My heart goes out to you, as do the hearts of others on this forum. It is a downright shame that dr sent you home from ER. Without anyone there to assist you, then seriously, call 911....be as dramatic as you need to be. An ER must see you. Since ACS didn't get back in touch with you, you really have no alternative, but to call 911. Do it. We all support you. No one can do this by themself. no one!!!
I live in the states, and I call 911 'cause I wasn't be able to drive, drowsy, etc... and I was turned away, didn't even try to find out what the problem is. Thanks for your advice, Kathy I will try to do so, thanks all.
My parents are paramedics...they have to take you if you tell them to! If they do not and something were to happen to you then the ambulance service would be liable! I agree with the previous poster...lie about your symptoms if you have to. You could even go into the ER on your own and tell them you are in excruciating pain!!! They will get you in right away to have a look.
Silla, what state do you live in? If we knew maybe we can direct you better of where to go. I read in one of your other posts that the ER gave you birth control pills for the bleeding. It is true that will slow the bleeding. On my prev.post when I mentioned on how I had such excessive bleeding from fibroid tumors, that is what my gyn gave me as it's starts to calm down your cycle. At my worse episode of bleeding before my hysterectomy, my bleeding was so bad my dr put me on birth control pills TWICE a day(only do that with dr's permission) because I could not get it slow down & I was getting close to tranfusion level again. I also was told to take iron pills to help my system rebuild blood. If you went to one ER, maybe try another one at a different hospital & tell them your cancer diagnosis & that you need assistance for follow up treatment. It's true, I don't think they will admit you unless it's life threatening, but you could make a fuss. Also definitely go down to your local Medicaid or Welfare office & explain that you need medical attention. They should be able to arrange something as each state has Medicaid. There must be oncology clinics, etc. It may be unpleasant going down to a Welfare office, but this is a way to get yourself some help. You have to try.
I have something to add, I'm familiar with how the ER works in the states. It is truly a place to go to rule out a life threatening illness or condition, for that day/night. It is for an emergency, but not to take the place of a specialist or primary care doctor. Yes, go there if you have no other place to go, but what you need is to be under the care of a gynecologist. The ER doctors know a little bit about everything, but do not master one specialty, except for ER which is its own specialty.
If I were in your situation, I would want a gynecologist to treat me, I wouldn't want to be shuffled in and out of the ER, unless you really believe you are in crisis, and may die without their help.
I am unsure of your exact situation, although I have read your posts. You sound very scared, like I have been about my situation. You really need an expert.
In the states, an ER doctor will give you a referral to a free clinic, to be seen by the appropriate specialty. Did this happen? (forgive me if I've missed the details). If they didn't, call back for the referral, or ask to meet with a social worker from the hospital who can give you a long list of referral information for your state, including DSHS, etc.
I'm sorry you are in such pain, and I'm sorry you are feeling desperate. I hope you can get cared for by a gynecologist as soon as possible.
Please let me know what happens. I'm sorry you are hurting.
I live in MD, don't know of any onclology clinic in my area. I called one near the hospital, but they said don't accept new patients, and it if so it has to be scheduled by a DR or whoever performs the surgery. As I told u before my GY/Oncologist wann't helpful, he is concerned about his money. I remember one of his statements " Doctors need to be paid.... find a job that has insurance, county etc...." that was his own words, so don't want to see him again. and to seen another GYN is like to start the process all over again, it got to be Oncologyst, really don't know what to say. Thank u all.
Hi Silla - I would not worry about a hospital bill. You can pay $5 a month for the next 100 years and they can not do anything to you since you are making an effort. The billing office at the hospital will work with you. Just take care of yourself and make sure you get the treatment you need! Best of luck! :)
Silla: Get copies of your medical records from your gyn/onc. You may have to go in & sign a release first due to the medical privacy laws(HIPPA). They have to give them to you upon your request. With this info you should be able to just to do a DIFFERENT gyn/onc instead of going to an OB/GYN first as he'll already have your info stating the cancer dx & the details of it. There MUST be other gyn/onc who handle people who do not have insurance coverage & work within the Medicaid programs, etc. I certainly hope you follow thru & try to get your condition stablized. I know your scared, but the problem is only going to get worse & progress if you don't do something. It sound like your cancer is in early stage & CAN be taken care of. I'm not sure of what the surgery will consist of, but if it's just hysterectomy it ain't that bad. I had hysterectomy(kept ovaries thou) & I will tell you after I healed up, I did feel quite good. Probably because they got rid of the bad organ that was causing my body so much trouble. The anticipation of it is probably the worst. If your worried about pain, the hospitals are usually very good in keeping you pain free. As soon as I woke up after the operation, they had me hooked up to a Demerol drip that you just push the button & it releases the medicine into your bloodsteam. You can't overdose or anything because enough is only given that is a safe amount. The only bad thing is it made me tired & want to sleep & gave me headache. I didn't even take pain pills when I got home, even thou they give them to you.
I, too, live in Maryland! As Pam says, Johns Hopkins is the best cancer hospital and is also a teaching hospital. All you need to do is let them know you have been dx with cancer and they will treat you, no matter what. Check them out at www.johnshopkins.org
Also, Holy Cross is in Maryland. It is a catholic hospital and also very good. They will also treat you no matter whether or not you can pay.
You need to get in touch with the local Dept. of Social Services and start getting processed right away. Do it in person and not over the phone. They cannot turn you down. Especially with a cancer dx. They will see to it that you are taken care of, but you must go to the office and get the ball rolling.
I went to DHSS on Friday, she took the application and schedule me for July 25,for interview( she said that is the process) was mad told her that is is emergency and if I can talk to somebody. May be because it was Friday, nobady was paying attention, she told me to come on Tuesday if I want to talk to the SS worker. Since I was by myself didn't want to push her so hard. Am going tomorrow ( hope with a frind of mine, so they can do the talking) with all my medical papers and cry for help. It looks like this is my last hope, 'cause Holly Cross didn't help. I still have excessive vaginal bleeding, in fact this morning I saw blood in my stool, does this mean internal bleeding?. As u guys said, another stop will be John Hopkins, see what they can do. Othe than that don't know what to say. Am so depressed and down, Why is this happening to me? I have a long way to go but am stack here.
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