Interesting Suni Lee article

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They don’t clarify what she has but that they are working on managing it.
Poor thing. Incurable diseases of any sort are not a lot of fun. I think she’s lucky to be an athlete in this case though, because the symptoms impeded her training so she was diagnosed quickly.
 
Poor thing. Incurable diseases of any sort are not a lot of fun. I think she’s lucky to be an athlete in this case though, because the symptoms impeded her training so she was diagnosed quickly.
While her diagnosis was quick for chronic illness in general it should have been weeks earlier. Her doctors neglected to do the most basic urine test, which would have showed kidney issues immediately for more than 2 weeks after her swelling appeared. Even the most basic ER or Primary Care doctor orders a urine test on anyone presenting with edema. The fact that Auburn’s team of doctors thought her swelling was allergies is bordering on incompetence.
 
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Borders on? I was horrified when I read this. Smacks of malpractice to me.
You’re right, I was being way too generous; assuming the article is accurate, it would definitely be a lawsuit in any of the hospital systems I’ve worked at. Here they urine test if you come in with a hangnail; the test literally takes 5 minutes, costs next to nothing and is a standard cover your ass measure.
 
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While her diagnosis was quick for chronic illness in general it should have been weeks earlier. Her doctors neglected to do the most basic urine test, which would have showed kidney issues immediately for more than 2 weeks after her swelling appeared. Even the most basic ER or Primary Care doctor orders a urine test on anyone presenting with edema. The fact that Auburn’s team of doctors thought her swelling was allergies is bordering on incompetence.
Especially if you are female. There is always yet another pee test to take before seeing the next dr.
 
The medical field in general is lacking in expertise and professionalism. You rarely get an actual definitive answer when sick-my friend has had major chest pains, dizzy spells, and fatigue for years, and not a single doctor or specialist has any answers. Everything “looks” fine. My mom has been a nurse for over 40 years and she warns ppl that hospitals are dangerous. You call them and they can’t find the patient, they say the patient left, they hang up on you. My friend’s husband slept in front of the nurses station for 2 days and there was no one to change him bc he couldn’t get up. It’s widespread. My mom says that the younger the doctor, the less knowledgeable they are. New nurses are afraid to provide care for patients. She’s 70 and working 10 hour shifts and she’s appalled.
 
The medical field in general is lacking in expertise and professionalism. You rarely get an actual definitive answer when sick-my friend has had major chest pains, dizzy spells, and fatigue for years, and not a single doctor or specialist has any answers. Everything “looks” fine. My mom has been a nurse for over 40 years and she warns ppl that hospitals are dangerous. You call them and they can’t find the patient, they say the patient left, they hang up on you. My friend’s husband slept in front of the nurses station for 2 days and there was no one to change him bc he couldn’t get up. It’s widespread. My mom says that the younger the doctor, the less knowledgeable they are. New nurses are afraid to provide care for patients. She’s 70 and working 10 hour shifts and she’s appalled.
I worked in a major hospital for five years, in the oncology pharmacy and specifically with investigational drugs. The Peds folks were absolute experts at flying by the seats of their pants–to a dangerous extent. They’d come up with crazy workarounds to prep drugs to peds concentrations like mixing IV chemo in orange juice and using it orally, and storing it in the fridge–at the patient’s home, with all of the family food. Like… wait, what? And that’s only the half of it. It’s crazy how much improvisation goes on.

Also, word to the wise: if you need a serious medical procedure, avoid July and probably August. The medical residency/fellowship starts in July so there are a lot of newbies. Overseen by attending physicians but still plenty of chance for error.
 
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