Originally Posted by MyHaven
An advocate is what saved me too. I started in Dysart hospital. Remaining undiagnosed for a week. Then incorrectly diagnosed and sent to Mackay Mater hospital where the surgens nearly killed me through botched surgeries. The worst part was they "accused" me of have depression and lectured me, when I was turning septic and developing peritonitis. The Flying Dr service took me to the Princess Alexandra in Brisbane and my lovely Dr's Coen and Meed saved me. It seemed they did it with ease when I wasn't expected to survive before their care.
I paid a fortune for the private care but the PA took me as a public patient.
The other thing I learned is to not just think it - say it.
In Dysart they said, "we need to send you to Mackay for emergency surgery, can make you're own way there? You are not sick enough for the chopper" I thought how sick do you have to be, but didn't say it. Luckily a nurse off shift travelling back to Mackay volunteered to drive me. She didn't want to have to put in a nasal gastric tube. I didn't want her too either. HaHa.
I have never seen snow. I really should put that on a bucket list.
The important thing to remember is that doctors are only human and they make mistakes.
A few months back I was in hospital with influenza B the registrar wanted to put in an NG , I said no. I've had several and I told him and a few doctors that we know socially , that they should have to have one in place for a week as part of their internship. Hideous things. In hindsight I didn't have my regular bowel blockage, just the flu.
We have been in navy health with top cover for 36 years , but at $550- $1200 a day for nearly 3 years in hospital beds ,I think I'd still come out on top.
I owe my life to prof Bob Jones and prof Geoffrey Bond an Australian specialist based in Pennsylvania . Both lovely men also.
The horses are thawing out in the sun. Time to replace all of the wet and muddy bedding in the coops. Time to bang the spiders out of my gumboots.
Apparently we are forecast for nice weather this week , but we have a big tide forecast for 6 pm tonight. I will definitely be donning the gumboots between tides to go down and lock the cows off the bottom paddocks. Having a riverfront property does have its downsides .
Snow !Edited by Fancychooklady - 5/3/16 at 6:04pm