Over the past few years, especially since my dad’s cancer diagnoses in 2011, I have steered away from placing my health in the hands of modern Western medicine and placing it back where it belongs, where it should have always been; in my own hands.
We live in a country where modern medicine kills approximately 440,000 people per year through medical error. Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death right after heart disease and all forms of cancer. And yet, for some inexplicable reason Americans are quick to defend their country’s doctors as some of the best in the world when the reality is that our doctors leave much to be desired.
I’d like to share with you one of the many personal experiences we’ve had with our country’s current “healthcare system”, no statistics only the hell Kaiser Permanente doctors put my family through this past weekend just days before my sister’s wedding.
I flew into LAX on Saturday with my son, my dad picked us up and he had a hacking cough but it didn’t sound unusual to me. I assumed perhaps he just picked up a virus and he would be better in a few days. He said he had pressure on his chest and had a moderately high fever at 102 so he decided to go into urgent care at the Kaiser medical offices in the city of Downey on Imperial Hwy after he dropped us off at the house. They took a CT scan and determined that he had a blood clot in one of his lungs and that his cancer had now spread to his lungs and that the tumors in his liver had doubled in size.
Pretty scary stuff!
Naturally, my dad was a mess….emotionally beaten! Here he is just 1 week from walking his youngest daughter down the aisle and they’re telling him that he might not be able to be there.
The doctors proceeded to administer a blood thinner to address the blood clot.
The following morning the oncologist came in and said that she could not read anything that the radiologist was claiming to have seen in the CT scan and that the image appeared blurry to her. She ordered another CT scan.
When my dad went in for another scan, the technician told my dad that he didn’t know why they had performed a CT scan the night before because the machine was not working properly.
The new scan showed that his lungs were clean! NO cancer and NO blood clot!!! just a tiny bit of fluid in one lung but nothing serious.
So let’s recap…they used a broken machine to make a false diagnoses and administered medication for a condition he didn’t have! Not to mention the emotional trauma they caused on our family.
Now we’re just hopeful that there won’t be any serious side effects from the medication they used, which can include internal bleeding.
I’m not sure what steps my dad plans on taking against the doctors and hospital, he’s still pretty shaken up from the whole ordeal. The gross negligence demonstrated by these so-called doctors, is appalling and could have cost my dad his life. The cancer hasn’t killed him and he came so close to being murdered by the “professionals”, by the ones we’re suppose to trust to make us better. By the ones who go through years of “training” only to later develop a priest-like aura of infallibility. By the ones who hate having their “knowledge” and “expertise” questioned by people like me.
I’m not a doctor and I wouldn’t want to be one. Quite frankly, the only way I would ever allow a “doctor” near me or my child is if we got hit by a bus…for obvious reasons, there is no amount of organic food or herbs that can put broken bones back together or stop internal trauma.
I shared this story to inspire you to take control of your health and to let you know that it’s ok to question doctors and that it’s ok to not follow doctors orders when something doesn’t feel right. Always ask for a second and third and fourth opinion if you need to, you owe it to yourself!
Have you had any unethical experiences with doctors? Share with me in the comments below.
Until next time, be well!