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.