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Call me. Right now. You know what this is about.

 

And for heaven's sake stop leaving your cell phone lying around or just have your service canceled.

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For those that are wondering.....

Echo took my mother to the hospital yesterday. She has a home nurse and the nurse thought she might have fluid on the lung.
Well, luckily she didn't. But she does have some sort of infection in her intestine and she has a kidney stone.

I am heading down there tonight.

A little background before I go on.....My mother has stage IV COPD and has congestive heart failure.

Some fool doctor at Memorial Hospital in Jax wants to put her under and operate on the damn kidney stone. W.T.F???
Her heart and her lungs won't take that! Did he get his diploma out of a Cracker Jack box?

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For those that are wondering.....

 

Echo took my mother to the hospital yesterday. She has a home nurse and the nurse thought she might have fluid on the lung.

Well, luckily she didn't. But she does have some sort of infection in her intestine and she has a kidney stone.

 

I am heading down there tonight.

 

A little background before I go on.....My mother has stage IV COPD and has congestive heart failure.

 

Some fool doctor at Memorial Hospital in Jax wants to put her under and operate on the damn kidney stone. W.T.F???

Her heart and her lungs won't take that! Did he get his diploma out of a Cracker Jack box?

Sounds like a relative of the doctor who gave my 88 year old Grams IV chemo. :rolleyes:

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This was mostly a problem of all around stupid. Otherwise known as SNAFU, or else clustfrak.

 

The doctor said grandma needed this surgery... Apparently the kidney stone was damaging the kidney and they could not wait for it to pass, they had to do something to bypass it. My Aunt talked to them, and apparently told them that it would be fine for her to have general anesthesiology, because being a nurse apparently makes her a PHD in pulmonology. Grandma apparently told the floor nursing staff that she was not able to receive Generals, and the nurse failed to communicate this to the surgical staff. Aunt called me at 1130 and told me to take my time getting showered, shaved, dressed, get some lunch, it wouldn't be till late in the afternoon so I should plan to get there in about 1.5 to 2 hours. My plan was to grab one of the nurses and make them call her Pulmonary specialist so that he could consult and give his professional input on how she needed to be cared for, as an expert in the field as well as having treated her for oh..15 years..

 

And then I get there. Right at the time I said I would. And Grandma's gone. I ask, and she was taken to surgery... there is no attendant at the desk in the surgical waiting room... later, I find a small note that says to call **** for information on a patient. I call this, and they keep me on hold about 20 minutes... Finally they clear me to come back... And I only have 5 minutes with her before they take her back.. In that time they start going over the procedure and finally I just grab the Anesthesiologist's assistant aside and tell her what the Polmonologist had told grandma.. which is this.. "Any surgery in which general anesthesia is necessary should only be performed once it has become a matter of life and death. Because it is my professional opinion that if you (grandma) were to be placed under General Anesthesia, you would likely not wake up from it.".. The nurse looked surprised and told me no one had reported that she was in that bad of a situation.. They then checked her breathing.. and I thought her eyes were going to pop out of her head............I asked the assistant if she would like me to call her Pulmonologist and the Anesthesiologist said it wouldn't be necessary..

 

After the surgery the assistant stopped me and said obscurely.. "your grandmother is very lucky you spoke to us about her respiratory function before her surgery..." and didn't comment further...

Grandma is not going to this hospital again.

This is the same hospital my Great Grandmother died at.......On the same floor... about a three minute walk away..

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You did a good job protecting your grandmother, Echo.

 

Does she have an advance directive and/or healthcare Power of Attorney? (answer not needed, just throwing this out there)

 

If not, and her mind is sound, I urgently and strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. You can usually find the forms online.

 

I had both for my mom (AD stated her wishes for terminal/irreversible conditions and gave me POA for healthcare should she NOT be able to express her wishes).

 

This would prevent Auntie or other family members from making decisions regarding her health care.

 

"Grandma apparently told the floor nursing staff that she was not able to receive Generals"

 

If grandmother has not been ruled by the appropriate medical professionals or a court as "not being of sound mind and able to make decisions regarding her finances and healthcare", then I would question WHY the hospital staff did NOT listen to HER when she told them she shouldn't have surgery....but rather listened to the Aunt, who for some reason was allowed to serve as a healthcare proxy. Does Auntie have medical POA or is named in an AD as the go to when grandmother can't make decisions or express her wishes? If not, the hospital NEEDS to be held accountable for this ERROR that could have had unthinkable consequences.

 

A call to the hospital administrator may be in order?

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My brother-in-law always had issues when he went to Memorial.

 

Is your mother able to go out to Mayo?

 

Is St. Luke's still St. Luke's or are they St. Vincent's now? I always got good care from them.

 

Good luck - hope your mother is doing better.

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