Friday, 22 May 2009

WORRY / HEALING / Thyroid Surgery alert!!!


How apt ... like I say week after week the Sunday Scribbling girls are synchronised in my life.

WORRY ... it was ... not any more ... for me that is ...


Further to my healing post I called the surgeon Dr Christopher Hughes to tell him of the MRSA diagnosis ... his reaction alerted me to write down the conversation ...

Read on, you be the judge!

Hi Dr Hughes this is Moi ... gave him surgery details ... do you remember me I asked?

Hughes says: Yes vaguely.

I say: I'm calling to tell you I have MRSA ...

H replies: Well don't blame me, I didn't give it to you, I don't want to catch it, you must have picked it up at the hospital ...

I was gobsmacked and replied ... I am not blaming you ... it was suggested I give you a call, the wound is really ugly, open,and there's something like a small suture sticking out, even though it is small it wasn't there before ...

H replies: The registrar did the surgery not me ...

I said: I was referred to you ...

H says: OK well come and see me and I'll pull it out ...

I said: There's skin growing over it ...

H says: Oh Well .... sounding even more exasperated - then silence ....

So I asked ... When can I come and see you ...

H: says ...Not this week ... May 21 9.45am ...


His defensive attitude isn't what I need right now! I don't want a battle, I am not blaming anyone ($hit happens)

On May 16 - twelve weeks after surgery - I notice something protruding from the wound. With a small mirror and a pair of tweezers I gently pull on the object, it moves, I pull again, it moves again, I pull again ...

Prior to surgery when I asked about the wound Hughes assured me the sutures would be inside a 6cm wound and the sutures would dissolve!!!

Taa Daaaa ... I remove 8cms of synthetic thread from the wound in my neck!!





I spoke to a number of medical professionals who agreed Hughes defensive attitude was unsatisfactory. Commonsense told me he prefers to see fantastic outcomes, not problems that need addressing!

Based on Hughes reaction I decide not to upset myself by attending the appointment ...

I phoned ... Hughes answered ... I said who I was and I would not be attending the appointment that morning.

Hughes said 'OK' ... and hung up!

Says it all doesn't it?

Drat ... I should have asked Hughes will he pay for the neck scarves I'll wear for the rest of my life ...

... and ...

The infection was treated successfully by caring medical professionals.

4 Comments:

paisley said...

that doctor sounds like a jerk anyway.. i am glad you were able to remove the stitches they didn't put in you on your own and save yourself the trip to see him yet again.. i am unsure what MRSA is but i believe it is an infection,, so i am hoping that it clears up and the wound heals so beautifully you will not even bother with the scarves.....

Dina said...

What a HORRIBLE doctor!!!

Sorry you had to go through that : (

Dee Martin said...

omg he should be shot! Not he should be operated on - by you - with no anesthetic, no antiselptic, in fact do it out on the SIDEWALK AND ALLOW PASSERSBY TO ASSIST! there is so much more I could say but mostly aaaaarrrrrgggg! This just makes me crazy. I'm so sorry and I didn't even do it. DO NOT GO BACK TO HIM! His license needs to be yanked (preferably through a very small and painful orifice....)

Gary said...

I found your blog searching for info on how long I should expect to wait for my external dissolving stitches may take do, well, dissolve. Good god! Let's hope my experience is far less dreadful than yours!!! Holy Cow! That was a fine wake up to us all to be in charge of ourselves with our health!
I had thyroid surgery on Monday (7-13) to remove a golf ball sized nodule from my left node... successful, and cancer-free. I'm just way too impatient about the stitches and tape on my neck!!!
Glad I found you here!
Hugs!
Theresa

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