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Hospital Again

Dianne was taken to the ER yesterday afternoon and admitted to the Telemetry Unit at about 10pm..Her lungs were congested and oxygenation levels were very low.  She is resting well and feeling stronger.
When the physical therapist came by yesterday, She was still in bed, fearing that she would be unable to stand.  She was correct.  The physical therapist did very little assessment or therapy once he checked her lungs and very limited evidence of activity in one lung and none in the other.  EMts came for the second time in two days. I insisted that she be taken to central ER rather than the auxilliary one she had gone to the previous day.  They had exrayed her hip and told her she was good to go!.  The physical therapist had told me to resist any suggestions that she be released until the issue of her lack of mobility had been addressed.  A plan was made to admit her to the hospital and i went home.  Less than an hour later, the ER called to tell me to come and get her.  Her oxygenation level was fine (it turned out that even that information was incorrect.)  I asked if she was walking.  The person said "I don't know. Noone has tried to  walk her.   I said i would be right down but not for the purpose of taking her home!

My few personal experiences with hospitals have been pretty good.  Though highly critical of all other social institutions, i have pretty much accepted that the medical institution does the best it can and have understood why Americans respect medicine more than many other institutions.  But all institutions become greedy and lax in a system that rewards greed and fraud and gives only lip speech to honesty and service.

Two things i know.  Female patients are not given the concern, attention, respect, or dignity that are given to male patients, and hospitals treat conditions, not patients.  Dianne is subject to both omissions.  Her medical complaints are not taken as seriously as my far less serious ones, and her many medical problems seem to overwhelm hospital staffs.  That is the only reason i can  think of that both ERs tried to release her as quickly as they did.

Now, thank goodness, she has the attention of the hospital staff and they seem to be taking her conditions much more seriously.


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Feb. 9th, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
I´m glad you could get her to people that take her seriously and are able to help.
Sending love and healing to both of you
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mia. It is always good to hear from you!
Feb. 9th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
She is fortunate to have you as her advocate.

Weirdly, medical culture down here in the Denver area is unusually good. Patients tend to be treated as the first authorities on their health, and they tend to be respected.

It took me a while to get used to this, in hospital visits. I had been used to very different and much less sensible and humane cultures-- insofar as I interacted with medical staff.
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
I am glad if things are changing for the better.
Feb. 10th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
Me too! But it is clearly only local cultures that count, to those in their clutches.
Feb. 9th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
I, too, am glad you're there to make sure she gets the care she needs. Hoping that all this is a passing blip on the radar. Thinking good and healing thoughts for you and Dianne.
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, Donna.
Feb. 9th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this. I send thoughts of healing and health to you both. Take care of you too.
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, Cathy.
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