Posted 11/9/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)
Today I saw my plastic surgeon, and I started by talking about the lovenox issue (background -- I just found out that right after I got out of the hospital, a nurse left a message on my home voice mail saying they wanted me to do two weeks of blood thinning shots. That was six weeks ago, and I didn't get the message and no one followed up).
Well, at first he was defensive, saying that there's nothing they can do if a patient doesn't register with the correct information. I started getting very agitated, saying this was serious and what if I'd gotten a blood clot during that time, that that's too much to just leave on voice mail, and when you prescribe weeks of bed rest for a person who lives alone, they might just stay with someone else. I also said that this was my fourth hospitalization this year, and I'd gone to my partner's to recover every time and never had this problem, that I'd given the correct number to multiple people at multiple times....
Somewhere in there he softened and said I was right. I said that the issue was systemic, not one person, because there were many places where the mistake could have been caught and it wasn't. I offered suggestions on things his office could do better, and he welcomed them. I said I was going to talk to the patient advocates to try to improve the system, because mistakes like this could kill people, and he said he completely supported my doing that. Then I asked if he thought I needed to worry about a blood clot now (I had one after my first surgery), and he left the room to see if I could get an ultrasound after that appointment, which he set up.
When he came back in he said he was truly sorry that that happened to me, that it shouldn't have.
My wound is getting better, slowly. He said I could start bending a little, and I could sit in a recliner, but not in a regular chair. Progress...... I asked what were the chances it'd close in two weeks (since that will be eight weeks, which was a figure he gave me as a likely healing time), and he said zero.... sigh.
The ultrasound tech said she's not allowed to tell me whether I have a clot or not, but that she's also not allowed to let me go home if I do have one, and I could go home.... so that's good .... last clot was not in my legs though, and that's all she looked at, but I guess that's what they were worried about from the bed rest.
I am incredibly exhausted..... the conversation took a lot out of me, but I feel pretty good about it.....