Now keep in mind, I was at Aimee’s bedside everyday during each of her two hospitalizations, as to not miss any of her doctors, or a drop of information. The Nursing Director of The Lynch Homes, Lynn Lynch, R.N., had a copy of that ultra-sound, as did Aimee’s treating doctor. The report was in Aimee’s hospital chart, but not a single member of Aimee’s vast medical team ever put two and two together, not even the Gastroenterologist that was brought in for a consultation. In retrospect, a medical student could have diagnosed Aimee’s symptoms, but there wasn’t an effort to coordinate medical specialties, let alone share with me, the results of that vital missing piece of the puzzle. It just so happens that we have gallbladder disease in our family, Aimee’s mother, uncle and maternal grandmother, all suffered from gallbladder disease.
Nobody took the time to ask the right questions, it was easier to take one look at a severely impaired person, and write them off, especially one that didn’t physically respond to pain, like you or I. We can only imagine the pain that Aimee was in, and God only knows for how long, since there were other periods of time that Aimee had rejected food. It appears it was much easier to call Aimee’s not wanting to eat, a behavior issue, initially, than what it was, full blown, documented, Gallbladder disease, or acute Gallbladder attack.
As you can imagine, I had a much different reaction to the fact that Aimee had Gallbladder disease. I immediately brought the ultra-sound study to the attention of the Director of the Hospice, and we took action. I scheduled a nuclear gallbladder study, which confirmed Aimee had severe, chronic gallbladder disease, and her gallbladder was completely diseased. Even then, knowing Aimee’s time spent in hospice, her history, etc., some treating doctors wanted to wait, put off the surgery and just monitor her. Needless to say, I made sure the surgery was scheduled, Aimee had her Gallbladder removed and Aimee starting eating like a champ, once again, which was one of her favorite things to do in the whole world.