Dying Person with Paralyzed Throat given Oral Medication?

Are you ready for the next clueless doctor story? It is about my mom that happened today.

I got a call from a person called Miracle at the hospital she is currently–Miracle indeed. She is working in the hospital’s discharge department. She called to talk to me about my mother’s discharge from the hospital. I ask “you mean discharge as into the hands of God?” she says “what? No, a skilled nursing facility”

I say “Miracle, will you please do a miracle and read the records before you call me?” …

A couple of hours pass and I get a call from the palliative care nurse trying to get my mother to not die in the hospital because “we don’t like patients to die here.” I told her “I am very sorry you don’t like it. I don’t like that my mother is dying. It is your hospital’s error so she will die there. I give no authorization for transfer.” After some talk she agreed.

Then she tells me “your mom is receiving only morphine and Valium sublingulally” (meaning under tongue)… so I said “that is great. Now you are causing her great pain since all drugs end up in her lungs; her throat is paralyzed and cannot swallow”… she said “oops“… there.. the saga continues…

Just to let you know that hospital incompetence has no limit. I would not be surprised to get a discharge phone call after my mom is dead.

I am now looking for private autopsy. Amazingly the hospital autopsy person recommended that since, he said, that in the hospital all autopsy is biased for the protection of the doctors… finally a competent person but unfortunately only after death.

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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8 Responses to Dying Person with Paralyzed Throat given Oral Medication?

  1. Tana Kay Marriott says:

    Wow! “Oops!” Really!!?? She really said, “oops!” Does your mother have “NPO” anywhere above her bed? When I worked as a CNA, CHHA, Caregiver, and Adult Care Home Manager, we had many patients who were not allowed anything by mouth. They had to have an “NG” tube and a sign “NPO” was place over their bed and on their chart in all capital letters for all to see! Everyone who worked there were told and knew what that meant!!!!

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    • I just responded to you on FB on this. She ordered on her Advanced Durable Power of Attorney absolutely no tube feeding. Her throat is paralyzed never to recover. She cannot even swallow of course as much as her saliva–and she has none since all of that goes into the lungs. So they removed her from all fluids as a result. She is now only getting Morphine and Valium through IV and nothing else.


  2. Roald Michel says:

    “……….autopsy is biased for the protection of the doctors.” Sick!
    “……….she said “oops“…” Sick!
    Um…….reading all this, clearly it’s high time to redefine “palliative care”! Jesus, what a bunch of fucked up losers!

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    • yep… this is a country to move out of when one gets old… we are thinking about it… We also just caught the CA Department of Public Health lying… I will find out more tomorrow but given that you are not on Facebook, here is what I wrote:

      “We just caught the California Department of Public Health lying…
      They decided that they talked to me (never did) and decided that I do not want to file charges against a facility (nope, I do file charges) and so they decided that I agreed to them closing the investigation (nope).
      I found this out through the organization I work with, 4Fate.org that filed on my behalf and received the letter stating this. They called me saying “what the heck is going on?” and told me I was cc’d on the letter according to the letter (nope, never got a letter)… I got home and had a message waiting for me on my phone from the Dep. of Public Health but it was already after 5… so what do you all say to this? The State of California is LYING??? What is the world coming to? Darn it I wish I could set something in bold letters on FB!”


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