Also, I would venture to guess that you were put under general anesthesia because your spinal (or epidural) was not providing adequate pain control during surgery, and that was why you were being 'vocal'. (even if you don't remember) It is not customary to give a patient general just to shut them up. Trust me, it is much more work to put someone to sleep, then to just listen to them! But it is inhumane to perform sugery on someone that can feel it!
A lacerated bladder is aweful. But it is also a very real threat during a c/s (even though there are measures taken to prevent it). There are things that can increase the likelyhood that it will happen, such as a previous c/s with scar tissue formation. I personally have never seen a lacerated bladder. I have seen though a few nicked bowels over the last few years.
Have you had your incontinence evaluated over this last year? I honestly don't know alot about lacerated bladders and the relation to incontinence. Was your urinary sphincter muscle involved as well?? I would say that if you had a hope of a lawsuit, you would have to have seen a doctor that was willing to say that this incontinence was a direct result of the laceration.
In terms of your hemoglobin being a 6..what treatment were you given in the hospital?? Were you offered a transfusion?? 6 and symptomatic where I work would definately be transfusable. Did they suggest it and you refuse?? Did they put you on iron supplements?? You really shouldn't have walked out of the hospital in that shape!!
I am surprised that 5 lawyers turned you down. Did they do that after reviewing your medical records? Have you seen your records?? I only ask this because often people will recount a hospitilization to me (that I attended) and it isn't accurately told from a medical standpoint. I am just wondering if there is more to the story (strictly medically speaking)
So sorry you had such a terrible experience. It's just awful.
I had severe anemia post c/s too. I even had to have transfusions. it's actually a pretty common complication I'm finding out.
& to you
Oh I'm glad you finally found a lawyer. Keep fighting those doctors!
You and I (I'm Gillian, you probably don't remember) actually met once at a Holistic Moms Network meeting, I remembered your story and when I saw the thread title I wondered if it was you. PM me if you wanna chat.
I'm really, terribly, terribly sorry that this happened to you!
I will be hoping that the doctors, hospital nurses, and other involved staff are held accountable for thier actions/ inactions, that lead to this suffering, and are required to make restitution.
And I will be hoping that you are able to find peace, and heal as wholly as possible, physically and mentally, from this incredibly traumatic and damaging experience!
I'm so sorry this happened to you.
Keep us updated.
I really hope you find a lawyer who can win this for you. It sounds like medical mal-practice to me. I'm not the only one out there suffering from lack of quality of care. The lack of quality care across this country that has profound impacts on young mothers is beyond the scope of my vocabulary...
Vent you'll feel temporarily better. And when you are up to it, you can become a voice for other woman like you, b/c you are not the only one to be treated so poorly in a hospital having a baby.
I'm lucky, mostly I'm emotionally scarred. My 2nd c/s cleaned up a lot of the mess left after the bad 1st c/s.
Hope you find a good lawyer. No one deserves to be treated like a piece of meat!
All that being said, the no transfusion, etc. makes no sense at all to me. I'm so sorry that you had such a horrible experience and hope that you find the help you need to address your physical issues. Wishing you healing and resolution.
As far as the on call being 30 minutes away, well, they should be but having dated residents in my formative years I can say sometimes they don't meet the mark. Whether it be wait for the damned waitress to hurry with the bill so he can get the heck out of there or unexpected traffic. Or if it were my hospital I would say finding parking, urgh. Finding parking. But anyway, it sucks bad everything worked out the way it did and I hope that lawer helps you and I think you should vent all you need. What happenned was wrong and you shouldn't be sorry. And what the heck were they doing letting you walk out of there symptomatic with a hemoglobin of 6? That is like a hematocrit of 18. Freaking low. I'm sorry.
The urologist that sewed me up, did it in 3 layers and he didnt show up right away either. They had to make an emergency call over hospital speakers "urologist in LD stat..something along those lines". my Dr was wanting one there like yesterday. After the babies came out, I was put under so that I could rest, cuz I was shivering and very cold.
I hope all goes well with you and that you get the help you need
I had my baby 10 months ago and my bladder was "shredded" due to scar tissue. I have since been experiencing horrible symptoms.
I had a catheter for 3 month post partum, and then during outpatient surgery they removed it. I found this thread by googling shredded bladder from scar tissue! lol
I need to know if you know what was done afterwords for that patient Im desperate and my urologist is at a lost, Im about ready to drive to chicago in hopes of finding a urologist that can help me.