WARNING ABOUT UNC HOSPICE, CHAPEL HILL, NC.
My 90 year old mother innocently agreed to be placed in hospice three months ago. She was happy that she could get "extra help in the house" from them. She had no idea that three months later she'd be dying from medical neglect that appears to be legal.
I was told by my brother, Tom O., that my mother was being placed in Hospice (in the home) because they needed more people in the house so he and wife Mary could go to work, and Hospice would provide free nursing care. That she qualified based on her age. That if she became ill they'd provide full medical care. I questioned all of this, it seemed suspicious. Now, three months later, my mother, who had been well and was not terminally ill, and had been treated for a stomach bacteria (at my suggestion), now IS dying. It is due to medical neglect. About 5 days ago (Monday) my mother began to experience a pain in her side. She did not have any tests until Thursday, and only then, a urinalysis. The results on Fri. were inconclusive. No other tests were ordered. My brother was told she is dying, Friday. She was in so much "electric shock" type pain that they put her on morphine. No CT scans, no xrays. They don't even care to find out what is wrong with her. If this was done to a child of the age of 10, the parents would be put in jail. If this was done to a person who is middle-aged, the doctor would lose his license. But Hospice gets its clutches on you and it is suddenly legal to allow someone to die when you don't even have a current diagnosis of what is causing this downturn. No treatment. No nothing. My mother is in such pain now that she wants to die. The morphine isn't correcting it all. My brother and sister-in-law are in full agreement with "a peaceful death". I don't see a peaceful death. I see a 90 year old woman who deserves diagnostic tests and treatment who is not getting it.
This condition had never been seen before in her and yet not even an interest in ordering tests. I believe that Dr. Y and Hospice have a financial incentive not to pay for tests for my mother. I wanted outpatient or inpatient tests. They would not order these. They claim that my brother wouldn't allow it. My brother said he asked for these tests and they were denied. Someone is lying. I demand a full investigation of this. I am horrified that my mother is being medically neglected and killed under his "care". Investigate immediately so my mother has a chance, if she is still alive.
I called Adult Protective Services - no help there. I called the Chapel Hill police and they went to the house and were given excuses like "she has arteriosclerosis, failure to thrive, and blood pressure problems". None of the above explains the severe pain in her side. I was told the failure to thrive was a wrong diagnosis and that the correct one was bacteria overgrowth in the stomach, which was corrected by a specialist. The police could do nothing. They were bamboozled. Their social worker went right along with what the hospice nurse and family said. A killing in progress and they do nothing.
"Do no harm" does not mean killing the elderly. Never trust your medical care or give power of atty to someone who will benefit financially from your death. Especially if they have a history of violence ! That is a no-brainer but when you become elderly you can be talked into quite a bit.
I am disabled and cannot travel. I offered my home but was not there when Dad died and black sheep brother was. I am just appalled. This is a sign that America truly is a sick country that would allow this.
wonder if Bruce Arena will call up Andrew Shue for this match?
Thanks for covering this! It's a shame that so many workers in North Carolina risk life and limb to bring home a paycheck when it doesn't have to be that way. NC DOL needs to step up to its duties to protect and serve the interests of working people, not the businesses (and campaign contributors to Cherie Berry) that it's supposed to regulate.
Fracking in Pennsylvania, years ago, led to massive water table destruction (based on Halli's special sauce) and about $40,000 per home was required to keep the tap water from becoming a flame thrower. Hats off to Anson County.....New York researchers requested five years of research, before they would even issue preliminary comments on the subject, must less approve it!!! What else will this current General Assembly, Koch Brothers, Pope and the like destroy and mutilate in NC to reap their profits off the citizens of this "once progressive" State?
I bought a older home a few years ago and had to have a new well dug but now theres something wrong with my water i had it tested and it tested high for methane gas and oil i cant use the water at all and i have stayed sick since i bought the property is there anything i can do or anyone i can speak to about the situation i also have a old store near my home that still has the gas drums in the ground could that be the source of the gas in my water?
This will only benefit Chapel Hill. I am glad they got with the times. The food scene in Chapel Hill is so tired. You have run down crappy pub fare for the college kids. Or uninspired bougie food for all the old money in town. But Durham still has Fullsteam which means its worth the drive for the beer + food trucks, unless Chapel Hill gets a brewery in the future.
great review - thank you for such a heart felt insight into a great performance!
Thank you so much for the thoroughness of this glowing review... I so wanted to be there, but since I couldn't, it's nice that your review tells so much about the story and Clay's presentation. And the pix help so much to bring it alive for me!
Thank you Byron. He meant a lot to all of us at RLT.
Very sad. Haskell was a remarkable person, and a very great many people mourn his passing.
Rest well, dear mentor.
don't worry Zack, we'll be back!
That remains to be seen. My understanding is that Rutkiewicz finally arrived in Cary this weekend (5/12). I know Clarke is high on his arrival. However, James and Hamilton have been an effective pairing in the back. That said, with James' injury issues and Hamilton's aggressive demeanor, the RailHawks can't have enough depth at CB.
I can't explain the influence George Jones, like George Strait and other Great Country singers had on my life. I would like to say that George Jones is uniquivically one of the best, and nobody who is a REAL COUNTRY FAN would never even think of any of his stumbles because everyone has gone through their own and George got through his hard times, smelling like a rose. I am going to miss you, Sir...FOREVER!!!!
Love this. So well said!!!
I saw The Drowsy Caperone on Tuesday and loved it so much that I went back to see it again on Wednesday. Kudos to Clay, Beth and everyone involved in this wonderful production.
The two tributes to George Jones are brilliant insightful writings by two accomplished musicians. Certainly we are warned of the humiliations that can come from fame, others knowing too much about your business, by the lives of people like George Jones, whose business is their lives, and what they have to sell.
Some of us survive and just to be spiteful. Others end up walking around like demigods looking down quietly and kindly.
Sounds like Georges Jones was in the latter category.
I admit that some of my note here is informed by being close enough to watch Mr,Jones backstage as the electrician on a show in the Greensboro Auditorium. I am grateful to know both Mr. Howie, and Mr. Maxwell. Mr. Maxwell is on the road to having his own magazine, and or a show on VICE.
Why does downtown Durham shut down so early?
hilrant here digging "sparrow " by the kicking grass band-check em' out now
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