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My mum who is 71years young,is in hospital at the moment and has been for one week now. For the last nearly seven weeks she has had continuous Diarrhoea. Even when she starves herself she has still had the same problem. Her GP in my opinion has been totally useless. To cut a long story short. I got her into hospital via Casualty last Friday. It took the ambulance five hours to get to her. She had become very badly dehydrated and her blood pressure had dropped dangerously low. When they managed to get a blood sample, they had a lot of difficulty because of her dehydration, they found that her potassium level was also very low. I have to admit that she did not help herself out as well, because she constantly told the doctors and nurses in casualty that she was fine and covered up her pain. She will not hear a word against her GP, who she thinks is absolutely wonderful. My opinion is the woman should be struck off. I feel that she neglected my mother. I am not medically trained but I saw immediately that she was dehydrated and needed to be in hospital.
Anyhow, she was on a drip but they needed to change it as it had been in for three days. However, they were unable to get a vein to put a line in. So they have monitored her fluid intake. Today the hospital did a colonoscopy. Yesterday they thought she might have Colitis, which did in fact fit with all her symptoms, today they are tossing around the word diverticulitis. Her bowel problems are exactly the same. There has been no let up in the frequency and indeed sometimes she can not even make it to the toilet. You can imagine that she is very distraught and embarrassed by this. I think that is why she has made such a good job of covering up for the last six weeks. She is hungry and rarely suffers nauseau. Apart from starving her for the colonoscopy she has been allowed to eat normally. But it all comes out still.
Now the hospital have put her back on to the antibiotics that she had four weeks ago. My step father has tried to tell them that they did not work before, but apparently they say they will work this time? We all want her home for Christmas, but obviously would prefer to see her safe in hospital if necessary. We do not want her to get into the state she was previously.
Does anyone out there have any similar experience. I have read the site and her symptoms do not really seem to match at all. We are very worried about her but feel helpless because we do not have any idea what is wrong!
Any thoughts at all would be welcome.
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