I heard about the story of Anthony Stokes yesterday and my first thought was, “How horrible!” His parents feel like their son was denied a heart transplant because of his poor grades and run ins with the law. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not it. When you are denied services for non complience it is usually because you have a long and DOCUMENTED history of not following the doctor’s instructions. How do I know? I am non compliant. I have already explained my issues with Bipolar II disorder and I will be the first to tell you, I hate taking those meds. Hate, Hate, Hate. While they keep me stable, they cause the worse weight gain and lethargy that I have ever experienced. Sure the tradeoff is horrible, but the side effects suck. Not to mention, at the young age of 32 I had a pill box to keep up with what I was supposed to take in the morning, in the day, prn….you get it. So I get it. I fall off the wagon, miss appointments, and don’t get my Rx’s filled as the result of that I have been “fired” from several offices for non-compliance. What I have learned the hard way, is you do not want that non compliance scarlet letter. There are some doctors who refuse to treat me now( and they have that right) because it is all over my chart that I don’t follow instructions. That’s the bad part, because when I go into a cycle, that help that I need won’t be available and….it’s my own fault.
Organ transplants are no small thing. How you would you feel if your family member was waiting on a kidney, and it went to someone who hadn’t done the basics to take care of themselves while they were sick? I am praying for that young man, and hopefully, he is able to find a way to get another heart and does the right thing when he gets it.
- Commentary: Teen needs a break in heart transplant case (nbcnews.com)
- Georgia teen denied life-saving heart transplant due to ‘non-compliance’ (themaytimes.com)
- Health Care Compliance Association Schedules Webinar Featuring… (prweb.com)