Monday, July 15, 2019

UNETHICAL DOCTORS.....LAWYERS THAT GIVE LAWYERS A BAD REPUTATION AND ME.......their worst nightmare

I'm back with One Final update on my over two year long battle with Bad  Physicians....
And Even Worse Lawyers......
Most of you all know I had Foot Reconstruction Surgery in May of 2017 after
many years of my right Big Toe deciding it no longer wanted to be associated with the rest
of my Four toes....The Big Toe decided to go East while the other stayed on course....
I discovered so many disturbing things along my final six months after being
Diagnosed with a permanent..... rest of my life.... disability...... that I felt...as I often like to do....
Make this my "Public Service Announcement" for 2019.
I always say if my ramblings and craziness only help one person from this 
happening to them then I will have done my job.........
Most of my readers are all in my age bracket (we are old!!) so I hope it enlightens you about
some facts concerning both the Medical Profession and the Legal Profession.....
And you All know I do not embellish.....
Here is what I have discovered....first some facts about physicians....
Many of them surgeons.....Or Specialists....
When and If You ever have Major surgery the first thing to remember is
#1....Have it in a legitimate hospital....I requested and I was declined saying I had to have it in the Surgeon's Surgical Center.......
First of all they throw you to the curb as soon as one eye opens in the recovery room.....
They try to insist you get a "nerve block" so they can remove you from the premises without you screaming in pain until you return home.....
They also have No Obligation....in the case of something going wrong...to get you in touch or give you information who their insurance carrier is.....
The Georgia Medical Board will only give you a yes or no whether the Physician carries
Malpractice Insurance....
If something goes wrong in a Hospital and even at an Imaging Center you can get in touch with
their "Risk Management" people who handle their insurance....this eliminates having to get an attorney if it's not life shattering.....
In a Physicians Surgical Center they refuse to give you that information....

#2......I am very afraid of Anesthesia....I have a problem waking up from it...Nothing is worse then hearing your name but not being able to open your eyes or say anything.....

My Sister-in Law in her 50's died during a simple biopsy procedure from Anesthesia....
I signed a consent and said I would be billed from an Anesthesiologists office....only to find out that in a Surgical Center owned by the Physician they do not always use actual Physician Anesthesiologists.....they are using "Nurse Anesthetists " Now you might not have an issue with that but I do.....If you are going to put Sue to sleep and hope she wakes up you had better be a fully trained...years of experience.... a real physician.....


Another reason I bring this up is I declined the nerve block for surgery 2...3...and 4...
So I screamed in pain all the way home...It was a moot point because I don't remember a thing....
When I had the screws removed from my ankle the young fellow came in all Gung Ho insisting he knew better then I and I had to get the block done....It was an argument that did not need to be...If you wish to decline.....stick to your guns...do not have them force you.....
(Remember the actual Anesthesiologist with her training hit and damaged my nerve....)
So I looked him up along with my friend Google and in 2016 he had Disciplinary Action

Brought against him by the State Nursing Board....and this is who my Surgeon was using to put Me under Anesthesia......I wasn't happy about that bit of information....

#3.....start getting your medical records on a regular basis as your going through the surgical process...Do Not wait until you need them. They are your records and they have to give them to you...If you go for an MRI or a CT Scan they always let you leave with the info on a disc for you to bring to the doctor. Ask for a second copy for yourself....They will happily give it to you and you will not be charged later on if needed....I also ask when the Radiologist will have his written report ready... I always go back...usually a day or two after, and get a copy. I read it and if I don't understand a medical term or description I look it up on Google....
So when You go in to discuss it with the doctor you have as basic knowledge of what's going on....I know with women they try to blow you off like your an idiot....
They hate me as I go prepared knowing too much..
Read the records and if something is not right let them know and make sure it's corrected....

Now I will try to keep this brief (Who am I kidding)
Let's talk about those people that give lawyers a bad name.....
Our daughter is an Ivy League Lawyer.....
as Honest as they come and Brilliant at what she does.....
But she does respectable Corporate Real Estate Commercial Financing Law.....
Maybe not so exciting and certainly not as lucrative as a High Priced Malpractice Lawyer....
But she can sleep at night with a clear conscience......
I was on the phone with these Boobs for a good 25 minutes....The girl would ask me questions...put me on hold for a minute...then come back on...I assumed she was sitting in an office passing along the info to a lawyer....After 25 minutes she finally asked "How Old Are You".....
"I am 68 why do you ask".....she puts me on hold again and then says.....
"Sorry we won't be able to help you".......Click.
I'm thinking Morgan and Morgan is only for.....
"Certain Age People"....Or certain types of people....Me not being one of them....
So Desperate with time running out.....I actually called this Guy.....
Yup....One Call That's All....
I was even embarrassed to admit this.....
 At least they were pleasant and said Mr Nugent's office needed at least 10 Months before the Statute of Limitations runs out to prepare a case..

Again what if you don't know you have a permanent disability 10 or 8 or 6 months ahead of time....
Are you suppose to file a suit in anticipation that you will never get better....
It's ridiculous....And totally in the favor of the Physicians.... Not the injured patient.
It was now getting closer and closer to my May Deadline......
I also spoke to Judge Hackett's Office of T.V. Fame....
I have to say the women I spoke to was lovely....tried to help by giving me ideas of what I could do to "secure my statute date" by filing myself with the help of Legal Aid...
She sounded clearly concerned which I was appreciative but again...
They were unable to help because there was not enough time left.....


No One Knew by now that my Foot was Progressively getting Worse.....
I always explained it to the Surgeon from Day 2 that my Toes felt as if they had dried glue on them...'The pain unbearable 
After so many Months in casts and multiple surgeries I tired to be positive that perhaps they were all right about it taking a long time to recover after all I had well over 100 stitches in my foot and leg..

But I knew this was not going away....
I had all the Classic symptoms of RSD....altered feeling...stiffness....no feeling of hot just excess cold...cramps....in a foot that was frozen....a limp...hip pain from the limp....torn ligaments in my knees from abnormal gait.....sleepless nights with a claustrophobic feeling because my foot would not move.....So Of Course any person no matter how strong is going to be emotional...
RSD...is a Condition listed at the Website of
NORD
"National Organization of Rare Disorders"......
This is Not like "Fibromyalgia"
This is a Neurological Disorder caused by a single event like and accident or a surgery mistake
That damages nerves and damages your "Sympathetic Nervous System"
Most common to happen in a limb....arm or leg...but over time can spread. 
There is no cure.....
They call it a Disease....I call it a Condition.....
Cancer is a Disease.....I can not die from this......

 I am not one to give up...not when I know this did not have to happen...and it did not have to be 
Ignored and not addressed as soon as the surgeon knew there was a problem.....
I put my Trust in this man.....
He Can Not say he had no idea of my symptoms as during the same time he was treating me he was treating another women with the same condition......

May 15th was getting closer and closer.....

So I continued calling firm after firm....leaving messages....talking to secretaries.....going directly to offices but unable to be seen....I did get a few offices to read the medical records to get rejected with the reason being......
"we looked over your surgical records and we see no wrong doing"......
I was not able to speak to these people who are suppose to protect us after harm is done....
It was all third party discussions.....
Yes.. I was starting to get very emotional on the phone....
I saw my life as I knew it changing forever and no one cared.....People who make a lot of money....
40% of what is recovered wanted to do no work.....I was hit with ridiculous questions as if I were to blame....But I kept calling every single day....with my list sitting at the kitchen table.....Or calling from my car....
Same story over and over and over again.......
I was mentally falling apart.......I had to relive it every single day to people who were probably not even listening to a word.....

The #1 decline reason was.....
"You needed to contact us months ago....we don't have time to put together a case...your Statute is only months away..'
Why the famous Lawyer in Atlanta who specializes in this condition/injury held my medical records from November until the end of January is a mystery.....  When I go the call on January 25th that they didn't have the time to handle the case it was devastating....
They wouldn't even refer me to anyone else...Told me to contact the Georgia Bar Association......
This Attorney had just won a case for a man with the same injury for a bit under 2 Million Dollars and the Jury awarded the man's wife an additional 2 Million for her.....She was Not injured in any way. 
But they were Young and I ...although I don't agree......am old....

I called out of State..Alabama....South Carolina......I called NYC large firms.....I could not find anyone who practiced in Georgia.
And it appeared to me that 99% of Malpractice Attorneys in the State ALL went to the
State Law School....
I found only One who graduated from Rutgers Law In New Jersey......
Our Motherland as we call it......I figured I found a lawyer with Jersey Fight in them...
I spoke to his Paralegal for a few months and provided them with everything I found....
Inconsistencies....missing records on the Physicians Assistant who assisted in the surgery at the 
Medical Board of Georgia....
I made a Complaint as their records never showed this person ever worked at the Surgeons
Office.....They are not required to let you know the outcome....
Mr. Rutgers Law kept all my records and I never heard a word from him to this day.....

I was sitting on my own copies of my records...What was I thinking.........
READ THE MEDICAL RECORDS YOU IDIOT!!!!!!
So I sat for hours scouring the records to see what all these lawyers were reading.....
Not one ever Asked me any questions about what was being read..,.To hear my story....
THE RECORDS WERE ALL GENERIC IN NATURE......
THAT'S CORRECT....
I was reading page after page after page....Probably over 300 pages....
They weren't talking about ME.....None of it......
No mention EVER of my foot feeling paralyzed even after the casts were removed...
It was finally mentioned in October of 2018 when saw I the Physicians Assistant instead of the doctor. He was the first to document it in the records....but that was 18 months later.....

Statements signed off by the surgeon  on How I was able to Stand and put Weight on my foot and leg....with Little Pain..
 I had my second surgery for the Toe reconstruction.... TWO DAYS before that recorded statement...... I was in a wheelchair with a full non-weight bearing cast on.....I couldn't even stand....

Surgical Records were Altered.....Was I going Crazy.....????
What in the World was I reading.....

Things done and written in detail during surgery that never happened.......
I was able to Confirm this through Insurance Codes and billing from Medicare and United Healthcare that the procedure he wrote so precisely right down to the length of time it took was never done.....
I contacted the Anesthesiologists billing department to see who was falsely stating this information...
Was it the the Surgeon or the Anesthesiologist...
It was the Surgeon.....
Not billed for.....just never done.....but documented as being done....
What was he hiding,.......
I mentioned all of this is my last post.....

I will end with this.... for you to think about.... and hopefully you will be as shocked as I was....,
I thank you if you had the patience to take the time to read all this....Like I said if I can inform just one person who's life might be made whole again..... if even just Mentally....It was worth my time to write this....

In speaking to one law firm in Texas I had a women who was a Doctor who worked for the Malpractice Lawyer....when I told her what I had found tracing back the billing codes and calling the insurance carriers to find false information all over my records.....she said this.....

"THIS PRACTICE IS NOT UNCOMMON IN PROBABLY 90% OF SURGEONS WHO DO THE SAME PROCEDURE OVER AND OVER....AT THE END OF THE DAY IF THEY ARE BUSY OR TIRED  THEY WILL SIMPLY "COPY AND PASTE" SOMEONE ELSE'S RECORDS INTO YOUR FILE TO SAVE THEM TIME".......

I could write a book about the entire ordeal....So much corruption between the doctors.....
So much greed and lack of empathy for the injured by the lawyers....
So many lives ruined with no recourse.....
This is Happening every day....Everywhere..........
It would be a New York Times Best Seller.....

 Most of you know I love to entertain with my writings and the Family exploits....I like to make fun of myself for being a bit wacky.....and of course  my crazy cast of characters....
No one needs to hear how bad life can be...it's much better to laugh even if it's at yourself.....
I hesitated to document this but I felt I had to.....
Not for Sympathy but to Educate....
This needs to brought to someone's attention not to benefit me as my ship sailed on May 15th.....
But to help other people in the future who have had their lives turned upside down by unethical doctors...

The Two Year Statute Of Limitations from the date of the Incident is a Joke....
If the doctor that injures you strings you along and gets other people to agree that it takes time to heal when they are well aware they have caused you harm are simply running out your time.... to me that is CRIMINAL.........

I believe everything in Life Happens for a Reason.....This is not the first time I have had an injury at the hands of other people....I have never sued or made a formal complaint against anyone in my 68 years...I have always just moved on.....and figured it happened for a reason.

On May 1st of this year......14 days before my 2 year Statute of Limitations expired.....
FIVE Short Months after I was told I will be Disabled for the Rest of my Life....
I sat down at my Computer and I wrote a letter to the Surgeon...
It was time to "let it go"......After all it wasn't going to change the damage that was done...
I needed closure to move on with my life.....it was consuming my life.....
I mailed it the next day marked "Personal and Confidential......
I did not expect a response..........

His Integrity as a Man is Nonexistent......
He knew Nothing could be done to him at that point in time for what he did and how he kept quiet....
As my future was being taken away little by little.....


The Letter was not rude or insulting in any way....

I complimented his skill that he was able to straighten my foot....I told him of my disappointment in him....I didn't rush into this surgery....I "Chose" him after seeing many any others...

I thought he would FIX ME not HARM ME.....

In the end I asked that when he soon retires and has his own grandchildren and he gets to take them to Disneyland and to the Beach and take them on family vacations........He gets to travel with his wife....He gets to enjoy every day
as time gets shorter and shorter.... he worked hard and now it's time to enjoy the rest of his life......
All I asked was for him to just think of me during those times....... because I will be unable to enjoy any of those things......

I signed it simply....

From The Heart.....
           Suzanne Adivari....... 




















Sunday, July 14, 2019

FOOT SURGERY GONE BAD.....When to get a Lawyer.

Having Foot Surgery....???
Or any major surgery You need to know How soon to 
Contact an attorney...
Finding a lawyer to represent you in a Malpractice Case is the craziest thing you will ever encounter ....
I'm sure you all know about Statute of Limitations but that needs to be ignored because attorneys do not technically go by that date...
You always hear when something goes wrong the next day the people involved are filing a law suit...
Not the case with Medical Malpractice...
They review your case and all the records with experts before even
asking your side of the story...
Please read this to the end...and hopefully it will help other people from having the same thing happen to you or a friend or relative...
You should technically have a lawyer on hand before your ever get rolled in to the operating room....Anticipate that something is going to go wrong....I'm kidding of course....
But it sure seems like that is the way it works...
 Lawyers, as I have unfortunately found out, need
between 6-8 months from the surgery date or your date of injury to do anything to help you.
In Georgia the Statute of Limitations is 2 years from the date you were injured or damaged at the hands of a physician....
Everyone that knows me has followed my foot reconstruction surgery from May of 2017....which means my statute runs out on May 15 of 2019.....
When I wrote my Blog Post a year ago I never thought
I would be in this situation now...
You can read about it here...
For well over a year the surgeon just strung me along with excuse after excuse on why my foot was no longer moving and why the pain was slowly getting worse... I would go every month...I would have x-ray after x-ray and told things such as....it's coming from the stitches...the swelling....the cast...
"It's going to take time,,,,, you had a tremendous amount of surgery...you have to be patient"...
We put too much trust in doctors..Let me repeat that...We put too much trust in doctors....I put too much trust in the Surgeon....I did not want to be unreasonable...We all grew up....especially us women...to believe doctors are there to help and not harm....
And I am certainly not saying this is the norm...
I had a fabulous Neurosurgeon when I had a disc repaired.

When I reached a year after having my foot reconstructed and after hearing so often from the Surgeon "I have no idea what your trying to tell me"....
I decided to do what anyone else would do....I Googled....Or as my friend Karin says...."I'm not as doctor I only play one on the internet".....
My foot was no better and the pain was getting worse..... not better..
The pain and weakness in my muscles started working it's way up my leg...In April of 2018 with my condition worsening by the day I Googled my symptoms and it indicated that I had damage to my Femoral Nerve. That's the nerve that runs from the top of your leg all the way down to your toe....

Approaching the surgeon with this information he suggested that the Anesthesiologist was to blame when she gave me a "nerve block" during the surgery....He said I should see a Neurologist....
He happened to have a friend in the building he wanted me to see..
At the advise of our "in-house" attorney (daughter) I went to a different Neurologist .....He clearly saw the issue with my foot but said I would have to wait a Minimum of at least 18 months before expecting any improvement...I asked to have this special test done...and EMG...that detects nerve and muscle damage. 
He refused saying it would be too painful....
Knowing that he came very highly recommended by a few people.... I went home and  waited for some improvement. 
By this time I had torn a ligament in my knee because when you can't move your foot to walk properly things go wrong...
In August I went back in to have two screws removed from my ankle because the pain was unbearable....
The surgeon finally became concerned and his "bedside manner" 
Went from being a real Ass to actually acting like he cared what was happening....
He still had me believing this came from the nerve block...

I was going to physical therapy and on September 28th of 2018 
My good leg gave out...I tore my meniscus and developed a cyst 
behind my knee....So now I have a foot that basically is Paralyzed and two bad knees...
I decide at that time to find a Neurologist who would be willing to give me the nerve conduction test...I had waited my 18 months.
I did not want to be unreasonable but no one knew the pain I was in..
I see the Neurologist on his first available appointment which was not until November 1st of 18'....Knowing I had plenty of time before the Statute ran out....plus I was certainly not going to take up the time of an Attorney if I didn't have proof that something was really wrong..
Or blame the surgeon if I didn't have actual permanent damage....
I see the Neurologist and he advises me that I have a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy....He had no problem doing the test to see how bad the damage was... He said I had two different issues going on.
The first was damage to the Femoral Nerve....no surprise there...He clearly stated that it came from either the Anesthesiologist hitting the nerve when I had the nerve block during surgery #1  (I had  surgery #2  6 weeks later) or she put the tourniquet on my leg too tight.....The other damage was at my ankle....my foot had atrophied to the point where It looked like my foot was collapsing. He attributed this to a surgical mishap during the surgery....Telling me to never have anyone ever touch my feet again....I scheduled to go back for the EMG test....
He's so busy doing this procedure that the earliest appointment was on January 9, 2019...

After getting the RSD Diagnosis I promptly went and got all of my medical records from the Surgeons Office.....It was at that point that I contacted an attorney....This was in November of 18' with more then enough time to file a claim....
I looked for an attorney who specialized in this particular condition.... it is Rare and it comes from a one time "event" such as an accident or surgical trauma....
In speaking with other women who have had foot surgery their doctors discussed this condition and gave them literature to read before surgery.... even though there would be a very small chance of it happening....
That's where I come in....to all my faithful readers...You know it could only happen to "Sue"...
The surgeon never mentioned the word RSD before... during... or after .. The last I saw him was in November of 18' ....
Although I had all the classic signs that I was developing this dystrophy over the course of a year.....He chose to ignore them.....If a physician catches it early he can prevent it from getting worse...My condition is at the "Too Late" stage...
There is no cure and as I go forward the condition will slowly worsen....When your nerves die in a limb your muscles will soon follow and atrophy or shrink.......
For some reason.... which no one had yet to explain to me...
Even though your nerves die the pain you have from the condition magnifies your pain along with altered sensations...I no longer can feel heat...my toes and foot are discolored.....my toes are like ice...it feels like water is running down my foot and I have terrible cramping..And when you have a frozen foot and get a cramp...well...you just sit and hope it goes away quickly...

January 9th rolls around and it's time to have the EMG study done. With my Physical Therapist tagging along to see how the test is administered it clearly shows all the nerve damage. My Femoral...Peroneal and Tibial Nerves had been damaged ..The Neurologist confirms this to the both of us... First addressing the damage in my thigh and Femoral nerve and when I asked about my foot he clearly said "that happened during the same event"....
He discusses with my P.T. that down the road I will need to have a brace made for my foot and leg so I can walk without my leg buckling out from under me....he made it quite clear that the damage came from trauma during the surgery...

That was on Wednesday January 9th.... the following Monday bright and early I get a call from his office that he wants me to have two MRI's....thinking he just wants to be sure of his diagnosis and is ruling other things out I agree to schedule the tests that same week....I ask his nurse for an appointment for the following week so I could go in and have him discuss the results with me....
She says if he wants to see me they will call me...
MRI's are done....one of my lumbar spine or lower back and one of my ovaries and uterus....Yes I know crazy right....
That test is completely fine....the lumbar spine shows "mild" aging issues that any 68 year old would have....I do not have back pain of any kind...in fact I drive a Corvette.... if I did have a bad back enough to paralyze my foot....well... common sense tells you I would not be able to get in and out of that car with ease....
I try to get the test results and his office denies my request. I send a message through the patient portal to the doctor directly..... my message is ignored.....I call back and speak to his nurse again asking for an appointment to discuss this....No return call...

My primary care doctor of 30 years steps in and he is able to see the test results....on My Patient Portal page it shows I had the test....it shows it was "edited" ....it shows it was "final"...But the results aren't there...the page is blank...
My PC doctor tells me.....yes there is nerve damage to multiple nerves..... but the Neurologist doesn't mention  how this happened  in fact he doesn't even mention my foot....only my leg...he also states that the test was shortened because I could not tolerate the pain....that is not truthful... remember I had someone with medical knowledge in that room with me during the entire test...
I did just fine during the test never once asking to stop...
My PC doctor confirms the damage but says that the MRI Spine results does NOT support the Neurologists diagnosis that the damage came from my spine....
To this day I have not spoken to or been able to get an appointment to see the Neurologist...
So what to do?????

On January 9th as soon as I received the damage info I contacted the attorneys office. They put together letters to be sent out to the other surgeons I consulted with over the years for the deformity.
I begin contacting other attorneys just to protect myself. Up until that point I was only dealing with a para legal...
When you have a case like this they all have what's called an "in-take coordinator"....You can't actually speak directly with a lawyer or make an appointment to see one in person....

On January 25th with having all my records sitting at the attorneys office since November I get a call that a current trial is taking longer then expected and they have another one they are about to start....No time to take care of mine....So sorry but we are sending you back your medical records....Good Luck to you....
This is January....my Statute does not end until the middle of May...
I can't even count or remember how many law offices I contacted....They all said the same thing...Not enough time...Too complicated a case....My medical history is too involved to prove the doctor did anything wrong....One women lawyer said "we read the surgeons records and he did nothing wrong"....
She never spoke to me....just made the decision based on his altered records....
All I know is on May 14th 2017 I walked with no assistance in to his office...My toes wiggled...my ankle flexed and I did not walk with a limp...I just had a funny looking foot... on May 15th I left surgery with a foot that no longer moved...

It's extremely frustrating to have to repeat your story over and over again when you don't know how it's getting interpreted by the Para-Legal to the Attorney....Basically my biggest issue was that time was running out...Between the Surgeon and two Neurologists they were just running out my clock....
Did I mention the Surgeon rents himself out as a 
"Professional Witness" in cases like mine....
Always check the Surgeons credentials before having surgery done...Don't use a Surgeon or a Physician who is a Professional Witness....They must know just how to alter their records...Who would ever think something like this could happen...
Could this get any worse....Oh you Betcha....

Being curious as to why all these law offices are either blaming me for having a complicated medical history or was it my age that was putting off these people....Or was it something in his records...
Two weekends ago out of pure frustration and being a Jersey Girl with a lot of determination to see this thing through....I started reading the medical records...Hundreds of pages.....

I see during surgery one....That I did have a nerve block to my leg by the Anesthesiologist...The block lasted instead of the usual 6-8 hours ... with the longest as much as 24 hours before feeling comes back...mine lasted 72 hours...I am very claustrophobic so for surgery number two I declined directly to the Anesthesiologist before being wheeled off to the operating room....
She got annoyed saying...
"No one has ever refused a nerve block"....
Well she can't say that anymore...
I posted this online and on this Blog about this happening....
During the second surgery..... where I declined the block.... everyone in that O.R. knew I did not have one and the husband knew I didn't have the block....
The staff teased me saying while coming to in the recovery room I was in such pain that I was cursing and asking why nobody insisted I get the nerve block. The husband says I was hysterical all the way home...
Which brings me to hospital surgery versus surgery center surgery...
I had asked to have this done across the parking lot at an actual hospital and the Surgeon said I couldn't....I later found out I did have that option.....
If your having big surgery insist it's done in a real hospital...
The moment my eyes opened in the recovery room I was out on the curb...

I was sure the nerve damage happened during the first surgery....
You tend to panic when your toes no longer wiggle....
As for my leg it was months and months later when the casts came off and the boot came off that I realized something was wrong with my leg as well....
The medical records from my office visits are very vague...they could be anyones....not specific at all....all my symptoms were dismissed....contradictory information was written as fact...
My complaints were no where to be seen in the records...
He never mentions the weekend when his trainee put on a cast too tight causing my foot to turn purple....He alters that to say it happened a week before it actually happened. No notation that I called on a Saturday when I noticed my foot turning color...No notation that I called back on Sunday when the pain got so bad and my foot was getting darker....I even e-mailed the Physicians Assistant a photo...Of course posting it on Facebook....a Video
of the husband trying to loosen the cast after the P.A. instructed him how to do it...

I see all these false statements and then I get to the surgery records...

He clearly states in great detail that I had a nerve block that lasted 3 hours during the second surgery...Not only did I not have that done but half of his staff knew it was not done....He was trying to blame my damage on the Anesthesiologist...so why not list it twice...just to make sure the blame gets put on her....
I contacted Medicare and United Healthcare to confirm the amount the Anesthesiologist charged during surgery one versus surgery two.
I find there is an $850.00 difference in the two surgeries.....
The lesser amount being charged during surgery two which was a much longer surgery......
I then call the Anesthesiologist company...they bill the insurance separately then the surgeon's bill......
They E-mailed me the two bills showing only the medical codes for the services...
Using my best friend Google....I was able to put in the medical codes and see what the codes meant....
Sure enough during surgery one there is the code for both the nerve block and a different code for the ultrasound used to determine where the needle should be placed....
I check the codes on surgery two...this is where the Surgeon shows another longer 3 hour block...described again in great detail....With his signature....no short typo...
On the bill.....no code or codes charged for any nerve block...
I call the office back who sent me the bill copy....they confirm that there was not a nerve block during surgery two....
He.....the Surgeon.... falsified the medical records....
This is considered a felony to alter or change medical records....
Especially when it interferes with a malpractice case or in my case preventing me from obtaining an attorney....

So just when you think it couldn't be any worse....
Remember who your reading about....
I now look into his Physician Assistants records.....
Using Public Access online to the 
Georgia Composite Medical Board I find the P.A.

Let me just add this before discussing the P.A. findings...
All of the people who were working at this surgeons office during the two surgeries have all left..... they appear to have all left at or around the same time....I have found where three of them are now working.....they are witnesses to this..

Before the Physicians Assistant left the practice.... he eluded to the fact that a nerve was severed during the surgery.....
People have asked why I went back to this doctor....It was again a matter of trusting this man... with this wonderful reputation...How
could he have harmed me so badly...I believed it was not him but that it was the Anesthesiologist who did something wrong....
When I mentioned it to him and he agreed... I trusted him to be telling the truth....

How stupid was I?????
Finding the Physicians Assistant on the Medical Boards website I found further disturbing information.....
When a P.A. goes to work for a doctor it has to be registered with the Medical Board with the name of the supervising Physician and any other physicians the P.A. will be working for...Records indicate he worked from 2010 for a large Orthopedic Group in town. There are all the doctors signatures from that particular office....
It then jumps to 2018 where he started a new job with a single physician who signed the form stating the P.A. would be working under his supervision.....
Every time a P.A. switches to a new office this information needs to be documented with the Medical Board.
They have to be under the supervision of a licensed Physician...
Checking his profile on Linkedin he states he was employed at the Surgeons office from May of 2016 until December of 2017....
This is not recorded with the Medical Board...
Neither the dates nor the Surgeons signature.....
It appears that he never worked there.....

So....where am I today....
I am unable to find an attorney who will attempt to help me mostly because of a time issue....but also because of information in those records....
The surgeon clearly altered the records....clearly the information or lack of with the Medical Board concerning the Physicians Assistant should be a red flag for the Surgeon trying to hid something....
I surrender once again.....
But I refuse to walk away.....no pun intended.....from what that man has done....He has altered the rest of my life...
Going from being a very active person.....going from the one you all know....who always planned the Blog parties....the girls road trips...all my crazy family stories...
Having a new grandson who will someday go to Disneyworld and Grandma will not be able to join the family....
So much time left to do the things you get to enjoy when you have all the time in the world.....
My life as I knew it ended on May 15...2017...
So many things I would have done differently....
I put my health... my trust and my faith in a man who's
Only purpose was to make money by hiring unskilled people and not being an honorable person when he knew something had gone wrong.....
If you have surgery and you think something is not right....
Don't wait....Notify an attorney as quickly as possible...
When you know something isn't right insist people listen to you...
Don't take "You need to be patient it's going to take time" as an excuse....
I am not done yet....

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this....
You know 
My posts are usually upbeat and a bit crazy...
I am not looking for sympathy....
I am looking to inform...
and to educate....








Friday, May 10, 2019

CANYON RANCH SPA...LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT....

WE ARE ITALIANS....
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN????
WE ANTICIPATE WAY AHEAD OF TIME THAT WE WILL NOT BE FED LIKE WE ARE
USED TO....
SO WE MADE A QUICK PIT STOP AT MC DONALDS BEFORE REACHING THE SPA...
WE ALSO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR A MIDNIGHT SNACK OR TWO....
DIP WAS IN THE FRIDGE.....
BUT NOTHING COULD HAVE PREPARED US
FOR THE CANYON RANCH....
THERE WEREN'T EVEN ANY HORSES!!!
 IN OUR CASE.....
INSTEAD OF LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT 
IT WAS MORE.....
LEAVE IT.....OR LEAVE IT....
DAUGHTER INHERITED THE ADIVARI
"IF SOMETHING CAN GO WRONG...SOMETHING WILL GO WRONG GENE"
SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO 
THE CANYON RANCH SPA....SO WHEN IT CAME BIRTHDAY GIFT TIME
THE SON-IN-LAW GAVE HER A TRIP TO THIS FAMOUS SPA...


IT SNOWED VERY HEAVY THE DAY SHE WAS SUPPOSE TO GO SO IT HAD TO BE
POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE....
I DON'T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE COST OF THIS JOINT BECAUSE SHE
TREATED ME...THINKING IT WOULD BE MORE FUN DRAGGING MOM ALONG...
WHICH IS A VALID REASON..YOU ALL KNOW MY LUCK AND IT SEEMS IT FOLLOWED ME ALL THE WAY TO THE BERKSHIRES....
FIRST YOU DRIVE OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE....OKAY THAT'S FINE...
WHEN WE PULL IN TO THE DRIVEWAY WE NOTICED AN AWFUL LOT OF 

CONSTRUCTION BEING DONE....
CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES AND LOT'S OF WIRE FENCES...
THIS WAS PARTIALLY OKAY SINCE MOST OF OUR ACTIVITIES WERE INSIDE....

REMINISCENT OF OUR TIME IN PARIS WHEN WE WEREN'T TOLD 
THE APARTMENT ABOVE US WAS BEING REHABBED 
AND WE WOKE UP EVERY MORNING AT 7:00
TO THE SOUND OF JACK HAMMERS....

I HAD REQUESTED A ROOM AS CLOSE TO THE ACTION
(POOL...SPA....RESTAURANTS) AS POSSIBLE....

MAP OF THE GROUNDS TO FOLLOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW I HAVE TO HAVE ONE
PICTURE IN THE WRONG ORDER....

IF WE WERE ANY FURTHER AWAY WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN
VERMONT.....
WE GET IN AROUND 3:00 IN THE AFTERNOON....WE CHECK IN WITH A MAN SITTING BEHIND AN OFFICE LOOKING SET UP......HE COULD BE SELLING
PEOPLE "LIFE INSURANCE" OVER THE PHONE FOR ALL WE KNEW...
WE GET OUR BAG/THERMOS/POLYESTER TEE SHIRTS AND A COMPLEMENTARY
"GUIDE BOOK"
A MAP OF THE PROPERTY AND A PEN...
THIS IS THE LIBRARY ROOM INSIDE THE MANSION..... AS THEY REFER TO IT AS....
BEAUTIFUL RIGHT....
VERY DOWNTON ABBEY LOOKING....
MIND YOU THIS IS ONLY ONE ROOM IN THE ENTIRE COMPLEX THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS....
WE WANTED TO WALK INSIDE AND SOAK UP THE AMBIENCE.....
PROBLEM IS NOBODY TALKS AT THIS PLACE....
YOU DON'T DARE SPEAK IN A NORMAL TONE OF VOICE....
EVERYONE FROM THE STAFF TO THE OTHER SPA GOERS....
JUST GAVE US THE SKUNK EYE....
AND BELIEVE ME I HAD NOT DONE ANYTHING YET ......
BUT MY REPUTATION FOLLOWS ME WHERE EVER  I GO....
LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL CEILING......SO EXCITING....DAUGHTER WAS EXCITED
I WAS JUST HAPPY TO BE OUT OF MY HOUSE AND SPENDING TIME WITH H......
NOW REMEMBER THIS PLACE IS ALL INCLUSIVE YOU PAY FOR NOTHING
"ALMOST" AND IT COSTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS....
THEY GAVE US EACH $320.00 CREDIT TOWARDS SERVICES LIKE A PEDICURE
OR A MASSAGE....
DAUGHTER HAD THE MASSAGE AND WE BOTH OPTED FOR A SESSION WITH THE
CLAIROYANT...WE QUICKLY REALIZED THIS $320 CREDIT WOULD ONLY GET US SO FAR....

NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ROOMS......
AND I WILL GET BACK TO THE CLAIRVOYANT AFTER WE DISCUSS THE FOOD...
CAN YOU SAY "HAMPTON INN"
I LOVE THE HAMPTON INN BUT AT $139. A NIGHT NOT IN THE '
THOUSANDS.....
THE BATHROOM WASN'T EVEN AS NICE AS THE HAMPTON INN.....
I TOOK MY ONE AND ONLY SHOWER AND I FELT LIKE I WAS BEING HOSED DOWN
BY FIREMAN TRYING TO PUT OUT A BLAZE....
I SWEAR WE BOTH HAD BRUISES FROM THE FORCE OF THE WATER....
THE CABINET IN THE BATHROOM WAS ALL CHIPPED AND SHODDY LOOKING....
THE BEST WAS WHEN I WAS TAKING THAT ONE SHOWER I FOUND MYSELF
STANDING IN AT LEAST A FOOT OF WATER....I TOOK A VIDEO OF IT BECAUSE I HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT... I WAS DRIED AND DRESSED AND IT WAS STILL
DRAINING.....
THE TOILET WAS SO LOW TO THE GROUND IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE
EXPECTING MATT AND AMY ROLOFF TO CHECK IN AT ANY TIME....

NOTHING AGAINST THE ROLOFF'S I HAPPEN TO LOVE THEM....
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THEY CAME TO REFRESH THE ROOM,......
WE NEVER SAW ANY CLEANING PEOPLE LIKE YOU ALWAYS SEE IN HOTEL
HALLWAYS.......
THE BEDS FINALLY GOT MADE WHEN WE GOT BACK FROM DINNER....
SO LET'S DISCUSS FOOD....
THIS WAS THE LITTLE DRINK STATION LOCATED IN A FEW SPOTS AROUND THE COMPLEX.....
THIS IS A NO ACHOHOL FACILITY WHICH WAS FINE WITH ME BECAUSE I DON'T
AND HAVE NEVER HAD A DRINK...
AFTER ABOUT THREE HOURS I WAS HAVING PEPSI WITHDRAWAL.....
THEY HAD A RELAXATION ROOM WHERE I SUPPOSE PEOPLE WENT TO MEDITATE
OR WHATEVER THEY DO.... AGAIN NO SPEAKING....
THERE WAS A 5,000 PIECE PUZZLE THAT SOME ONE DONATED...
SUCH FUN!

AT NIGHT THEY HAD ALL FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT.....
NIGHT ONE WAS A PIANIST AND A MEL TORME-'EQUE SINGER.....
NEXT NIGHT WAS A VIOLINIST .....THREE PEOPLE WERE SITTING LISTENING ....I THINK BINGO WAS ON THE SCHEDULE LATER IN THE WEEK....
YOU CAN SEE WHERE THIS IS HEADING....
HERE'S MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER ......BUT I KNOW THAT LOOK....
AFTER 43 YEARS I REALLY KNOW THAT LOOK....SHE IS THINKING....
"WHAT IN THE HELL WAS I THINKING AND CAN I GO HOME NOW"


MAY I PRESENT THE FOOD....

SURELY AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF OUR SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS

THE HEALTHY FOOD THEY WERE ABOUT TO SERVE US HAS TO BE OUTSTANDING...
WRONG.......
DAUGHTER ORDERED THE SCALLOPS AS HER APPETIZER.....
UNCOOKED...BUT THAT WAS NOT THE ISSUE....
ALTHOUGH I WOULDN'T EAT RAW FISH ON A BET....
 IT'S PROBLEM WAS THAT IS SMELLED SO BAD THAT THE SMELL MADE IT'S WAY ALL THE WAY BACK TO MANHATTAN....
IN MY ENTIRE LIFE I HAVE NEVER HAD TO SPIT OUT FOOD BECUASE IT WAS TOO BAD TO SWALLOW....SEE THAT BROCCOLI.....I EAT THAT AT HOME VERY OFTEN....
THIS TASTED LIKE THEY HAD JUST PULLED IT OUT OF THE GROUND....BLANCHED IT FOR 30 SECONDS AND CALLED IT HEALTHY....
NO SALT ON THE TABLE....YOU HAD TO REQUEST IT...I KNOW THIS IS A BIG DEAL TO SOME... BUT I LIKE MY FOOD SALTED TO ENHANCE THE FLAVOR....
AFTER ALL THAT IS WHAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS ARE FOR....
DON'T EVEN ASK......
DAUGHTERS CHICKEN ROULADE ......YES THAT IS CHICKEN....WE THINK.
DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THIS WAS....
DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW...
THEN CAME DESSERT..
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH PEANUTS..
HOW YOU CAN SCREW UP A CHOCOLATE DESSERT IS BEYOND ME..
IT WAS HORRIBLE...

THE SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS EITHER AT 
"CARVEL" OR BETTER YET "COSTCO"...
I WOULD HAVE KILLED FOR A COSTCO HOT DOG...
THIS WAS SOME SORT OF PEANUT BUTTER THING....
BY  THIS POINT WE REALIZED THINGS WERE FASTLY GOING DOWN HILL......
I HAVE BEEN COOKING FOR OVER 50 YEARS AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY MAKE GOOD TASTING FOOD AND STILL HAVE IT
BE HEALTHY....THERE IS ZERO EXCUSES FOR SERVING BAD FOOD.....
WALKING BACK TO OUR ROOM WE LEFT A TRAIL OF CRUMBS IN CASE  SOMEONE
NEEDED TO FIND US IN CASE WE PASSED OUT FROM LACK OF FOOD....

THIS WAS SOME OF THE ART ON THE CORRIDOR WALLS...
EVERYTHING WAS FOR SALE....
I'M PROBABLY EXAGGERATING HERE BUT THE WALK FROM OUR ROOM
TO THE DINING ROOM SEEMED LIKE THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD
 DONE IN A BOX DESIGN WITH A HUGE FOUNTAIN
AREA IN THE CENTER BUT OF COURSE NO WATER IN IT AND
IT LOOKED LIKE IT HAD NOT BEEN PAINTED OR REPAIRED IN YEARS...

WE ARE NOT TWO PEOPLE WHO GIVE UP EASILY...
WE TRIED LUNCH IN THE "GRILL"
THIS IS THEIR VERSION OF A HEALTHY FRENCH DIP....
THE ROLL WAS GLUTON FREE...
 SEE THAT BLOB OF CHEESE
UNDER IT WAS A MOUND WAS ONIONS....AND ONIONS AND MORE  ONIONS...
ONE PIECE OF SOME SORT OF DRIED BEEF....
I DIDN'T TAKE MORE THEN ONE BITE....
 THIS MUST BE THE WAY THEY TELL YOU HOW TO DIET....
FOOD SO BAD YOU DON'T EAT...HENCE YOU LOSE WEIGHT....
UNTIL THIS GEM CAME ALONG....

THE MINUTE WE SAW THIS WE BOTH SAID AT THE SAME TIME.....
JENNY CRAIG.....
ALL THE FOOD THE NIGHT BEFORE WAS BROUGHT OUT WARMISH....
CERTAINLY NOT HOT....
I EXPECTED AT  ANY MOMENT TO SEE MARIE OSMOND COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND SAY
"I LOST 50 POUNDS IN ONE WEEK WHILE VISITING THE
CANYON RANCH SPA....
WE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME AND ATE A WEEKS WORTH OF LEAN CUISINE
AND HAD MORE FUN...

I SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT ON WHEN I CALLED TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLAIRVOYANT...
I WAS TOLD SHE WASN'T AVAILABLE BUT WE COULD GET TAROT CARDS READ...
THEN IT WAS "WELL WE CAN SEE IF THE CLAIRVOYANT CAN COME IN FOR THE TWO OF YOU"....AT $210.00 AN HOUR TIMES TWO.....OR $420.00 OF COURSE
THE CLAIRVOYANT AGREED TO SHOW UP....
WE WANTED TO DO IT TOGETHER...BOTH IN THE ROOM AT THE SAME TIME...
BUT SHE ADVISED AGANST THAT...

SHE SAID BECAUSE IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME....I GUESS SHE DID'T WANT TO GET
MIXED SIGNALS....

FIRST HALF I HAD TO SIT WITH MY EYES CLOSED WHILE SHE "SAW" THINGS...
SHE ASKED IF I HAD QUESTIONS.... I SAID NO....
NO ONE TOLD US AHEAD OF TIME THAT YOU WOULD NEED QUESTIONS TO ASK THIS PERSON...SHE MADE IT CLEAR THAT SHE WAS NOT A PSYCHIC......
SHE SAW BUTTERFLIES CIRCLING MY HEAD....
TOLD ME I AM VERY CREATIVE....SAID I DO EVERYTHING FOR MY HUSBAND...
WELL THAT CERTAINLY WAS TRUE....SHE COULD HAVE READ MY BLOG POSTS TO
KNOW THIS.....
WHEN I TOLD HER THAT I CAN...IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT....KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TIME IT IS BEFORE LOOKING AT THE CLOCK....SHE TOLD ME I HAD
THE "GIFT".....
SHE TOLD BOTH MYSELF AND DAUGHTER THAT SHE PROBABLY TOLD US EVERYTHING WE ALREADY KNEW ABOUT OURSELVES....
YUP....AND YUP.........

SO TO SUMMARIZE THIS PLACE......
FOR WHAT THEY CHARGE THEY SHOULD ADVISE YOU THAT CONSTRUCTION WILL BE GOING ON DURING YOUR STAY....
DURING DAUGHTER'S MASSAGE SHE KEPT HEARING DRILLING GOING ON...
JUST WHAT A RELAXING MASSAGE SHOULD BE....LIKE YOUR AT THE DENTIST...
UNFRIENDLY PEOPLE BOTH THE EMPLOYEES AND THE OTHER VISITORS....
WHEN DAUGHTER WAS GETTING HER READING WITH THE CLAIRVOYANT I HAD AN HOUR TO WASTE SO DOWN THE HALL WAS A LECTURE GOING ON....
OKAY... I THOUGHT I CAN SIT FOR AN HOUR AND LISTEN....
IT WAS ABOUT SELF HAPPINESS.....I THINK....THE WOMEN JUST KEPT BRINGING
UP THE FACT THAT SHE WAS A RECOVERED ALCOHOLIC.......
TWO LITTLE OLD LADIES GOT UP AFTER THE SPEAKER MENTIONED IT A LITLE TOO OFTEN AND THEY LEFT.....I STAYED JUST FOR SOMEPLACE TO SIT......

WE WERE SUPPOSE TO STAY SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.....
WE WERE WALKING OVER TO HAVE LUNCH ON MONDAY WHEN DAUGHTER SAW A MAN...PROBABLY IN HIS LATE 80'S IN A SCOOTER WITH AN OXYGEN TANK...
KNOWING WHEN WE CHECKED IN ON SUNDAY THAT I COULDN'T WALK TOO FAR I WAS OFFERED UP THE SCOOTER FOR A MERE $169.00 OR DAUGHTER COULD PUSH ME IN A COMPLIMENTARY WHEELCHAIR.....
BIG NO.....NOT HAPPENING...


WE DECIDED THE ISSUE WITH THIS PLACE WAS
#1....IT SEEMED LIKE AN OLD AGE HOME....BETTER YET
#2....IT WAS MORE LIKE A REHAB FACILITY...


ONE MORE PIECE OF GUEST ADVISE......
WHO EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO PLACE A LADIES BATHROOM
DIRECTLY NEXT TO THE CAFE
AND POSITION THE MENU BOARD RIGHT NEXT TO 
THE BATHROOM DOOR....
YOU NEED TO RE-THINK THAT
'IF YOU CATCH WHAT I'M SAYING....

DID WE LEAVE EARLY.....YES WE DID....
DAUGHTERS MUCH AWAITED FANCY SPA VISIT FELT LIKE WE WERE AT THE
BETTY FORD CLINIC.....
WE LEFT IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT.....DAUGHTER SAW THE SAME GUY WE SAW WHEN WE CHECKED IN AND HIS RESPONSE WAS
"I SEE YOUR LEAVING A DAY EARLY".....
NEVER ASKED WHY....
I FOUND THAT ODD...
HERE IS A MAP OF THE PROPERTY.....SEE THAT LITTLE X WHERE IT SAYS
"GUEST ROOMS WEST WING"
THEN FOLLOW THOSE LITTLE ARROWS DOWN THEIR PATHWAY TO
THE SPA AND THE TWO PLACES TO EAT....
YES THAT IS CORRECT.....
I ASKED FOR A ROOM CLOSE TO THOSE TWO THINGS....
AND OF COURSE DEAF EARS TO THAT RQUEST....
THE GUEST ROOMS EAST WING WERE CLOSED....
SO IN A NUTSHELL.....
GO ON A EXPECTED FUN ROAD TRIP WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW WILL BE FUN...
DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING AT ALL LIKE YOU ASSUME IT IS...AND....
 BEFORE GETTING THERE STOP FOR SOME PROVISIONS TO HAVE IN THE ROOM........

JUST IN CASE!