Falling between the Cracks

It was November 8th 2012, and I was once again fighting to have my son admitted to the hospital. My son had started vomiting on September 1st and had not stopped. Three months of vomiting 10 to 30 times a day. He’d been hospitalized twice at that point and had had multiple trips to the ER and would spend up to 8 hours a day at an infusion center getting intravenous fluids. But no one could or would stop the vomiting. So what do you do when you fall through the cracks in the system of our healthcare? There really are too many to name. Every twist and turn in our quest to get care for our son resulted in another pitfall or roadblock that kept him from getting quality care. Quality care in a manner that should have had him back on his feet in a matter of days instead of months.

First, the illness that we were dealing with was not a common one. It usually takes years to diagnose. We were told on numerous occasions that he had the flu. He would throw up for Continue reading