I avoid medical intervention for a reason, and I have for many decades. I have published this particular blog because it supports my belief that medical accidents occur far too often. I want to stay out of that loop! Iowa resident, Katherine Decker will never be able to say the headline of this blog. She had a “suspicious mass” in her breast and had an MRI done at the University of Iowa health center. Apparently, she had a fatal allergic reaction to the dye injected for the MRI. This, because of a “suspicious mass.”
Could a fine needle aspiration have identified that “suspicious mass” in her breast? Could a 2nd or 3rd opinion from a holistic doctor have saved her life? We will never know. My heart goes out to this family, but they are not alone in their suffering. The sheer number of American medical misdiagnoses (795,000 annually) medical mistake deaths (in 2016, 251,454) and adverse drug events (in the 1990’s 100,000) are staggering. One must wonder why these numbers aren’t updated annually.
Is it worth overseeing your own health? It has been for me thus far. At age 74, I would have not had a dye injected into my veins for an investigational procedure. But that is me. The aging process is tough for everyone. I will choose medical procedures from those I trust and that I feel are the least invasive. I know with certainty that I am going to die one day, no matter what my medical decisions, but dying with a $700,000 debt to the facility I died in is simply not a viable option for me.
To further convince myself that I need to be careful in medical settings, early this year, I watched what I consider to be a horror story on NBC news. In 2021, over 34,000,000 Americans were hospitalized. Of those, 25%, or 8,500,000 experienced harmful events while in the hospital (1). I consider that a travesty, but it accentuates our belief that, as was the case of Katherine Decker, hospitals are always healing centers.
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