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Part 15: Malpractice or Malicious Intent?

By Ashley Huckabee

As a result of the issues I explained last week (Part 14), when I returned to the hospital I refused to admit the extent of my drinking. I knew Dr. X didn’t like me, & I didn’t want to give him any more ammunition. As a result of this denial, however, no detox meds were administered. He & the staff were all aware I was in severe alcohol withdrawal, but because I wouldn’t admit to anything, they chose to just let me suffer. To this day, that decision still blows my mind because it’s a known fact alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures & death.


Despite them not prescribing anything for my detox or insomnia, they eventually grew tired of my complaining & gave me an antihistamine for my anxiety. When they told me they were putting me on Vistaril, I hoped it would help, but I certainly didn’t expect it to. My persistent anxiety had become so severe that the majority of the doctors I had seen considered it to be untreatable. Because of this, I didn’t have very high hopes for the proposed solution, but the end result was something I never could’ve predicted.


Shortly after taking my first dose of Vistaril, I woke up on the concrete floor. I was surrounded by staff & patients, & had no recollection of how I had gotten there. I questioned what had happened, & a nurse informed me I had suffered a stroke. I had been worried before, but now I was panicked. I was terrified they were going to let me die out of spite, & I felt an urgent need to escape the locked ward. For obvious reasons, being held against my will is one of my biggest fears. Despite the fact I had committed myself voluntarily, once those doors close behind you, Dr. X says when you leave.

To be continued…


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