In a nutshell, my family was destroyed by misdiagnosis, at an acclaimed hospital- not just once, but THREE times.
My mother visited the ER in August, September, and October of 2002, complaining of chest pains. 43 years old, a former smoker, she had a very physical
job for years as a shirt presser at a dry cleaner.
As one of three people who worked there, and with a good many customers for a township, she managed the place as well as ran the old, manual
machines, working twelve hours a day, six days a week.
So, having chest pains, she went to the hospital. all three times, she was pronounced fine; the doctors attributed her pains- upon llimited hmo tests-
that she'd pulled a muscle in her chest near her heart. They gave her muscle relaxers, assured her she was fine and to take it easy.
October 18th, two weeks before her birthday, she suffered a massive heart attack one night while visiting friends, and died almost instantly.
Sadly, I took care of my younger brothers, thankfully both then in high school. But the eldest, with bright prospects of college in less than a year
was hit with grief hard, struggled to finish school and, due to the struggle, lost his scholarship. He's now in the army.
The ripples still affect us as a family.
On another note, my grandma had a triple bypass four years ago- and afterwards found out they forgot to sterilize the tools. Such mistake cost her a
dozen more shots, and having anitbiotics pumped i.v. for th next 72 hours. Thank you U of M ( and was a different hospital than my mother).
A couple articles a newbie might not know, most have probably heard, read or already know. But still good info.
All I hope is to inform others not to take their health lightly, AND get a second opinion- even a different hospital!- even when the news sounds
We as a race need to listen to our instincts.