A visit to the not so emergency room

Definition of emergency room: a hospital room or area staffed and equipped for the reception and treatment of persons requiring immediate medical care.

On July 25, before 6 in the evening, my husband rushed me to the emergency room, or so it is called, at Texas Health Presbyterian in Denton, only to be told they were signing me up for the waiting room, as there was no room available! I did not get immediate medical care.

I was in a wheelchair writhing in pain for over two hours before they had an “emergency room” open up. Then, in walked a doctor at 9 p.m. to say they were busy. Before the doctor arrived, they did run an EKG, urine and blood test. The fact they did not bother to tell me it would be quite a wait so we could go on down the road was inexcusable!

I was in a severe diverticulitis attack, and we were not able to leave the hospital until 12:30 a.m. due to the inept ability to keep an emergency room staffed. Had they staffed the facility like they are supposed to, we would have been home by 10:30 p.m.

We live in Oak Point, so is this what we have to look forward to in the future with the growth of surrounding small towns? They had only three doctors on staff, and the one that came to my room had just arrived at 9 p.m.

Go figure! Emergency room?

Shirley Griffin,

Oak Point

Election security above partisanship

Congressman Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, held several town halls in the area this past week. Dr. Burgess comes across as a cordial and somewhat disheveled politico who, despite his friendliness, is sharply partisan who can deflect, redirect and abstract all questions with the best of them.

Sadly, on the question of election voting security, he refused to answer at all. This questioner mentioned that Donald Trump made the outrageous statement before the 2016 election that if he lost then the election was rigged, as if he knew the result ahead of time. Since then, we know via the Mueller Report that Russia interfered in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” and the Senate Intelligence Committee found that Russia meddled in all 50 states.

Dr. Burgess and all House Republicans have voted against bills designed to make our elections more secure, and Senate Majority Leader “Moscow” Mitch McConnell has blocked all election security measures from being voted upon.

This questioner asked the congressman if he could guarantee the integrity of the 2020 election, that my vote would count. Dr. Burgess replied, “I take your question,” joking that he had learned that reply from the Mueller hearings.

Election security should be above partisanship or we very well could have a rigged election in 2020.

Jeff Carnaby,


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