Virginia Mason Medical Center Informative - I do matter just because I am poor doesn't mean your can use me

Review by I_matter on 2011-01-26
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- I start this hoping it will appear, because of the way I was treated there has to be others out there.

I started receiving medical services at Virginia Mason Hospital in 2005, when I started having problems with my back. They took xrays, mri's and then sent me to the pain management department, there I was told since they couldn't see anything on the mri's and xray's for the pain I was feeling, the doctor told me and I quote "It's all in your head". Ok, I trusted them, their doctors right.

Well, I started to see a mental health therapist because I really believed them. for two more years I suffered both physically and mentally always thinking that they the doctors new what they were talking about and I must be really messed up to cause this severe pain in my mind.

Well in August of 2007 I ruptured a disc and low and behold they lied to me. There was something wrong with my back along with that I was also told I had spinal stenosis. Since then I have two different surgeries from Highline Medical Center in Burien, WA. A great hospital.

Well with all the cut backs and restrictions implented by Medicaid and Medicare I had to leave them and unfortunately return to Virginia Mason in Federal Way, WA.

By then I had proof of the pain and more mri's so they picked up with the previous doctor and helped me this time with that. But I went in for another procedure just in October of 2010 a colonoscopy and the anastgeologist stuck me 10 times in my feet even after I had advised them that the last surgery I had there they had to use an ultrasound to find my veins. The nurse even asked did he want the machine and he stated no they had their own equipment and stuck me again. By then one of the nurse's noticed that I was becoming upset, my blood pressure was rising so she asked shouldn't they procedure with the knock out medication and the doctor who was sticking me noticed the monitor and nodded yes. (Now realize he's at me feet), so the nurse pushed the medication in my IV, the same medication that Killed Michael Jackson.

When I started to leave, I couldn't even wear my shoes, so my caregiver placed my socks on my feet.

I later at home counted over 10 needle sticks in both of my feet and more in both arms and hands. I couldn't put my shoes on for two weeks, because of the swelling and the pain. It's freezing up here and I couldn't go outside or barely walk. My caregiver had to push me around in my seated walker to go back and forth to the bathroom.

I called the patient relations department and its been over 3 months since the procedure and they still haven't said they were sorry. I even asked that since I had been treated like that I didn't want to be charged for all of those needles nor the doctors time. Guess what they couldn't wait they filed immediately.

But when my feet got so big and you couldn't even see an ankle bone, I went back to see if they couldn't help me in the pain I was in. The doctor I was suppose to see, ran out because she had a problem at home so her assistance listened to me and saw I needed attention, so she pushed me down the building in a wheelchair, all the way on the other end of the facility. She stated that she would let the receptionist know, she came back and told me someone would see me shortly. I waited around 20 minutes all the while the doctor at the clinic I had been at came back and her assistant had told me to come on back once they saw me at the new clinic office, no one every helped.

So I sent my caregiver up to the receptionist and the receptionist stated she didn't know why I was there nor did the assistant inform her of anything. So my caregiver wheels me back to the clinic I started with and low and behold the doctor was seeing someone else in my appointment time and I was shoved into a room to wait. We waited and waited but no one came, we opened the door saw a clerk and asked her where was the assistant and the doctor were, they were busy. I was so upset I started to cry, my caregiver saw just how bad I was treated, she also sat with me during the intake for the colonoscopy, she heard and saw everything. I repeated over and over again that I was a bad stick it was even noted on my chart that day. How do I know; they handed me the paper work after it was filled out to give to the team in the procedure room it was there.
This hospital and clinic have mentally and physically abused me for now going at least 4 years.
One making me thinking I was crazy, that I had a really good imagination, prolonging the agony I had been in and then to treat me like this
HOW CAN THEY RECEIVE an award for Outstanding Patient Services HOW?????
They thought I wouldn't let others know of the treatment, I was a bluff.
I am tired of being treated like a dog because I am poor. I am a human being. I have pictures I just hope I get to post them for all the world to see.
I know exactly what that little boy went through watching his mother die because she too was poor and didn't have insurance for the better off. I pray that the president keeps on trying to give us good quality care for the poor. I didn't ask to be poor, I want to work but I can't. I would clean toilets, shovel manure if I could stand, walk or pick up things. But I can't anymore and I only want to be treated with the respect of a Human Being not an animal.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-01-28
Posted by Pepper on 2011-01-26:
the photo is pretty blurry. (the one in the blog is blurry also)

does your camera have a function for up-close pictures?

if it doesn't, of if you don't know how to access it, you may want to try to pull the camera back, use adequate lighting (i recommend a bright room instead of flash), or have someone else take the photo for you
Posted by MRM on 2011-01-26:
Blurry image in this case is a good thing since we, M3C, dont want to be grossed out.
Posted by MRM on 2011-01-26:
Use macro setting for close up shots.
Posted by T on 2011-01-26:
Blurry is an advantage sometimes. That looks like it could be a gunshot from here.
Posted by Pepper on 2011-01-26:
can't be that gross. it's just a foot and no gaping open wounds. from the letter it's just a photo of where the needles were stuck in. i see some red dots but can't make out what they are. the blog photo is similar ... blurry image of skin with blurry red dogs on it.

then again, as for things being gross... i use to paw through Mosby's medical encyclopedia (with full color photos) just for fun. while eating lunch.

Posted by Pepper on 2011-01-26:
mrm yeah i love that setting. on my camera, if i have it enabled, i can get the lens within an inch of what i'm photographing... actually with that setting i *have* to be that close, otherwise it'll get blurry.
Posted by Disaster Worker on 2011-01-27:
I'm in the medical field, and I can't make heads or tails on this post. Were they trying to start an IV in the patient's foot? Not unheard of, but usual. And her reference to Diprovan (Michael Jackson Juice) is confusing. If she had been given Diprovan, she would never remember getting it. Just a very, very strange post.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-01-27:
I had my left knee broken in a fight with a former Marine on PCP on Aug 31, 1992. Five surgeries were done, with me asking for a knee replacement all the way. "Too young," said the docs. The whole time, I was suffering crippling pain and was an invalid. Finally, there was nothing else but to do a knee replacement, as the femur was riding on the tibia. Finally, I told my PCP that I had to do something about the pain, as I was considering my .45 caliber pain killer. Within a week, I got in to see a pain specialist, one Doctor Q (fantastic man). Within five minutes of meeting me, he told me my condition had a name and a treatment. Over the next three weeks, I got three shots in the spine, and about a dozen down the left leg, and about 98% of the pain went away. The next time I talked to the doctor who did the TKR, I asked if he had ever heard of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and he said it sounded vaguely familiar. It was first identified in the American Civil War! I hate when medicos presume to tell me how my body works. Even if pain is psychosomatic, it is very real to the sufferer. First, the original orthopod messed me up terribly, but it was five years before I got the knee replacement. I told one doctor that if I was imagining the pain, he could imagine he got paid.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-27:
Star, we have a friend who is 32 suffering from some bad knee problems (from playing Rugby earlier in life). He just had some surgery here in Singapore and it's been a couple of months now. He's in worse pain than before. They also told him he's too young for knee replacement surgery. It seems to me since he's young, they would want him to lead a better pain free life. Plus, by the time his wears out, something new will have come along. Some times I don't get the reasoning. Right now, they don't suggest them when you're too young because I think you are only able to have one or two in a life time. When you're speaking quality of life though, I would opt for the replacement so I could do what I wanted while I was young.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-01-27:
I have heard people, Hugh Downs for one, singing the praises of the TKR. Mine was slightly less than totally successful, and Crystal says she thinks it was because they waited so long. Now, I use a power chair or a cane. The doctor who did it said it should last 8 to 12 years. I baby it because it s now into the 13th year. Every time they do it, it is harder and more dangerous, so I don't look forward to it. I hope your friend gets good help.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-28:
My husband went to a doctor at Yale Univ when we lived in CT. His knee bothers him, but the doctor there said exactly the same thing. Go as long as you can before getting the replacement. They don't like to do it the second time--unless absolutely necessary. Since my husband can get along fine without pain meds, the doctor deemed him good to go. This doctor was so up-front, honest and up-to-date on the latest technology. My husband said he would fly back there when the time comes. Go Yale!
Posted by Skye on 2011-01-28:
Knee replacements are no longer considered just for seniors. Anyone at any age can have knee problem, and depending on pain levels and activity, a doctor will replace a knee if the patient is losing quality of life. We know someone who is 28 and had to have both knee's replaced after many years of sports and arthritic issues.

As for the OP, I am confused. Disaster workers makes an excellent point regarding the Diprovan.

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