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I KNEW I was going to die and experienced a medical nightmare
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Susan Griffin
May 2019
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Written by
Susan Griffin
May 2019

This morning, Friday, May 10th  about Noon

I was diagnosed with Pericarditis about 3-1/2 years ago, so I KNEW something was terribly wrong when I woke up on Sunday with chest pain and unable to breathe and believed I was going to die this was either a heart attack or a flare-up of the Pericarditis.

I'm grateful for relief today and grateful to N.W. Portland's Legacy Good Samaritan for doing their jobs, diagnosing the issue, PLUS treating me for a different issue and treating them, giving me a treatment plan, giving me medication.

I'm also grateful to be alive today, as Pericarditis can be fatal.

Monday, May 6th 11:31 am

I woke up at 7:30 yesterday morning (May 5th) with intense excruciating pain in my chest. I thought at first probably a flare-up of the pericarditis. So I took a pain pill and a muscle relaxant. An hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and 4 hours later no relief. So I called 911 and went to Kaisers ER.

They ran tests, took a chest x-ray, and determined NOTHING is wrong with me. Nothing!! I’m laying on the fucking gurney holding my chest and sobbing!! The pain was so intense. I’ve had some concerns because for the last couple of weeks I have been exhausted. I’ve never been one to take naps. But I’ve been sleeping 12-14 hours at a time, up for a few hours and back to bed. Easter I spent the day with Brenda and her family at the park we had a BBQ.  I was so tired I fell asleep on MAX (our lite rail) on my way home, woke up in Beaverton and had to backtrack home. So this exhaustion has become a concern, I’ve already got an appointment with my regular doctor. So when I couldn’t deal with the pain I went to the ER.

I didn’t expect to have this trip there end up with a doctor telling me “NOTHING’S wrong with you Susan”. She even went so far to insinuate I was there because I wanted drugs and again INSISTED NOTHING’S wrong with me. The last thing she said to me was “I notice on your med record that you suffer from depression, anxiety. Then she told me she thought I needed to talk to Mental Health. I begged her to please get the pain under control before I went home, that is what must have given her the idea all I wanted was drugs. She kicked my ass out of the ER, took me outside of an entrance to await a cab. I was in a wheelchair but not a regular chair, it was funky and, and I couldn’t go anywhere. I saw a woman who worked at Kaiser and asked her if she would please wheel me back inside she told me she “didn’t work in the ER” and walked right past me. I ended up waiting in that chair for almost 30 minutes for a cab. I was so angry.

It wasn’t a heart attack, that’s a Good thing, and I am grateful, BUT I EXPECTED to be taken care of!! I didn’t wake up on a beautiful Sunday morning and think to myself, “hmm, how can I get drugs today? Oh wait, I know what to do, I’ll call 911 go to the ER with FAKE chest pain (the doctor refused to even acknowledge) and I’ll beg for drugs.

She (the QUACK) sent me home and I couldn’t even walk!! I had no strength. This doc yesterday never mentioned the pericarditis, and never mentioned the appointment I had with a cardiologist today that I had to cancel because I can’t get there. She did, however, mention my upcoming appointment with my regular doc. Interesting.

She did end up giving me a prescription for “Reglan” which she told me is a pain medication BUT NOT NARCOTICS. I told her, “I don’t care of it’s a narcotic, get this pain under control before you send me home.”

Well, I came home looked up the medication... it’s NOT a pain medication, she outright LIED to me... here is what KP’s site says about this medication...

“This medication is used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. Metoclopramide is used as a short-term treatment (4 to 12 weeks) for persistent heartburn when the usual medicines do not work well enough. It is used mostly for heartburn that occurs after a meal or during the daytime. Treating persistent heartburn can decrease the damage done by stomach acid to the swallowing tube (esophagus) and help to heal.

Metoclopramide is also used in diabetic patients who have poor emptying of their stomachs (gastroparesis). Treating gastroparesis can decrease symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and stomach/abdominal fullness. Metoclopramide works by blocking a natural substance (dopamine). It speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.

This drug is not recommended for use in children due to an increased risk of serious side effects (such as muscle spasms/uncontrolled muscle movements). Ask the doctor or pharmacist for details.

Other usesHow to useSide effectsPrecautionsDrug interactionsOverdoseNotesMissed doseStorageImportant note”

I’m allergic to MOST all heartburn medications and this is one med I’ve never even heard of, there are possible life long complications from this med. This is NOT heartburn, for fuck's sake, I KNOW what heartburn is, I suffered from it until I had the hernia removed. I’m NOT taking this medication.

It’s more than clear to me that Kaiser has no intention of me “thriving” they don’t give a damn. I had the same type of experience when I went to their “urgent care” they do the least amount possible and send you packing.

So I finally got home, and last night at some point I fell, I had no strength. Not sure how long I laid there, but I have a horrible headache probably from hitting the floor. I learned from now on I’m going up to Good Sam. Three years ago I had to go to the ER with the same symptoms. I went to Good Sam. They ran tests, they had no problem getting the pain to ease, morphine and Ativan, they admitted me overnight for observation and insured I got to see a cardiologist before I left. I was sent home with a heart monitor which I wore for a month. THEY TOOK GOOD CARE OF ME. And I was sent home with medication to keep the pain under control.

I’m going to file a grievance against the ER doc and Kaiser. I would cancel them today but I have an appointment with a therapist that I’ve had to wait a year and a half for. So come November Kaiser can KMA and I’ll ensure everyone I meet knows about the horrible experiences I’ve had with Kaiser.

I have no energy today, writing this has worn me out.

I’m going back to bed where I can hold my pillows close and shallow breathing because my chest STILL hurts as bad as yesterday.

May 7th 10:05 am

mistreated
misdiagnosed
abusive
triggering

May 7th 10:07 am

did ya ever feel so bad ya just wish there was someone to hold and rock you?

May 7th 3:28 pm

I wonder if I should try to consult with an attorney. Kaiser's called me 5 or 6 times today, and I KNOW they aren't interested in anything but themselves. I was just told I won't be allowed to know the final outcome of their "investigation."

May 8th 1:26 pm

This was yesterday morning... My friend walked in and snapped this pic. She said, "well honey don't you just look like a fucking fireball of sunshine 

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