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  • Should Mastectomies Be A Drive Through Procedure?

    I received an email this morning from my friend Beth who, knowing just how much email we get, only sends the really important ones. This IS hugely important for women out there. When health care is governed more by money than patient care (Yes, I know it's always been this way).. but when patients are sent home immediately after major surgery without the resources to care for themselves, this IS a public health problem that we MUST address. Read on and, if you agree, please sign the petition and contact your senators and representatives to support this bill.

    S.459 & HR 119 (& 758) - Breast Cancer Patient Protect Action of 2007
    You can read the text of it by visiting http://www.senate.gov and then click on active legislation link. It is currently waiting committee hearings in the Senate. I'm not sure about where it is in the House of Representatives.

    - Jill O.

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    >From A Nurse

    >I'll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them
    >they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I
    >remember begging the Doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer,
    >only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance
    >companies. So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions
    >they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't
    >grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless,
    >frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank you' they muttered.
    >
    >A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove
    >cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a
    >mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain
    >afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an
    >outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly
    >in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.
    >
    >Mastectomy Bill in Congress
    >
    >It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important .. please take
    >the time and do it really quick!
    >
    >Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important legislation for all
    >women.
    >
    >Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a
    >time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those
    >times. If you're receiving this, it's because I think you will take
    >the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you
    >know who will do the same.
    >
    >There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which
    >will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital
    >stay f or patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating
    >the 'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a
    >few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still
    >groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.
    >
    >
    >Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web p age with a petition
    >drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.
    >
    >PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need
    >not give more than your name and zip code number.
    >
    ><a href="http://www.lifetimetv.com/breastcancer/petition/signpetition.php">http://www.lifetimetv.com/breastcancer/petition/signpetition.php</a>
    >
    >This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends
    >
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  • #2
    I have always thought that this was wrong. My neighbor had this done, she is 68 years old, lives alone, and all her children live in a different state. She was sent home alone to care for her self.
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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    • #3
      I've seen the same thing.

      And recently, a friend came home to find a message on her VOICEMAIL from her doctor that she has the breast cancer gene & she should have a second mastectomy, her ovaries removed & a hysterectomy, so "just call & make an appt". Like this was a message to leave someone like scheduling a dental cleaning~! I couldn't believe it. And this was a woman doctor, so can't even blame it on gender insensitivity!

      What is wrong with people? Sending patients home after surgery too soon, leaving messages like that - appalling.

      I signed the petition, forwarded it to everyone in my address book & encourage everyone else to do so too!
      Kadi

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      • #4
        I signed it. I am simply outraged. I've taken care of many, many post op mastectomy patients in the hospital and even 48 hours is NOT long enough for them to recover, learn how to care for themselves, plus get the mental counseling that they need after such a traumatic procedure.

        A side story...once when I was working on the postpartum floor a woman nearly bled out one day after her vaginal delivery. The doctor came in and made his rounds the next morning and wrote her discharge order. I found the clinical nurse specialist and asked her to gather the legislation that the Clinton admin passed requiring all women with vaginal deliveries stay at least 48 hours, and c-sections minimum of 72 hours.

        I called this doctor back, told him point blank that this woman would NOT be going home, that I had the legislation, the LAW in my hand that said he could not send her home, and furthermore, she was not stable since she lost a lot of blood the day before. He was outraged and told me I'd lose my job...I told him to go ahead and try.

        I won...I kept my job, I fought for that lady to stay another 2 DAYS, and put this doctor in his place, who I found out later, was getting kickbacks from a now defunct insurance company by sending women home early.

        Sign this!!!!
        *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
        *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
        *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

        Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

        04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SandyRN View Post
          I signed it. I am simply outraged. I've taken care of many, many post op mastectomy patients in the hospital and even 48 hours is NOT long enough for them to recover,

          Sign this!!!!

          That's what I was going to say. Two days isn't near long enough. It's getting horrific out there. What is wrong with people?!
          http://www.TheCraftyEwe.etsy.com

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          • #6
            ?

            OK! Help me out here. I can't figure out where to go to sign the petition. I want to sign it and can't figure out how to get there.

            I recently had knee surgery and they sent me home the same day. I really think that I should have stayed there for a few days and that was just knee surgery. I can't imagine having breast cancer surgery and going home the same day. That is nuts!
            Meds I take:
            Elmiron, Elavil, Vagifem- for IC
            Albuterol, Flovent, Atrovent- for Asthma and lung problems
            Paxil, Clonazepam- for depression and Anxiety
            Atenolol- for rapid heart rate
            Nexium- for Gerd
            Levothyroxin- for Hypothyroidism
            Lasix, Pottasium- for edema
            Lipitor- for High Cholesterol
            I coated aspirin
            02 at bedtime

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mel53H View Post
              OK! Help me out here. I can't figure out where to go to sign the petition. I want to sign it and can't figure out how to get there.

              I recently had knee surgery and they sent me home the same day. I really think that I should have stayed there for a few days and that was just knee surgery. I can't imagine having breast cancer surgery and going home the same day. That is nuts!
              The link was sort of hidden in the body of the post.

              http://www.lifetimetv.com/breastcanc...gnpetition.php
              *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
              *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
              *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

              Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

              04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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              • #8
                Thanks Sandy! I have now signed the petition.
                Meds I take:
                Elmiron, Elavil, Vagifem- for IC
                Albuterol, Flovent, Atrovent- for Asthma and lung problems
                Paxil, Clonazepam- for depression and Anxiety
                Atenolol- for rapid heart rate
                Nexium- for Gerd
                Levothyroxin- for Hypothyroidism
                Lasix, Pottasium- for edema
                Lipitor- for High Cholesterol
                I coated aspirin
                02 at bedtime

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