Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVECAREHOTLINE.COM where we instantly improve the lives for Families of critically ill Patients in Intensive Care, so that you can make informed decisions, have PEACE OF MIND, real power, real control and so that you can influence decision making fast, even if you’re not a doctor or a nurse in Intensive Care!
This is another episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED“ and in last week’s episode I featured another CASE STUDY and the CASE STUDY last week was
You can check out last week’s CASE STUDY by clicking on the link here.
In this week’s episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED“, I want to follow up from last week’s CASE STUDY and Linda, one of my clients provides some feedback about the consulting and counselling sessions that she had with me.
My brother is in Intensive Care after stroke and cardiac arrest, he’s off the ventilator now, will he get out of ICU alive? (follow up and testimonial)
Salutations to you Patrik!
I have been meaning to get back to you to let you know that our phone counselling and consultation sessions were very very effective however I’m still in the process of getting Peter discharged out of xxxxxx Hospital in Los Angeles because you were right about the fact that they were going to put a tracheostomy and a peg feeding tube regardless.
My brothers mind fortunately is stronger than his matter.. matter as in his body and strength. So he managed to allude being one of the 10% that never leave intensive care or higher level days of intensive care.
It came so close to that that I felt like the Doctor who was in charge of Peter was literally running away from us or me as I caught him in the hall for the two days that he avoided me in order to have a conversation with my brother privately, while Peter was cognizant.
And the funny thing was that anytime that the doctor did come or was close to coming to conduct the confidential consult with my brother, he would somehow be given medication for that day etc. and really wasn’t as clear and confident as he needed to be, just to specify that he wanted life support sustaining treatment instead of what was written on the original power of attorney which said no extended life-support but whatever is necessary for food etc. thankfully we have two uncles that are lawyers so they were able to weigh in on this and with my dad been quite influential, Peter has managed to be transferred to intermediate ICU, which is close to baseline and they’re working on his transfer and his physical therapy which is where he is at right now and must complete within the xxxxxx healthcare system before a total discharge can happen closer to us.
I believe my brother has been going through this scenario before and by the time that I introduced either it’s going to be here in the Medical ICU and the doctors I’ve already set a TBD (To be discharged date) date to begin the tracheostomy and peg feeding tube.
My brother has incredible amount of will power and we believe that what happened, him bouncing back-and-forth between intermediate ICU to Medical ICU was prompting him to crash eventually, because he was just very weak because of all the procedures
I have to say that I really begin to understand that you really know what you’re doing and how to advise people. My brother’s Medicare pays 100% as long as he remains in ICU or above.
You knew what you were talking about as far as the type of income that they generate for the lower income hospitals was my brother is Medicare pays 100% as long as he remains in ICU or any critical level above that.
Now I understand that my brother was just transferred to intermediate care just yesterday so I’ve been trying to really communicate to them not to push his Physical Therapy too hard or he lands back on death row.
And finally Peter has agreed to transfer after he is discharged which they tell me they’re working on because I think they want this pain in the ass (meaning me and my brother) to go away and I do know that on Saturday it was only one doctor for 293 beds and they are a teaching facility…
This is a great thing but two young kids who are at at least half my age if not less, almost gave my brother enough morphine to kill him and that’s when all of your information started to make sense.
Like I said I’ve been trying to get back to you and there is more to be said but this is an update and I’m not done yet so I must make this short but the story is not finished.
It does look though as is if Peter will be out of that facility, often have to roll it into a nicer facility while he does Physical Therapy and then he has agreed to Long-term acute care(LTAC).
If it all falls into place like you’ve helped me and advised me, I’m going to have do you write the most amazing testimonial and I hope that you will use it.
In the meantime just say a prayer or whatever you do in order to send good thoughts LOL.
I will be in touch and I appreciate you contacting me for a follow up. You seem to truly care and in times of crisis for family members and your presence was very very comforting and our 1:1 phone counselling and consulting sessions were an eye-opener big time!
Another update and feedback from Linda here
within an hour since I replied to you I have gotten even more encouraging news from the hospital.
The coordinator who is working on the transfer to get them out of xxxxxx Hospital and closer to a facility within The xxxxxxx healthcare system just called me back to ask me what type of dialysis center he was going to, (Fresenius) before he was admitted and she even took my ZIP Code to tie it into the closest xxxxxx healthcare system transfer facility to my home.
I’m not jumping the gun yet but it looks like he’s real close to going to another ICU closer to where we are. It is not a teaching facility and yet they seem so much more competent.
This will also allow me to keep a better eye Peter’s Physical Therapy so that they don’t not forget that his mind is stronger than his matter and they also must be willing to treat him as a human and not as a cash cow.
Lastly when I told you they performed an unnecessary procedure without my consent last time that’s when he went into cardiac arrest.
I was rubbing his feet trying to soothe him and I found a small bump in the back of his right Achilles heel. He indicated that when I rub the area it was painful. I have had 3 foot surgeries bilateral for bone deterioration issues that have nothing to do but with genetics and being into gymnastics when I was younger.
Peter is also very athletic but his feet ironically are in much better shape than mine LOL!
So, being the wonderful caregiver little sister I am, I innocently point this out to one of his nurses. Apparently after I left, they took a good look at it pressed on it really hard, he was already in pain anyway and they decided to whip out their scalpels and remove this small bump!
Because it was in the area of the tendons of the Archilles heel area, he will now have to use crutches in order to do Physical Therapy duties and to me it’s suspicious that they performed this just to generate a little more time and a little more money if you know what I mean…
Anyway I’ve got to run now, I just wanted the update and it came so quickly after I had sent you my first reply thank you again for following up and I hope to hear from you whenever it is convenient for you.
You have my sincerest gratitude and I assure you that after this chapter has started to close and stabilize that at hopefully I am going to write a glowing testimonial about how compassionate you are and how effective your 1:1 phone/ Skype counselling and consulting is. It was an eye-opener to say the least. More to come 🙂
How can you become the best advocate for your critically ill loved one, make informed decisions, get peace of mind, control, power and influence quickly, whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care?
You get to that all important feeling of making informed decisions, get PEACE OF MIND, CONTROL, POWER AND INFLUENCE when you download your FREE “INSTANT IMPACT” report NOW by entering your email below!
In Your FREE “INSTANT IMPACT” report you’ll learn quickly how to make informed decisions, get PEACE OF MIND, real power and real control and how you can influence decision making fast, whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care! Your FREE “INSTANT IMPACT” Report gives you in-depth insight that you must know whilst your loved one is critically ill or is even dying in Intensive Care!
Sign up and download your FREE “INSTANT IMPACT” REPORT now by entering your email below! In your FREE “INSTANT IMPACT” REPORT you’ll learn how to speak the “secret” Intensive Care language so that the doctors and the nurses know straight away that you are an insider and that you know and understand what’s really happening in Intensive Care! In your FREE report you’ll also discover
- How to ask the doctors and the nurses the right questions
- Discover the many competing interests in Intensive Care and how your critically ill loved one’s treatment may depend on those competing interests
- How to eliminate fear, frustration, stress, struggle and vulnerability even if your loved one is dying
- 5 mind blowing tips& strategies helping you to get on the right path to making informed decisions, get PEACE OF MIND, control, power and influence in your situation
- You’ll get real world examples that you can easily adapt to your and your critically ill loved one’s situation
- How to stop being intimidated by the Intensive Care team and how you will be seen as equals
- You’ll get crucial ‘behind the scenes’ insight so that you know and understand what is really happening in Intensive Care
- How you need to manage doctors and nurses in Intensive Care (it’s not what you think)
Thank you for tuning into this week’s YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED episode and I’ll see you again in another update next week!
Or you can call us! Find phone numbers on our contact tab.
Also check out our Ebook section where you get more Ebooks, Videos and Audio recordings and where you can also get 1:1 counselling/consulting with me via Skype, over the phone or via email by clicking on the products tab!
This is Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVECAREHOTLINE.COM and I’ll see you again next week with another update!
- The 10 COMMANDMENTS for PEACE OF MIND, control, power and influence if your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care
- What could be the cause if my critically ill loved one is removed from an induced coma but still hasn’t woken up?
- My 80 year old father is in Intensive Care with Myeloma! The Intensive Care team HAS ASKED ME TO SIGN A “DNR” AND I REFUSED! What are MY OPTIONS?
- The 3 most dangerous mistakes that you are making but you are unaware of, if your loved one is a critically ill Patient in Intensive Care
- The 5 questions you need to ask when the Intensive Care team is talking about “Futility of treatment”, “Withdrawal of life support” or about “Withdrawal of treatment”
- HOW TO STOP BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY THE INTENSIVE CARE TEAM if your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care!
- 5 POWERFUL THINGS YOU NEED TO DO IF THE INTENSIVE CARE TEAM IS NEGATIVE WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS CRITICALLY ILL IN INTENSIVE CARE!
- My Mum has been diagnosed with STOMACH CANCER and is in ICU ventilated. CAN I TAKE HER HOME on a ventilator?
- The questions you need to ask the most senior doctor in Intensive Care, if your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care
- How long does it take for my critically ill loved one to be taken off the ventilator and have their breathing tube/ endotracheal tube removed
- Why you must make up your own mind about your critically ill loved one’s situation in Intensive Care even if you’re not a doctor or a nurse!
- The ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM or HOW THE INTENSIVE CARE TEAM IS MAKING DECISIONS whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care!
- MY PARTNER IS IN INTENSIVE CARE ON A VENTILATOR! THE INTENSIVE CARE TEAM WANTS TO DO A TRACHEOSTOMY AND I WANT TO HAVE HIM EXTUBATED! WHAT DO I DO?
- 5 ways you are UNCONSCIOUSLY SABOTAGING yourself whilst your loved one is CRITICALLY ILL in Intensive Care and HOW TO STOP doing it!
- How to make sure that “what you see is always what you get” whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care
- 5 Ways to have control, power and influence while your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care
- Family overjoyed as top court rules doctors must seek consent before taking a patient off life support
- How to make sure that your values and beliefs are known whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care
- My loved one has HIV, lymphoma on his brain, seizures, septic and is ventilated! The Intensive Care team is trying to TAKE MY HOPE AWAY and they are all NEGATIVE! HELP!
- MY PARTNER IS IN INTENSIVE CARE AFTER A BLEED ON A BRAIN! WE ARE WORRIED THAT THE INTENSIVE CARE TEAM WANTS TO SWITCH OFF THE VENTILATOR! HELP!
- HOW TO DEAL WITH A DIFFICULT INTENSIVE CARE TEAM, WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS CRITICALLY ILL IN INTENSIVE CARE!
- What the doctors and the nurses behaviour in Intensive Care is telling you about the culture in a unit
- How to take control if your loved one has a severe brain injury and is critically ill in Intensive Care
- How can I be prepared, be mentally strong and be well positioned for a Family meeting with the Intensive Care team?(PART 1)
- How can I be prepared, be mentally strong and be well positioned for a Family meeting with the Intensive Care team?(PART 2)
- The four DEADLY SINS that Families of critically ill Patients in Intensive Care CONSTANTLY MAKE, but they are UNAWARE OF!
- My HUSBAND had a HORRIBLE work accident and went into CARDIAC ARREST! Will he be PERMANENTLY DISABLED
- Why decision making in Intensive Care GOES WAY BEYOND your critically ill loved one’s DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS!
- The 4 ways you can overcome INSURMOUNTABLE OBSTACLES whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care!
- How to get PEACE OF MIND, more control, more power and influence if your critically ill loved one is DYING in Intensive Care!
- The 5 QUESTIONS you need to ask, if the Intensive Care team wants you to DONATE your loved one’s ORGANS in an END OF LIFE SITUATION!
- MY PARTNER IS IN INTENSIVE CARE ON A VENTILATOR! THE INTENSIVE CARE TEAM WANTS TO DO A TRACHEOSTOMY AND I WANT TO HAVE HIM EXTUBATED! WHAT DO I DO? (PART 1)
- How MEDICAL RESEARCH DOMINATES your critically ill loved one’s diagnosis and prognosis, as well as the CARE and TREATMENT your loved one IS RECEIVING or NOT RECEIVING
- WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you knew that you COULD NOT FAIL, whilst your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care
- How the Intensive Care team is SKILFULLY PLAYING WITH YOUR EMOTIONS, if your loved one is critically ill in Intensive Care!
- My father is in Intensive Care ventilated with LIVER FAILURE and KIDNEY FAILURE, I DON’T THINK HE WILL SURVIVE! HELP
- HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO HAVE PEACE OF MIND, CONTROL, POWER AND INFLUENCE WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS CRITICALLY ILL IN INTENSIVE CARE!
- My father has been weaned off the ventilator in Intensive Care and still has the Tracheostomy in. When can the Tracheostomy be removed?