I spent last night in the hospital, recovering from emergency surgery to fix a testicular torsion. Feel free to google that if you want to know what it is. Short version: it's about as painful as it sounds.( Collapse )
It was my first visit to a Montréal emergency room, so here's some stuff I wish I'd known:
- The CHUM (U de M) hospitals are very French. All the doctors I saw spoke perfect English but the nurses had varying abilities. It's a good thing my French is serviceable. If yours isn't, it's probably best to head to a MUHC (McGill) hospital.
- 811 won't tell you this.
- If you have a specific problem that is likely to require a specialist (e.g. testicular pain requiring a urologist), try to go to a hospital that has that kind of specialist. Hotel Dieu didn't, so they had to transfer me to Saint Luc. If I'd gone there in the first place (or to a MUHC hospital with a urology department), I'd probably have been treated a lot more quickly.
- Again, 811 won't tell you this.
I'm doing fine now, but I'll be taking it easy for the next while (no exercise for the next 2 weeks, boo.)