If you’re someone who thinks that my blog is too full of anger, browse away now. I’m warning you – don’t read any further because my blood is boiling right now. If you’d like to try and understand why I have anger, keep reading. Someone I know had a stroke in the right basal ganglia(cerebrum) about a year and a half ago. One of her main issues is that she cannot yet voluntarily extend her wrist and fingers. I was discussing this with her over email and this is what she, a former physician, said. I asked her permission to publish this……
She is not an outlier when it comes to treatment like this, she is the norm and it needs to stop.
“Last Friday my husband, a pulmonary and critical care physician, called the head of the stroke service at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Dr. Harvey, thinking that we might go there for an evaluation of my hand since they are rated No. 1. We were both on the phone when he called back. When we told him that I couldn’t extend my wrist or fingers yet he said that they had nothing to offer me in Chicago and that I should stop rehabbing and work on getting a life. When I said to him that rehabbing was the only life I had because I can’t do any of the things I need, want, and love to do, and that I wasn’t ready to give up yet, he basically said to get used to being disabled. He said all of this without meeting me or examining me. This is unbelievably bad medicine at supposedly the best place in the country. Like Peter says, lots of patients have flickers of movement to build on but it goes unrecognized and they are told they have nothing. Needless to say, I went into one of those death spirals I go into when I lose all hope. ”
Is it any wonder why I might have anger towards Western medicine?