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no one can tell me what happened to my hubsand

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  • Posted By: tazs_wife36
  • September 2, 2007
  • 02:40 AM

I need help. My husband just passed away on the 26th of August. The problem is no one will or won't tell me what happened to him. We took him to the hospital thinking he was having a heart attack. The local hospital admitted him cause he was short of breath but heart checked out fine. While there we were told gallbladder, pancreatitisis, low potassium and h-plyori,ulcers and then he started catching puenmonia. His symptoms were muscle spasms in his back along the shoulder blades, high fever (up to 104.9), rapid breathing, vomiting, low potassium, diareaha, and constant burping. We transferred to another hospital where he ended up in icu with a lung absecess and it went down from there. They said the only option with the lung absecess was surgery to clean it out. His vitals were good until then. He ended up on dialysis, they had put him on the vent to flood his body with oxygen but only at 50%(had to go up to 100%), they said he caught staph but don't know where it entered the body, he recieved over 40 units of blood, when he died his face, neck and eyes were so swollen the skin on his ears were peeling and bursting open. His blood pressure dropped and he was gone. He was only 36 and perfect health before this. I need help and try to figure out what happened--he didn't have staph at the local hospital. Whatever it was killed every organ in his body. He died a slow horrible death. Please help.

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  • I would get an autopsy done and get the police involved. Something sounds fishy here.
    mammaemt 1 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 07:01 PM
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  • Sounds like your husband may have been mistreated for a severe allergy attack.Perhaps you may want to think back to what he did/ate before his symptoms had begun.Am truly sorry for what you must be going through.Mimi
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 08:37 PM
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  • I would get an autopsy done and get the police involved. Something sounds fishy here.I have talked to a lawyer and he said it sounds like they didn't finish the surgery to begin with. The sad thing is I was told he needed to surgery or he would die so I did it thinking I was saving his life instead I ended it. No one mentioned an autopsy and I was so distraught that I just snapped for a while with shock so no autopsy was performed. The doctors weren't even there when he passed away. And no one even mentioned the word autopsy at that hospital (the staff) and yet they say they don't know what killed him. I am now face with bringing him back up just so I can get some answers but am sure that something happened during surgery that they are not telling me. I have never heard of anyone recieving over 40 units of blood. He left behind not only myself but five children and all I heard from the doctors were he was tired of fighting yet I know better. Before he lost unconscious he tugged on my hand when I ask if we were going to keep fighting. That was the sign that we set up for yes before he went on the vent. He also told me and the doctors before hand that we needed to find out what was wrong cause he was ready to come home and get his kids ready for school. He did not give up, they gave up on him. So if you come across anything with those symptoms please let me know and thank you for your help.
    tazs_wife36 1 Replies
    • September 3, 2007
    • 04:06 AM
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  • Dear Taz Wife 36Go to the Medical Records dept of the hospital. Request copies of his medical records especially what is referred to as "T-Notes". This is the handwritten notes in the file by the nurses and doctors. Read everything!!!(sometimes there's a fee of .10 to .40 per page). So get going and find out what went wrong. Borrow a friend or neighbor that is a nurse or doctor to help you interpret medical records if you don't understand. I'm positive you will find your answer. Don't expect the hospital staff or nurses or doctors to help you as they will not come forward with the truth. (My husband in ER was told he had a muscle cramp or sciatica when he arrived screaming with pain. He was sent home and was back in about 30 hours as leg swelled huge. Doctors worked on him for 4 days and amputated his leg!! I got his T-notes and found out the tests while in ER was ran on the WRONG LEG because the ER doc had ordered tests to be done on the wrong leg.) So please believe it from someone who has been there. Everyone at the hospital will hide the truth. Also get you a bad **s attorney out of town as they're all in each others back pockets. Good luck to you!!! John's Wife
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 5, 2007
    • 00:22 AM
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  • Dear Taz Wife 36Go to the Medical Records dept of the hospital. Request copies of his medical records especially what is referred to as "T-Notes". This is the handwritten notes in the file by the nurses and doctors. Read everything!!!(sometimes there's a fee of .10 to .40 per page). So get going and find out what went wrong. Borrow a friend or neighbor that is a nurse or doctor to help you interpret medical records if you don't understand. I'm positive you will find your answer. Don't expect the hospital staff or nurses or doctors to help you as they will not come forward with the truth. (My husband in ER was told he had a muscle cramp or sciatica when he arrived screaming with pain. He was sent home and was back in about 30 hours as leg swelled huge. Doctors worked on him for 4 days and amputated his leg!! I got his T-notes and found out the tests while in ER was ran on the WRONG LEG because the ER doc had ordered tests to be done on the wrong leg.) So please believe it from someone who has been there. Everyone at the hospital will hide the truth. Also get you a bad **s attorney out of town as they're all in each others back pockets. Good luck to you!!! John's WifeI have contacted a lawyer and even in my grief I had enough mind to get one out of town. There is just simply too many politics involved around this town. I have the local hospital's records and there is a lot of things in there that don't add up. I just want answers and no one is willing to give them to me. My heart is shattered and no one can fix it except my John and the doctors took that from me. I know in my heart that something was not done correctly. I thank for your help, it is nice to know that someone believes me and I am not crazy. Also nice to hear some real advice instead of being told to go on with my life. Thank you again I didn't know about the "T-notes" so will read over the records again. Taz's (John was his name)wife
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 6, 2007
    • 00:11 AM
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  • I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss and I'll include you in my prayers.I was wondering how long your husband had the symptoms you spoke of, because you said all of his vital organs were attacked.You may want to look in to Necrotizing faciitis.I had a bout with it myself and almost died every doctor(save one) misdiagnosed me and ignored my symptoms.the disease is fatal if not properly treated and because it can be hard to diagnose it's easy to hide it if that was the cause.It's a streatch but look it up and see if anything sounds familer chances are if that was the cause they simply did not pay attention to his test.Again I am sorry for your loss let me know if you need any more info.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 07:10 PM
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  • Please accept my sincere and heartfelt sympathy. I can only imagine what it is like to watch your husband die from incompetence and negligence. After 6 hours in the ER, with a severe pain in his side, mine was given a shot of morphine and sent home. The next day we went back to the hospital when they finally did an ultrasound it was discovered he had a massive bleeding "tumor" and he had emergency surgery to remove one of his kidneys. He could have bled to death at home, next to me in bed. The only thing that prevented that was the clotting that occured, making the ultrasound tech think it was a massive tumour when it was multiple bleeding tumours on his kidney. The technician ignored the results for the red cells from the CBC tests the day before because the doctor only wanted to see the white cell count. Mind you, this took place in a "good" neighborhood, not at a city General Hospital. We had good insurance and my husband works in the medical field. If your attorrney specializes in malpractice, he/she should be able to interpret your husband's records. Do not give up. Doctors and nurses get paid plenty of money to do their jobs properly. Yes, mistakes and accidents happen. That is what insurance is for. I am sorry it cost your husband his life. My recent medical has been a nightmare. To make a long story short, I was finally diagnosed and treated for CA-MRSA, community acquired staph infection. Normally "acquired" in a hospital, it is highly resistant to most antobiotics. Often misdiagnosed until the symptoms are way out of control. The earlier posts mentioned an allergic reaction; I think that may have started the process but a staph infection may play a role as well. It is a simple culture that confims the diagnosis.I wish you and your children all the strength in the world. Don't hesitate to call upon your friends and family.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 03:52 AM
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  • May have been anaphylactic shock to something, or a liver problem.
    nomore 4 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 03:57 PM
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  • I do autopsies for a living. Without the autopsy we are just guessing. Also without access to the records and lab values/radiographic reports I am also making a best guess, rather than an educated opinion. Based on some of the symptoms and his course, I will would guess that he had severe pancreatitis which would explain the back pain. I have seen cases of acute pancreatitis which led to widespread organ failure. It sets you up for all kinds of internal damage due to "autodigestion," and secondary infections, abscesses, and sepsis may occur. I doubt anything was done clinically wrong. If indeed this started as severe pancreatitis a cascade was started which often ends in progression to death. I can empathize with your loss and hope that you find peace, but do understand that some diseases are complex and deadly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 05:52 PM
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  • It sounds like your husband died from sepsis and multiorgan failure. Severe pancreatitis can end up with this outcome. It is not clear whether he needed blood before or after surgery. Internal bleeding can be a feature of pancreatitis due to erosion of blood vessels around the pancreas but when that happens it is usually treated by performing an angiogram and blocking of the vessesls from the inside (embolization). If he had surgery and bled afterwards it may have been a complication of the surgery. Very sick patients can develop a condition called DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation) which leads to clots in the body, but also bleeding.Therefore from your story it is not possible to say whether your husband could have lived if treated differently, or whether he was just very unfortunate to develop severe pancreatitis. I would suggest you ask to speak to the doctor who cared for your husband or if you are too far down the malpractice lawsuit road to do that make sure your attorney gets a really good opinion on your huaband's care as from what you have described he was a very complex case, not necessarily mistreated but there may have been aspects of his care that could have been handled better. I sympathise with your loss.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 11:08 AM
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  • I can relate to what the poster above here is describing.In June 2006 (36yrs) I went through trauma surgery for a burst appendix and through this developed 3 bouts of pancreanitis attacks, the 3rd one nearly being fatal. On the 16 October 2006, I was rushed into emmergency with chronic pancreanitis, WBC of 42 000, literally bidding my family farewell as the pain had consumed my whole torso, back and kidneys. A surgeon was on standby and I believe, by the grace of fate that this was not my day for dying, and the fact that they never took me into surgery, 5 days later I managed to pull through. I have had no similar attack since, but should it ever reoccur, I will know exactly what is happening to me.I am sincerely sorry for your loss - you did the right thing by consenting to your husband's surgery - you are not the specialist and they knew better. When we go through that much pain, we are all at the mercy of the medical profession, so don't ever blame yourself. He would have done exactly the same if it were you lying in that bed. At the age of 29, I also had to consent to having my gall bladder removed, even though I was 5 months pregnant. Both I and my baby girl pulled through this, she is now 8yrs old. The decision was so hard, yet the pain was unbearable and this drove me to sign the papers, knowing full well the consequences. We only make decisions that we think will better our lives.God Bless you and all your children.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 01:35 PM
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  • I am so sorry for your loss. A year ago my mom went in to have one of her lungs removed because of a lump (cancer). After the surgery she came to and was doing better than exspected. They warned us that sometimes patients have to be put on life support for a few days after the removal of a lung. She was doing so well that she didnt need it. 7 days went by and she was still doing good and probably would get to come home soon. On the 8th day she wasnt feeling great but that was to be expected. By that night she was really sick they hooked her up to dialosis. They thought she may have a perferated ulcer or a leak somewhere My mind is still a little foggy and really confused. So anyways they had to go in and see what was happening. She was really week at this time and they give her about a 50/50 chance of pulling through. Well after some hour seemed like forever the Dr came out and said there is nothing more we can do for her. All of her organs shut down due to septis or septic shock. so my dad made the decision to pull the plug. she died 4 minutes after that. I told my dad something wasnt right. I was told they should have been able to catch the septis in her blood work before it got to that point. Its hard when you loose someone in a situation that your not sure couldnt of been caught in time to save thier life....
    Micky6608 6 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 06:16 AM
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  • Out of curiosity what were your syptoms with the pancreanitis attacks?I went for emergency appendextomy. The next day (still in the hospital) I got severly ill my potassium was high or low I cant remember. I had 104 temp. I was dillusional. They did exray of my lungs. they ran blood test and I was in the hospital for 5 days. what they came up with was I have krohns disease (not true) I havent been sick since then (2005) When I went to the surgeon to get my staples taken out i mentioned krohns to him. He said he explored all my organs because my appendix didnt look too bad and he didnt see anything that suggested I had krohns disease
    Micky6608 6 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 06:34 AM
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  • I can relate to what the poster above here is describing.In June 2006 (36yrs) I went through trauma surgery for a burst appendix and through this developed 3 bouts of pancreanitis attacks, the 3rd one nearly being fatal. On the 16 October 2006, I was rushed into emmergency with chronic pancreanitis, WBC of 42 000, literally bidding my family farewell as the pain had consumed my whole torso, back and kidneys. A surgeon was on standby and I believe, by the grace of fate that this was not my day for dying, and the fact that they never took me into surgery, 5 days later I managed to pull through. I have had no similar attack since, but should it ever reoccur, I will know exactly what is happening to me.I am sincerely sorry for your loss - you did the right thing by consenting to your husband's surgery - you are not the specialist and they knew better. When we go through that much pain, we are all at the mercy of the medical profession, so don't ever blame yourself. He would have done exactly the same if it were you lying in that bed. At the age of 29, I also had to consent to having my gall bladder removed, even though I was 5 months pregnant. Both I and my baby girl pulled through this, she is now 8yrs old. The decision was so hard, yet the pain was unbearable and this drove me to sign the papers, knowing full well the consequences. We only make decisions that we think will better our lives.God Bless you and all your children.Out of curiosity what were your syptoms with the pancreanitis attacks?I went for emergency appendextomy. The next day (still in the hospital) I got severly ill my potassium was high or low I cant remember. I had 104 temp. I was dillusional. They did exray of my lungs. they ran blood test and I was in the hospital for 5 days. what they came up with was I have krohns disease (not true) I havent been sick since then (2005) When I went to the surgeon to get my staples taken out i mentioned krohns to him. He said he explored all my organs because my appendix didnt look too bad and he didnt see anything that suggested I had krohns disease
    Micky6608 6 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 06:35 AM
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