Mesh & The Katie Couric Show
Late this afternoon I watched today’s Katie Couric Show about women who were dying to be beautiful. Told were stories about three different women who had serious complications or died from surgeries that they thought would make them beautiful. Like everyone else, I watched with horror and sadness. One lost limbs, one died and one was seriously injured because of different beauty procedures.
I tape this show because I am often caught up with phone calls or emails from women who are mesh injured and don’t know where to turn. By taping them I can stop the show and watch it later while I take their calls. Because of the sadness I hear I had to limit taking calls after six in the evening because I could no longer sleep after I heard the stories that remind me of Hollywood, horror medical stories. But the stories I hear are of legal procedures done in every part of this country and many parts of the world.
A board certified plastic surgeon spoke about what you should look for before you have any plastic surgery procedure. As I listened to this man, I wondered yet again why no one warns the mesh injured women about bladder sling surgeries and I wonder yet again who is minding the store?
We have a government organization called the FDA. Each State has a Medical Board. Where are all these people? What do they do with their time? Why are implants so frequently used in surgical procedures, but reporting complications made so difficult? I did report mine after weeks of working to get my medical records from the hospital where the procedure was done. I learned that the surgeon who puts it in keeps no record of what was used, or the product code number. It was a waste of time and money getting the records from that doctor’s office. They told me nothing.
I had an R.N. friend at that time who explained to me what to look for and where. I was a complete novice at this. It was the beginning of my journey to find answers and get the help I needed. My life was filled with pain and anguish. I could not sleep for pain. I did not know who to turn to and what was happening. I was fighting a system designed to protect manufactured products and the doctors who use them. That is why I began this blog.
During the two years I have been doing this, women have flocked here. Brave women leave their comments and women struggling with ill health and pain find and read them. I am forever grateful to all women who do this because you are helping others. You are giving them their first moment of discovery as to why they are so ill. I could not do this but for all of you and I appreciate it.
While I have often tried to find a way to help women with money to travel to UCLA to get the help they need, I have ran into brick walls. I tired of doing that and switched to giving women more information and the desire to fight to help themselves. It is all we have. We cannot lie in bed while our bodies deteriorate further. We have to find the will to live and the will to fight. Keep fighting ladies to win this war. If you have any strength, report your complications to the FDA. What is happening is so underreported and no one will do it for you. Not your doctors, not lawyers. You have to do it.
Please read this blog and when you feel well enough, take the time to report your case. Until all our cases are reported, the manufacturers are laughing at us and telling the doctors “IT IS NOT THE MESH”. We all know it is.
You are the only one who can be brave enough to make the next move. If you have read enough of this blog you already know what I am going to say next. Make an appointment to change how you live now. There are three doctors who can help you move forward. Not fix you, because it may not be possible to completely fix any of us, but give you a chance at a better life. Read this blog and do it.
The doctors of UCLA. Please watch the video. http://meshangels.com/2012/08/so-much-hope-for-mesh-removal-surgery/
I have learned a great deal while writing this blog. A blog is something I write, but you, the women of the world make it real. I appreciate you all for doing this.