This story may not be what you want to read, but that’s okay. It’s a copy of a letter I emailed to the hospital.
OU, I’m assuming stands for ON Vacation, as our 5 day stay there felt like one of those horror films of teenagers on vacation.
Let me give you some background. OU Boy aka Tommy, had his first heart attack in May of 2012. All enzymes normal, EKG normal, but when they did the Angiogram, he had two 100 percent blockages. In go 2 stints. His Cardiologist said his heart looked like a 90-year-old man. 3 months later..boom another one. Double Bypass. Since then we’ve been up and down until last year on July 22, he again was taken by ambulance unconscious and all enzymes were normal and so was the EKG. Still they quickly did an angiogram and found 2 more 100 percent blockages and put in 2 more stints. One of his meds is $400 with our good insurance.
Thursday he passed out at the golf course, chest pain, throwing up and sweating heavily. The Security people took him to the closest hospital which was OU. Our doctor is at The Oklahoma Heart Hospital. When I got there he was in the E.R. waiting for an ICU bed.
The first doctor came in eating and texting and asked some questions without ever looking up from his phone. Just Uh Huh over and over. Then said they were going to do an Angiogram Friday.
Overnight in the APU, his nurse drops his meds on the floor, picks them back up and says, “It’s okay” . Friday the procedure went way past the time they normally do, and we’ve had 7 so I know. This time after hours the surgeon came and motioned me back.
They were unable to make the repair to the vessel because instead of looking like tree roots it was knotted up. It was too risky to even attempt.
So up we go to CICU where every nurse on that floor should be a doctor. Especially Brooke! She googled and read and fought for us like we were family.
Dr. Karen Beckman was the Attending and Dr. Z. Asad the Fellow along with others who never told us their name. Every one of them gave different orders contradicting the others. As you can imagine this was extremely stressful. So I used Social Media to reach out and tell my story. They had someone in our room right away. Bertha Nunez-Herrera, who instantly got all the doctors in there to talk to us.
Monday night they ordered a CT to check for blood clots. Tuesday morning a nurse came in and said they were moving him to a different floor. 5 minutes later she came in and said “You’re going home”. We asked about the test results and she knew nothing. So I called Bertha. She knows more than any doctor I’ve come across! By this time we just wanted out of there before they killed us both.
The nurse came in and took out the Nitro I.V. which we had gone through at least 10 of as well as the pain med line.
Still no discharge meet with the doctor. We signed no discharge papers, and they wheeled him to the main entrance, in over 90 degree heat and asked if he could walk and said bye. They were aware I couldn’t drive as I am recovering from Corneal Transplant surgery.
At home I looked to see where his meds were called in to and the paper said they had been printed out and given to the patient. A straight up lie. WE have NO prescriptions.
From my end it looks like payback for going over their head. I have never felt more dismissed than I have the past 6 days. And I refuse to let this happen to another person. I mean we have great insurance! What would it have been like if we didn’t??
The OKCGCC cares about their employees and helps them in any way they can. I am so thankful for them and for Roger keeping me calm by sitting with me. You all are awesome 😊
Thanks for listening to me Rant, but I love this man and without him I’m just wandering in the dark. So I will fight and yell my story every day all day until someone listens.
P.S. We already called our Cardiologist ( who does not practice at OU), and got the meds called in.
Thank you to Brooke and Bertha! You guys rock.