Almost became a PVH ER ghost

Almost became a PVH ER ghost

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Lucky

New Haven, WV

#1 Oct 18, 2012
I  had a NIGHTMARISH  experience in this ER. I was misdiagnosed and humiliated. I made multiple ER visits in a very short time period. I had a LIFE-THREATENING  condition brewing and it was being ignored. By my own intuition I knew my condition was serious. But I HAD a naive trust in medical professionals and ignored my instincts. And to compound this-I was so sick and in so much pain that my sensibility left me.
 With my final visit to the ER (as I mentioned I had made several in just a few days) the vibes from the employees in this place told me I had been labeled as a "seeker and attention getter". I endured hours of excruciating pain and humiliation (over 10 hours) before I was correctly diagnosed.
  What a shame! My family made phone calls, out of desperation. This  lead to someone coming to my rescue and FINALLY, I was assessed as a patient-whom was exhibiting "REAL pain and possibly fatal symptoms" and NOT an "attention seeking faker"!!
An emergency surgery saved my life that night. A surgery that should have been prevented and caused lost time from work and family.  If only the appropriate tests and assessments were  initiated on my first or even consecutive visits. 
 To give a little credit, a few tests were done. I was told tests "were normal" (later to find the lab test was NOT normal). Oops! taking back that credit.
During my second visit my request for a routine test was refused. I reported a piece of very pertinent medical history, that combined with my symptoms definitely warranted this test..(2+2=4). It fell on deaf ears and a "I'm the doctor" here attitude! 
Oh and just in case your wondering. I have no history of drug abuse, nor do I enjoy seeking attention. I'm very much an introvert. I am not, nor have I ever been a  "frequent flyer" of the ER. I'm a single parent and I work full time with good medical insurance coverage. 
And I should STRESS that I DID encounter (more so than not) very caring and professional employees during my PVH stay. This included Surgery, ICU, South-1, Laboratory
and Radiology. 
I just feel the ER, as a whole, has developed a cult- like behavior and a  warped view of their patients in need. I would like to remind them to  be careful with preconceived notions and work on finding some compassion and trust again.
So to PVH ER I say to you: I only wanted live (i still have children dependent on me) that's why I came to you. I could have so easily died with all the careless attitudes i had to deal with.. And maybe someone has died after coming to you for help. Think about that...
Think About It!

Columbus, OH

#2 Oct 18, 2012
Lucky wrote:
I had a NIGHTMARISH experience in this ER. I was misdiagnosed and humiliated. I made multiple ER visits in a very short time period. I had a LIFE-THREATENING condition brewing and it was being ignored. By my own intuition I knew my condition was serious. But I HAD a naive trust in medical professionals and ignored my instincts. And to compound this-I was so sick and in so much pain that my sensibility left me.
With my final visit to the ER (as I mentioned I had made several in just a few days) the vibes from the employees in this place told me I had been labeled as a "seeker and attention getter". I endured hours of excruciating pain and humiliation (over 10 hours) before I was correctly diagnosed.
What a shame! My family made phone calls, out of desperation. This lead to someone coming to my rescue and FINALLY, I was assessed as a patient-whom was exhibiting "REAL pain and possibly fatal symptoms" and NOT an "attention seeking faker"!!
An emergency surgery saved my life that night. A surgery that should have been prevented and caused lost time from work and family. If only the appropriate tests and assessments were initiated on my first or even consecutive visits.
To give a little credit, a few tests were done. I was told tests "were normal" (later to find the lab test was NOT normal). Oops! taking back that credit.
During my second visit my request for a routine test was refused. I reported a piece of very pertinent medical history, that combined with my symptoms definitely warranted this test..(2+2=4). It fell on deaf ears and a "I'm the doctor" here attitude!
Oh and just in case your wondering. I have no history of drug abuse, nor do I enjoy seeking attention. I'm very much an introvert. I am not, nor have I ever been a "frequent flyer" of the ER. I'm a single parent and I work full time with good medical insurance coverage.
And I should STRESS that I DID encounter (more so than not) very caring and professional employees during my PVH stay. This included Surgery, ICU, South-1, Laboratory
and Radiology.
I just feel the ER, as a whole, has developed a cult- like behavior and a warped view of their patients in need. I would like to remind them to be careful with preconceived notions and work on finding some compassion and trust again.
So to PVH ER I say to you: I only wanted live (i still have children dependent on me) that's why I came to you. I could have so easily died with all the careless attitudes i had to deal with.. And maybe someone has died after coming to you for help. Think about that...
I hope your doing much better now and well on your way to a full recovery! Prayers are heading your way! However, rather than posting this on such a treacherous and vindictive site I wish that you would have documented all of this and taken it to administration or some other upper department that might actually be able to do something about it to help prevent it from being repeated in the future! It's still not to late to do that! Your actions could help save another life! Get well soon!!!
JustTheFacts

Mannington, WV

#3 Oct 18, 2012
If you want to save a life you'd avoid death valley all together ... I mean PVH. If you want a Staph infection ... head on over to Holzer's ... damn that place is dirty!
Think About It!

Columbus, OH

#4 Oct 18, 2012
See...it only took 5 minutes for this post to take a negative turn! I knew it...that's exactly what I meant about putting it on Topix!
Almost a ghost

New Haven, WV

#5 Oct 18, 2012
[QUOTE who="Think About It!"]<quoted text>
I hope your doing much better now and well on your way to a full recovery! Prayers are heading your way! However, rather than posting this on such a treacherous and vindictive site I wish that you would have documented all of this and taken it to administration or some other upper department that might actually be able to do something about it to help prevent it from being repeated in the future! It's still not to late to do
that! Your actions could help save another life!
Get well soon!!![/QUOTE]

Thank you for the well wishes! I am recovering well.
I have documented this all in detail. And I have talked with someone in management at PVH.
Nothing.
I have since talked and have heard so many similar stories.
I know this site is not the most reputable place to try and raise awareness. Maybe I'm feeling a little vindictive, but when I remember the treatment I received-Topix feels appropriate enough.
JustTheFacts

Mannington, WV

#6 Oct 18, 2012
[QUOTE who="Think About It!"]See...it only took 5 minutes for this post to take a negative turn! I knew it...that's exactly what I meant about putting it on Topix![/QUOTE]

Have you ever been to the PVH ER? There's nothing positive about it!

Last time I was there, the welfare bunnies were using it for a regular doctor's visit. A guy was bleeding out in he fucking waiting room with a chainsaw injury to his hand while some bastard child went ahead of him with a runny nose ... her alergies were bothering her.... are you fucking kidding me?

While I was in the ER, I watched a woman argue with a doctor for an hour that she needed oxycodone for her constipation!

Hell, one of my neighbors had appendectomy there and they managed to fuck even that up and the poor girl almost bleed to death before they Life Flighted her to St. Marys in Huntington!

I've said it once and I'll say it again, if you want to be killed by some hack, then by all means visit our local hospitals ... lol!
im sure

Columbus, OH

#7 Oct 18, 2012
JustTheFacts wrote:
[QUOTE who="Think About It!"]See...it only took 5 minutes for this post to take a negative turn! I knew it...that's exactly what I meant about putting it on Topix!"

Have you ever been to the PVH ER? There's nothing positive about it!

Last time I was there, the welfare bunnies were using it for a regular doctor's visit. A guy was bleeding out in he fucking waiting room with a chainsaw injury to his hand while some bastard child went ahead of him with a runny nose ... her alergies were bothering her.... are you fucking kidding me?

While I was in the ER, I watched a woman argue with a doctor for an hour that she needed oxycodone for her constipation!

Hell, one of my neighbors had appendectomy there and they managed to fuck even that up and the poor girl almost bleed to death before they Life Flighted her to St. Marys in Huntington!

I've said it once and I'll say it again, if you want to be killed by some hack, then by all means visit our local hospitals ... lol!
Yeah I'm not doubting you at all, I've heard stories myself. I guess I was just for once hoping to see a little more upbeat positive post with a good outcome! No biggie...was just hoping!
Momma Mia

Point Pleasant, WV

#8 Oct 19, 2012
I have to wonder, where do you have surgery? Who "saved your life"? I'm not being negative I'm just wondering. I too have had not so good trips to the ER department and it's not the nurses it's the doctors. The nurses can only do what they are told to do. Which ER doctor did you see?
NewRN

Point Pleasant, WV

#9 Oct 19, 2012
People have bad experiences everywhere. I am not trying to disregard the original posters situation at all. But to the one that said go to local hospitals if you want staph or to die....I have seen horrible things happen at St.mary's and Cabell when I had clinical there. You are taking a chance at every hospital you go too. Be proactive about your healthcare. Demand answers! Confide in your nurses. They are your best advocate most of the time. Doctors only see you for a short amount of time and draw conclusions then. That nurse is with you much more. We are trained to look for signs and report it. Not downplaying the doctors at all but the RN's are a great tool for the doctors.
I hope your recovery is going well. Keep contacting differen people in the hospital and make the doctor be held accountable.
PVH ER Docs

United States

#10 Oct 19, 2012
Hopefully it wasn't the physician that is notorious for chasing women while he is working. Kinda cute, but has a habit of fooling around while at work in the ER and the nursing homes where he sees patients.
Momma Mia wrote:
I have to wonder, where do you have surgery? Who "saved your life"? I'm not being negative I'm just wondering. I too have had not so good trips to the ER department and it's not the nurses it's the doctors. The nurses can only do what they are told to do. Which ER doctor did you see?
Gosh

Point Pleasant, WV

#11 Oct 19, 2012
This perception of attention seeking or shopping for narcotics is wide spread. Even at the doctors offices. This sets up potential for misdiagnosis. Where did the patient rights go, or caring from people that should be trying to help.
These druggies have ruined the healthcare system, mistakes are common because doctors and some staff assume the wrong things, and ignore real things based on prejudice.
JustTheFacts

Mannington, WV

#12 Oct 19, 2012
NewRN wrote:
People have bad experiences everywhere. I am not trying to disregard the original posters situation at all. But to the one that said go to local hospitals if you want staph or to die....I have seen horrible things happen at St.mary's and Cabell when I had clinical there. You are taking a chance at every hospital you go too. Be proactive about your healthcare. Demand answers! Confide in your nurses. They are your best advocate most of the time. Doctors only see you for a short amount of time and draw conclusions then. That nurse is with you much more. We are trained to look for signs and report it. Not downplaying the doctors at all but the RN's are a great tool for the doctors.
I hope your recovery is going well. Keep contacting differen people in the hospital and make the doctor be held accountable.
I agree 100% with you about St. Mary's. They nearly killed my grandfather there after a heart attack. During the surgey, they screwed up and let his blood pressure drop to low and it shutdown his kidneys and caused other problems and then tried to hide the mistake!

The older, experienced nurses in my opinion are the only reason there aren't more fatalities. My sister when she was an infant had a surgey and after started to bloat when she ate. The doctor at PVH was a moron and decided to transfer her to another hospital because he assumed she was having a complication and needed another surgey by a specialist! Luckily, a wise old nurse happened by and took a look my sister and determined she was only bloating which happens sometimes after surgey. She gave her some anti-bloat medicine and by the time she arrived at the other hospital she was fine! If it wasn't for that wise old nurse, I'm almost certain that they would've ended up killing my sister over something as as simple as bloat!

I also had a family memmber that did die at PVH of bloat after surgey! It amazes me that a doctor could allow something as simple as bloat to stop someones heart!
ihyg

United States

#13 Oct 19, 2012
Those er drs are no better now than they were 19yrs ago.Hey Veres remember "I dont know nothin about babies" well that was quite apparent u dumb fu@@er !!!
Oops

Springfield, NJ

#14 Oct 19, 2012
Hello, each healthcare organization has its issues. It is not fair to point out PVH ED. Maybe this has been your only experience, so maybe. The public needs to understand the politics of reimbursement vs quality healthcare. Did you contact your PCP - primary care physician at any time during your symptoms? Seems to me you should have amongst these multiple visits to the ED. EDs do not retain patient histories as expected with primary physicians; its like a puzzle with pieces missing. I am so glad that you are OK now, but EDs are for the acutely ill or acutely dying individuals; not a diagnostic center based on numerous visits.
Almost a ghost

Springfield, NJ

#15 Oct 21, 2012
Momma Mia wrote:
I have to wonder, where do you have surgery? Who "saved your life"? I'm not being negative I'm just wondering. I too have had not so good trips to the ER department and it's not the nurses it's the doctors. The nurses can only do what they are told to do. Which ER doctor did you see?
My surgery was at PVH by an on call surgeon. As I mentioned in my post, I met "more so than not" professional and compassionate employees from other departments. I understand the limitations of the nurse and familiar with the chain of command. My post refers to the ER dept as a whole, not a particular person or profession.
wow

Point Pleasant, WV

#16 Oct 21, 2012
Wow.
Lucky wrote:
I had a NIGHTMARISH experience in this ER. I was misdiagnosed and humiliated. I made multiple ER visits in a very short time period. I had a LIFE-THREATENING condition brewing and it was being ignored. By my own intuition I knew my condition was serious. But I HAD a naive trust in medical professionals and ignored my instincts. And to compound this-I was so sick and in so much pain that my sensibility left me.
With my final visit to the ER (as I mentioned I had made several in just a few days) the vibes from the employees in this place told me I had been labeled as a "seeker and attention getter". I endured hours of excruciating pain and humiliation (over 10 hours) before I was correctly diagnosed.
What a shame! My family made phone calls, out of desperation. This lead to someone coming to my rescue and FINALLY, I was assessed as a patient-whom was exhibiting "REAL pain and possibly fatal symptoms" and NOT an "attention seeking faker"!!
An emergency surgery saved my life that night. A surgery that should have been prevented and caused lost time from work and family. If only the appropriate tests and assessments were initiated on my first or even consecutive visits.
To give a little credit, a few tests were done. I was told tests "were normal" (later to find the lab test was NOT normal). Oops! taking back that credit.
During my second visit my request for a routine test was refused. I reported a piece of very pertinent medical history, that combined with my symptoms definitely warranted this test..(2+2=4). It fell on deaf ears and a "I'm the doctor" here attitude!
Oh and just in case your wondering. I have no history of drug abuse, nor do I enjoy seeking attention. I'm very much an introvert. I am not, nor have I ever been a "frequent flyer" of the ER. I'm a single parent and I work full time with good medical insurance coverage.
And I should STRESS that I DID encounter (more so than not) very caring and professional employees during my PVH stay. This included Surgery, ICU, South-1, Laboratory
and Radiology.
I just feel the ER, as a whole, has developed a cult- like behavior and a warped view of their patients in need. I would like to remind them to be careful with preconceived notions and work on finding some compassion and trust again.
So to PVH ER I say to you: I only wanted live (i still have children dependent on me) that's why I came to you. I could have so easily died with all the careless attitudes i had to deal with.. And maybe someone has died after coming to you for help. Think about that...
ERsarehorrible

Ravenswood, WV

#17 Oct 21, 2012
I have a family member that sat in the waiting room at an ER (not PVH,in a larger city) for hours waiting on a loved one(who got admitted right away because she was brought by ambulance) and watched a young girl sit there for hours by herself having a miscarriage in pain in the waiting room because they were too backed up and couldnt get to her yet. He finally got pissed off enough and got her some help...he told them at the window if they didn't get the girl some help he was going to drive her to the other local hospital or call an ambulance for her. They finally took her back to a room. An ER is the last place you want to be.
Momma Mia

Point Pleasant, WV

#18 Oct 21, 2012
Almost a ghost wrote:
<quoted text>My surgery was at PVH by an on call surgeon. As I mentioned in my post, I met "more so than not" professional and compassionate employees from other departments. I understand the limitations of the nurse and familiar with the chain of command. My post refers to the ER dept as a whole, not a particular person or profession.
I'm glad you had a successful surgery and a positive experience afterward. PVH isnt all bad as people say. I go there and I love my doctor and the care I get. It's all about choosing the right person to take care of you. I don't care what people say, there are really some good doctors and staff members there. Don't let a few bad apples ruin the whole bunch.
nurse

Powellton, WV

#19 Oct 21, 2012
Well I'm sorry about your bad experience
But I can tell you 1 thing ER is overused with drug heads. Pill popers that the staff gets sick and tried of these people coming and most of the time having a medical card that us the tax Payers R paying for.
They take up so much of the time trying to get there fixed ..... Like we have Dumb on our forehead !!!!
knows

Springfield, NJ

#20 Oct 21, 2012
JustTheFacts wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree 100% with you about St. Mary's. They nearly killed my grandfather there after a heart attack. During the surgey, they screwed up and let his blood pressure drop to low and it shutdown his kidneys and caused other problems and then tried to hide the mistake!
The older, experienced nurses in my opinion are the only reason there aren't more fatalities. My sister when she was an infant had a surgey and after started to bloat when she ate. The doctor at PVH was a moron and decided to transfer her to another hospital because he assumed she was having a complication and needed another surgey by a specialist! Luckily, a wise old nurse happened by and took a look my sister and determined she was only bloating which happens sometimes after surgey. She gave her some anti-bloat medicine and by the time she arrived at the other hospital she was fine! If it wasn't for that wise old nurse, I'm almost certain that they would've ended up killing my sister over something as as simple as bloat!
I also had a family memmber that did die at PVH of bloat after surgey! It amazes me that a doctor could allow something as simple as bloat to stop someones heart!
.
Well " older nurses " are getting hard to find at PVH because they are either quitting or they ate trying to find reasons to get rid of them so the can hire new grads that will work for less money. Glad I am not expecting a baby anytime soon. Heard all the older nurses there have or is going to Holzer. Guess thats what they want is to " save money" forget about the care

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