Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Street MD, U of Hard Knocks.

Yeah, um, my mother has had a C-diff relapse. I said it a week ago today. I'm so pleased that the medical profession finally caught up.


carlarey said...

Who do we see about getting you a large personal break? You are seriously overdue.

Or at some least credit for your diagnostic skills.

Anonymous said...

And I am willing to bet, that even if you asked every qualified medical type person if it could just possibly be a relapse of the C-diff, they never gave you credit.

I used to get the same sort of brush off from Dr's about children's ailments. On one occasion when I declined (politely) to accept a prescription for antibiotics for a VIRUS infection, the Dr grunted nastily and scribbled something in the notes.
Well, he lost our business right there and then: I was neither assertive nor agressive. Of course he did not realise that I have one peculiar talent: the ability to read upside down and back to front, Dr's writing is actually clearer that way............

Sending more good thoughts,

Gae in Callala Bay

Janet said...

I thought about you yesterday--there was a piece on NPR about how few doctors are going into geriatrics anymore and how the insurance system is set up so that the ones who do are the lowest paid among all the other specialties. Seems there's no money in taking the time to diagnose what is actually happening to an older patient.

Catherine said...

Gae, I didn't ask them, I flat told them that it was a good possibility. Without getting too graphic, c-diff is very memorable, and she had the same symptoms that had been plaguing her before. They said they'd do a test, didn't, sent her back to the nursing home without telling them either. I called the doctor who saw her in the hospital, he refused my calls, had his nurse call, she treated me like I was a moron, condescendingly telling me that of course she had diarrhea, she had the medication they use to clean you out before a colonoscopy! No, she hadn't had that stuff yet, she was having it on admission, I was there while the nurse was setting up to give her the first dose AFTER she'd had another attack. I told this nurse that timeline, and she still blew me off. Saturday I told the nurse on duty at the nursing home and she ordered a test, they did it by Monday, and Tuesday I find out that yeppers, the pain in the ass daughter (who would rather run away from the whole mess) was right. How many people were exposed while they were blowing it off, while exposing other patients? No wonder it's a big issue in hospitals.

Janet, I have no doubt that this is the case. I'm watching it - nobody wants to take the time with someone over 80, even though she was living just like they were a few months ago, sharp as a tack and driving competently and keeping up with her house, her finances, and with national news and in vitality was 15+ years younger than her age. She's a different person now, a decade older than her actual age, and has visible symptoms of something eating her alive. The response: She's old. So what. And this is on "really good" private insurance, and while I am writing checks for many thousands every month for her care.

The system here is past broken. It's obscene.