- Posted April 17, 2009 by
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Our Medical System
Okay, well I haven't been able to post anything for a bit, because I was up in New York visiting my Granddad who was quite ill. Luckily he has pulled through and is now back home, but something disturbed me, and I wanted to share this with this community.
Last Wednesday I got a call informing me that Granddad's heart stopped, and that he was in the CCU and to hurry up to NY because he might not make it to the weekend. Well while up there it was so difficult to get the Doctors to give us answers or even to really work with us. We had one who was great and gave us answers and helped us all that he could. But we had a specialist come in, and he litterally walked in with doctor bag in hand, went through his routine, and walked out. DIdn't give us an update, just said same thing and walked out. He didn't wait for us to ask questions, or ask if we had any.
And after he got moved out of the CCU he was moved to general public to observe him and get him ready to go home. The only issue is they had no diagnosis for what was affecting him. He was still having issues, in other words he wasn't right. The docs seemed to be doing what they could to clear their beds and not take care of the patients. My Aunt, the proxy, told them they weren't sending him home until we get answers. Well they went in there, and instead of saying to my granddad: "Mr. Soandso, we will need to hold you a little longer to just make sure everthing is okay" they tell him, "we want to release you, but your daughter doesn't want you home". What makes this unbelievable is after we get our answers and they tell him he can leave and get him pretty much discharged, they were like oh wait we don't feel comfortable letting you go; your stats aren't where we would like them.
Well Granddad has been home now for a couple days, and doing great but that experience scares me. It scares me because my Granddad wasn't treated like a patient, but a number on the board to move around. There is somehting wrong here. In the place where you should be getting cared for, and you are not being treated like you should. Now my what happened might of been a minority incident, but it is an eye opener.
have you fellow iReporters had these kind of experiences?