- File Size: 320 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: West Publications; 1 edition (November 30, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006GIV74I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Scorpion: The True Story of a Woman's Victimization by the Medical Industry Kindle Edition
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Ms. West was a healthy individual who had positive experiences with doctors most of her life, experiencing a previous bout with Lyme Disease and thyroid dysfunction. Like most Americans, Ms. West placed great trust in a medical system that never failed her.
Early in the story, Ms. West seeks health answers to carbon monoxide poisoning from a furnace. The first neurologist, “Dr. Ash,” inappropriately prescribes her a strong epilepsy medication “Neurontin,” which causes its own side effects, with no intention of seeing her again. Then Ms. West sees “Dr. Pezo” who again dismisses her concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning and makes inappropriate innuendo about his stepdaughter. She relays these experiences to her insurer, Maligna, who - oddly enough - assigns her a nurse case manager, “Pauline,” who ultimately betrays her trust and impacts her experiences with other providers in a remarkable, pernicious way. Then she sees an ear, nose and throat doctor, “Dr. Shark” for tinnitus. Despite having no prior sinus problems, he performs an outdated “Caldwell-Luc” surgery that leaves her nose crippled – both in appearance and function. He fabricates that she had extensive sinus disease prior to seeing her and all the specialists she sees, particularly “Dr. Farse,” seem more interested in protecting this colleague and minimizing her concerns at least overtly, even while she deals with a potentially deadly, gram-negative bacteria: Acinetobactor. Even her trusted primary care provider, “Dr. Young,” who seems at first compassionate, ultimately betrays her trust.
Scorpion takes you through that journey, into the doctors' and lawyers' offices, and will leave you feeling outraged at how a medical professional can be so callous, vindictive, and engage in patient backlisting, while simultaneously reminding you to be careful. Despite her illness, Ms. West bravely confronts those who have wronged her. This book reveals that, when you dare to challenge a doctor's diagnosis or confront them on a problem, particularly when you are a low-income or Medicaid recipient, you are likely to incur their wrath and get sub-standard care.
This book is a compelling call for real accountability to the medical and insurance industries. In that respect, Scorpion would also bring comfort, solace, and a sense of empowerment to those who have been wronged, slighted and/or harmed by the medical community.
Chris Martin, Author, Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become an Empty Nose Victim!
Every breath are pain and irritating. The air going through the nose is always dry, cold, no matter if i am even in sauna. consequently non stop pain, 24/7.
I was entering grade 12 when this surgery was done. I used to be the best, but after the surgery, everything has become a challenge. Even picking up a tel was too much for me to do, as I was not in the mood to talk to anybody.
However I managed the life up to now, with my great supporting wife. Poor wife before getting married(1986)was thinking i have allergy, of course I had told her I do not know the exact definition of the problem.
In those ages, about 1986,when i got married, the ENS, was not known like now. Although not accepted by the ent communities as damages done to the patients even right now, as it causes liabilities to ENT's.
This book is full of useful tips to challenge the crippled nose and thus feel better.
I give this book four stars, as I am perfectionist. I highly recommend this book mainly due to the tips as well as the author is not trying to market some machines or medicines like many people do.
As you read this fine depiction and well documented experience, you will see why these many characters would be considered by many, vicious saboteurs of an individual's dignity and right to regain what had been lossed,and the violators of a patient's right to privacy, self esteem, self worth and a proper functioning life. One could acquire a poignant view and sensibility for an ever burgeoning awareness in that we are never immune to the wiles and insiduous schemes of healthcare providers. Ms. West is very succinct in explicity expressing and exposing the folly and travesty of the invariable prejudicial and unjust perceptions toward the economically disadvantged, the low income and poor populace, the indigent injured and sick and the underinsured,even those whom are uninsured, deemed as undeserving of quality healthcare and proper treatment.
I would also encourage folks of all walks of life to read this book, who would not understand or be aware otherwise, as these atrocities do and can happen to anyone, not just to themselves, but to their loved ones as well. It's mind boggling and heartbreaking to know that there are many more Ms. Wests out there that may become vulnerable to the abuse and the undermining, surly attitudes that are brought about by incompetent healthcare. This is absolutley a great memoir and story by a great storyteller,recorder and writer!! Remember to mention this to others in spreading the awareness of Ms.West's story that would inexorably trumpet and highlight one of the most sobering and grotesque experiences of a faulty and broken medical system that must be seriously fixed. Send this book to your state and federal congressman or woman if need be. It's that important! It's that powerful!!