Of iPhones and Emergency Rooms

Emergency RoomFriday I had to rush a relative to the Emergency Room. While no one in their right mind enjoys an ER experience, nonetheless there are those surprisingly bright spots. And the biggest surprise was … having my iPhone.

Since I’m on a Mac, my sizable list of contacts, developed over the years in the Mac’s Address Book, syncs seamlessly with my iPhone. The result? It has a wealth of helpful medical information and phone numbers with relatively little effort. In fact, getting phone numbers and addresses into an iPhone is much easier than with any other cell phone I’ve had before.

Back to the ER…. Doctors contacted, paperwork done — then the hours of tension-laced tedium set in. We were there for eight hours before being going to Intensive Care. Inevitably, I didn’t have a book with me, and I’m not keen on most TV. Once again, however, my trusty iPhone came to the rescue. I have hours of video and audio podcasts to keep me entertained, and that’s precisely what they did. As it turned out the hospital had wireless too, but for some reason my email choked, and in retrospect, I’m just as glad it did.

The moral of this story? If you have an iPhone, be sure you’ve got contact information not only for your own doctors, but also for doctors of relatives and friends who have asked you to be their emergency support person. There may come a day you will be very glad to have it (however long forgotten) just waiting in your pocket.

4 Responses

  1. I hope everything turned out okay.

    Another lesson – keep your phone charged; you never know when you may need it for an extended period of time.

  2. You are so right! Great tip, Mark. And I’ve not noticed any problem with the battery wearing out. I generally use it all up once a month, but otherwise keep it charged.

  3. Thanks, Judy. She is gradually recovering, thank goodness. Meanwhile, what a sobering lesson it’s been to be so exposed to the consumer side of healthcare.