My sister, whom bless her soul, has just about given up, has been filling me in on her 'ER Visit Nightmares'.
Let's start with the basics, she is on Pain Management for Nerve Damage in her spine thanks to a flopped Epi with her last child.
She's had oviran cysts throughout her life, and is,,, fairly overweight, which I doubt helps with the whole, nerve damage thing, extra weight can not be helpful.
ANYWAY, she;s always avoided the ER, usually because she has her own doctors who know her cases and understand.
About a year ago she became pregnant again, but there was something wrong, she started bleeding, there was severe abdominal pain. Her doctor, told her to go to the ER straight from her office and get checked out.
The first ER, told her nothing was wrong, it was normal, she was just pregnant.
Ok. Things got worse, since the first ER treated her like crap her doctor suggested a different one.
A few days later - The second ER told her she miscarried because they couldn't find the baby.
The third ER - two days later when things got worse, said they couldn't find her baby but she was still pregnant and not miscarried, assured her it wasn't ectopic.
Ok, She made had another appointment with her doctor becuase at this point she was extremely confused and hurting and just battered really as each ER treated her like a drug addict and pretty much ignored what she told them, assuming she was there for drugs.
Within ten minutes of seeing her normal doctor, her doctor drove her to the ER herself and rushed her into surgery. The pregnancy was ectopic, the tube had burst and her abdomen was filling with blood by this point. She lost the tube and nearly died. Each ER, every single one of them, missed a potentially life threatening, and serious thing and she almost DIED becuase she's on pain management and they couldn't see past it.
Ok fine. This was just an idea of what she goes through.
Fast forward to this week.
She had kidney stones, likely bad cysts on her overies again, and god knows what else (her abdomen is swelling). Her doctor told her to go to the ER if it gets worse before they can get her into a specialist.
She went to the ER yesterday. A doctor didn't even bother coming in to talk to her. A single nurse came in, took blood, and a few minutes later were practically pushing her out the door saying she probably had a virus, here are some antibiotics. Again, she never asked for pain medication, even though she can barely walk due to the pain.
Should we be worried this is going to be a repeat of before? Is there anyway she can go to the ER and actually be tested and treated like a human being? D:View Thread
I agree she shouldn't go to the ER anymore and honestly I have no idea why she keeps going.
As far as the OB sending her to the ER, if I'm not mistaken, her OB lacked whatever equipment was needed quickly, I'm not entirely sure. I wasn't there, in fact at the time I was halfway across the country, my mother was there however, and I was often on the phone with them while they were moving from doctor to ER and such, since I'm nosy.
I was not there for the OB thing, I was however there for the more recent. They did not do a scan, they just took blood and the doctor never made an appearance. Not once, just a nurse and she was shoo'd out with a prescription for antibiotics.
We have documents of everything, including witness, her medical records from all ER visits.
I would have updated sooner but we had to take her back, again, by ambulance this time, when she fainted and knocked her head.
She's in a hospital now, admitted, and in a hospital that's a bit of a drive but not one of the ones she'd been seeing that were closer but... well... on the south side which regretfully isn't exactly the highest income area. (By the way, the antibiotics was not what she needed, in fact they seemed appalled she was just given them at all, she does in fact have a viral infection on top of the kidney stones and massive ovarian cysts -suprise suprise-).
We're going to gather all the documentation like suggested and take it to a consultant, thank you.View Thread