HI, let me preface this with the fact that I am VERY proactive in my own medical care. I had to call an ambulance yesterday in the early afternoon. I was in real trouble with all over body cramps and a blood pressure of 80/50. The EMTS were great and the emergency room care was as well. There were a few problems, they lost my shirt, and asked me about my meds at least 6+ times. I gave them all the info every time, as well as giving them my Primary Care Doctor's name/number every time. The number is super easy to remember it follows an AAA-0BBB pattern. His practice is open 7 days, and he has an up-to-date list of everything. Moreover, this is his attending hospital, that's why I went there. I spent about 20min with my ER Doctor and cross-examined him about everything. He also told me that after a first thing in the morning blood draw and an echocardiogram that I could go home the next day. The real problems began when I got to my room in the hospital proper. First, I already had two heparin locks, one in each arm. I then watched as they checked them and got a good blood return. They then proceeded to remove them both. Then start 2 new IV lines, one in each arm. After the new lines were established, they poked me a third time for blood tests, in my hand. Why in the hell did they do that? I saw with my own eyes that they had a strong blood return on both sites, my phlebotomist couldn't have gotten better sticks. They then hung normal saline, and heparin. Then asked me about the meds I was taking, yet again, and I rattled them off and gave them my PCP's name and phone number. I complained about some severe lower back pain, from being in one position way too long. Then informed them that they could give my anything for pain, except the entire -caine class of local anesthetics, novocaine, lidocaine, xylocaine, benzocaine, etc. none of them work on me, I have a crazy high resistance to them. So, with the entire pharmacopeia of drugs available in a modern hospital from baby aspirin to fentanyl, what did they do? They slapped a lidocaine patch high, between my shoulder blades. A drug that I told them would not work, and they put it as far from the site of the pain as possible. about 30min later I started to have an asthma attack. I asked for some albuterol, as this is the most common drug used for asthma to stop an attack. The respiratory therapist came in and asked, "What's wrong?" I told him I was starting to have an asthma attack and that I usually took albuterol for it. He said, and I'm quoting here "If you are having an asthma attack, how are you talking to me right now?" my response was a tich salty at that point. "By all means, come back it 20-30 mins when I'm in respiratory distress! would that be better for you?" He treated me and left without saying another word. From that point on I received no actual treatment for ANYTHING! They did one more blood draw and took my vitals twice in about 14 hours. During this time I had one panic attack, must have been interesting on the heart monitor, it did set an alarm off in the room. I ask for at the very least my psych meds, every time I saw a nurse or attendant. The final time they took my vitals, I had a BP of 177/100 and going up, my BP can and has gotten as high as 250/150 without treatment. and a blood sugar of 450+. Then they fed me. 3 hours later, still with no treatment, no medication, no more tests, no echocardiogram, no nothing! It is now about noonish I call the nurse and tell her that I am going home now. Frankly, I can die at home with no treatment just as easily as I can here, it will cost me less, and I will be way more comfortable. Now I am at home, madder than a wet tabby cat. I can currently giving myself the treatment I should have received in the hospital. At least here I have all of my medications, including my psych meds, and I can monitor my condition just as easily. The real capper was when I was going over my reasons for leaving with the nurse, she asked me about my meds again! Apparently, they weren't in the computer... Edit to add: How freaking difficult is it, in this day and age of telecommunications, electronic medical records, and Fax machines. To pick up a damn phone and call a doctor whose name, number, and address of office, I have provided until I'm blue in the face, a doctor who has a 7 day a week practice, and a 24hour answering service. A doctor who has NEVER failed to call me back, even after hours. A doctor who is an attending physician at the very hospital I am current at, and gotten my list of current meds, and full medical history. Information even I could have gotten, in detail, from his website, if I had had a laptop or a smartphone???