, they will always leave us in a waiting game. That 's why hospitals

always remind me of

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