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Old 04-10-2018, 05:04 PM
 
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Speaking of that term "standard of care"....I truly never heard it before the recent staph infection saga and not knowing if I'd ever walk again. I'm so removed from the medical world but things do happen and we can find ourselves at their mercy. I went on with a raging staph infection for almost 3 months before the docs did the test to find it... Had they NOT even done the MRI my remains could be blowing over the ocean. Can't help but think that.

No one has any knowledge to walk in other's shoes with their life's experiences....and to call them on what they are saying.

Just what is the standard of care...what the doctors believe it is for every health incident? Who decides on S.O.C....doctors, insurance companies???

And 100,000's are dying from medical mistakes annually...I don't know how many times this subject has been brought up here.

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Old 04-10-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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Speaking of that term "standard of care"....I truly never heard it before the recent staph infection saga and not knowing if I'd ever walk again. I'm so removed from the medical world but things do happen and we can find ourselves at their mercy. I went on with a raging staph infection for almost 3 months before the docs did the test to find it... Had they NOT even done the MRI my remains could be blowing over the ocean. Can't help but think that.

No one has any knowledge to walk in other's shoes with their life's experiences....and to call them on what they are saying.

Just what is the standard of care...what the doctors believe it is for every health incident? Who decides on S.O.C....doctors, insurance comanies???
Standard of care is a legal term, it is not determined by doctors or insurers. It simply means what the average physician or provider would do in the same circumstances....

By the way, you didn't have a "raging staph infection" in your knee if it took 3 months to discover it and an MRI to diagnose....an MRI also cannot diagnosis "staph". So you must have had a positive culture at some point...

A "raging staph infection" would be very easy to diagnose with a knee aspirate and culture which would be the "standard of care" for diagnosing a joint infection.

A "raging staph infection" left untreated in your knee would have led to sepsis and death within DAYS not MONTHS....
 
Old 04-10-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I can give you what happens when you don't.

My late husband was having mild chest pains, because I was always making him go to the doctor for stuff (rightfully so), I just told him "if you think you should go to the doctor, then go." He didn't. He died of heart attack 2 months later.

He was 43.
(((Mikala))))), so sorry for your loss, especially at such a young age.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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It was only by going for an annual exam at age 51 that a high grade aggressive bladder cancer was found. I had no symptoms nor did I have any of the risk factors. The urologic oncologists said that by time I had symptoms I'd of been terminal. Just a simple urine test as part of an annual physical found it in time to save my bladder, and me.

Two years ago I went for a colonoscopy because I had been told I needed to do it every 5 years due to family history. The doctor acted like I was wasting his time and that I should have waited until 10 years, until he starting finding polyps, 5 in all, one pre-cancerous. Then he changed his tune. Now I'm every two years, but with a different doctor.

Go for annual physicals. Go for colonoscopies. Do the prostate exams. It just may save your life.
I guess I will be going for my second colonoscopy in 10 yrs in several weeks. My primary doc herself notified me by phone that my fecal occult blood was positive, and reminded me I'd need a colonoscopy. She had already sent a consult to the doc she wanted to do the colonoscopy (I have no idea who does those around here, so would take her suggestion anyway), and she told me to call and make an appointment, and she gave me the phone number. I did so as soon as I got off the phone.

I figure it's probably a benign thing, cancers don't run in our family, but I won't take that chance of missing something that could be there.

My heart goes out to all the posters here who have lost loved ones too early from fatal heart disease that might have been prevented, or taken care of had warning signs been heeded. You do us all a service by spreading the message that such symptoms should not be dismissed.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 06:06 PM
 
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(((I don't want to derail the thread, but thank you for your kind thoughts. It's been 11 years, and I have blessed by current husband.))

These stories demonstrate how important it is to have quality medical care and monitoring.
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:38 AM
 
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You are smart...
Nothing "smart" about avoiding routine physicals and screening at all as this thread has pointed out......
 
Old 04-11-2018, 05:10 AM
 
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A plea to my female friends. If you haven't been to the doctor in a while, GO! My Stacey last October started having severe pain in her back, that finally got her to the doctor for a herniated disk diagnosis that needed surgery. I found her a PCP at my clinic for a pre-op exam and they did an EKG. The doctor asked when she had her HEART ATTACK!!!! Instead of her back surgery on 11/15, she had a triple heart bypass on 11/18 instead.... She is still recovering from that (and had her back surgery mid December). 50 years old.



Fast forward to this past weekend. My neighborhood friend (more my sister's than mine, I ran amuck with her brothers), had a heart attack and passed away on Saturday. Not my place to name names, but I'm not sure if she reached 50 yet. Recently a new grandmother too. Don't say it can't happen to you. It can. Symptoms can be a lot different for women than men. My Stacey had NO CLUE that she had a heart attack. Only showed up on the EKG.



You guys in your late 40's and 50's, you need a physical too, including the dreaded colonoscopy (the prep the night before is worse than the procedure and they give you good drugs to knock you out)
Not me. No Docs ever.
 
Old 04-11-2018, 05:32 AM
 
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To those who say 100,000's of thousands are dying due to medical errors, infections picked up in hospitals etc, how many are dying needlessly because they didn't seek healthcare or didn't seek it early enough in the disease process?

Just getting a simple physical each year can catch many things at an early stage when it is easily treated. Doing so saved my life with bladder cancer, stopped colon cancer from having a chance to form, and by learning I had high blood pressure maybe saved me from having a future heart attack. Physicals are not a big deal, and while getting a colonoscopy is not my idea of a good time, it is not as bad as many people think.
 
Old 04-11-2018, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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To those who say 100,000's of thousands are dying due to medical errors, infections picked up in hospitals etc, how many are dying needlessly because they didn't seek healthcare or didn't seek it early enough in the disease process?

Just getting a simple physical each year can catch many things at an early stage when it is easily treated.
Won't let me Rep you.....but you are right, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
 
Old 04-11-2018, 08:51 AM
 
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Won't let me Rep you.....but you are right, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Taking care of your own health is paramount. Eat well, exercise, get sleep. That being said: People have free will and can make their own choices.

If someone chooses not to go to the doctor, that is their choice. No one else's. And if they live or die, it is on them, their responsibility.

If someone chooses TO go to the doctor, they shouldn't be needlessly killed through no fault of their own because of modern *healthcare* practices.

"First, do no harm" has no meaning in western medicine today.
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