Medical Malpractice

Seventh month thoughts

Being pregnant is full of wonderful moments: that test result moment, that first ultrasound moment, that first kick moment. But there’s also plenty of time when it can be just about awful. I had terrible morning sickness, for instance, in my first trimester, and I’ve had some awful back pain this month (my seventh). Then there are hormones going crazy, body image issues, and constant tiredness, among other things.

For all the illness and discomfort, though, the thing that has been hardest for me during the whole miraculous process has been the worrying. There’s the long-term worrying (will I be a good mother? will my baby love me? will I be able to provide a good life for him?), and there’s short-term worrying (am I eating the right things? am I exercising enough? should I be listening to classical music to make him a genius?).

This, all other issues aside, is as stressful and tiring as anything else going on. Recently, as I really hit the ground running (or waddling) in the third trimester, I’ve been worrying about the birth which seems both forever away and absolutely almost here.

Those worries can be anything from tweaking again (for the fifth or sixth time) my birth plan, or they can be a lot darker and scarier.

I have to confess, I’ve spent more time than I should have researching everything that can go wrong. I’ve scared myself into insomnia over birth defect photos and birth defect stories. While they did screen me for all the genetic stuff, there’s still so much that can go wrong.

My most recent nightmare isn’t genetic at all, it’s about mistakes. Now, I’m worrying about birth injuries, which can happen in the process of delivering. Some of those are natural, some are due to mistakes by doctors or nurses, but they’re all absolutely horrifying.

It’s a difficult thing to have such thoughts and to finally just tell yourself there’s nothing you can do, and you just have to pray nothing goes wrong. There’s nothing you can do to prepare for what’s ahead. For fetal health, I can be careful; I can take my vitamins, I can exercise and eat right and keep my stress levels as low as possible. But when it comes to things like birth injuries…you just have to trust in God.

Perhaps that’s a good lesson for what is ahead in parenthood. Not every situation can be controlled. I know my little guy will get hurt. He’ll fall, he’ll scrape his knees. He’ll bang his head into something and come crying to me with a black eye. I absolutely won’t be able to stop it all from happening. Just like now, I’ll have to hope and pray he’s careful and safe sometimes, and I’ll have to just be ready for anything.

It’s a scary thought, but I suppose now it’s one I really need to get used to.

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Medical Malpractice: The Dangers of Defective Hip Implants

Technology has done a lot in advancing the field of medicine. Today, the pharmaceutical industry continues to succeed in providing patients with treatment options that would not have been available just a few decades ago.

Among such revolutionary treatment options is the use of synthetic, state-of-the-art implants meant for supporting or replacing biological structures inside the body to help with its continued function. For example, the use of hip implants allows arthritis patients the opportunity to experience great pain relief and mobility that would otherwise be impaired due to the damage in their hip joints. As such, the innovations of pharmaceutical companies like Stryker and DePuy that are responsible for such implants have long been welcomed by the medical community with enthusiastic feedback.

Unfortunately, despite the perceived benefit brought about by these implants, there seems to be significant evidence that certain types of hip implants prove detrimental to patient health. As noted by Russo, Russo & Slania, both Stryker and DePuy have been forced to recall their hip implants due to the fact that the devices were found to have seriously injured a significant number of patients. Take Stryker’s line of Rejuvenate and ABG II implants—first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In recent years, developments in research show that these Stryker implants that made use of metal-on-metal components could cause to metallosis, which could then lead to tissue necrosis.

When medical devices meant to help patients later prove to be defective, doctors will have to undo the damage by putting their patients through another round of surgeries. This translates to a longer recover time for patients and addition medical expenses. Patients that have been implanted with defective devices end up suffering more than they have to and usually feel like they have no other option but to bear these added burdens.

What most of these patients don’t know is that they have legal options that could help alleviate the many problems caused by defective hip implants. Patients going through this same ordeal have the option to seek legal counsel and pursue just compensation.

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