Laci Brooks Atkinson on Facebook
3 years ago
10/29/2018, 01:22 AM
FIND A DIFFERENT PRACTICE. Period.
I actually recommended this practice to EVERYONE right after I had surgery...then I had complications. I called and told the nurse a wound was infected and little to no care was shown by the dr’s office. I ended up in ER. After much frustration (and cost to me), I was FINALLY given antibiotics. Three weeks ago I started having vertigo (dizziness), got a PICC line put in (like a semi- permanent IV). This dr has not had labs drawn from Home Health one time (normally PICC pts have weekly labs). I began running a fever a couple days ago. Home health nurse called the SC Obesity nurse and was told that this is “normal” and SC Obesity did not write for antibiotics. Any medical professional should know that a patient with a PICC line who has a fever is NOT normal. Yes, I am down 50 lbs two and a half months after being sleeved, but at what cost (financially, emotionally, and health-wise)? It would be nice if my doctor and his nurses had proper education or actually cared. If you run a fever of 104 your dr or nurse should show concern and TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION.
Ps. I’m a nurse, thank goodness, so I know what is “normal” and what is not. I feel sorry for patients who see the doctor I saw and have no prior education in the medical field. If I get septic (too much bacteria in my blood), and pass away, I want to be sure this note is here.
Edited to add: After this post I went to a different ER. I was indeed septic. I was hospitalized for two weeks, then spent a week in rehabilitation. After that I was on home health for 3 months.