Fri 16 May, 2008 09:36 pm
My neighbor "Annie" (I call her that because she reminds me of Texas' Ann Richards) fell down the other day.
Annie was led to believe she had a brain tumor.
Annie went through a lot of tests. A LOT of tests.
Annie has an ear infection, it turns out. (Thank goodness. I LOVE Annie.)
Annie went boom because the infection messed up her balance.
Annie is mid 60s (maybe older, if not, forgive me Annie) and a very wealthy widow.
I think Annie's doctors said "brain tumor" because Annie had good insurance and much money and that pisses me off because I like to believe the best about doctors.
Is it better to be so cautious or is it better to be a suspected ear infection?
(I hope this makes sense.)
A friend of mine went to a local emergency room when a wooden beam fell on his head (he was building a workshop) and he was bleeding pretty bad. He was dressed in his sloppy work clothing and the person who drove him to the ER was also dressed like a bumpkin. The ER nurse took a quick look him= and then at his head and told him to have a seat. She gave him a clip board and the usual papers to fill out. Keep in mind, I live in rural area where only one out of five people have decent health insurance. My friend happens to be a math teacher at the local high school and has excellent coverage. He sat there for almost two hours before someone looked at his paperwork and noticed his insurance coverage. Suddenly, he was ushered in a private room, given a battery of tests, visited by four different doctors and told he should come back the next day for the first of many follow-ups. When he found out his bill added up to almost $5,000, he reported to his insurance agency that he felt he was over treated and actually just needed a couple of stitches. The insurance company ended up fighting with the hospital. I don't know how it finally ended, but I'm sure the hospital was charging my friends insurance company for every non-insured person who walked in the door that day. They see it as a matter of survival.
Well..... Without knowing the whole story it's hard to tell.
My mom fell 2 years ago now (she's in her mid-70s) and broke her wrist. Same sort of thing only her's was a tooth infection that was impacting her ears.
They did a head X-ray and there was a "cloud" in the X-ray and because of that she had additional tests done. I don't know how many exactly but it was over the course of 3 or 4 days before they finally ruled out anything more serious.
You're right fishin'.
And you're right too, Green Witch.
It seems that if someone lost their balance the first thing you'd check is their ears though. Of course there would be hell to pay if it was a brain tumor and they didn't catch it.
I can't help but wonder how many people show up with a brain tumor and get treated for an earache if they're living off social security.
Balance/vertigo issues are occasionally early signals of brain tumors/stroke. Both mrs. hamburger and I have had CT scans to rule out brain tumors. Since we're in Canada, insurance wasn't an issue.
Gotta rule out those brain tumors - fast.
Don't be so quick to criticize the inevitability of the fact that everyone does not have the same coverage in the US, and that those with influence and power (if under-treated) may well file legal action against the medical institution in question in the US.
And don't think that in Canada everyone gets an equal level of medical care. That's simply not the case at all. Human nature prevails to ensure some will be treated better than others, and by a consequential margin.
It is better to become conscious for your disease than rather becoming suspect of it.I know you love Annie but she need treatment more than anything suggest her a specialist in this case.