5 years ago, my dad had an a brain aneurysm. Causing him to be disabled. He always goes to the doctor every month with my mom to get check ups. Though he does misses visits because of long wait line, does not mean he should not be missed diagnosed.
From what I understand and experience from this doctor is...he checks your vitals, if you fine (obviously since you are walking and talking), listens to your heart beat, breathing and coughing with every check up.
****He always states yes yes, he's fine.
------this was the first incident.
After my dad had his brain aneurysm, he cannot take himself to the doctor for check ups therefore no matter how long the line, he still gets his check ups.
4 months ago, my dad had a urinary track infection since he is on a catheter and bed ridden at home...this is common and was hospitalized. At the hospital he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and trouble swallowing and doctor at the county hospital recommended me to see my family doctor to get a referral to see a doctor that is specialized in swallowing.
I took him the next day after he was realized and told the family doctor that I need him to check his throat and a refer to check his swallowing. He did his usual of check ups and said my dad is fine, even though I know he could not swallow as well as he could. I said fine, I'll let my mom deal with him.
My mom came to the doctor next month and got the refer to his brain doctor and finally got a date to check up on his swallowing as it has gotten worst. At the same visist, my family doctor suggested my mom NOT GET TREATMENT FOR THE HEPATITIS C, as he will become weak and become a veggie which will be difficult for my mom to take care of. Of course my mom thinks doctors are right and decided not to do it.
The past month my dad was sent to the hospital because his stomach had enlarged tremendously and in screaming pain. He was taken to a near by hospital where he was getting diagnosed by CT scan and xrays, but his contracted hospital said NO HE HAS TO COME HERE. IT IS IN THE CONTRACT (the same group that my family doctor is in works with this hospital). He was there for over a week and each day was "we will do a biopsy" but was never done. And all they did was give him morphine.
We force the doctor to sign him out of the hospital and HMO group so we can call 911 again to take him to the county hospital where treatment was better and high tech.
At the county hospital, they said he was at END STAGE CANCER! Though they can keep him alive or so for minimum 6 months and maximum 1 year.
At the county hospital they gave him a catheter that goes to his bladder which is suppose to be there for one week max, but was in there longer since the nurses are lazy (I can tell from the condition he's in along with his screaming pain and messiness of his bed when ever I am there to visit, along with when I asked when he got his meds...most of his RN DOES NOT KNOW but asks me instead if I knew when he got his meds.)
Because he had a urinary track infection from the bladder catheter, causing him to have a fever which means he cannot get a G-tube to his stomach to feed him to be stronger then chemo can be performed since he cannot eat by mouth because of his swallowing.
He waited for another week until his fever was over, so during the wait he was put on PTN (a milk/chemical nutritional tube that goes through his IV to feed him and give him nutrition). This was only suppose to be in for a couple of days not more than 5 days! He was on it for more than 5 days and had gotten a fungi yeast infection from the TPN. Again they waited for another week for his fungi infection to be neutralized with antibiotics.
The yeast infection caused his heart to be extremely weak and blood pressure to be extremely low. Week by week, it was one infection after another causing him to not get his G-Tube and no chemo. As it went on his cancer got worst and affected his kidneys to where his kidneys would not function and had to be on dialysis.
On Saturday August 22, 2009 at 10:35am. He passed. His cancer was caused by the Hep C. In one month he was in the hospital, we found out he had cancer END STAGE CANCER, and passed.
I understand that this post was meant to be short and concised but my family and I are in mourning.
I am looking for a lot of help and I can and will tell you all the information about the hospitals and family doctor. I am seeking justice. It wasn't enough that my father had to suffer from a brain aneurysm that altered his personality and made him bed-ridden but finally did not diagnose he had cancer and made him passed.