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Friend is in incompetent hosiptal, need help

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  • Posted By: katskradle22
  • September 3, 2007
  • 09:29 PM

Let me try and make this as short as possible.

A month ago my friend (25, female) was feeling "weird" and went to a walk-in clinic. She was "spacey". The docs said she was dehydrated, and put her on an IV for 7 hours.

That week her hubby (I was the officiant for their wedding; I have known them a very long time and they are like family) devoted a lot of time to her, knowing she didn't feel well. He gave her pedialyte, gatorade, and followed all the docs instructions.

The next week she started forgetting where she was at or how to get home, sometimes driving an hour away before calling her hubby or us to come and get her. She also claimed she was pregnant. She told us of doctors visits, feelings, etc.

There were multiple strangs occurances that lead her hubby to take her in again, but they included her staring off into no where, hallucinating, (all her "trips to the doc" and being pregnant were not true) and finally became in an almost catatonic like state where she didn't acknowledge anyone/anything.

The local hospital sent her to the psych ward, where she has spent 2 weeks in 24/7 confinement in a padded cell with 1 hour visitation for her husband and her parents only. They said she was severe bipolar, possibly schitzophrenic (sp?) but wouldn't diagnose her for it. During her stay she was lethargic, (wouldn't get up to walk across the room), "out of it", slurring her speech (from drugs?), barely ate (lost 28lbs in 2 weeks, and 18lbs in the three weeks leading up to her being commited), didn't talk or engage conversation with her husband or parents.

During this time period, the doctors have done 3 unsuccessful MRI's. Before they even attempted an MRI, and three days into her stay, they suggested and began shock treatments, as they classified her as severe bipolar. They did three of these before stopping. (The said it would "reset the brain")

Now, two weeks into my friends stay in the padded cell, her family has gotten involved and finally got them to do a MRI successfully (by waiting an hour--not just 15 minutes--after giving her sedatives and placing headphones on her ears) and they found white spolotches all over her brain, followed by two big ones at the stem of her brain.

The doctor told her husband that these white splotches all over is an infection, and that simply "I don't know what to do at this point, as I have rarely seen either of these two cases, and I have never seen them together." (The blotches at the brain stem as well as throughout the brain)

They have five physicians that overview cases at this (ward?), and supposedly it is a good hospital for neurology (sp?) but they keep dropping the ball. Does
1) any of this sound like malpractice? Doing electroshock therepy and drugging her for bipolar before even getting a definitive MRI or doing one at all common practice?

and 2) brain infection? I find little info on the net for this. The doctor was very vague with her husband as to how they find out what infection it is and how it gets treated. I know since his responces are vague, then so will my information be, but perhaps there is someone out there who may have gone through, or knows what this could be?

I thank you all for your time.

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  • This is an outrage!!!! People who are physically ill for a long time, begin to develop "mental issues". Think about it..if your friend is physically ill, her organs aren't working correctly....her brain is an organ. If you want to help your friend, find NAET/Bioset therapy and take her.Get her out of the psych ward before they do more damage.The drugs won't help her and furthermore, they will damage her liver and kidneys....they don't tell you the pills are made from chemicals... True story...a friend of a friend went out one night. Someone "dosed" her drink with liquid acid....a lot of it.The docs told the girl's parents to put her in a mental institution...that no amount of drugs would ever bring her back to normal.Her mother refused to give up...looked into alternative med and found NAET...her daughter is now a healthy, functioning 34 year old accountant for a BIG BUSINESS firm...go figure...just when we thought western docs knew it all. www.naet.com www.bioset.net find a practicioner and help this poor girl get her life back! I'm here for you.....mommy cat:)
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • September 3, 2007
    • 10:52 PM
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  • Thank you very much for your reply. I don't like doctors, not that they don't do more good than bad, I just try and stay away best I can ha. I won't pretend to know anything about anything in this particular situation. I am not familiar with the brain functions, mental health issues, or anything of the like so I really had/have no clue as to what is going on is "normal" or not except for my instinct that this is terribly wrong. I have heard about the naet; there is actually a doctor that practices it in the next town over. I have been told by a friend of mine in minneapolis to look into it for my PCOS. Perhaps if it is something my friend and I do together, it would alleviate some of the nervousness she would have about the treatment. (and me too) From what my friend in minneaplis told me, it seems like it's accupuncture and the like? Have you tried it at all yourself? How pricey does it tend to be?
    katskradle22 1 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 00:52 AM
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  • Yes!! I have tried it myself...and I had PCOD as well as severe PMS all of my adult life. I have just had my first cycle in my life woth NO PMS!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it.I was also having "mental" issues. If I had not gone for this therapy, I would have more than likely ended up in the "ward" myself...no kidding.My therapy was $125.00 for 3 sessions. Most people only need 3. I was severely ill so I have had 6. My doc lets people break it down...$40.00 for the first and the second and $45.00 for the third. After all, aren't our lives "priceless"? My symptoms are gone!! Go with your friend...both of you do 3 and come back and tell us how you are. I am a nurse so I was very skeptical but western docs weren't helping a bit. This did!!! Your friend may need more than 3 if her "mental/emotional" issues are profound. Go get your lives back...when you are done with yours, convince everyone you know to go...every person needs this...it works for most everything from what I can tell...I'm living proof... love, mommy cat:D
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 00:57 AM
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  • I looked up white splotches on the brain and came across some MRI results that were indicative of hyponatremia (low levels of sodium). The resulting white splotches were the result of demyelinization in the brain due to over-correction of the sodium problem. Hopefully the walk-in clinic did some some blood work. The dehydration diagnosis might have been the first clue that her blood electrolytes were off. Due to what, I don't know. Central Pontine MyelinosisHistory: A typical case of CPM can unfold as follows: Severe hyponatremia is diagnosed in a person who presents to the emergency department with delirium. (Electrolyte disturbances frequently cause encephalopathy.)IV fluid therapy is administered, and serum sodium is normal by the next day.The patient's mental status improves, and he or she is more alert, but this is followed by neurologic deterioration 48-72 hours later.Key features of the neurologic exam include confusion, horizontal gaze paralysis, and spastic quadriplegia.Brain MRI reveals intense symmetric demyelination in the brain stem pons.As this is a very serious error, the docs might be reluctant to give a diagnosis. The family MUST see the MRI report and look at the radiologist's conclusion. The problem in not unknown to them. This is just a guess. There are many reasons for white splotches on the brain, from bacterial,viral and fungal infections and demyelinization from Multiple Sclerosis. Get a copy of her medical records from the local hospital if it was different from where she is now. Look to see if they did any blood sodium levels. It would be included with the electrolytes. I really hope this is not the problem.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 08:30 AM
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  • This is absolutely appalling treatment. This is medical incompetence if not malpractice.The only doctor who has been honest is the one who said he didn't know. It is really a specialised area to interpret MRI brain scans and if he doesn't know, then he needs to find somebody that does. Pronto!There are various infections that can affect the brain (meningitis for example, although I am not saying it is that). ECT can cause some brain damage also and this might me resposible for some of the images on the MRI.As rad-skw says, get the MRI report. You need to insist on a specialist who knows what they are doing (even if it means getting her out of that place). Don't waste time looking at NAET or Bioset at this stage, your friend needs specialist treatment as soon as possible if she is going to make a proper recovery.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 11:44 AM
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  • White splotches on the brain are also indicative of white matter lesions located on grey matter (brain). They are caused also from the demyelinization but low sodium is the least of it.These lesions happen with SEVERAL disease processes...CFS/FM/MS/ALS/Alzheimer's, Parkinson's ect... If your friend was 80 years old, they would say she had "dementia" or "Alzheimer's"...because she is young, they tell her she is having "mental" problems. The only difference is the person's age...see? NAET/Bioset will help her. What is the mental institution actually doing for her?There's your answer. I'm praying for you and your friend. She is lucky to have a friend like you. Stay well and don't give up or in...help is available.
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 01:06 PM
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