I usually put up a post when something happens that I think patients should know about. I want people to understand how our type of lab can either cause them harm or help diagnose their worst conditions and help. I haven’t posted much over the last few months because all has gone well. Nothing has…… Continue reading What’s Up
I have seen the mistakes surgeons make. I have seen the mistakes pathologists make. They would argue I have no idea what I have seen because I only have four years of education while they have eleven or more. It takes no degree to recognize some kinds of mistakes. For instance, a surgeon once decided…… Continue reading Who is Watching?
It occurs to me I haven’t described what happens to biopsies and surgical specimens that are sent to the lab. I have written about their loss, their mishandling, and even described a few odd foreign bodies. It’s time to remedy that oversight. The biopsy in question will be a common one from the gut taken…… Continue reading What Happens to a Biopsy
My family doctor is kind of shitty at his job. When he can’t diagnose a problem he literally shrugs and says ‘the tests are normal’ and does nothing else. It took me three years to be diagnosed with a condition that he had shrugged off because he never did the right test. I had to…… Continue reading Shitty Doctors and Care Guides
I have a medical condition that necessitated a couple of surgeries and several years of hospital based treatments. My insurance was not accepted at the hospital where I worked, which was the best hospital in the area. Because of that, and because I couldn’t afford the tens of thousands of dollars my healthcare would cost…… Continue reading As a Patient
Every hospital has its week and strong areas of care. The number of nurses per patient, chances of getting infected with MRSA, the death rate during various surgical procedures, and the types of care provided are a few examples of the ways in which a hospital might be considered. As a patient, once admitted, you…… Continue reading Hospital Quality and Care
I didn’t know why Nancy wasn’t at work today, again. I asked and learned she has the rest of the week off. We don’t work the same shift but it was obvious she hadn’t been there because she is one of the powerhouse cutters. What I mean by that is, she cuts a lot and…… Continue reading Pink Slip