Life's a glitch

@arkaf61 (10882)
Canada
June 9, 2011 5:38pm CST
and then you're sick! I know, I am not making any sense, but I am calmly going insane right now. I had decided that I would be coming here a bit more, and then... life happens. This time, with my daughter. She's only 21 and dealing with a bunch of possible diagnoses including stroke and ms which are enough to start a very "arkafian" GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Don't we always try to hold onto hope ? I am, hoping again hope that it's something less serious, but the fact that we're going on this for almost 4 weeks now is not bringing me any relief.She's been in hospital twice during this time, discharged and sent home although they still didn't know what she had and she wasn't better either. First time we found out that they "forgot" to write on her chart a bunch of things including tests that the hospital had booked and the prescriptions that she was sent home with. I understand her doctor was going on vacation, I understand that nurses are busy, but it is my understanding as well, after working in several hospitals, that you do write those things in the patient's chart. She is now home, and every once in a while something else happens, like now her right arm seems to feel weaker too, and today she is dizzy enough not to be able to get out of bed. Booking an appointment with the family doctor to learn that the hospital didn't send all the information that was requested. Have you been fed up with health care lately? Do share
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@GardenGerty (102464)
• United States
9 Jun 11
No, I am not fed up with health care lately, because I do not have any. It does sound as if you are going around in circles though. Is it always this bad? You are in Canada, correct? I really hope that things do come out better later on.
@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
9 Jun 11
I don't know if this is comforting, but when I was her age I started getting really sick. They started testing me for everything from leukemia to AIDS. Of course I had neither. I went through years of tests. Well yes, I'm on disability now. But I have nothing life threatening. And I live quite a normal life. Maybe whatever she has will be easily fixed. Maybe it will be something more serious. But when things look the worst, they tend to come out much better than we think. I'll be praying for you guys.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
10 Jun 11
Thank you my friend :) It might be so or not, but you words had a very calming effect on me, and I thank you for that. I was just on the phone with her. Her boyfriend took her to the walk in clinic because she was feeling so nauseated and dizzy. In addition to the appointment with the neurologist, which she was told to keep of course, they also booked her for an ENT specialist, which makes sense to me, because although she was quite healthy so far, she did have quite a few severe ear infections in the past few years. They also prescribed meds to help with worse symptoms right now. I will be going to her home tomorrow after work and hubby and my son will go saturday morning. we have been staying at her home a lot of weekends lately. One thing that I see as quite positive is how supportive and helpful her boyfriend is. That is at least one less thing to worry about :) Once again, thanks for your words and sharing your experience
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
9 Jun 11
If you are going to go insane, calmly is the best way to do it. Sorry for your troubles, and I hope all turns out well. I do not use Western Medicine personally, but friends and family that do often run into all sorts of difficulties with the procedures. Do you know the word "Iatric" as in "Iatric Illness?" Best wishes to you and your whole family.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
9 Jun 11
Hi drannhhhhh :) Yes I figured that if I had to go insane, it was better to go at it calmly and quietly :) After so many years with quite healthy kids, I have had a few scares with my son first and now my daughter. And they have all been serious stuff. Iatric as the greek related to healing or in a more broad sense as in ( very loosely put ) illness related to doctors? LOL Thanks for the wishes, we would really appreciate at least some idea of what we're dealing with any time soon, but sometimes it's best to be careful with what we wish, so my lips are sealed :)But it's getting to be exhausting, specially since my daughter moved last November and is about a bit over an hour from us now. I don't drive so having to coordinate Bus or train schedules with my work schedule has been ... stressful
• United States
10 Jun 11
I'm very sorry about your daughter. I hope that you can get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible so that you can start looking into treatments that can help your daughter. I don't have any healthcare at all. I'm scared of getting sick because the hospital bills are ridiculous. My mother didn't feel well and went into the hospital a few years ago. She sat in the waiting room longer than the time they were with the doctors, only a few minutes, and she had a bill for $500. My boyfriend's friend went to the hospital because his son was sick and he said they waited for a really long time and when the doctor saw them they gave him a spoon of cough medicine and sent him home. The bill came out to $500 for them too. These were walk-in cases. If they had cause to take an ambulance they would probably have to pay an extra $500. It's very irresponsible of them to make mistakes and omissions like that. It's important that the patient history is accurate and complete so that important details are not missed. You don't want an incorrect diagnosis, or to have to waste time running tests you already took to find the problem because people can get really sick in that time. Maybe I'm coming off as insensitive when I say this but who cares if the doctor was going on vacation? That doesn't mean that vacation starts before they actually leave the office. If their brain was already on vacation then they shouldn't have been at work. They still have responsibilities and vacation is no excuse to make mistakes like that.