"Tests revealed my mother needed surgery"

About: Dorset County Hospital / Colorectal surgery

(as a relative),

For a number of years my mother suffered with diverticulitis, on many occassions she visited her Doctor/s to be told many people suffer with this and unfortunately there is no cure.

She resigned herself to the fact nothing could be done and it was something she had to put up with.

Over time it became worse, terrible pains and feeling very unwell.

On a few occassions, I had to call the Paramedics as she was in such a state, very weak, weight loss and bleeding from the back passage.

One evening she was rushed to hospital, she was given a bed and put on an IV drip for the night, apparently this would build up her strength.

The following morning a Dr did his rounds and told my mother she was able to return home, much to my dismay!

Needless to say, my mother was no better. It continued like this for quite a number of months, serious bleeding, she is also diabetic. Again she was rushed into hospital. This time she had reached the point where she was so weak, they didn't think she would make it.

After a number of tests and x-rays (all which, in my opinion, should have been done a year or so prior to this) the tests revealed that she would have to have most of her bowel removed, there was a terrible infection going on and the only way round this was to remove the infected part of the bowel.

The hospital Dr that was dealing with her, asked why she had let this go on for so long! To which I replied, it was never taken seriously and she was always told that what she had was common and there was no cure.

The Dr went on to say, if this had be dealt with in the early stages, she wouldn't be in the situation she was in at that time.

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