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    Well, this last few months have been an adventure.
    Mrs Lars finally had her long time heart issues catch up with her back in March.
    We ended up dealing with a severe Staph infection that caused her to need open-heart surgery, and eventually a pacemaker installed.

    Fortunately, I had excellent health insurance through my work. Our out of pocket for the whole thing was a mere fraction of the whole bill (Which we are still working on totaling up.) Suffice to say that, without insurance, I would be so overwhelmed by the costs, I cannot even imagine what I would be doing, now.

    There were other people in the hospital who obviously lacked adequate insurance for the tasks. I watched one family try to absorb what was happening to them. It was heartbreaking.

    The other issue that I found disturbing was that patients who had no family member immediately available could easily fall into serious problems with receiving the attention they need to receive the proper medical care.

    I had called the EMTs because mrs L was in a state of delirium from what proved to be sepsis, along with very low Sodium and Magnesium, and had no idea what was happening.
    We returned to the hospital, and she spent the night under observation. The next morning I had stepped out of the room to get some coffee. When I returned, a doctor was in the room and they had been having a conversation. Mrs L was not really following the Doctor, but se was being courteous and trying to be agreeable. As I entered the room the doc was saying, "OK, we will see about getting you ready for discharge."
    WTF!?!?!?

    It was all I could do to maintain composure. I managed to explain to the doc that the person she was conversing with was barely cognizant of her surroundings and had no idea what had happened to her in the last 24 hours, and this person WAS NOT my wife, but a mere shell of who my wife was.

    She began to take another look, and ordered some more labs. Shortly after that mrs L lost consciousness completely, and her vitals started dropping. They moved her to ICU, and began attaching air hoses and more IVs. Started some antibiotics, and some mineral drips.

    They then identified the bug that was in her blood, and started treating the infection.

    Had I not been there, they very well might have shipped her home to let her die.

    I can't help but wonder how many people may get discarded, simply because they have no immediate family near by to see that the proper attention is paid, and proper care administered.
    It may not be so much that I've conceded your point as that you just can't hear me rolling my eyes.

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    Re: Healthcare in the USA

    Alarming that the doctor assumed she knew the person she was talking to was OK enough to understand when she obviously wasn't, and that she was happy to discharge on the basis of a pleasant conversation.

    Fortunate you were there, and could fight her corner.

    Hope she is well on the way to better health.
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    I'm glad that you were there and got back in time to intervene.

    I agree that there are some serious flaws in our system and that a lot of people don't get the care that they need.

    I hope your wife recovers quickly.

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    Crikey. Some very worrying bits there. Best wishes to both of you. At least modern medicine can achieve amazing things nowadays - pacemakers, open heart surgery, I can remember a time before these things, certainly before they were almost routine! Still scary as heck, though.
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    Lars, how awful that your wife has suffered so! Best hopes & wishes for the both of you. May she recover soon.

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    Healthcare in the US is all about profits and Wall Street. A persons health care should not be decided by the amount of money or the type of insurance one has. Until we get our health care system to care more about our health than money it will never get better.

    As a normally right leaner I am definitely a left leaner when it comes to health care. We need a national health care system and we need it now. Of all the things we as Americans protest I cant believe no one take up this cause with more importance.

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    Oh sorry Lars. I hope you and your wife a better next few months. Take care of her because we men know that our women always take care of us..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clodhopper View Post
    Crikey. Some very worrying bits there. Best wishes to both of you. At least modern medicine can achieve amazing things nowadays - pacemakers, open heart surgery, I can remember a time before these things, certainly before they were almost routine! Still scary as heck, though.
    So things have settled down, and in a few days she will be coming home from Rehab. All is well on that front. finally.

    I remember when Pacemakers were the size of a soda cracker, and were sensitive to microwaves and magnetic fields. This one is about size of a vitamin pill, and sits in the heart chamber.
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    Sad to hear about all this. Best to you and wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    So things have settled down, and in a few days she will be coming home from Rehab. All is well on that front. finally.

    I remember when Pacemakers were the size of a soda cracker, and were sensitive to microwaves and magnetic fields. This one is about size of a vitamin pill, and sits in the heart chamber.
    Micra - Small Leadless Pacemaker | Medtronic
    Leadless is good, in addition to the size. The info on the device is awesome. We've come a long way with med devices.

    I'm sure that you will be very happy to have her home again, when she is ready.

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