You know, I've been thinking about
this thread for 2 days. I can't understand why the hospital would even consider sending a patient home before 48 hrs. In my mind discharging 48 hrs. after major surgery and a mast. surely is MAJOR, is ridiculous, but sending someone home the next day is barbaric. The 1998 Women's Health Care Act is a national law. Doesn't that mean that every state has to follow it? That law guarantees at least a 48 hr hospital stay AND mandates that reconstruction be covered by health insurors.
Jan, that fact that you had a pre-existing, dx'd heart situation even more clearly indicates the need for at least the 48 hr stay. What's happened to you is cruel and disrespectful of you. I'd think real hard about
pursuing this further when you're feeling up to it. Sounds like someone read your chart with both eyes wide-SHUT.
your O-negative blood: with a blood type like yours, why didn't the hospital send out an SOS to area blood banks BEFORE your surgery? All right, they didn't know you were going to need add'l blood, but whatever happened to being prepared??? Gosh, do we have to think of everything ourselves???
I'm so disgusted with the medical profession in general, but this story literally makes me sick to my stomach. I'm sending you my prayers and gentle hugs. Hoping you start to feel better soon. Hugs, Luci
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