Medical care is supposed to HELP Americans, not endanger them

Medical care is supposed to HELP Americans, not endanger them.

CaduceusI was discharged from Baylor Hospital in Garland TX at about Noon on December 23, 2014 and once again there is a GOOD story and a BAD story.

I had an eerily similar experience back in August of 2013 while being treated at Baylor for a different issue, explained in the following link. My 1st Experience with ObamaCare

This time I spent 2 days as a patient in a general care unit after having a surgical procedure done that involved my carotid arteries and I can’t fault them, the surgical staff or the recovery staff in any way, my treatment was TOP SHELF, but in addition to my cardiac and vascular problems I am also a diabetic, severely diabetic actually.

Once again, due to the sheer stupidity and basic *laziness* of the Baylor Healthcare System my diabetes was not being properly treated because of their *protocol* at Baylor.

The Baylor *protocol*, which is system wide I presume, calls for at least 90% LESS insulin therapy than that which is actually needed to bring about effective treatment of high blood sugar readings, at least in my particular case.

One thing that MUST be stressed is this; diabetic treatment is not a *cookie cutter* type of treatment, it involves different treatments for the INDIVIDUAL. The disease is bad enough as it is but the sheer IGNORANCE of *some* medical personnel is incredible.

Some people may very well respond to this Baylor *protocol*, but here is how it works in MY world; normal blood sugar readings run between 80 to 120 points on your blood meter check machine. If, for instance, the reading is 204, your reading is a bit too high, readings over 200 begin to give you problems, to your legs in my case, but diabetic retinopathy is an immediate danger too, one which can lead to serious vision problems, and in extreme cases; blindness.

Loss of limbs is also a serious threat to diabetics that don’t get proper treatment and maintain HIGH sugar readings for long periods of time. Sugar readings over 300 are very dangerous and your body begins to throw ketones into your urine.

Ketone is a chemical produced when there is a shortage of insulin in the blood and the body breaks down body fat for energy.

Ketones in the urine are a sign that your body is using fat for energy instead of using glucose because not enough insulin is available to use glucose for energy and severe diabetics MUST inject the needed amount of insulin to make up for the loss of insulin your pancreas doesn’t produce.

That is the diabetes *thumbnail*.

Well, here’s the TRUTH, it’s their (Baylor Health Care) *protocol* but Baylor is not, as far as I can tell, cutting insulin therapy in a cost cutting measure; they are simply trying to avoid a law suit from a family that is distraught over the loss of a loved one that died because they weren’t properly monitored and allowed to hit a sugar LOW that killed them.

Here is where the *differences* in diabetic patients comes into play. Most diabetics do have, on occasion, sugar lows, a type of hypoglycemia, and can, if not detected soon enough, cause a diabetic to lapse into a coma and quite possibly, to die. That is the reason I believe insulin in a proper dose for MY condition, was withheld.

I rarely suffer a sugar *LOW*, I am an insulin resistant diabetic, once called a *brittle* diabetic, and my high sugar levels require aggressive treatment, again, the differences between individual diabetics.

I was told, by a Baylor employee that MUST remain anonymous, that the reason for the policy change was due to the death(s) of patients receiving what Baylor believes to be doses of insulin that are too high, dosages that would require a closer monitoring than a low dose, and in MY particular case, a very ineffective dose that only allows sugar levels to climb even higher.

They (Baylor Healthcare Systems) withheld treatment I was getting, at home; the much needed insulin I was taking at the direction of my personal physician, taking it the way I was directed to take it at two different diabetes educational seminars at Hoblitzelle Hospital in Dallas and by Dr. Priscilla Hollander (MD PhD), arguably one of the best endocrinologists in this nation.

I don’t know when their *protocol* at Baylor was over-written, or by whom though; they couldn’t, or wouldn’t tell me that vital little piece of information.

They *claimed* that *some people* responded well to a much smaller dose of insulin and REFUSED to even consider my being a severe diabetic that is highly resistant to insulin.

The truth of the matter is this; they are afraid someone will go into a *too low* sugar level and not be able to tell them and may lapse into diabetic coma and die. Cover that tail man, cover that tail, but don’t dare take care of a diabetic patient that has real issues and concerns when simply ordering more blood sugar checks will alleviate the situation.

ObamaCare is going to KILL Americans, if it hasn’t already!

Blame Obama and ObamaCare? Not so much; I did the last time and perhaps they are ultimately responsible once again, maybe not, but I do know this with ALL certainty, diabetes is a killer, one that must be monitored more closely and one that must be treated more aggressively with those treatments aimed directly at the needs of the patient and their body.

One size does NOT fit all, when I was admitted to Baylor on the morning of the 22nd my sugar reading was 208, a bit high but nothing to worry about. When I got home around noon on the 23rd of December my sugar reading, after only eating the diabetic and heart healthy diet that was prescribed and after taking the dosages of insulin that Baylor deemed to be effective, my blood sugar level was over 400, 406 to be specific.

I don’t know how much good will come from this but I will be sending a link to this post to Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Pete Sessions on the federal level and to my Texas State representative, Cindy Burkett with my advice to them being; get involved here folks, you’re going to lose friends and supporters to this atrocity called *protocol*.

I have not yet begun to fight!

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11 Responses to Medical care is supposed to HELP Americans, not endanger them

  1. cary says:

    High readings can maim, if not kill, just as easily as a low dose. Whoever wrote the protocol is asking for a high incident, and then the protocol will be changed, but at what cost? Being reactive, instead of proactive, is a heck of a way to live. Or run a business.

  2. pam says:

    this has nothing to do with diabetes, but medical error and neglect. My 89 yr old HEALTHY father just passed away from a broken hip. He was released early, I believe with pneumonia, taken to facility here in rinky dink town for therapy, let lay there getting sicker, we had to feed him, no therpists on duty on weekend, mon am taken to ER for gurgling, sent back, tues am sent back to ER for not responding, taken back to Abliene for kidneys not working. Put in ICU for pneumonia, kidney shut down, severe dehydration, and finally septic. A day later they discovered the hospital here in rinky dink put the catheter in wrong, they fixed that and he filled 2 bags in 4 hours, by now he is so sick he cant recover from it. He passed away on Dec 16. He went from a tall, vibrant man doing his own yard work, to dead in a matter of days due to medical error from here to Abilene. My advice is dont go to the doctor, they will kill you. His surgery was a simple surgery less than an hour to replace his hip socket.

    • TexasFred says:

      Pam, you have my most sincere sympathies on this… I am OK now, I am home and able to treat my diabetes as needed but it is atrocious the *protocols* and lax procedural policies of decent hospitals is jeopardized due to fear of malpractice claims…

      5 years ago we almost lost my youngest daughter to *rinky dink* illness, it nearly killed her and my very premature grandson… Both are great now but they won’t go to the hospital in *rinky dink* with a hangnail now…

      This is their story… See the date, it’s now an OLD story but Lisa and Carson are both awesomely healthy now…

      A RARE SURVIVOR | The TexasFred Blog

    • cary says:

      Pam, please accept our condolences on the loss of your father.

      Heck of a way to lose a loved one.

      • pam says:

        thank you so much. He was my best friend and buddy. Everything on my property, my daddy built with his own two hands, from the house to the dog houses to the hen house and fences. I know he was old, but he WAS healthy. thank you again

  3. Mike Flynn says:

    Fred, understand you frustration with hospital care and diabetes situation. I have chatted with you previously about my wife’s problems with type 2 diabetes and her treatment. It appears to me that this is a disease little understood by most citizens and even care givers. We have been married 4 yrs, during this time I have come face to face with her problems. From medication that does not work to treat her very painful neuropathy to problems even getting correct shoes. She currently has had one foot in a cast to keep from reforming of an ulcer on her foot, and is waiting for pair of shoes properly made to help with right foot which is w/o toes which were removed due to infection. Am leaving out a lot but very frustrated again this morning because she had another sleep less night due to neuropic pain. Just ranting I guess.

    • TexasFred says:

      Ask your Dr. about a mild pain reliever, it’s called Tramadol, or Ultracet, that’s what they give me, I take 2 in the AM and 2 in the PM and the pain is gone without the hazy head thing… Supposedly it’s nonaddictive too..

  4. Bunkerville says:

    Welcome to Government controlled medicine. Most do not know that there is a special Flu vaccine for those over 65 that one should get. A top tier major University teaching Hospital would not give me it due to “their protocol.” I asked whether it was the University or Government protocol and you can guess the answer.. Now we are told that the “version” of vaccine does not cover one of the variants out there. A few thousand deaths, what the hell. They want us off the cliff sooner rather than later.

  5. Petermc3 says:

    Fred, I been a type I insulin dependent diabetic for 46 years. As you may surmise those days were the dark ages of treatment. I have seen and experienced the entire spectrum from dedicated Dr’s without a clue about diabetes and proper treatment to expert endocrinologists who were clueless when it comes to individualized treatment; the cookie cutter is always the path of least resistance and poor results. I went on the pump in 1999 and the Omni Pod in 2012-thank God or the gods if one prefers for R&D in these once great United States as well as Western Europe. At 64 , in spite of the inevitable physical breakdowns in the body’s systems due to age and diabetes as well as a quadruple bypass in 2005, I still referee High School varsity basketball as an IAABO member Board#33 in New Jersey, I continue to referee High School varsity soccer as well as umpire High School varsity baseball and softball. When HS seasons end I do the same for travel and club teams. I discovered late on but soon enough that a diabetic must be a scientist, a doctor and an artist in order to maintain ones well being and longevity. The great misfortune is that there are many not able to operate and make the necessary calculations to use an insulin pump and its calculations or those required to maintain a healthy diet. Obama care will soon wreak havoc among those with diabetics as well as other diseases as the system becomes untenable with the innumerable and draconian regulations as well as making it unprofitable for health care professionals and institutions to stay in business. Hopefully God is listening and smites those doing their best to kill this country and its individuals.
    P.S. I got my one and only flu vaccine in 1982 and have never looked back.

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