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My mother had a major stroke today out of doctor cluelessness and this happens every day everywhere only few realize that it does.
Do you have Durable Power of Attorney for your loved ones and for yourself? Were you told to believe that the Durable Power of Attorney will protect you from the hospitals or doctors doing whatever they wish with you? WRONG!
I have full Durable Power of Attorney over my mother. She has been going from hospital to nursing home to hospital and to nursing home to hospital, etc. The very first hospital misdiagnosed her by a psychiatrist who first went to the wrong bed, then came to my mother after my husband called him. He asked some usual questions: where do you live, where did you live before, etc. My mother answered every one correctly. His diagnosis: Alzheimer’s Dementia. Don’t ask me why–I just found this out later, This initial misdiagnosis followed my mother wherever she went.
To make things worse, at this hospital they “forgot” to give my mother a medication that is highly addictive so they pulled her through full withdrawal–have I mentioned she was 88 years old and admitted with high blood pressure and hypertension induced delirium? No? Well forget that since no one cared why she was admitted! They wanted to treat her for Alzheimer’s even though she did not have it. She also came down with serotonin syndrome at the same time full blown since she received by hospital error a double dose of serotonin and what we did not know, her high blood pressure and delirium was building up to a serotonin syndrome. In the US, as of 2012, only 15% of doctors actually recognized serotonin syndrome, over 47,000 people got it and just under 100 died. If you include the other 85% of doctors who missed a diagnosis, you can increase the number 8.5 fold, so well over 500,000 (that is half a million people) in the US had serotonin syndrome and likely around 700 died. It is not a rare disease! Because of her serotonin syndrome, she of course cannot get serotonin anymore but at that hospital no one believed me.
So they sent her on her way to a skilled nursing facility where her serotonin storms hit her. The general treatment for that is to put the person asleep and only awake for feeding. But at the skilled nursing they could not do that so they sent her back to the hospital, which promptly sent her to a psych ward, with now the new diagnostic titles: Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, psychosis, and delirium. The psych ward put her on what is called RIESE 5150, a 72-hour lock-down hold. In that period they started to give her medications like an experiment. She also received medications that had interactions causing heart and liver failure–did I mention she was 88-years old with a heart condition admitted originally?
After she refused to take her medications they pulled a RIESE 5250 on her and even though I had full Advanced Power of Attorney, they denied my rights and put her under state ownership. At that point the doctors can do whatever they wish. there was no communications. We were allowed to see her twice a day for one hour, no phone, no purses, no camera, not even a bottle of water was allowed in. Pure prison. Every time we went she was in a coma-like sleep.
The RIESE was up on the 17th of March, 2014 so one of the doctors called me to get my permission to give her a list of medicines. I permitted none only some Ambient in very low dose for sleeping if must. Instead, they gave her… you guessed it, Serotonin! She left that hospital in a semi coma, in that state for 3 days. They dumped her in a mental institute where only Alzheimer’s (remember, she did not have it), and schizophrenic people were. They were seriously ill… they urinated in my mother’s closet. They screamed all day long!
A psychologist came one day when I was there. He talked to my mother at length, with her answering every question right. Diagnosis: you guessed it, Alzheimer’s.
I called a meeting together because by this time my mom was saying things that if she had to stay here she would rather die. So they wanted to send her back to the psych ward, which I did not permit. The head psychologist was there so I asked him to evaluate. Him, his assistant and my husband went to talk to my mom. She went through all tests with flying colors. Her records were changed to normal, no dementia, no Alzheimer’s, no schizophrenia. And she was transferred to a well known hospital. She was checked into the ER and I gave my Durable Power of Attorney–AGAIN! and listed the medications she is allergic to AGAIN and told them that NO PSYCH medications.
Next day–today, the 4th of April–I visit her in her room. The male nurse is the rudest nurse I have ever seen. My mom was sitting in a pile of pee, wet gown, and no change for hours. The doctor discharged my mom without even a cardiologist so I had the doctor paged at about 2 pm. My mother’s morning medications arrived at 4 pm and there were 5 pills rather than 4 in the case. I asked the nurse why 5, he said all for heart. I said OK. She took the pills and in 15 minutes she had a major stroke.
While they were examining her and getting her stroke treated–half side body fully paralyzed, half face paralyzed, cannot speak. I asked the terrible male nurse what was the 5th pill. This time he did not say heart pill! He said it was for Alzheimer’s! A drug I did not permit! He gave me the name: it was serotonin. At that point I called 911 and wanted the doctor arrested but 911 told me this is a malpractice–which in California does not exist with the $250k cap. But this is also criminal since her allergy chart states no serotonin!
In the intensive care unit, the doctor finally dared looking into my eyes. I asked why she gave serotonin. She said “that was not serotonin” but dopamine. I showed her on my phone using the internet search, taking less than 20 seconds, the drug and all information and that it is serotonin! I also asked her “do you know what dopamine is used for in the brain? She said no. Serotonin? She said no. So.. a doctor prescribing medicine she does not know.
So she said well the pharmacy should have known. But the pharmacy did not know it was serotonin either!
In fact, NOT ONE doctor or pharmacy within any of the hospitals or skilled nursing facilities where my mother was (6 in 6 weeks) honored my Durable Power of Attorney, NOT ONE recognized a serotonin medication when they saw one!
So let me summarize:
Doctors are prescribing medication they are not familiar with and don’t know what those do. Pharmacies are not checking patient allergies and also don’t know what drugs are what. No doctor ever wants to talk to families who would know. Even nurses lie.
Serotonin medicines MUST be labeled SEROTONIN under no matter what name they are manufactured.
And finally, in hospital 1 my mom was misdiagnosed and that fate followed her to EVERY hospital no matter what! That initial clueless doctor doomed her all through to her stroke.
Malpractice in California is impossible because of the $250k cap; the District Attorney is overloaded with malpractice cases because attorneys don’t take them. Doctors know this and are running out of control. Hospitals are now out of control! No doctor is an employee of any hospital; they are “contractors” to protect the hospital.
This has got to end! Doctors are killing patients under their Hippocratic Oath! Enough is enough!
Please share this so millions can read it. I will be fighting all the way through all the courts and legislature if I must to change the system!