sometimes doctors ARE idiots

You find something new on the internet every day, if you want.  I was browsing my google alerts and came across this sadly funny satire called “Why Doctors are Idiots” by natural health author, Mike Adams.

His “expose” of sorts on medical disasters in the 2000s includes:

Too posh to push? Don’t worry, your obstetrician will schedule a C-section childbirth appointment and deliver the baby on YOUR schedule instead of Mother Nature’s. It’s more convenient for him, too, because then he can still make his golf game. Don’t worry about the baby: There’s no benefit to vaginal childbirth anyway, right? What better way to welcome your child to the world than with a scalpel! Result: Millions of women subject their children to non-natural child birthing that results in an increased risk of lung disease afflictions as well as psychological birthing trauma lasting a lifetime.

The “posh” argument is overplayed though the alliteration is effective for media sound bites.  Convenience of interventive birth is a problem as is the fact that schedules, politics, malpractice insurance, insurance companies, ACOG, and a lack of true informed consent have lead many women and babies into bad (or at the very least, less good) outcomes.

Part of his “quick note” below states:

Conventional medicine, for the most part, does not want to learn anything new that might challenge its existing status quo dominance over the lives of parents and children. “Innovation is the enemy of the status quo,” and genuine health enhancement (and disease prevention) is the enemy of the entrenched medical industrial complex. Most doctors are complete idiots because they follow a dogmatic, religious-like belief in blatantly outdated junk medical science, even when real world observations and evidence demands the embracing of ideas that overthrow previously protected beliefs and career egos.

Until doctors can abandon their egos and admit they don’t know everything, they will continue to be full of crap.

The purpose behind this satire piece is not to engage in silly name-calling exercises, but rather to play an important role in social commentary on the huge failures of modern medicine today. Satire and humor have important functions in any free society: They reveal what’s wrong in a hilarious light, simultaneously entertaining us while encouraging us to challenge our own ideas and, perhaps, come up with new, better solutions for future generations. Political cartoons, stand-up comedians and satire pieces like this one all play a role in getting people to think more carefully about the issues at hand.

This problem of maintaining the status quo is a symptom of a patriarchal institution refusing to recognize its role in health maintenance and improvement.  Doctors and insurance companies have no business infringing their priorities over our bodies.  Doctors are going to have to accept (like everyone else) that they are working in a consumerist society.  The patient (client, customer) is always right.  The patient has the right to question recommendations and ask for second opinions.  The same rules that apply to someone who is being counseled to undergo back surgery apply to a woman who is being told to have a cesarean delivery.

I could ramble on about this, but instead, why don’t you head over and read this article and browse the other pieces at NewsTarget.

8 responses to “sometimes doctors ARE idiots

  1. VIRTUALLY NO “VITAL” OR “CRITICAL” OR “IMPORTANT” COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOCTOR ADRIAN AND OUR FAMILY MEMBERS!!!

    In February 2008, WE TOOK MY MOTHER TO SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA – –EMERGENCY AFTER 5PM ON A FRIDAY. DR. MARK C. ADRIAN WAS THE PHYSICIAN THAT ATTENDED MY MOTHER. DR. ADRIAN FOUND THAT MY MOTHER HAD A BLADDER INFECTION. DR. ADRIAN GAVE MY MOTHER MEDICATION FOR THE BLADDER INFECTION AND AFTER A BRIEF PAUSE, SAID HE THOUGHT IT “MIGHT” BE A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP MY MOTHER OVERNIGHT, “MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”.
    DR. ADRIAN DID NOT COMMUNICATE WITH US. HE DID NOT LISTEN TO OUR REQUESTS AND/ OR IGNORED THEM. I TOLD DR. ADRIAN, AS WELL AS THE NURSE AT EMERGENCY CHECK IN, THAT – - REGARDING MY MOTHER’S MEDICATIONS, – - THEY NEEDED TO CHECK WITH CLOISTERS OF MISSION HILLS WHERE MY MOTHER HAD JUST COMPLETED REHAB FOR A PELVIC FRACTURE THAT HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2007, AT HER GRANDSONS HOUSE. HAD THEY DONE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE OBTAINED A LIST OF HER MEDS., – AND – ALSO THE FACT THAT CLOISTERS GROUND MY MOTHERS PILLS AND ADDED A LIQUID FOR EASY SWALLOWING. THIS IS WHAT CLOISTERS DID FOR MY MOTHER AS WELL AS FOR MANY OF THEIR RESIDENTS. DR. ADRIAN DID NOT PROPERLY FOLLOW UP ON MY MOTHER THAT HE KEPT “OVERNIGHT”, –“MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”– OF A BLADDER INFECTION, IN SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA . DR. ADRIAN DID NOT TELL US THAT HE WOULD BE GIVING MEDICATION, (ESPECIALLY PILLS); DURING THIS “OBSERVATION PERIOD” I.E. “OVERNIGHT” STAY. A NURSE ON 7W, STUFFED SEVERAL PILLS DOWN MY MOTHERS THROAT, IN RAPID SUCCESION, THAT CHOKED HER SEVERELY FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS. I BELIEVE THAT NURSE’S NAME IS NICHOLE L. BECK. MY MOTHER POINTED HER OUT TO ME, ( NICHOLE WAS ONE OF THE NURSES THAT CAME RUNNING WHEN I YELLED AT THEM THAT MY MOTHER WAS CHOKING TO DEATH). I WAS WITH MY MOTHER 24/7 EXCEPT FOR A FEW MINUTES THAT I WENT TO GET SOME FOOD; THIS IS APPARENTLY WHEN NICHOLE STUFFED THOSE PILLS DOWN MY MOTHERS THROAT. WHEN I RETURNED AND STEPPED OFF THE ELEVATOR ON THE 7TH FLOOR, I HEARD TERRIBLE CHOKING. AS I NEARED THE NURSES STATION IT BECAME MUCH LOUDER. AS I TURNED THE CORNER AT THE NURSES STATION IT BECAME LOUDER YET, AND I COULD THEN TELL IT WAS COMING FROM THE VICINITY OF MY MOTHERS ROOM. IN FACT IT WAS MY MOTHER CHOKING TO DEATH ALL ALONE IN HER ROOM! I IMMEDIATELY RAN BACK TO THE NURSES STATION WHERE THERE WERE SEVEREL NURSES AND YELLED AT THEM TO “COME QUICKLY, — MY MOTHER IS CHOKING TOP DEATH”.
    WHERE I CAME OFF THE ELEVATOR, – - – (AND IMMEDIATELY FIRST HEARD MY MOTHER CHOKING HORRIBLY), – - – IS TWO TIMES AS FAR AWAY FROM MY MOTHERS ROOM, – (AND IT IS ALSO AROUND A CORNER), – AS THE NURSES STATION IS. THOSE NURSES WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN STONE DEAF TO NOT HAVE HEARD THAT TERRIBLE CHOKING FOR THAT LONG TIME. SEVERAL NURSES THEN CAME RUNNING TO MY MOTHERS ROOM AND WORKED ON HER WITH AN ASPIRATOR. ONE GOOEY, STICKY LIGHT BLUISH GLOB OF MASS CAME UP. BUT IT WAS EVIDENT THAT THERE WAS MORE STUCK IN HER WINDPIPE, AND/OR BRONCHIALS AND/OR LUNGS. ONE LITTLE ASIAN NURSE WORKED MANY HOURS STRAIGHT WITHOUT A BREAK WITH THAT ASPIRATOR SAYING COUGH IT UP, MRS. COLE, COUGH IT UP. I BELIEVE IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS NURSE SAVED MY MOTHER’S LIFE. My mother was eating and drinking normally until this horrendous choking episode, caused by that nurse stuffing those pills down my mother’s throat, at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, just mentioned. I DIDN’T SEE DR. ADRIAN AT ALL DURING THOSE MANY HOURS. AGAIN, I WAS AT MY MOTHERS BEDSIDE, 24/7. EVEN AFTER MORE THAN 24 HOURS MY MOTHER WAS STILL COUGHING AND CHOKING, —– CONTINUALLY, — AND SHE WAS SEVERELY HOARSE, — AND SHE COULD NOW NO LONGER EAT OR DRINK WITHOUT CHOKING. SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA THEREFORE DECIDED MY MOTHER REQUIRED AN N-G TUBE SO THAT SHE COULD AT LEAST TAKE AT SOME NOURISHMENT, ALBEIT THAT HORRIBLE LIQUID FORMULA. THEREFORE DUE TO THIS TERRIBLE CHOKING ON PILLS EPISODE, CAUSED BY THAT NURSE, (NICHOLE BECK) FORCING SEVERAL PILLS, IN RAPID SUCCESSION ONE AFTER THE OTHER, DOWN MY MOTHER’S THROAT, and leaving her alone to choke to death, IT BECAME NECESSARY THAT MY MOTHER HAVE A NOSE TO STOMACH, (N-G) TUBE, SO THAT SHE COULD RECEIVE NOURISHMENT WITHOUT CHOKING. INSTEAD OF GOING HOME AFTER AN OVERNIGHT STAY MY MOTHER NOW HAS TO GO TO A CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL WITH AN N-G TUBE. THESE N-G TUBES ARE NOT MEANT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THIS N-G TUBE CAME OUT AFTER ABOUT A WEEK AND ALTHOUGH I FED MY MOTHER BY MOUTH SOMEWHAT, AND SHE WAS JUST BEGINNING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ENOUGH TO SUSTAIN HER, KEARNY MESA REHABILITATION AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, (KMRCH) DID NOT WANT ME TO FEED MY MOTHER OR GIVE HER ANYTHING TO DRINK – BUT I FINALLY CONVINCED (SOME OF THE STAFF) THAT SHE COULD TAKE SOLIDS AND LIQUIDS BY MOUTH.
    ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER PASSED A SWALL0W TEST BY A PORTABLE LAB THAT CAME TO KEARNY MESA REHABILITATION AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, (KMRCH),— KMRCH, –(I. E. THEIR SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS) DID NOT BELIEVE THEIR RESULTS AND THEY DETERMINED THAT SHE NEEDED A J-TUBE WHICH SHARP HOSPITAL THEN PLACED. Mother was subsequently sent home but she lasted only a couple of months on that horrible liquid. When my mother was at Scripps Memorial hosp. la jolla for the last time on, 5-20-08 (she passed, later that day at home), A NURSE AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA ASKED ME IF THERE HAD BEEN ANY RECENT TRAUMA TO MOTHERS LUNGS!! I ASKED THAT NURSE IF SHE MEANT BY RECENT, SHE MEANT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS? SHE SAID YES. THE HORRIBLE CHOKING ON SEVERAL PILLS CATASTROPHE, AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPIITAL LA JOLLA, WAS JUST THAT LONG AGO!!!

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    • I’m very sad to read your mother passed and my condolences to you and your family. With that being said, Your story is very dramatic to the point of sounding imbellished for effect As a nurse reading what happened at the hospital, so many things come to my mind. You have way too many holes in your story. You really should take this story down.

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  3. NOTE!
    THIS IS AN UPDATE OF A COMMUNIQUE THAT I HAD SENT TO”SOMETIMES DOCTORS ARE IDIOTS ” AND ALSO TO “VITALS” (THE ANSWERS TO QUESTION NUMBERS REFER OR ARE “VITALS” QUESTION NUMBERS.) CONCERNING MY MOTHERS HORRIBLE TREATMENT AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA. –AND DUE TO THAT MISTREATMENT , SHE HAD TO BE SENT TO A REHAB PLACE SUCH AS KEARNY MESA REHABILITATION AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL WHERE SHE RECEIVED FURTHER MISTREATMENT.
    NOTE ALSO THAT THERE IS MORE THAN ONE DOCTOR THAT IS INVOLVED HERE. NURSES, HOSPITALS, FACILITY OWNESRS, ADMINISTRATORS, i.e. MUCH OF THE MEDICAL SYSTEM IN GENERAL IS INVOLVED!!
    NO IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOCTOR MARK C. ADRIAN, — AND — (PATIENT OR PATIENTS FAMILY)!
    (PERHAPS THERE WAS POOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DR. ADRIAN AND THE NURSE(S) THAT ATTENDED MY MOTHER ALSO) !! PERHAPS ALSO THERE IS POOR COMMUNICATION OR LEADERSHIP REGARDING HOSPITAL POLICIES OR STANDARD OPERATING PROCEEDURES, (SOP’s), — BETWEEN SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA. AND THEIR (SCRIPPS) ENTIRE MEDICAL STAFF!!

    CONSIDERING MY MOTHERS (MIS)TREATMENT AT, — (BY,– OR AT THE HANDS OF?) — THIS HOSPITAL (SCRIPPS MEMORIAL, LA JOLLA CA., — BY THIS SCRIPPS DOCTOR (ADRIAN), — AND BY —THOSE SCRIPPS NURSES —-
    (AS YOU WILL SEE FROM THE FOLLOWING), — I GIVE AN OVERALL RATING OF MUCH, MUCH LESS THAN POOR, (ACTUALLY IT WAS HORRIBLE MISTREATMENT), (POOR BEING YOUR LOWEST AVAILABLE RATING), TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING;— DR. MARK C. ADRIAN, NURSE NICHOLE LEE BECK, — AND ESPECIALLY SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA., — AS WELL AS THOSE MANY NURSES AT THE NURSES STATION WHO IGNORED MY MOTHERS HORRIBLE CHOKING, — UNTIL I RAN UP TO THEIR STATION AND YELLED AT THEM !!!!

    I WOULD ALSO GIVE A MUCH, MUCH LESS THAN POOR RATING TO KEARNY MESA REHABILITATION AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, (KMRCH), FOR THEIR NOT BELIEVEING THE PORTABLE LAB THAT THEY USED THAT TESTED AND PASSED MY MOTHERS SWALLOWING ABILITY. ALSO FOR THEIR NOT SUPPLYING THE BACK-UP INFO FOR THE FOUR CANS PER DAY OF NUTREN PRO BALANCE – (300CAL. AND 250 ML) PER CAN THAT THEY SAID MY MOTHER SHOULD HAVE –TOO MUCH VOLUME FOR HER SMALL SIZE. I PESTERED THEM (KMRCH), TO DEATH BUT THEY NEVER GAVE ME ANY BACK UP INFO ON THIS REQUEST!!! ALSO FOR THEIR STOPPING ME FROM GIVING FOOD AND DRINK TO MY MOTHER !!

    Re–#s 1,2,& 3 above, –because we saw Dr. Adrian only one time i.e., and that was not in his office, but in the Emergency room at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla Ca.,— I therefore cannot comment.
    Re-#s 4&5 above,–Dr. Adrian did quickly diagnose Mother’s UTI, (Bladder Infection), and treated her for that, (we think),–(Dr. Adrian did not really communicate with us,– my mother and my brother and myself — well at all). Dr. Adrian did ask us about mother’s meds, and I told him to check with Cloisters of Mission Hills where she had just completed rehab, for a pelvic fracture. I also had already told the nurse at Emergency check in the same. Incidentally Cloisters of mission Hills always ground mothers pills and mixed with a liquid for ease in swallowing as they did for many of their residents. I remember seeing and hearing those pill crushers going all the time on the nurse’s carts at Cloisters.

    Dr. Adrian said, — after a brief pause –as though he was considering sending mother home with meds., — which I wish to God he had done. “I think it might be a good idea to keep your mother overnight — “MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”, — THAT’S IT — NOTHING MORE WAS SAID. Dr Adrian mentioned only OBSERVATION–NOTHING ELSE–HE DID NOT SAY HE WOULD BE GIVING MOTHER MEDICATION–ESPECIALLY NOT PILLS!

    Re–#6 above, — IT ISN’T THE TIME THAT IS IMPORTANT—IT IS HOW THAT TIME IS USED AND WHAT IS ACCOMPLISHED IN THAT TIME THAT IS “VITALLY IMPORTANT”!!! –We spent enough time with Dr. Adrian; however the problem is that apparently nothing much of importance was accomplished with that time. Let me re-state that–actually IT TURNED OUT THAT THE accomplishment WAS IN THE NEGATIVE.
    The Doctors words that mother would be kept overnight “MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”– COMPLETELY DISARMED ME!!
    I therefore expected that mother would be merely OBSERVED DURING HER OVERNIGHT STAY– and go home in the morning!!! NOT HAVING A BUNCH OF PILLS STUFFED DOWN HER THROAT BY THAT NURSE NICHOLE LEE BECK, AND LEFT ALONE IN HER ROOM TO CHOKE TO DEATH !! — MOTHER POINTED NICHOLE OUT TO ME, — LATER.
    AND THAT NURSE’S STATION WITH ALL THOSE MANY NURSES JUST IGNORING MY MOTHER’S HORRIBLE LOUD CHOKING AND GASPING FOR AIR.
    ALTHOUGH I WAS WITH MOTHER 24/7 EXCEPT FOR ONLY ONE, (EXTREMELY UNFORTUNATE), BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME, (WHICH IS APPARENTLY WHEN NICHOLE FORCED THOSE PILLS DOWN MOTHER’S THROAT—( THAT IS THE ONLY TIME IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED, — AND THAT IS EXACTLY HOW IT MUST HAVE ACTUALLY HAPPENED)!!!

    The following is a little more detailed information of the events that are involved in this “NIGHTMARE — GONE BAD”

    In February 2008, WE TOOK MY MOTHER TO SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA – –EMERGENCY AFTER 5PM ON A FRIDAY. Mother’s doctor at Scripps Clinic, –Dr. Rebecca Riley had already gone home. Dr. Riley’s nurse suggested we go to Urgent Care at Scripps Clinic. I wish to God we had taken her there. However I, unwittingly made a fatal mistake and UNFOTRUNATELY remembered the very long wait in the WAITING room at Scripps Clinic Urgent Care, La Jolla, and decided to take mother to Scripps Memorial Hospital, LA Jolla Ca., instead. DR. MARK C. ADRIAN WAS THE PHYSICIAN THAT ATTENDED MY MOTHER AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA. DR. ADRIAN FOUND THAT MY MOTHER HAD A BLADDER INFECTION. I BELIEVE , (ALTHOUGH I AM NOT SURE DR.,) DR. ADRIAN GAVE MY MOTHER MEDICATION FOR THE BLADDER INFECTION AND SAID HE THOUGHT IT “MIGHT” BE A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP MY MOTHER OVERNIGHT,“MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”.
    DR. ADRIAN DID NOT REALLY COMMUNICATE WITH US. —– LET ME CORRECT MY LAST SENTENCE , — IT IS UNTRUE TO SAY THAT DR. ADRIAN DID NOT REALLY COMMUNICATE WITH US, — BECAUSE — DR. ADRIAN MOST CERTAINLY DID COMMUNICATE WITH US, — –HOWEVER THE COMMUNICATION WAS REALLY WORSE THAN NONE AT ALL. THIS IS BECAUSE DR. ADRIAN MISLED ME,(OR UNWITTINGLY LIED TO US) BY TELLING US THAT, — (AFTER DR. ADRIAN PAUSED IN HIS CONVERSATION —-AS THOUGH HE WAS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO KEEP MOTHER OVERNIGHT OR SEND HER HOME WITH MEDS”), —- HE THOUGHT “IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP MOTHER OVERNIGHT” “ MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”. This was done and mother stayed overnight !!! This was a horribly fatal mistake. DR. ADRIAN DID NOT LISTEN TO OUR REQUESTS AND/ OR IGNORED THEM. I TOLD DR. ADRIAN, AS WELL AS THE NURSE AT EMERGENCY CHECK IN, THAT – - REGARDING MY MOTHER’S MEDICATIONS, – - THEY NEEDED TO CHECK WITH CLOISTERS OF MISSION HILLS WHERE MY MOTHER HAD JUST COMPLETED REHAB FOR A PELVIC FRACTURE THAT HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2007, AT HER GRANDSONS HOUSE. HAD THEY DONE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE OBTAINED A LIST OF HER MEDS, – AND – ALSO THE FACT THAT CLOISTERS GROUND MY MOTHERS PILLS AND ADDED A LIQUID FOR EASY SWALLOWING. THIS IS WHAT CLOISTERS DID FOR MY MOTHER AS WELL AS FOR MANY OF THEIR RESIDENTS. DR. ADRIAN DID NOT PROPERLY FOLLOW UP ON MY MOTHER THAT HE KEPT OVERNIGHT —–“MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”— DUE TO A BLADDER INFECTION, IN SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA . DR. ADRIAN DID NOT TELL US THAT HE WOULD BE GIVING MEDICATION, (ESPECIALLY PILLS), – -OR DOING ANYTHING ELSE TO MOTHER–DURING THIS “MERELY FOR OBSERVATION”, — “OVERNIGHT” STAY. A NURSE ON 7W, STUFFED SEVERAL PILLS, IN RAPID SUCCESSION, DOWN MY MOTHERS THROAT, THAT CHOKED HER SEVERELY FOR MORE THAN 36 HOURS. I BELIEVE THAT NURSE’S NAME IS NICHOLE L. BECK. MY MOTHER POINTED HER OUT TO ME, LATER, ( NICHOLE WAS ONE OF THE SEVERAL NURSES THAT CAME RUNNING WHEN I YELLED AT THEM AT THE NURSES STATION THAT MY MOTHER WAS CHOKING TO DEATH). I WAS WITH MY MOTHER 24/7 EXCEPT FOR A FEW MINUTES THAT I WENT TO GET SOME FOOD; —THIS IS APPARENTLY WHEN NICHOLE STUFFED THOSE PILLS DOWN MY MOTHERS THROAT. WHEN I RETURNED, (FROM THE ONE AND ONLY TIME I LEFT MY MOTHERS BEDSIDE, WHICH WAS A SHORT TIME), AND STEPPED OFF THE ELEVATOR ON THE 7TH FLOOR, I HEARD TERRIBLE CHOKING. WHEN I HEARD THAT TERRIBLE LOUD CHOKING, I SAID TO MYSELF, SOMEONE IS IN DEEP, DEEP TROUBLE, NOT HAVING ANY IDEA IN THIS WORLD THAT IT WAS MY MOTHER DOING ALL THAT CHOKING AND GASPING FOR AIR!!! AS I NEARED THE NURSES STATION IT BECAME MUCH LOUDER. AS I TURNED THE CORNER AT THE NURSES STATION IT BECAME LOUDER YET, AND I COULD THEN TELL IT WAS COMING FROM THE VICINITY OF MY MOTHERS ROOM IN THE CORNER, AT THE END OF THE HALL. IN FACT IT WAS MY MOTHER CHOKING TO DEATH ALL ALONE IN HER (3-bed) ROOM! I IMMEDIATELY RAN BACK TO THE NURSES STATION WHERE THERE WERE SEVERAL NURSES AND YELLED AT THEM TO “COME QUICKLY, — MY MOTHER IS CHOKING TO DEATH”.
    YOU CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO IMAGINE HOW DUMBSTRUCK I WAS TO FIND THAT IT WAS MY MOTHER THAT WAS DOING ALL THAT CHOKING I HEARD AS I WAS COMING OFF THE ELEVATOR, AND ALL THE WAY TO HER ROOM. I WAS EXPECTING THAT I MIGHT MEET MY MOTHER BEING WHEELED OUT TO GO HOME—SHE WAS FINE WHEN I LEFT HER TO GET A BITE TO EAT-THAT IS THE ONLY REASON I LEFT HER FOR ONLY THAT ONE SHORT PERIOD OF TIME!!!
    WHERE I CAME OFF THE ELEVATOR, – - – (AND IMMEDIATELY FIRST HEARD MY MOTHER CHOKING HORRIBLY), – - – IS TWO TIMES AS FAR AWAY FROM MY MOTHERS ROOM, – - AS THE NURSES STATION IS – - (AND IT IS ALSO AROUND A CORNER). THOSE NURSES WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE STONE DEAF TO NOT HAVE HEARD THAT TERRIBLE CHOKING FOR THAT LONG TIME. WHEN I YELLED AT THEM, — SEVERAL NURSES THEN CAME RUNNING TO MY MOTHERS ROOM AND WORKED ON HER WITH AN ASPIRATOR. ONE GOOEY, VERY STICKY LIGHT BLUISH GLOB OF MASS CAME UP ABOUT THE SIZE OF A QUARTER. BUT IT WAS EVIDENT THAT THERE WAS MORE STUCK IN HER WINDPIPE, AND/OR BRONCHIALS AND/OR LUNGS. ONE LITTLE ASIAN NURSE WORKED MANY HOURS STRAIGHT WITHOUT A BREAK WITH THAT ASPIRATOR SAYING COUGH IT UP, MRS. COLE, COUGH IT UP. I CAN STILL HEAR HER SAY HER WORDS BECAUSE SHE SAID THEM MANY MANY TIMES OVER SEVERAL HOURS NON-STOP. AT THAT TIME, – I BELIEVE IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS LITTLE ASIAN NURSE SAVED MY MOTHER’S LIFE. I DID NOT SEE DR. ADRIAN AT ALL DURING THOSE MANY HOURS. AGAIN, I WAS AT MY MOTHERS BEDSIDE, 24/7. EVEN AFTER MORE THAN 24 HOURS MY MOTHER WAS STILL COUGHING AND CHOKING, —– CONTINUALLY, — AND SHE WAS SEVERELY HOARSE, — AND SHE COULD NOW NO LONGER EAT OR DRINK WITHOUT CHOKING. My MOTHER ATE AND DRANK NORMALLY ALL OF HER LIFE — UP TO THE TIME OF THIS HORRIBLE CHOKING EPISODE, caused by that nurse stuffing those pills down my mothers throat, at SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA. just mentioned. MY MOTHER WAS HOME FOR A WEEK AFTER HER REHAB FOR HER PELVIC FRACTURE, AND SHE ATE AND DRANK NORMALLY THAT WEEK, (AS SHE HAD ALWAYS DONE ALL HER LIFE), MOTHER HAS ALWAYS EATEN
    GOOD, – INCLUDING THAT WEEK AT HOME, SOME DAYS SHE ATE MORE THAN I DID. MOTHER WAS ALSO EATING AND DRINKING NORMALLY WHILE IN REHAB AT CLOISTERS OF MISSION HILLS. I BROUGHT HER MUCH OF HER FOOD AND DRINK MYSELF.
    AS A RESULT OF THIS HORRIBLE CHOKING ON PILLS EPISODE, SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA DECIDED MY MOTHER REQUIRED AN N-G TUBE SO THAT SHE COULD AT LEAST TAKE AT SOME NOURISHMENT, ALBEIT THAT HORRIBLE LIQUID FORMULA. THEREFORE DUE TO THIS TERRIBLE CHOKING ON PILLS EPISODE, CAUSED BY THAT NURSE, (NICHOLE BECK) FORCING SEVERAL PILLS, IN RAPID SUCCESSION ONE AFTER THE OTHER, DOWN MY MOTHER’S THROAT, AND LEAVING MOTHER ALONE TO CHOKE TO DEATH, IT BECAME NECESSARY THAT MY MOTHER HAVE A NOSE TO STOMACH, (N-G) TUBE, SO THAT SHE COULD RECEIVE NOURISHMENT WITHOUT CHOKING.
    ISNT THAT NICE, – - SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA., CURED HER, (EASILY TREATABLE) BLADDER INFECTION, BUT REPLACED IT WITH AN, INCURABLE OR FATAL ATTACK ON HER THROAT, AND/OR LARNYX, AND/OR BRONCHIAL TUBES/ AND/OR LUNGS WHEREBY SHE COULD NO LONGER EAT AND DRINK NORMALLY WITHOUT CHOKING !!!
    INSTEAD OF GOING HOME AFTER AN OVERNIGHT STAY MY MOTHER NOW HAS TO GO TO A CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL WITH AN N-G TUBE. THESE N-G TUBES ARE NOT MEANT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THIS N-G TUBE CAME OUT AFTER ABOUT A WEEK AND ALTHOUGH I FED MY MOTHER BY MOUTH SOMEWHAT, AND SHE WAS JUST BEGINNING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ENOUGH TO SUSTAIN HER, “KEARNY MESA REHABILITATION AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL”, (“KMRCH”) DID NOT WANT ME TO FEED MY MOTHER OR GIVE HER ANYTHING TO DRINK – BUT I FINALLY CONVINCED (SOME OF THE STAFF) THAT SHE COULD TAKE SOLIDS AND LIQUIDS BY MOUTH.
    ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER PASSED A SWALLOW TEST BY A PORTABLE LAB THAT CAME TO “KEARNY MESA REHABILITATION AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL”, (“KMRCH”), — “KMRCH”, — (I. E. THEIR SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS), DID NOT BELIEVE THE LAB’S TEST RESULTS AND THEY DETERMINED THAT MOTHER NEEDED A J-TUBE, —WHICH SHARP HOSPITAL THEN PLACED. Mother was subsequently sent home but she lasted only a couple of months on that horrible liquid. When my mother was TAKEN BACK TO SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA,CA., for the last time, on 5-20-08 (she passed, later that day at home), A NURSE AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA ASKED ME – -IF THERE HAD BEEN ANY RECENT TRAUMA TO MOTHERS LUNGS!! I ASKED THAT NURSE IF SHE MEANT BY RECENT, SHE MEANT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS? SHE SAID YES. THE HORRIBLE, — CHOKING ON SEVERAL PILLS, — CATASTROPHE, AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPIITAL LA JOLLA, WAS JUST THAT LONG AGO !!!

    IS IT THE POLICY OF SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA. TO STUFF SEVERAL PILLS IN RAPID SUCCESSION DOWN A PATIENTS THROAT WITHOUT FINDING OUT WHETHER THAT PATIENT NORMALLY TAKES ANY PILLS AT ALL, — WITHOUT BEING GROUND UP—ESPECIALLY A FRAIL, SICK, (BLADDER INFECTION), ELDERLY PATIENT THAT PROBABLY COULD NOT PROPERLY RESPOND TO A NURSES QUESTION —EVEN IF THAT NURSE DID ASK .
    MY MOTHER WOULD NEVER HAVE TAKEN A PILL WHOLE OR LET THE NURSE PUT ONE IN HER MOUTH—THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN FORCED DOWN MOTHERS THROAT, — AS SHE TOLD ME. THE PROPER POLICY WOULD BE TO USE A LITTLE OF THEIR GREY MATTER, — (IF HOPEFULLY SOME IS AVAILABLE), — AND PLAY IT SAFE AND GRIND UP THE PILLS, — AND MIX WITH A LIQUID, — AND ADMINISTER IT SLOWLY !!!!!
    OR PERHAPS BETTER YET, ESPECIALLY FOR PATIENTS IN A CATEGORY SIMILAR TO MY MOTHER, –WHY DON’T THEY INJECT THOSE MEDS OR PUT THEM IN AN I.V.?

    –PILLS IN GENERAL, EVEN NON POTENT PILLS SUCH AS SOME VITAMINS,– ARE HARD FOR MANY, — EVEN SOME YOUNG, HEALTHY AND WELL PEOPLE TO SWALLOW, WITHOUT GRINDING UP. — THESE PILLS, ARE VERY STICKY AND GUMMY ARE VERY POTENT AND ARE NOT AKIN TO THE RELATIVELY INERT FOOD OTHER NOURISHMENT THAT ONE CHEWS UP BEFORE SWALLOWING ! DOES THE HOSPITAL (and the hospital staff) POSSESS ANY COMMON SENSE, (AND IF THEY DO ARE THEY USING ANY OF IT) IN THIS REGARD ??
    NOTE: —- FROM THE ABOVE YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE, — THAT THIS ONGOING CATASTROPHE WHILE AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LA JOLLA CA. BEGINNING LATE FEB. 2008 –AND LATER AT KEARNY MESA CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, IS NOT THE FAULT OF ONLY ONE PERSON — IT TOOK THE COMBINED EFFORT AND THE FOLLY OF SEVERAL FOOLS TO PULL OFF THIS CAPER AND MAKE SUCCESSFUL !!!! I WILL READILY ADMIT I WAS ONE OF THOSE FOOLS, — (FOR TRUSTING OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM, – EVEN FOR ONLY ONE BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME – they have REALLY sent me to school — I DEFINITELY HAVE NOW LEARNED AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND COSTLY LESSON) !! I have heard many stories about our medical system from many people over many years, — I took them somewhat with a grain of salt, — THEN. NEVER AGAIN, —FROM NOW ON I DEFINITELY WILL NOT BE SO NIEVE.

    THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN I LEFT MOTHER THAT ONE TIME ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES TO GET A BITE TO EAT. I WISH I HAD THE NAME OF THAT HEROIC LITTLE ASIAN NURSE AT SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL , -LA JOLLA CA.,–THAT WORKED WITH THAT ASPIRATOR FOR SEVERAL HOURS NON-STOP ON MOTHER TRYING, WITH SOME SUCCESS, – - (AT LEAST ENOUGH SUCCESS TO KEEP MOTHER ALIVE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS), — TO RETRIEVE THOSE PILLS THAT FIGURATIVELY (AND LITERALLY-AS AN END RESULT) CHOKED MOTHER TO DEATH !!!!

    THUS, — MY MOTHER HAS BECOME A STATISTIC, — SHE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE APPROXIMATELY 250,000 IATROGENIC DEATHS PER YEAR IN THE U. S. THAT ARE CAUSED BY OR THAT HAPPEN AT THE HANDS OF OUR DOCTORS, AND/OR THRU THEM, OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM !!!

    NOTE: THIS IS AN UPDATE WITH SOME ITEMS OR THOUGHTS THAT WERE OMITTED IN MY PREVIOUS TRANSMITTAL.

    P.S. I noticed some complaints by some people, (probably in the medical profession), regarding sites such as yours stating that some of the contributors such as myself have not identified themselves so that they may be checked out. That sounds typical of someone that is causing letters of complaint such as mine to be sent to sites such as yours. There is ample information in most, – (if not all), of the body of the complaints to easily identify all. “If you are “really” skeptical of our medical complaints check out our “complaints” — “not us”!!!
    If they would do that, – - -it would be a great help to us all !!!!

    John

  4. Dear John,

    I am so sorry to read this story. What really struck me was . . .

    THUS, — MY MOTHER HAS BECOME A STATISTIC, — SHE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE APPROXIMATELY 250,000 IATROGENIC DEATHS PER YEAR IN THE U. S. THAT ARE CAUSED BY OR THAT HAPPEN AT THE HANDS OF OUR DOCTORS, AND/OR THRU THEM, OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM !!!

    It’s truly a horrific thing, I can only imagine, to experience a situation like this first hand. I hope you have continued to plead your mother’s “case” to people who have the ability to change things – lawmakers, other public officials, hospital board of directors, health advocacy groups.

    Regarding this comment,
    P.S. I noticed some complaints by some people, (probably in the medical profession), regarding sites such as yours stating that some of the contributors such as myself have not identified themselves so that they may be checked out. That sounds typical of someone that is causing letters of complaint such as mine to be sent to sites such as yours. There is ample information in most, – (if not all), of the body of the complaints to easily identify all. “If you are “really” skeptical of our medical complaints check out our “complaints” — “not us”!!!
    If they would do that, – - -it would be a great help to us all !!!!

    I am hoping that I won’t be lumped into some arbitrary designation . . . “sites such as yours.” I haven’t received complaints from medical professionals to my knowledge. Unfortunately for “critics,” the content on my website is hard to invalidate – no one can tell me that I haven’t experienced the things that I have; no one can tell me that my feelings are “wrong.” Similarly, it goes against the spirit of the “collaborative web” for me to censor people based on their personal experiences and feelings. I have only needed to remove one libelous comment in the past year-and-a-half. And if I really wanted to… I could check you out.

    I do not get off on being cantankerous; there are plenty of bloggers who occupy that niche. My job here it to communicate MY truth and things related to pregnancy, childbirth, and recurrent pregnancy loss that are noteworthy.

    Best wishes,
    Kimberly

  5. My comment is directed not at you Kimberly or your site, but only at some of the (very few) people , again probably somewhere in the medical profession, that have railed on the “complainers” such as me, or such as Dennis Quaide, in the (CBS-60 min) article, certainly not you Kimberly, or your website. After all as you certainly realize, that 250,000 Iatrogenic deaths/year figure has some Horribly True Real Meaning –to too many people!!! I used to hold the medical profession in rather high esteem,–that has changed. Too many in this area think they can do no wrong. That was the purpose of this comment–to indicate how deadly wrong they are. Anyone can make mistakes if they are not very careful, (and even then, all too often, they happen), that can have tragic consequences, for example the I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota that took 13 lives and injured many more.
    Best wishes to you too Kimberly —and thank you for the opportunity to warn others!!
    John

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