Tuesday, July 03, 2007

another trip to ER

Tuesday July 3, 2007

Early Tuesday morning... around 2:30 am, we loaded up the car and took Tom into the ER at UNM Hospital. From about 3am until 8:30 he had an intake session around 4am and a blood draw around 5:30am. But he didn't see a doctor until about 8:30. After that they did some testing. Another ultrasound and a CAT scan. He has sludge in the gallbladder and some small stones. He has stones in both kidneys as well. We left there shortly after noon!

We were told that pain is not an indicator of an emergency. So he can stay in pain and that is not a reason to have surgery anytime soon. Yes, he was given some medication to help alleviate the pain. But surgery is still what he needs.

We came back to the hotel and slept. I had been awake for over 24 hours and Tom had slept intermittently for about an hour.

Needless to say we are both frustrated. He has an appointment with a surgeon on August 7th. Who knows how soon surgery will be after that. We are becoming disillusioned with the medical system in the US... but what can we do? If he had the surgery in Moscow he would have to pay out of pocket for the procedure.

Please pray for us as we wait and weigh our options.


  1. Wow, I'll be praying. On a sidenote: I find your take on things so very interesting! You have been away from America and come back and can easily detect how it's changed (for the good & bad). :-)

  2. Prayers are up for you and Tom.
    I know the feeling of dealing with the US medical system and trying to get done what needs to happen, and it is all so much worse while your loved one is suffering.
    Yes, prayers are up.

  3. Ugh, what a terrible time! I hate the emergency room, and they sure are not urgent. I hope Tom is getting more comfortable. I wonder if there is a patient advocate or ombudsman you can contact to make it go faster?

  4. mY thoughts and prayers are with you at this time,

    with love,

    Helen x.

  5. I'm praying for you and Tom. How frustrating! It sounds odd to me that they would leave him in pain for so long. I've had 2 friends in Austin, TX that went to the ER during the night with pain and ended up having their gall bladders removed the next morning. I don't understand why the docs are making Tom wait so long. I will be praying for him.

  6. thanks so much for all of the prayers... this is a trying time!

  7. That medical professionals can tell you pain is no indication of an emergency amazes me! Prayers going your way!

  8. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Oh friend- i am late to join but will be praying for you and Tom! Love and hugs to you....kriswith3

  9. I'm praying for you and Tom - so sorry about all the goings on!!