I hope I am not intruding on your board. However, I feel most comfortable talking to nurses regarding medical issues, because I feel that about 99.9% of the time, it is the nurses who make everything work.
I posted a while back regarding the situation with my former OB. To make a long story short, he and his colleagues did not believe me when I showed up at the hospital with extreme pain and nausea. He eventually accused me of being a drug seeker, but finally agreed to give me an ultrasound of my abdomen, which showed that I needed immediate surgery to remove my gall bladder. I was in the hospital for days and days before he finally relented and gave me the ultrasound. I found out from the surgeon that not only was it full of stones, but it was enlarged and infected, and could have burst at any time.
I continued to have nausea and some pain, and extreme fatigue. He also knew that I had recently had a thyroid scan and biopsy done, and that my thyroid levels were just barely in the normal range when they were tested a month before my pregnancy. However, he kept blowing me off and telling me that my nausea, pain, extreme vomiting and fatigue were all a normal part of pregnancy and that I was just bellyaching again. Now I find out from my new OB that I am hypothyroid, which can cause 2nd trimester miscarriage.
So here is my question. Everyone is telling me to sue this doctor for malpractice, since he has twice endangered the life of my baby. In your opinion, should I?
My other question was this.....what is a SED rate, how significant is it when it is really high? (should I worry that mine is very high?) My new OB did a CT scan on the abdomen to make sure I don't have appendicitis, pancreatis, kidney stones, etc. So far nothing was of huge concern, except that my ureters are really smushed by the baby. Could this cause kidney inflammation/pain? We still can't find the source of this pain in the right side of my abdomen.
I'm sorry to write such a long post.......I just wanted your opinion on the malpractice thing because I'm very uncomfortable about doing it---but yet, I don't want another woman to lose her baby because of their lack of care.
Thank you in advance.
Nov 22, '02
File a complaint.....a well-articulated, specific one. Then move on.....to a healthier pregnancy and state of mind. I am truly sorry for what you went thru. I only have one piece of advice for you:
Try being a "glass half full" person now....look at from the positive side of things...
You are intact...your pregnancy is intact....you are on the road to recovery. You survived a hellish situation. Many of us have. It could have been MUCH worse...trust me, but it wasn't. I know, having had the "worse", of late. A lawsuit will not do you or your unborn baby any good and WILL cause stress and emotional upset you just do not need. Likely you would lose, anyhow.....be glad you are ok!. Best wishes to you.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 22, '02