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Old 11-04-2002, 11:33 PM   #1
arlene frances
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Angry Demerol is dangerous

Where can I get help for motor skill damage due to Demerol? I understand it's used to numb the brain for surgery. My mom went to ER with a stomach pain which eventually was diagnosed with gallstones, but the hallucinations caused by Demerol were so severe the Dr. sent her home after 7 days w/o surgery. She was walking and talking, etc. when she was admitted. She came home with symptoms similar to stroke and dementia. The physical therapist says her motor skills are damaged. She can't walk, her speech is garbled but can spell out a word when I can't understand what she's saying. Her memory is gone, her reading ability is limited to slowly identifying words randomly in large very print. An MRI shows no recent stroke activity. A reputable neurologist sent her for the MRI and orally told me the Demerol did the damage, but he didn't write a report and just had the test results forwarded to the primary physician. The primary physician says "let's play it by ear" and is not eager to help other than maintenance.

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Old 11-05-2002, 03:07 AM   #2
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The Dr.had to have ordered alot of the demerol to do that much damage.Have you talked to a lawyer?.......


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