The reason this is such big news, other than the fact that the doctors and nurses totally screwed up, is that in ministry the summer is a very big time and my dad was doing the crash course in chemo (treatments all at once every 3 weeks vs. in stages at 4+ weeks btwn treatments) so that he could get ready for VBS, teen/youth camp, etc... But now he will likely be in treatment well into the summer.
Here is an email from my dad explaining more on what happened:
I want to share an update on my cancer treatment so that you all may know how things are going. On March 15 I went back for my third treatment of the six that I was told would be necessary. When I went to the infusion lab I noticed that they had different chemo than what I had taken before, and I questioned that fact. They pulled the Drs. orders and sure enough they had the right medicine according to that order, so it was administered. I had done fine through my first treatments, but following that one I crashed, and was sick for almost two weeks. The Dr. here in Harrison wanted to put me in the hospital, but I refused so they sent me home with meds to take. When we went back to Tulsa last Tues. I asked the Dr. why my chemo was changed, and he assured me it had not been changed. I assured him that I was given different chemo than my first two, and after further checking they did discover that I had been in fact given the wrong chemo. I was given chemo that is given for leukemia and advanced prostrate cancer, and not the chemo that I was taking for my lymphoma. That is the reason that I got so sick, and my white cell count still has not come back up so I have not been able continue my treatments. I will not be able to start treatments again until the first of May. They will be doing a Muga Scan and a complete CT Scan to determine if there was any heart damage and other results of the wrong treatment. The bill by the way for the wrong treatment was over $62,000, with the one bag of chemo being $39,445.05. I contacted the insurance company and informed them of the mistake so that they would not have to pay for that, and I also am in contact with the hospital about what they are going to do to make sure that I receive proper treatment. I am not and never have been one to run to the Dr. for drug treatment, now I am forced to do that and with this mistake it sure does shake my confidence in them. The Dr. called last night with appologies and said that the drug I was given was five times more powerful than what I had been taking. So he said that is why I got so sick, but he said that it also could have a beneficial effect on my cancer treatment in hitting the cancer harder than we planned. Hope he is right??????? And I have not forgotten that God is in control -- even when man makes mistakes!!!!!!!!!
Ways to pray for our family:
- Pray that my Dad's white blood cell count rebounds in time for his next treatment
- that the doctors and nurses dont screw up again
- that my Dad wont have to retake the third treatment (that he can start back up at #4, where he should have been last week, and not at #3)
- that we can be confident in his treatment given the circumstances
As I posted in my last update ... I have a google group setup for this blog, so if you'd like to get an email when I post; just leave a comment to this post w/ your email address and I'll add you to the group. Since most people are uncomfortable posting their email addresses, I will add you to my list and replace your comment/email address with an add confirmation. I did this once before (see http://iwanttokeepanon.blogspot.com/2005/03/spring-do_21.html#comments). Or send me an email directly and I will add you that way ... like you I am security conscience and dont want my personal addr listed :-).
posted by iWantToKeepAnon at 9:03 PM |