Oh the Horror! The Putrid Horror!
June 19, 2007 7:07 PM Subscribe
How to get the care you need when you just cant seem to find the way around the blockade?Hillsboro/Portland/Beaverton area of Oregon
posted by Jenny is Crafty to health & fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So since I know everybody loves long drawn out TMI questions with lots of details here it goes…
My husband had his pilonidal cyst (http://www.pilonidal.org/whatitis.htm) done about 2 months ago, (the open wound that needed packing for 8 weeks kind), everything was going well. It finally healed up about 2 weeks ago! The horror was over! No more packing, fresh pink skin, fabulous. That was until it developed MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph) and blew open with CUPFULS of clots, puss, and fluid yesterday with almost no warning except he had been constipated and finally did his number. Now his wound is deeper than the day he had surgery, looks dead, smells horrid and is just pouring puss constantly, especially if he moves or laughs or takes a number 2.
We went to go see his surgeon today and they are not concerned. They said that it is draining and there is nothing else they are going to do. They won’t give him antibiotics, they won’t clean it, they just told me to start packing it again and it will finally close up, and to basically quit being such a drama queen. "If I cant do my job" I can send my husband in and his nurse will pack it every day, and that I should use this as a "bonding experience", I tried explaining that I am not concerned with the packing, that I had already been doing that for weeks, that I am concerned about the infection, the way the wound looks (THE SMELL) and the horrible hot red hard swelling that is starting to engulf his entire cheek area. They refuse to refer me.
So I called Tuality Wound Care in Hillsboro, they are a nurse run clinic, and were great on the phone HOWEVER they need a order to see him even though our insurance doesn’t require referrals. They told me what to say and to call his PCP for a referral. To make a long drawn out story a little shorter, the PCP is refusing to give a referral because the nurses at his clinic can do it if I am to squeamish and cant do my wifely duties (surprise, same clinic as his surgeon and I get the same story).
Urgent care and the emergency room when I call them say to come in but any orders or referrals they send directly back for his doctor to do.
I called the health nurse at work, I called our health insurance (and we supposedly have GREAT health insurance), the insurance says they will cover 2nd opinions and if we can get the order written they will cover the wound care specialist as well. However, I can’t find anybody that will take him now to give us that second opinion! In the weeks it takes to get a new patient exam this will all be over or his butt will be rotted off.
I don’t know what to do or who to call. We plan on switching out of that clinical group and finding new docs, but what do I do in the mean time? Do any of you know of good doctors or wound care places in this area that we can see right now without waiting for weeks for appointments or referrals?