Prayers Needed For My Aunt

My Aunt Barbie fell last night at home and broke her shoulder and cheekbone. After being rushed to the hospital about 10 PM, being put through numerous tests and finally being admitted to a room, she was told that she would need surgery today.

My Mom and I arrived at the hospital this morning about 10 AM after calling the orthapeadic surgeon and the ENT to see if they accepted her Medicare HMO insurance and her Primary Care Doctor’s office to be sure that the referrals were sent to those doctors.

When we arrived we found her unwashed, with blood still her on her face and hands. She was parched, of course because she could not have anything to eat or drink due to having surgery. She had an IV in with an antibiotic, saline and Potassium. When asking the nurse about when her surgery was scheduled we were told that it wasn’t. And the doctors needed to evaluate her first.

This continued for hours. By 2 PM we were told that the surgeon would see us downstairs and she would have her surgery. Her IV had infiltrated so the nurse said that it would be better to have it taken care of in the surgery department.  By 5 PM and more requests about why she was not brought down to surgery yet, the nurse finally tried to put in her IV again. She was unsuccessful.

By 6 PM she was finally brought down to the surgery center where the nurse there had a fit to learn that my Aunt did not have the IV in for about 4 hours. We learned that her Potassium was so low that she might be unable to have surgery after all.

The nurse found her vein in no time and had to push three bags of Potassium in two hours because we were told that was when her surgery was scheduled, IF her Potassium level reached 3. By eight PM the last bag was done and the blood was drawn for her test.

My poor aunt was so out of it by then that she thought she was going home. My Mom and I were exhausted and frustrated. I ended up having a bad attack of symptoms from Myasthenia Gravis. I had finished all of my meds. My husband came and took me home.

I just called my Mom to learn that they had snuck in another patient before my Aunt so she still has not had her surgery. My Mom ended up leaving before the surgery could even begin, before even speaking to the doctor in detail about the surgery and not being able to make sure that everything goes well with my Aunt.

I have never seen such irresponsible behavior, such irregard for a patient’s dignity, safety and lack of concern. There will be a letter to the CEO of the hospital about this whole event.

The worse part of this is that my Aunt didn’t even get to see the ENT yet to determine if she needs surgery for her cheek. If so, this fiasco will not occur again.

Please pray for my Aunt who is in terrible pain and is being treated terribly.

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Comments

  1. I am so sorry to hear that your Aunt is being treated so badly. Keeping her in my thoughts and wishing her a speedy recovery.

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  2. I have been going through the same thing w/my aunt. Spent several hrs @ hospital w/her today, but she was treated very well at the ER. Sorry to hear about the treatment your aunt has received. Hang in there things will get better. Take care of yourself. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers and sending good wishes your way.

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  3. I’m so sorry about your aunt. Of course, you have my prayers. It’s so unfortunate that dignity is sometimes left out of the “practice” of medicine. I work with people who have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. They are often treated badly.

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  4. Connie,

    Your aunt is in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry you all had to go through this horrible ordeal. I hope now she is better taken care of. Take care of you too.

    ((hugs))

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  5. Oh my, that is deplorable treatment and someone needs to be spoken to and your aunt taken better care of. There is NO excuse for that sort of thing, the poor dear.

    Prayers and good thoughts being sent your way. And don’t you go getting yourself too worn out either, that won’t do anyone any good!

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  6. Wow – you and your Mother need to find someone to file a formal complaint with. Sorry to sound bossy but that sounds inhumane. There must be some state angency or hospital board that will hear you.
    I am so sorry. What she had to go thru while injured is unforgivable. My prayers & thoughts are with her.

  7. Oh Connie, I am so sorry for your aunt and your family. There is no excuse for being treated that way. I hope she was able to have her surgery and that it was a success. I will be thinking of your aunt and praying she has a quick recovery.

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  8. Connie
    I’m very sorry to hear about your aunt’s ordeal. I hope things are better by now and she is receiving a proper care.
    She’s in my thoughts and I’m wishing she will be feeling better soon.

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  9. That’s indeed a shame for that hospital. I hope your aunt has been nursed after all and that she still can enjoy the holidays.
    Best to you and your family

  10. I am sorry about your Aunt’s injuries and the treatment at the hospital. I hope everything has been resolved and she is on the way to recovery. She is my thoughts and prayers. Happy Holidays!

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  11. My gosh Connie, that is just HORRIBLE! I can’t believe they didn’t even clean her up. Reading this really makes me sad, your poor aunt 🙁

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  12. I hope by now she has been able to have her surgery. The prayer is that you can get her home soon, where her recovery can be quicker being around her loved ones. It hurts to have your loved one’s suffer, when they are supposed to be in a place to get help. God Bless You and Merry Christmas!

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  13. Thank you for your concern Tina. I’ll be posting an update shortly.

  14. Thanks so much Debonaire Flea Market for your prayers. We need them but of course my aunt needs them more. Glad to hear that your aunt was treated well. I pray that she is on the road to recovery.

  15. Cinda, it’s so true about dignity being forgotten in the busy world of medicine. Thank you for your concern.

  16. Sophia, you are so kind. I’ll be writing about how things went last night and today.

  17. Great word to describe her lack of treatment, “deplorable”, Linda. That sums it up pretty well.

  18. Jamaise, My Mom is so overwhelmed right now that I will have to be the one to handle the complaining. I am going to visit tomorrow. I needed time to recover today and will be going to to CEO’s office to inform him of all that happened.

  19. Thanks Rachel for your kind words. Knowing that people care so much helps us a lot.

  20. We are still in shock over this ordeal at the hospital, Daffodil. Our complaint will be made in order so this doesn’t happen to anyone else again.

  21. Thanks Cristina for taking the time to let us know of your concern. Happy Holidays to you too.

  22. Julie, I couldn’t even sleep last night as sick as I was, going over this in my mind. I kept seeing my aunt in pain and hearing another patient next to her who broke his hip who waited all day to have his surgery too. What happens to patients who don’t have anyone with them to speak up for them?

  23. I echo your prayer Barbara, but it seems that she will need to go to a rehab center for recovery. My Mom can’t care for her as she herself is elderly and has health problems of her own as do I.

  24. That’s so terrible! Some folks can be so awful especially to older people! And it’s the Holidays! I hope things get better for her & ya’ll have a Merry Christmas!

  25. We hope she gets better and gets out of that hospital very quickly but it seems that she is having more problems than we first thought. Merry Christmas to you too!

  26. Your poor aunt! I’ve been on the other side of things; when I was recovering from having my gallbladder out, they put a woman in the other bed in my room who had a broken hip. She was scared, in shock, and kept moaning or trying to get out of bed, and she thought it was 1965, but they left her in there with no supervision and I had to get out of bed and haul my IV with me to find a nurse after my call on her behalf went unanswered for 10 or more minutes. (I’m not good with time even when I haven’t just had surgery.) I refuse to go back to that hospital, even though they were very good with my older son when he had pneumonia; I went to a hospital further away to have my youngest because I knew they had better care. (It wasn’t their fault that the woman in the room with me was rude and had people in all the time who all talked loudly.)

    I hope she’s feeling better, and I hope that hospital cleans up its act!

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  27. Kitrona, It’s amazing that in this day and age there are horror stories like yours still happening. We will follow up on this complaint so that something gets done, promise.