Medical procrastination

December 10, 2014

My mother’s lab tests came back and a specialist appeared in her hospital room — and told her, when she asked whether he would now be in charge of her care, no, that will have to wait for the out-patient clinicians to be brought on board.

Really.

Now the campaign begins to have enough of a treatment plan in the discharge instructions, when that time comes, to tide her over until she is actually seen by the out-patient clinicians.  We would like to avoid another re-admission to the hospital.

It would be farce if it weren’t about what it’s about.

I bought my mother an electric menorah this evening.  I don’t know what connection that has with all this (she had mentioned she wanted one for her apartment, instead of her usual candled one), except maybe it expresses hope in the midst of dystopia.

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2 Responses to “Medical procrastination”

  1. Matthew Brooks Says:

    You could research on the internet (medical pages) an approximately (sufficiently) appropriate path, perhaps.

    It does seem the system is increasingly dysfunctional these days; gears are slipping, things are breaking down, tangled, lethargic, rigid, corrupt, etc. In the absence of overall function we are increasingly left to our own devices; fortunately, there are more of them at our disposal now too.

    • Diana Moses Says:

      When I was four, I had an adverse reaction to an antibiotic I think I was prescribed for a sore throat. I remember being in bed and missing a month of nursery school and my grandfather coming out to visit me, and I remember my mother told me that her aunt (my great aunt) told her what medicine they needed to prescribe to counteract it, and while I don’t think my mother ever mentioned it to the doctors, it was what they eventually prescribed when they brought in a consult (and what cleared up the reaction).

      I remember having a conversation about 20 years ago with a shopkeeper I knew (whose husband was an ophthalmologist at Mass. Eye & Ear) about whether everybody has glitches in their medical care or just some people, and she said she thought everybody did but just a subset of people noticed that they were avoidable glitches.

      One more thing, the hospital my mother is at is described on their home page as “a vibrant regional teaching hospital closely affiliated with the Harvard Medical School.”


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