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Dave-OH
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Posted - May 22 2007 :  9:42:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought I would give you folks a forum to vent. This thread is dedicated to our horror stories with Doctors, Hospitals and Clinics. I will start a thread later for VA and Insurance Horror Stories.

I have dealt with one with my father who had Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He had the 1 in 1000 side effects and was not able to walk after back surgery. The nurse at the Spine Institute blew my mother off. I had to make two trips to Florida to try to straighten this out. One one trip I read the Surgical Fellow the 'Riot Act'.

The surgeon may have been one of the best, but his practice could not handle situations that did not result in perfect outcomes.

Your turn. Vent. Be careful. We do not want you to cross the line and get sued. Just be careful on what you say. Only the facts.

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oxygenbob
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Posted - Aug 06 2007 :  3:08:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had an oncologist that was following me when I got back home who really had little experience in my illness. While she was willing to take cues from the docs who had worked on me at Johns Hopkins, she was clearly over her head and the hospital she worked out of didn't normally treat my type of cancer. With the help of my case manager, we finally convinced them that it was imperative that we get to a full service hospital and they finally approved The Ohio State James Cancer center. I later found out that the oncologist I originally saw was more of the research type and not in my type of illness. I try my best to get backgrounds on all my docs now.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Aug 06 2007 :  3:17:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The doctor left Cleveland Clinic and my father is now in the care of his internist. My cousins husband (a lawyer) is looking into malpractice for him. We have a letter form another surgeon saying he did not do a proper job, and that is hard to get.

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superstella
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Posted - Aug 27 2007 :  09:37:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My last hospital stay was a horror story. Well, actually, the day I got discharged was a horror story - they were fine until then. It was the first time I was to be sent home with o2, and I was still recovering from the open lung biopsy. The pulmonologists wanted to release me on Friday, but the surgeons insisted that I stay until Monday (I had a chest tube in until Sunday night). Monday morning, my nurse comes in and tells me I'm free to leave, my doctors have discharged me. I was still hooked up to an IV with a dilauded PCA at this point.

She disconnected me from my IV and gave me scripts for prednisone, duoneb, and advair and wished me luck! I didn't know anything about how to get the home oxygen, what to do for pain, what to do with the duoneb (I didn't have a nebulizer at home at that time), etc. My nurse just told me she'd have to call the doctor back because that was all they told her.

In the end, that nurse's shift ended before any doctor showed up, and I had to pitch a major fit before I could get someone in there to explain to me how to set up home o2, get a nebulizer, USE a nebulizer, and what to do for pain control. I was embarrassed to have to resort to such measures, truthfully, and wonder how many people went home not knowing because they didn't have a hissy fit.

That's the short version, just the facts.

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night-owl-50
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Posted - Nov 16 2007 :  04:18:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I Wonder Any One Has Any Imformation On Adenoviruses14 I Relly Dont Understand What It Is Can You Help Me?
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night-owl-50
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Posted - Nov 16 2007 :  04:38:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I WonderIf Any One Has Any Imformation On Adenoviruses14 I Relly Dont Understand What It Is Can You Help Me?
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Joyce7
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Posted - Nov 16 2007 :  07:12:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have not heard of these virus's, and will check back to see if anyone posted an answer...Joyce
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Carolyn-Mi
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Posted - Nov 16 2007 :  08:32:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I googled Adeno-Virus and came up with a whole bunch of hits. Wikipedia has the easiest to understand comments. It is a virus that does not cause disease that they are looking into for gene therapy for various diseases. In my unschooled understanding they can take another string of genes that will improve certain conditions and attach it to this virus and then the virus will spread the good change throughout the body.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adeno-associated_virus

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Pattrish
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Posted - Mar 30 2013 :  06:54:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a really old topic, but thought I'd add to it anyway. I have several horror stories. It seems if any surgeon that comes at me with a scalpel messes me up one way or another. The worst is...

I had lung cancer surgery in 2001. My upper right lobe was removed but in the process of this surgery, my surgeon damaged my diaphragm (no where near the lobe that was removed) and my right shoulder. The pain was excruciating. Now, each and every breath I take is painful and my shoulder causes difficulty in operating a computer mouse and my handwriting is now horrible.

I've gone from doctor to doctor trying to get help for the past 12 years and not one will even touch me with a 10' pole.

The ironic thing is this. I recently decided to try to find an integrative doctor (one who is both an M.D. plus open to other naturopathic alternatives) in my area. I was both stunned and delighted to find my lung surgeon is no longer wielding a scalpel since he's now an integrative doctor. He's at least no longer doing surgeries...hurray!!

Pattrish/Pat

When we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works. Its as if little miracles are happening everywhere Louise Hay
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