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Sunday, January 10, 2010

I thought doctors were healers, not drug dealers

Posted on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Healthcare is just so fantastic in this city. My boyfriend was admitted by ambulance due to multiple bad falls with a pre-existing back condition. He had pain through his spine, the back of his neck, and the side of his head. He also had excruciating chest pain.

He was admitted, seen by nurses and doctors, but NOT examined. Not one medical practitioner laid a finger on him to examine him for anything after admission. I don't know if I've been brought up to expect too much, but to my knowledge, if someone has pre-existing spinal injury and fell on his back twice, shouldn't that be examined? What about possible concussions? Shouldn't those be taken into consideration as well? Not to mention intense chest pains. At least check for bruising or if he's having a heart attack!

But no. And guess what? The treatment given to him was a massive drug overdose. 1 Ativan, 3 Tylenol, 5 mg of morphine, 1 Valium and 3 Advil. In the span of ONE HOUR. Yes, he was in pain, but it didn't seem like anyone was at all interested in getting to the bottom of it. He was just drugged up and sent home, after an hour of puking because of the all the drugs.

It's been a full day. He has been in pain all day, and still puking from the drugs. I would bring him back to the hospital, but what's the point? They have no interest in curing him. It's all about the drugs, and discharging patients as soon as possible.

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