My question involves injury or loss that occurred in the state of: Ohio
This has been rolling over in my mind for a while, so I thought Id ask about it just to see what comes of it.
Last year (2007) I was pregnant with my now beautiful daughter. I was seeing a rotation of 4 OBGYN's in a private practice. I had one primary, and would see the rest after 30 weeks in rotation incase I went into labor when one or another was on call.
Now, in the past I had had a handful of gallbladder attacks, that went undiagnosed. It isnt something doctors seem to consider right off the back. I had come to the conclusion it was my gallbladder after approx 3-4 attacks that would last 12+ hours at a time.
When I met my primary, I explained my concern that I have gotten them in the past. After the last one before becoming pregnant, I had actually gotten in to see a family doctor and her response was basically a shrug, and since it was over, there was no way to tell if it was, and to "lets see" and to call if it happened again.
In my 23'rd week, I became very ill. To me, it was clear it was a gallbladder attack. So instead of waiting it out (it had been my first one since becoming pregnant) we went right off to the hospital.
I go right up to the Labor and delivery ward, as that is where you end up after 20 weeks.
I explain what is going on, I am in intense pain at this point. I tell them what I think is happening. They in turn, call my primary.
My primary tells them that it is heartburn.
They did not run a single test, urine, blood or anything else. They gave me lidocain (sp?) orally and sent me home.
This was a saturday night at approx 6pm.
Fast forward to tuesday. The attack had never ended. I was unable to eat, sleep and could barely hold down water. I was throwing everything up and had actually lost 6 pounds in the 2.5/3 days. I had called the office repeatedly and they insisted it was heartburn and to take it easy. I was urinating what looked like apple cider. They told me I was dehydrated. I knew for a fact I was not THAT dehydrated as water was the only thing I could remotely keep down.
Finally another doctor in the practice got my complaint, and had me come in.
Right off the back from seeing me, they sent me to the hospital for testing.
I was very jaundiced, I had billrubin(sp?) in my urine as well as blood.
And it turned out, I had a blocked bile duct.
I was hospitalized for 4 days. I had to have an ERCP, and an MRI. They finally U/S'd my galllbladder. It was so bad they considered taking it out then. Which isnt something they usually do during pregnancy.
My primary, who dismissed my concerns, and imput did not come to visit me once, and I did not have another visit with her for the rest of my pregnancy.
They had a staff meeting that day I was admitted.
My question is, is this malpractice?
The doctor who did deliver my daughter (who I thought was great!) actually offered to stay late to deliver my daughter because he knew how I felt about my primary, and she was due to be oncall. (Luckily I pushed her out with 45 minutes to spare! hah!) He left the practice 2 weeks later, and I heard from the staff there that he had issues with my primary, as did my labor nurse (who was my labor nurse and the nurse who took care of me during my blocked bile duct).
I just cant help to think that if she wasnt so dismissive, the hospital stay would not of had to happened, or would of been taken care of sooner, instead of 3-4 days later. (When the ERCP took place to force the stone from the duct)
Thank you for reading, if you did.