Just got a call from Mom. I could barely understand a word she was saying. Her voice so weak and raspy.
She says her right eye is swollen and extremely painful. She cannot open it. She called for the nurse late last night to check on it. The nurse said her eye is red, watering and somewhat bulging. The nurse said she would get a doctor to come see Mom about it. That was HOURS ago.
I called my Mom’s nurse to explain her discomfort and try to expedite the doctor’s drive-by. The nurse said she had put the order in for an opthamologist, but had no idea when exactly he/she would get there.
My mom says she hasn’t been seen by a doctor since she was admitted Saturday night. When you are dealing with blood clots, Superior Vena Cava Syndrome, Stage IV cancer, the administering of Lovenox and now a deeply painful eye that has kept my Mom up all night, this more than distressing. Something ELSE is very wrong. Something additional.
She is sitting in her hospital bed with both eyes closed…scared and afraid she now has a tumor in her eye. It’s probably from the “back-up blood” pressure caused by the clot, but who the hell knows. I’m sure many more thoughts are racing through her mind. She said she thinks her body is jinxed. I don’t disagree.
I realize there are more patients in the hospital than just my Mom. I understand things take time. But, with this new development with my Mom’s eye, I would think someone would want to check it out immediately.
Perhaps they need to get the thoracic specialist in to see my Mom sooner, as perhaps the Lovenox isn’t thinning quickly enough? Hell, I don’t know. But, something is really wrong…again.
DAMN IT. Where are my mom’s drive-by doctors? A quick pit-stop could possibly save her life. I’ll even give you an effing Slurpee.
15 billionth reminder….BE YOUR OWN HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE. YOU MUST!