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As some of you will know my dad suffered a huge heart attack last October.
Well here is a run down of the happenings since...

Last October my dad started complaining of pain in his chest and a feeling like heart burn, with him being the most stubborn person I have ever encountered he refused to go to the hospital and just drank Gaviscon by the bottle instead. Fast forward 4 days he is out unblocking the main drain and starts to feel really ill he goes an d lays down just to find the pain is now getting worse and worse. Still I can't tempt him to go to the hospital. The next day (after spending the whole night throwing up) he decides to go shopping! He decides he is not good after being in the shops for a bout 2 min and drives himself back home and takes himself back to bed - my mother is now really worried too! I threaten to call an ambulance and am met with lots of > :swear::swear::swear::swear:
The next morning I get a call from my mum saying he has been sick again all night and he is now in immense pain and feeling very strange and would I mind taking him to A&E!!! Of course I bloody wouldn't was my reply and then told her to phone for an ambulance but still he wont hear of it. So I get round there pick him up and drive to A&E at reception he tells the nurse that he has heartburn and could she give him something for it. At this point in interrupt and let them know he has a heart condition (it doesn't beat correctly) and that I believe he has had a heart attack. Blood tests and scans are quickly taken and confirm that he has indeed suffered a large heart attack.

His oxygen saturation, blood pressure etc.. is taken and found to be all over the place. 4 days were spend on a high dependancy CCU ward and the he was sent on to hospital number 2 for a angioplasty (put dye into his heart to find out what is going on). We are then informed that his kidneys are failing and he is very very weak and the normally very low risk procedure is now actually high risk. They also inform us that he has very bad blockages on various places in his heart and they would have to apply stents (mini scaffolding to the arteries) immediately. The cardiac surgeon said that under normal circumstances he would need a double bypass op but he is too weak to risk it. So he trys something he has never done before and sticks double stents together to make an extra long one! He also informs us my dad will be on a dialysis machine. The op was a success and the surgeon says that my dads heart has done something very strange and redirected blood though other routes to keep itself fed. Apparently most people with this amount of blockage would have had heart failure many years ago and more than likely not pulled through. He is put onto the high dependancy CCU ward in hospital number 2.

24 hours later I get a call at around midnight saying he has taken a turn for the worse and could we come to the hospital to be with him as they don't think he will pull through. I collect my mother and sister and drive to the hospital get onto the ward and we are informed that he suffered an AF arrest. They managed to shock/defib him and resuscitate him but its still touch and go.

The next morning comes and we are still all sat in a state of shock when the docs come round. They tell us that we need to be prepared as he is gravely ill and unlikely to pull through this. He seems OK considering! Although pumped full of drugs.

The next 48 hours were possibly the worst I can remember. The cardiac surgeon says he needs to have an ICD implanted to automatically shock and restart his heart should it stop again. His heart is also only beating at 30 beats per min instead of 70 - 80.

2 days later and another phone call this time he has gone into respiratory failure and is navy blue! Again he pulls through this amazingly. He is still too weak to have the ICD fitted and we are also informed that they will need to carry out an ablation (burning of some areas in the heart) in order to get his heart to beat correctly. He is constantly being sick and in and out of consciousness for the next few weeks. He then suffers to TIA's (mini strokes) fortunately for us and him he pulls through these and brain scans reveal no lasting damage!

He is then sent to hospital number 3 for the ablation, upon arrival they realise that his blood has been massively over thinned and try to thicken it up. They also note his blood tests are not normal and he has a chest infection. A few weeks pass and many more drugs, he finally gets the ablation and its a success, at least for the first few days. By the 3rd day his heart had returned to an abnormal rhythm/flutter. He is then sent back to hospital number 2 again as he has another chest infection and they need the bed.

A few weeks later he is sent back to hospital number 3 for another go at the ablation. But his infection markers are still up so they can't do it. So they send him back to hospital number 1 this time!!! Christmas and New Year were spent here and then he was finally sent back to hospital number 3 where a successful ablation was carried out.

Now they wanted to fit the ICD device while he was in hospital number 3 but his inflammation (CRP) markers are through the roof. For 3 weeks they try him on all kinds of broad spectrum antibiotics but nothing is working. The CRP level should be below 10 ideally as low as possible but anything around 10 or above is bad and they start to worry - my dads was above 200:eek: and they had no idea why! Gallons of blood was taken and they still couldn't find out why so in the end they sent him back to hospital number 2. His levels became normal naturally over time and he was sent back to hospital number 3 and had the ICD fitted! This was a success and the also fitted a pacemaking feature to it to speed his heart up.

He was sent back to hospital number 2 to recover. He had suffered major muscle wastage over this time and could no longer walk or even move himself. All he could do was move his arms very slowly.

In hospital number 2 the decided he needed further stenting so again another angioplasty and stent procedure took place. That was followed by another chest infection. Hospital number 2 decided to then send him on to hospital number 4 for rehab. At hospital number 4 he got a D&V bug and was very ill.

Hospital number 4 decided to then send him onto hospital number 5 as it was closer to my mothers home! In hospital number 5 her started to feel very very ill and hallucinate badly all the time. He was informed by a nurse there that some people do see spirits :rolleyes: obviously not doing her job and trying to find out what the medical reason was behind it! He demanded to see the Dr who told him that he was fine but had a slight chest infection but it had almost cleared up. He was vomiting about every two hours and could hardy breath but the staff there kept saying he was lazy! Finally we got them to agree to get a respiratory specialist to see my dad and he was blue lighted back to A&E within 15 min. It turns out he had pneumonia, they fitted him with 2 drains and took 2.5lts of fluid from his lungs over the next few days :eek:

Then came even worse news! He had been swabbed on admittance and the swabs showed he was now MRSA positive.

Fast forward a few more weeks and now he is finally home :D:):thumbs:

His is still having to learn to walk again, but almost every doctor that has looked at his notes has been totally amazed at how he is still here and still has his sense of humour! :D He is still very very weak but is slowly on the mend and seems to be improving day by day.

As you will see I have not mentioned any hospital names and there have been large chunks of info left out as there are official complaints going through. He was dropped from hoists, given the wrong medications, put on unmonitored beds, and treated very badly at a couple of the hospitals. So I want to ensure that these kinds of things don't happen to other people!

Sorry for the super long post, and it may not even make much sense :lol::thumbs:
 

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Whoops, I would just like to add that some of you on here (you know who you are) have been great through this and have given me so much support and have leant a kind ear and offered advice. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart :)
 

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Hi Vince, I was not aware that your dad is ill, but after reading this post i am amazed at what he has been through.
very glad he is finally home and all the best to you and your family

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Hi Vince, I was not aware that your dad is ill, but after reading this post i am amazed at what he has been through.
very glad he is finally home and all the best to you and your family

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Cheers Rod :thumbs:
 

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Sounds like your dads been put through hell whilst being ill! I'm glad he's recovering and back at home where he should be :) Hope he gets up and about soon :thumbs:
 

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Sounds like your dads been put through hell whilst being ill! I'm glad he's recovering and back at home where he should be :) Hope he gets up and about soon :thumbs:
Thanks Moomin :)
It's been a long journey and it's not over yet but we feel like we are finally getting somewhere :thumbs:
 

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Wow AV :eek:
That's some post.
Really hope his recovery continues. :thumbs:
We're going through a similar situation regarding standards of care given to a family member and are in the process of speaking to our solicitor about the best way to deal with life-threatening low levels of care in 2 hospitals. :( We have some shocking tales of treatment/drugs/care :mad:
 
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He must have the constitution of an ox to get through all that! :eek:


Glad he got through it all though. (Can't believe some of that happens TBH :rant:)

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Hi AV, I'm glad to hear your dad is home & on the mend :thumbs:
Hopefully now that he's home he will continue to improve, best wishes for his continued improvement :)
 

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Wow AV :eek:
That's some post.
Really hope his recovery continues. :thumbs:
We're going through a similar situation regarding standards of care given to a family member and are in the process of speaking to our solicitor about the best way to deal with life-threatening low levels of care in 2 hospitals. :( We have some shocking tales of treatment/drugs/care :mad:
Hi mate thanks, and I can totally imagine what your shocking tales are like :( It really is a shame as some of the people that treated him were the best you could want to meet but others were not worthy of being in that kind of position. Good luck with your case :thumbs:

He must have the constitution of an ox to get through all that! :eek:


Glad he got through it all though. (Can't believe some of that happens TBH :rant:)

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Cheers Nev :) I did say he is stubborn :D
 

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Thanks DP :)


* I am starting to feel like I need to say thank you to everyone who posts in here now :lol:
 

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All the best for your Dad and the rest of your family. Nice to see you've stayed strong through this all.

Good luck with the rehab, lets hope he's up and about in no time.

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Helluva story Vince, it makes shocking reading and does make you wonder about the level of care we expect and the actual care that is received.

Hopefully in this case all's well that ends well and best wishes to dad for a quick recovery.
 

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Crikey AV! I bet you and your family are exhausted with all that going on. I hope your Dad recovers from all this and your complaints are heard and acted upon.
My Dad had a heart attack 4weeks ago and another scare this weekend when he had to be admitted. So far the paramedics/hospital(s) have been great and he's waiting for a triple bypass.
I can imagine your upset at the neglect he's been subjected to, it's unacceptable :(
 

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blimey vince, i had no idea about all that. must've been a horrible time for you, but i'm glad to hear he's improving :thumbs:

i think it really is pot luck in terms of which hospital you end up in - some can evidently be a shambles, others much much better. when i was seriously ill a few years back, the staff on the intensive care unit were unbelievably good - i quite literally owe my life to them and i'm still in awe at the standard of care they provided. then i was moved downstairs onto a normal ward for a week and they were the total opposite :(
 

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Thanks everyone :)

Al I totally understand where you are coming from. It has been exactly the same with my father. I guess some people just take more pride in their work :confused:
As you know my other half is a nurse and she has refused to believe some of the things I have told her, been moved to tears, and just in complete shock by some of the things I have told her. She finds it so hard to work out how some people can sit back and know this kind of thing is happening.
 
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