Maria-Thérèse Sommar, fotograf, författare och frilansskribent. Ej körkortsfoto!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Well what if you can't call? / Om man inte kan ringa då?

The night before yesterday I started to feel a lot worse. Increasingly difficult to breathe, high temperature and I coughed the entire night. I would have called someone for help - or just called a taxi - if I hadn't also lost my voice. Right now it seems very scary to me that a simple thing like that would make me unable to go to the hospital but that's what happened.

I looked at the healthcare website and saw lots of phone numbers, emergency, not-so-bad emergency and non-emergency ones, and I really would have liked to phone the second worst emergency number but I couldn't. All e-mail addresses and forms were for "suggestions" and such.

I really think there ought to be a way to contact healthcare professionals, the police etc directly via the internet and not just by phone. I've written an e-mail about it so hopefully they will listen. It was late at night, early morning and if I had called anyone they wouldn't have known what I wanted. A lot of people turn off their mobile phones at night and I doubt that a text message would wake anyone up. What's it like where you live? Would you know how to get help if you were suddenly unable to speak?

Now I wasn't in a life-threatening situation but very uncomfortable, I have bronchitis and got lots of expensive :( medicine. As soon as I could contact my mum online.

I sometimes can't believe how the internet is ignored and the phone is treated as the primary means of communication. We are here; we should be able to chat to a nurse instead of calling.

Natten till igår började jag må mycket sämre. Feber, svårare och svårare att andas och hostade hela natten. Jag skulle ha ringt efter hjälp - eller bara ringt efter en taxi - om jag inte dessutom tappat rösten. Lite skrämmande att en så enkel sak kan göra att man inte kan åka till sjukhus.

Jag tittade på landstingets hemsida och såg massor av telefonnummer, akutnumret 112 naturligtvis, nästan-akutnummer, vanliga nummer och jag hade gärna ringt till sjukvårdsupplysningens nästan-akutnummer men kunde ju inte. Alla mailadresser och formulär var för "förslag" o.dyl.

Jag tycker verkligen det borde finnas sätt att kontakta sjukvården, polisen osv direkt via internet och inte bara per telefon! Jag har mailat landstinget om det så förhoppningsvis lyssnar de. Det var sent på natten, tidig morgon och om jag hade ringt någon hade de inte förstått vad jag försökte säga. Många stänger av sina mobiltelefoner när det är natt och jag tvivlar på att ett sms skulle väcka någon.

Nu var detta inget livshotande men väldigt obehagligt. Jag har bronkit och fick massa dyra :( mediciner. Så snart jag kunde kontakta min mamma via internet.

Ibland fattar jag verkligen inte att internet nonchaleras så mycket och att telefonen ses som enda kontaktsättet. Vi är här; vi borde kunna chatta med en sjuksköterska, inte bara ringa.

Got chocolate in my mailbox :) Fick choklad i brevlådan :)



A Beautiful Party said...

yikes! i hope you get to feeling better really soon. take care of yourself.

anna said...

Oh man I feel for you, i was quite sick last summer and feared for something like this to happen (it didn't though). Hope your expensive medicines are worth every dime and that you get well soon!

ittybittyandpretty said...

gah!!! you poor old sausage. you make a very good point. hope you are on the mend at last.
my lili has a very persistent wet cough which i am watching closely.


Artsnark said...

feel better - yay for chocolate

LadyFi said...

It's scary that! You should definitely be able to contact emergency services via mail!

Hope the chocolate makes you feel better.

Marilynne said...

In the US, you can call 911 (emergency number) and if you can't talk, they'll send a policeman to see if you're alright. Of course, it probably won't be at the top of his list.

I admire your ability to blog in both English and Swedish (I assume that's Swedish).

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