Once admitted, had I not had been the inquisitive individual that I am, I remain convinced I would not have walked out of that hospital alive.
- Attempt to perform a risky procedure
Just a day after admission, a doctor attempted to convince me to undergo a risky procedure which, according to the doctor and her colleagues, would have cured me of whatever illness I had, which they did not know yet. According to the lead doctor, after the procedure, I would literally walk out of the hospital completely cured. Two red flags guided my decision NOT to undergo the procedure a) the result of the test ordered on the day of admission would not be available for a week; put differently, it was like throwing a dart in the dark b) no logical explanation could be provided as to how the risky procedure would have cured me of a yet-to-be diagnosed illness.
It is worth pointing out that i) NOT only the procedure in question would have done nothing to cure me as we would later learn ii) the assumption made for the initial diagnosis would change many times during my stay in the hospital
- Administration of Medication before diagnosis
For a couple of days after my admission, I was administered a drug which was supposed to cure my yet-to-be determined illness. The second day of the administration of the drug left me completely paralyzed, albeit temporarily. Read: I could not move a single muscle; I could not even speak to call for help. Somehow, the doctors are convinced the medication would have helped me in the long run. Yeah! I stopped it naturally, and began to recover slowly
Those aforementioned examples were not isolated cases; during my two-week in the hospital, the diagnosis as to what was wrong with me changed as often as the wind blew. After MRI, CT-Scan and battery of blood tests revealed there was nothing wrong with me, the doctors proposed to do lumbar puncture (lp).