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Drs misdiagnosed daughter's appendicitis

Old 02-15-2019, 11:39 AM
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Default Drs misdiagnosed daughter's appendicitis

Just a rant.

So 11 days ago, 15 yo daughter complains of severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Go to pediatrician and they say she has norovirus because, well, other kids have had it. Send home, stay away from school. Daughter can't keep any food down, can't sleep because of pain. Go in for an IV of fluids, nurse struggles, takes 4 times to get needle right in her hand. By the weekend, pain starts to lessen, able to get out of bed and eat a little. By Monday, right back to severe pain, vomiting, diarrhea. Go back in, doctor says again this norovirus just takes a while to go away. No sleep all night. Go back to doctor on Tuesday, doctor states maybe we need to admit to hospital to administer fluids/monitor. Still severe pain, tough to watch. Finally around 10 PM, 3rd doctor she has seen since all of this started says, "I didn't realize/they didnt' tell me she had fever. We better do a scan of her abdomen."

By 11:30 the scan was read, yep, burst appendix now abscessed. Fortunately a sac had formed around the infection and not spread throughout her abdomen. Doctor recommends moving her to a children's hospital an hour away. He thinks she needs to go via helicopter, but bad weather. So now after a week, it is an emergency. End up going by ambulance. Spend all day Wednesday doing more tests. Still only given tylenol because not fully sure what action they plan to take. No sleep again Wednesday night. Thursday they insist she needs to empty her bladder because she hasn't in a while. Due to being so dehydrated, she had developed a UTI. Too painful to pee at this point.

After 4 miserable attempts to insert a catheter into her bladder, they abandon. At this point, someone is about to be strangled if they don't give her something more than tylenol. So some stronger pain med is given and she is finally able to relax after 9 days. Finally eats some jello after not having eaten anything since Tuesday, eats a few ice chips. By Thursday night, she finally falls into some decent sleep, but for gods sake, someone comes in every hour it seems to poke and prod. Nurse comes in at like 4 am and insists we need to start doing breathing treatments because she has been lying around for so long. F'in ridiculous.

Some time during the morning her right arm begins hurting more than her abdomen. This morning they decide that the high doses of antibiotic in her IV has caused an issue with her arm. Take out that IV needle and stick one in her left arm, will do a scan of her right arm. When will this shit end? They say maybe she can go home this coming Tuesday and then go back in around a month to have the appendix out.

All this could have been avoided had they properly diagnosed her last week and immediately taken out the appendix.

Being in relatively small town, wife knows the doctors fairly well. Doctors that screwed up are constantly calling my wife apologizing and I guess are CYA mode.

Word of advise, press the doctors to do more than just assume your kid has what all the other gazillion sick kids have. I realize we are fortunate and their are families dealing with far worse sick children, but this is just bs. Doctors seem to be on par with weathermen some times.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:43 AM
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did the doc even touch your child? very simple in office test that cost $0 would have differentiated the difference. example, have the patient jump up an dland flat footed and hard. appendix will cause them to be in so much pain they basically drop to the ground. norovirus will not cause that kind of pain!

Find a new doc!
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:45 AM
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Stupid question.......I thought you got passed on to a general practitioner well before 15. Oldest kid I've seen in the pediatricians office may have been 10 or 11.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:48 AM
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that sucks, but hopefully she will be alright soon!

yeah, you don't get sleep in the hospital!

sorry this happened to her, they will get her fixed up
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:49 AM
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Some doctors are just trained robots going thru the motion. Appendicitis is not the easiest thing to diagnose and can't be from just from talking to a patient. For a physical exam, it requires a delicate touch and experience to properly diagnose. Not many doctors are good at it.

Anyway, I would be pissed that the first three did not perform a detailed physical exam and order additional tests.
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Scary stuff for a parent.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Stupid question.......I thought you got passed on to a general practitioner well before 15. Oldest kid I've seen in the pediatricians office may have been 10 or 11.
I believe 18yo would be the standard age to transition from most pediatricians.
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Originally Posted by kevincook View Post
I believe 18yo would be the standard age to transition from most pediatricians.
interesting. Never seen anyone remotely close to 18 at the peds office. Do see plenty of teens and pre-teens at the family dr though.
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Originally Posted by kevincook View Post
I believe 18yo would be the standard age to transition from most pediatricians.
yes technically 18, alot of them branch off to GP around 15
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I'd delete this thread.
Find a new doctor.
And I pray your kid is OK.

Some doctors shouldn't be allowed to practice medicine. Ever.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:24 PM
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I'd delete this thread.
Find a new doctor.
And I pray your kid is OK.

Some doctors shouldn't be allowed to practice medicine. Ever.
Why delete it unless you're already in sue mode. By the sounds of it, his daughter will be ok thank God, my prayers are with you and your family OP. Lawsuits, just one of the reasons medical coverage is so expensive and one of your many bitches on here, which there are enough for a few hundred people.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark Y View Post
Why delete it unless you're already in sue mode. By the sounds of it, his daughter will be ok thank God, my prayers are with you and your family OP. Lawsuits, just one of the reasons medical coverage is so expensive and one of your many bitches on here, which there are enough for a few hundred people.
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. I would delete the thread. You're going to be billed for all this fyi. Document. Document Document. Its like the 5th most common suit Dr's see is from appendicitis.
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Originally Posted by silverg View Post
thanks
Did they bring her up here? If so, happy to help in any way we can.
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Unless you can prove actual damages I'm not sure what you can sue for. Now if there's a test to show the appendix is not functioning right ad they didn't give that test, you might have something.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:50 PM
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Glad they finally got her properly diagnosed.

There is a reason they call it practicing medicine.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:52 PM
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If she ever has to be catheterized, request “conscious sedation.” Ketamine is the go to these days.
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Sorry she had to go through that. You've got one tough cookie on your hands. They got my appendix out just before it burst and I could hardly move. It felt like I had an ice pic in my gut. It can't imagine it bursting and then sitting for a week. The pain was so bad I would have said I wimped out like a little girl but clearly that would have been giving myself too much credit.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:03 PM
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Always get a second opinion. Hope it all works out for the best.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:14 PM
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You don’t know what you might have to do.

These days, why chance it.

From the OP I would err on the side of caution since the medical staff certainly didn’t!

Nothing but prayers from me on this. But foolish to leave a liability open. Just an IMHO.

I can promise you the facility is in full damage control as well.
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