As you may guess from the last post things did not go so well after the sugary. Because of very serious inadequacies at the hospital (most specifically the 16th floor “observation Unit”) and failure of the hospital to listen to my husbands previous surgical experiences the hospital failed to put my husband on lasiks (a medication to remove excess water) and then when the realized he needed it(because he developed serious water on his lungs and could bairly breath and after they floundered wondering what to do he told them he needed it) then the failure to give him an appropriate amount. He took lasiks for a long time after his last surgery and the amount they gave him after he already had water on his lungs was less than he had taken as a maintenance amount in the past. The result was he just kept getting sicker. It was not until he went back to the ICU that a doctor almost immediatly started getting better.
But overall our impression of this situation was horrible. Despite telling Dr. Lenke the sole reason my husband wanted this surgery was because of his breathing he never mentioned until AFTER the half a million dollar sugary that there is rarely any improvement in adult sugeries like this, it only keeps it from getting worse. Now lets be straight my husband has gone from a fully capable man IN NO PAIN with occasional breathing problems during allergy season(because he only has one working lung due to the scholiosis) to a man who is afraid to drive (because of the limited neck movement) and it is currently 4 months after surgery and we still are unable to sleep in the same bed (because he gets pain when I move in the bed) or have any marital activities(because of pain AND mostly because the muscle relaxants make it impossible.)
To make it worse the only time that Dr Lenke was actually present was the day of surgery. He is a jet setter who cares more about conferences and presenting than his actual patients.
We had to head home to Georgia from Saint Louis in the middle of an icy fridged winter(below 25 degrees F during the day). My husband was suppose to get out of the car every hour and walk. But after the surgery he was extremely temperature sensitive and on top of that I was worried he would slip on the ice because he still had to use a walker, so I asked for a Temporary Handicapped Placard so he could go into stores on the way and do his walking inside . THIS JURK said that it was in “his patients” best interest to WALK so he does not give handicapped placards paperwork. He did not even listen to my reasoning, that this was so he COULD walk. but in a safe setting. This idiot doctor is all about rules but he does not take the time to look at individual circumstances and THINK. Because what may be 100% correct on a warm spring day, is 100% Wrong during a freezing cold winter with ice on all the parking lots and roads. Pregnant woman and People with FRIGGEN broken legs get a Temporary handicapped plate. You are telling me a man with a full spinal fusion who needs a walker to get around can not have one. This is a LAZY apathetic doctor who tries to avoid paperwork at all costs. He gets rich of these surgeries but he can not take the time to consider their own individual needs.
To make it worse my husband lost his disability payments NOT because he does not have a right to them, but because DR Lenke refuses to fill out the paperwork. He is very clear that my husband CAN NOT go back to work. But he thinks the paperwork is annoying so he refuses to do any paperwork “beyond short term disability” Which in the case of my husbands company is only 13 weeks far shorter than the required 6 months. We were not told this until after my husband was cut off because the doctor refused to fill out the paperwork for extended disability(13 weeks to 6Months). Now my husband is pushing to go back to work early because we have no other income(the doctor will not give him permission so we do not even know if his boss will let him). IT is nuts.
Simply put if you are satisfied with a Great surgeon who happens to be a apathetic to his patients needs, go for it. But I am sure there are just as good surgeons out there who actually CARE about the well being of their patients.
Ok enough of my rant today I am working on a shirt I hope to put out a blog tomorrow and I just wanted to finish up things first.