Medical Complications: A Doctor Finds Herself On The Other Side

A dear girlfriend recently experienced what Dr. Rubin writes in her post. What would I do were the unthinkable to happen to my husband, or my daughter as a result of a mishap at the hands of a medical provider? Remaining calm under life-threatening situations is incomprehensible. Nonetheless, what Dr. Rubin suggests makes a lot of sense. I can only hope I’ll remember her advice should I ever need it.


Carrie Rubin

Nothing in medicine is without risk. As a physician, I’ve always known this. As a layperson, I’ve just experienced it.

surgical instruments Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Last week my mother suffered a severe complication during routine surgery. As a result, what she went in for was not at all what she came out with. A long road to recovery lies ahead, one with the unfortunate road block of another surgery along the way.

As a medical doctor, I understand complications happen. Nothing is one-hundred percent, and believe me, no healthcare provider wants a patient to have a bad outcome. But as a daughter, I also understand the anger and frustration that result from a medical mishap.

Out of respect for my mother and her medical team, I won’t share specifics about the incident, but I thought a general post on the topic might help others in a similar situation. Who knows…

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4 thoughts on “Medical Complications: A Doctor Finds Herself On The Other Side

  1. Hugmamma, I know these things happen. When my dad was in the hospital back in 1980, he was sent home, apparently without them checking thoroughly for blood clots. Since that was 1980, I don’t know how much they did back then. He died the same day in his sleep, because a blood clot traveled to his heart during a nap. It was a peaceful death, and he was almost 83, but it might have been avoided. —Susan


    • That is terrible! It’s frightening to think he was in professional hands…what more could you want…and then…he died the same day. I know these things happen…but when they’re easily preventable??? So sorry…


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