Section 7: Going To the ER By Yourself
The only thing I can think of worse than going to the doctor by yourself is going to the emergency room by yourself. If you do have to go to the ER in college for food allergies or asthma, just remember you are not alone (there are probably at least 5 other kids from your school there too, probably most though have alcohol poisoning). Here are some tips to follow if you find yourself stuck in the ER:
- As soon as you or your nurse gets a chance, contact your parents and let them know what is going on. Even if you feel like you may have done something stupid, it is important to keep them updated, it is only fair.
- If you have to spend the night, ask a friend to bring you some pjs and toiletries if they can. Your own things will make you feel less nervous.
- Upon discharge from the ER, find the pay window to pay your copay for your visit.
- If you rode on an ambulance to the ER, have them bill your parents since chances are you will not have a checking account.
- If you used your auto-injector, ask the doctor for a refill and fill it in the hospital's pharmacy as to avoid having to run around trying to find a pharmacy to get it refilled at.
- Make a follow-up visit with your allergist ASAP to review the reaction and see if any of your treatment needs to be changed.