Reply to "ER Docs and Stomach Flu"

Generally ER doctors are not egomaniacs but interns let loose to cover for the attendings unless something is major...I have had an ER doc cast the wrong leg because he would not believe me when I said that my mom had broken her left leg (her right one was red and swollen)...needless to say, after the x-ray he had to recast her...

As for pouches...they are blissfully ignorant most of the time...it is not something that they learn about on general rotations...so you need to have your medical file on a data stick (USB key) and show them what you need...Have your surgeon write something that explains your situation and a list of possible problems/Solutions that they need to know about...

Make sure that he mentions dehydration as a serious problem and the need for I.V after a gastro or other intestinal virus...

You may occasionally find a great doc in ER but most of the time they are trained to deal with accidents, and cardiovascular problems...not dried out pouches.

Good luck...and stay hydrated.

Sharon

 

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