Nov 12, 2013 - 10:44 pm
Yesterday I told you that my brother went for his chemo and was having problems breathing. My sis noticed it when she brought him from the car to the office. The doctor did a CT scan and they found several thoracic embloi, so he was admitted and put on blood thinners. When we left him last night, they had him on oxygen, lovenox and he looked okay.
Fast forward to this morning. We get to the hospital and they are in the process of transporting my brother out of the hospital to another hospital, one we aren't too crazy about. No one called us to tell us, although they say they tried but we must have been on our way. They had already made the plans to take him and do emergency surgery to remove the clots, The doctor explained that the clots were interfering with his heart function. He has a partial loss of function from his chemo 13 years ago. so this was lowering his blood pressure to a dangerous level. I understand that they had to act now, but they should have called us when he was switched to ICU during the night. I felt like we had no choice in the matter. My sister tried persuading the dr to send him to another hospital, but he said he already had the plans in the works and this was an urgent matter. Am I wrong for being angry? My poor brother looked scared. I felt if there was a change in his health during the night, they should have called me. Am I expecting too much?
Thanks everyone. My brother is stable (I called several times last night and once this morning). I'm heading over there with dad in a little while. It's a 45 minute drive each way. Hopefully the breathing tube will be out today and he feels better shortly. He was still asleep last night, but he's awake this morning. I'm sure he'll be glad to see us.
His medicare starts December 1st. I think we need to look into other options for him closer to home (for dad). This is draining him. Hopefully also the supplemental coverage will be better than the crap insurance he has now.
UPDATE 11/13 pm We just got back from the hospital. He is still in ICU and on the breathing machine. They said he will probably come off the machine this aftrnoon. We saw a bag of blood hanging above him. Geesh, don't they tell you any of this? My sister said she would have donated her blood. Anyway, I have a call into his internist and he is going to call me this afternoon to discuss these miserable chain of events.