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And on a more serious note ...
Kate Davies talks about My Stroke's Misdiagnosis. Useful knowledge.

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libwitch From: libwitch Date: 3rd March 2015 14:41 (UTC) (Other places)
uh, if I was her, I would not be so forgiving of the senior neuro. she was displaying all the very typical signs of a classic stroke and he dismissed them because she was a stressed out woman with a history of a depressive disorder. In short, he looked at her and went "oh, look, a hysterical female, its all in her head!"

He actually diagnosed her with something that translated to "its all in your head."

And that is terrifying considering that one of the biggest factors that makes a difference in complete recovery from a stroke is time of diagnosis to treatment.

(I am more forgiving of the ER that thought my husband was having a stroke and tried to find evidence of one and was unable to find one in his brain. Its not their fault that he not only failed to display any of the classic symptoms - three days later - but the evidence was actually more in the cheek area.)
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 4th March 2015 00:39 (UTC) (Other places)
All very true. And it might be easier for her to not bear a grudge because she is lucky enough to be surrounded by an excellent support system both at home and medically and to be have been making a good recovery, especially lately.

But I can see why KD feels the way she does towards that neuro ... instead of arguing or trying to cover his ass he accepted the revised diagnosis immediately and helped with the correct treatment; he acknowledged that he had made an error, not just to her but quite publicly to his peers (and making sure her voice was heard as part of this as well), and then made sure that these peers were further educated in how and why he made that error. We'll never know how many future misdiagnoses may have been prevented by his having the cojones to make that admission and share that info rather than trying to hush it up.
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