Thanx. Yeah, a real nightmare. Blood clot in right calf, caused by annual colonoscopy error (teaching hospital trainee). 24 hours later, Emergency room when foot turned blue. Meds prescribed for CDIFF (which their own tests proved immediately that I did not have). I insisted on an immediate blood test when they attempted to give me the meds that had caused severe diarrhea and hemorrhagic blood loss two years earlier after ANOTHER misdiagnosis, at which time those drugs were posted in my records as severe allergens. Proof they were aware test was negative--I was taken out of isolation and they disgarded their hazmat gear. The meds were put into IV bags hung during first two surgeries for clot anyway. ICU for 14 days with multiple blood transfusions, 9 units total, all because the same meds continued to be administered in a TPN drip supposedly prescribed because of nutrient loss. DUH!!! When I asked if I was still being treated with those drugs thru IV because I couldn't understand the reaction,the Surgeon told me "I am not your doctor", but he prescribed the TPN. He Lied telling me there were pre cancerous cells--there were not. He withheld the pathology report corroborating my argument that drugs were causing the blood loss, etc. Removal of THREE ORGANS, colon, ovary, and gall bladder, none with damage showing a need for surgical removal. Three hernias almost immediately because of how I was cut, but surgeon insisted they were not hernias. Had to get CT scan to prove severe hiatal hernia with three loops of small intestine caught up in stomach,ventral hernia as well as another hernia under stoma. Multiple requests for records to find out who and how and what the hell, which resulted in corrupted computers, both my lawyers and mine. Two years later FINALLY got usable records, surgeon no longer working at THAT hospital, but still working.
I'm not sure but I prefer to believe that mine is most likely an extreme case, except we went through something just as frightening with my husband 15 years ago when a surgeon wanted to crack his chest--UNNECESSARILY. We insisted on second opinion and were verbally berated and called names but we went anyway. The doctor who invented robotic surgical treatment for the heart saw him and informed him he had grown EIGHT new arteries around his blockage and not to let ANYONE tell him he needed surgery. Hubby's fine with minor meds. His records were also altered, as they (first doctor) treated him with betadine and he is allergic. I found him unresponsive in hospital, tongue swollen and eyes rolled back. Afterwards, his records stated "pretreated for allergy" LIES. Oh yeah, my identity was stolen by personnel in that hospital--they got caught but JEEZ ENOUGH ALREADY.
SO, Now that I've provided you with your nightime nightmare, I must admit that although I'm sure there are many with very good experiences I can promise you that neither my husband or myself will EVER cross a hospital threshold again. I've told the last hospital board, if I have a heart attack I'll roll my ass into the street where I can see the truck coming at me.