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Hello My name is Chelsea Hopewell and I pray God you can help me. I am writing to on behalf of my older sister Colette King. She was married for 10 years to her husband. They have had their share of relationships issues financial, emotional, etc. Over the last7 years my sister has had 3 miscarriages which did not any success to their relationship. Now mind you we weren’t the closest of sister I did know that she has been heartbroken over the loss of her unborn children, I had no idea she was suffering from such a severe depression. Spring 2014 Grayson left her to go get a drink (soda) from the Walgreens around the corner from their home in Chesapeake, VA and but He actually left her to move back to Texas ( with his father)because he no longer wanted to be married to her any more. He had not given her any notice that he was leaving her permanently. She found out that he was gone for good when he called a family friend to let her know that he was gone for good. Of course this deeply hurt my sister that he had walked out on her and left her. She then found out a week later that she was pregnant again. She did inform him of this and then traveled back from Texas to Virginia, in an agreement that they had reconciled their relationship. When they got to Texas they had housing so they initially lived with his brother –in-law. A month later she was admitted to Women’s Hospital of Texas. On October 8, 2014 she gave birth to Austin David at only 25 weeks gestation. He was born severely premature one pound fifteen ounces. Now mind you the whole time my sister was in the hospital they had agreed they would both come back to Virginia to live. Not knowing her postpartum condition Colette felt like she had no support in Texas to help raise Austin, which she didn’t because besides Grayson she had no other family there. Grayson went behind my sister's back and got a temporary restraining order to have removed from his father’s house. He knew that because of the changes my sister had gone thru she would not be able to survive on her own there. He had my sister removed from his father house in the middle of the night by and took her baby Austin away from her. She has committed no crime. She is unemployed and basically in a severe state of depression because of this. My sister is a good person and just has suffered some hardships because of the relationship she was in. Right now Austin is being passed around like a hot potato to all Grayson’s family members because he works 50 hours per week supposedly, when Austin, a 4 month old baby should be with his mother. However, since she has been in Virginia she has been her elderly father’s primary caregiver due to the fact that he became severely ill. Recently her father had a stroke and has lost some of his eyesight, speech, mobility, and is on bed rest .I fear that he may never meet his grandson and am deeply saddened by the situation. My sister African American and this is inhuman the way see was treated by her husband for 10years Sincerely Colette and Austin https://www.gofundme.co/Austin14
Dr. McHugh is a wonderful doctor and I am so happy with my results. I went around to several other doctors, and to be mature, I won't comment on the experiences there, but out of all, Dr. McHugh, his wife and staff were the most friendly and kind. I was greeted by the most friendly and helpful receptionist, when I was booking my appointment on the phone, I was so amazed at the knowledge she had regarding the procedures I wanted to schedule. At the consultation, which was for liposuction and reduction, Dr. McHugh did not rush through the consultation. He took his time to explain in full detail the procedures that I was interested in, and I had a list of questions, in which he answered them all. I was a little nervous, because of previous consultations elsewhere that did not put me at ease, but Dr. McHugh really put me at ease. He did mention that it would be a good idea, but I did not have to get Lympatic Drainage massages as needed. At the conclusion of the consultation, I got to meet his beautiful wife, Katherine. I have heard negative things about her, but those negative things are so untrue. She is the most down to earth walking Barbie Doll! Great sense of humor! She presented me with the pricing information of the surgery and lymphatic massages. I decided at the consultation that Dr. McHugh was my surgeon for my surgeries, but was short on finances, so Katherine's sister, very friendly and personable, assisted me in getting financed with Care Credit.It was 5 minutes to closing, but she did not rush me out and also worked on getting me codes to make a claim on my insurance for my reduction. After my surgery, his nurse, Ashley, called me every day to check on my progress and was a great support when Dr. McHugh was unable to speak on the phone to address my healing concerns. I do not regret using Dr. McHugh, and I will be using him again in the near future for a necklift!
I want to start off by saying this Hospital saved my Husbands life. For people with no insurance this place has amazing doctors that go here to teach students. So everything is double checked. Now, there are all walks of life that come in. Homeless, recently uninsured, immigrants, mentally ill , tired and worn out by life patients. The nurses and staff go through a lot. being that most people are not aware that this is not your typical Hospital. There are loooong waits, Cranky people talking smack in the ER waiting room. Some ,don't realize that only the most life threatening cases go through the ER doors to see a doctor first. but its better than having a $18000 bill in collections since you have no way to pay. The Emergency room is for REAL emergencies! so if you have a tummy ache or something not so serious save it for San Jose Clinic. Outside of the Emergency waiting area. I feel is better. Once you get the gold card the hardest part is getting the first appointment, but once you get that first appointment its pretty much like any other hospital. Most of all the clinics I have been to have been to are clean and sometimes people assume the staff is being rude. but they are just super busy and mean well. They have a lot on their plate more than we can imagine. My husband had a tooth infection that spread to his brain, unable to speak and about to die, they had to remove this growth from his brain, it was 125,000 dollar surgery. we paid nothing. The staff was professional and kind. Many doctors were amazed at his recovery and his room was always filled with Interested residents. So be kind to Ben Taub and the staff there. they are doing the best they can with the amount of people that they see. Thank you Ben Taub!
The Doctors, nurses, & staff at Ben Taub have saved my wife's life on more than one occasion. She initially had brain surgery in 2007 with a condition that has less than a 5% survival rate. This hospital has a reputation for being one of the best, if not the best trauma units available. Again in 2012, my wife had an acute stroke. Upon initial evaluation, it appeared she would either be paralyzed, unable to talk, or walk. She faced living out her final days on a feeding tube, long enough to say her goodbyes to her family. With the 24-hour round the clock care of some very devoted doctors and nurses, she was able to regain her speach, began eating normally, and was able to return to her former condition before the stroke. With the grace of God and the exceptional care she was given, she was again for the 2nd time able to return home full of life. Yes, there are plenty of cases where people show up at the ER and expect miracles every time and that is not going to happen anywhere. Also, there are lots of people who come to the ER for a 'bad cough' or sore foot ... that should be and can be handled at the many Peoples Clinic locations. These type 'minor' emergencies slow down the entire process for the legitimate ER cases of life threatening illness and misuse the time and facilities. Overall, for a real life threatening emergency, Ben Taub has proven themselves countless times and have some of the best medical staff in the business. Many thanks to the nurses who work around the clock and the doctors that help save lives on a daily basis. THANK YOU!
I filled out this before but it seemed to blank out and disappear so maybe a duplicate now. ICU staff are not taking ICU seriously when they're spending a lot of time laughing and displaying an environment of gaiety every day, which causes a delay in emergency response to empty medical bags and or patients requesting help. The patients should feel that professional with a 'serious can-do attitude' are right outside their doors, not immature people in a Bennigan's happy hour. At one point my friend desperately needed to use the bathroom, and ICU (female) response was "You just used the bathroom!" and they ignored her!!!! I asked a different nurse and he responded and took care of her bedpan needs. The men were more professional for the most part than women, not always, but usually. Women were giggling a lot - ICU is about saving lives and making quality of life better, not about giggling and a fun atmosphere. They took a long time to respond to medical analyzer alarms indicating a need for a replacement bag of drugs/medicine. I've been to the Methodist several times and I prefer the Methodist ICU mentality to St Lukes. I'll use a name, Dr Wheezer -he operated on my friend and apparently did a good job on her carotid artery, cleaning the plaque; however, he was very arrogant and pushy with the patient. He did a good job, but his arrogant demeanor is lacking passion / compassion.
Dr. Mattioli did my sister's LASIK a few years ago and thankfully I was able to find him at his new practice. I've had a consult done at another LASIK location but they weren't as welcoming and thorough as Dr. Mattioli. He sat down and discussed every finding and actually explained it in basic terms from my first consult up until the day of my surgery. His team is outstanding. They specialize in what they do and of course are darn good at it. I rarely leave an office knowing everyone's names or what their personalities are like outside of work, but Laura, Jonah, and Janet make an extra effort to have conversations with you to take the ease out of having a boring eye exam. Can you say team LONGEVITY? They've been with him for over 8 years! Lastly, I have to briefly touch base on his technology for all you tech enthusiasts out there. The practice is fairly new so that also means new equipment and newest laser technology! Your check-in paperwork is completed on an ipad. All of your test data from the eye exams are mapped out on a computer screen so the Dr. can go over and point out what's normal and abnormal within your exam. My LASIK procedure took less than 20 minutes and I was able to see the wall clock for the first time without glasses in 17 years! Thanks Dr. Mattioli - Laura - Janet - Jonah!
If you ever need to go to the doctor and you can't get an appointment or if you have a minor emergency and don't want to deal with the hassle of the ER, this is your place! My family has been to this Urgent Care facility over a dozen times in the last few years and we have been seen for sinus infections, x-ray of a broken toe, received a breathing treatment, stitches and everything in between! Last night my oldest son had a biking accident and we arrived at the Urgent Care about 15 minutes before closing. I was amazed at how wonderful the staff still was! With the way they treated my son you would have thought we were the first patients of the day and not the last. His injury required six stitches and it was so nice to have that done for our specialist co-pay rather than waiting in the ER on a Friday night! We used to live within two miles of this center but have moved and still make the drive in because we know how fast they will see us and how wonderful the service is!
I went in today to see the dr because I have a URI and I've been having a difficult breathing. The dr told me that they where gonna have to draw blood and I have a BIG FEAR of needles! I told the nurse (Candy) that was taking blood from me that I was really freaked out about needles and she was really sweet and did everything she could to keep me from thinking about her taking my blood, she talked to me and calmed me down and never lost eye contact with me and before I knew it she had already taken the blood from me and I didn't even feel when she poked me with the needle! I really appreciate how professional she was and it was really refreshing to actually have a nurse that seems as if she cared about her patients! ( Because I know I've been a patient there for a while and some of the past nurses that worked there where very rude and very unprofessional! So much so I was considering looking for a new clinic or Dr until I met Candy.... Y'all should give this girl a raise!)
Holistically based healthcare for the whole family--couldn't be happier with the amazing physicians, entire staff and conveniently structured comprehensive services. It's so nice not to have to have to leave the neighborhood for any of our basic healthcare needs. My husband and I can visit our primary care doctor, bring the kids to their pediatrician and all see the same dentist--all under the same roof. Love all the specialized services and programs El Centro offers too. Finally, the "extras" like nutritional counseling for my stepson who has Type 1 Diabetes and behavioral health services for our little ADHD-bots are easily and conveniently accessible too. And the best part of all: Everything is not only available in one place, just down the street, but our private insurance is accepted too! No more searching for and traveling to providers on all sides of town... Thank you, El Centro--truly and from the bottom of my HEART!
My son was transfered to Ben Taub from another ER because of an broken jaw. He was taken by ambulance so he was able to bypass the ER waiting room at Ben Taub but I had heard a lot of negitive things about BT but my experince with my son was nothing but postitive. The doctors kept me informed about my son's plan of action due to surgery and the nurses were there when needed and took very good care of my son. There were at times long waits but I went in preparing for that so it didn't anger me. I was there a total of 15 hrs but it went easy. My son't follow up visits have been pleasant also. As of this experince I would not have a complaint about Ben Taub. We are uninsured so they were there when we needed them so I'm grateful for that. If you go in knowing your going to wait then it's not that bad but attitude is EVERYTHING so just be grateful your getting care and not left to suffer on the streets.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.