Saturday, 19 March 2011

Page 23 Dr Burns Neuro Rehab, Negligently Failed to Diagnose Syrinx

All the things I told Dr Burns, Neuro Rehab, Poole NHS Trust were actually Syrinx symptoms.  I didn’t even begin to realise this until June 2010.   

Each day I learn more and remember more.
No one has helped me since finding my Syrinx officially in May 2009, they’ve been too busy covering up the previous negligence and fraud. 
I've had to rely on the internet to find out about Syrinx, but I have stuck to medical papers. I must add, I didn't research my MRI images and corresponding symptoms initially, as I didn't realise I was being deliberately neglected until June 2010.  Until this point I believed the Dr's I had seen, were actually honest.
Dr Mendoza and his associate at Charing Cross, had told me my Syrinx was most definitely caused by my accident, 8 months prior to this, but I hadn’t understood why they were so positive of this before. He and his associate were quite shocked, to the point of asking 'what on earth was I doing here'?  At that time all I knew was Coughing and Sneezing could make it grow!
I now know the reason for their certainty was because of the very same things that I told Dr Burns after my accident.
The fact I could not move from the chest down for several days afterwards, was the key point in diagnosing my Syrinx as being from my accident, as opposed to it having developed later, say due to the hospital not treating my Brain Injury, they probably made it worse, but it was caused in the accident. 
It wasn't caused later by the Arachnoiditis, Arachnoid Cysts and Adhesive Arachnoiditis that followed my spinal Injuries over the years either, although that will probably make it worse over the years to come.
There were many other symptoms I had told Dr Burns, which meant he was quite sure I had a Syrinx, but which he ignored and did nothing about for five more years.
Plus, I never got to see the Neurologist who he'd promised he was sending me to. I never got to see a Neurologist at all under Poole NHS Trust Hospital, despite being diagnosed with a Severe Closed Brain Injury?
These days I think Poole NHS Trust hospital got rid of the Neurologist, purely so he couldn't diagnose my 'Syrinx'?
It's been a pattern since my accident.  When I get sent to someone who is honest, appears to care, and wants to help me find out what's wrong?  
I NEVER see them again, the next time I go back to find out what they're going to do, they're gone!  Then I get someone who is dismissive and who seems to have been put in for this appointment just to dismiss me as NFA (No Further Action).
Anyway, there I go again, wandering off! 
The Floaters, black squiggly lines and dots, in my eyes are due to my Syrinx.
The Double Vision, or Diplopia is another symptom of Syrinx.
The Tinnitus I have suffered ever since is another symptom.
The convulsions when coming round from the first operation were due to the swelling and fluid on my brain. 
Not treating Closed Brain Injury causes Syrinx formation and the cerebellar tonsils being pushed down into the spinal canal.  
The numbness and weakness in my hands and arms, are another Syrinx symptom. 
The shooting pains down into my hands and arms when swallowing and coughing are all caused by the Syrinx.
The choking when eating, drinking and swallowing due to not being able to control or feel things properly in my throat are all due to my Syrinx.

The dreadful pain in my feet and spasms in my legs causing me to be unable to put my heel to the ground physically. The inability to move my toes, or feel in the outside of my foot and ankle are all due to my Syrinx. 
The Sciatica or pain running down the outside and back of both legs is another Syrinx and spinal injury symptom.
The severe 3 to 4 day long headaches, and pressure in my head when standing up, directly due to my Syrinx. 
The water pouring out of my nose after having severe headaches for days at a time, were due to a Deviated Septum and Dural Tears from my accident.
The smell of burning rubber is actually a symptom of Brain Tumor, but in my case it was a sign of swelling and fluid on my brain!
The unexplained weakness I’ve suffered in my arms and legs ever since my accident is a major indication of Syrinx.  
The complete loss of control of my body from the waist down, with no warning, after a sharp pain and pressure in my head, feeling as if my spinal cord had been cut, were all due to my Syrinx!
The inability to feel cold, from the chest down in the pool and generally, that was all due to my Syrinx.
I could go on and on, but I think you already get the picture! 
Dr Burns did nothing about these symptoms, he should have ordered an MRI of my spine to look for a Syrinx.  He did nothing. 
The first thing Dr Burns asked me and my husband during my second appointment was who was the car driver insured with? 

He then asked who I was insured with? Alan told him the car driver was insured with Drake Insurance Co and I was insured with 'Bennetts' who specialise in Motorcycle Insurance. 
I was told recently that Drake Insurance were related in some way to Bennetts.

Dr Burns then wrote Bennetts and circled it on my medical records?

This was for the benefit of his and the hospitals Insurance Co and the hospitals Legal Team.  It was all to do with protecting himself, and the hospital from any comeback.  

It was about whether their own Insurance Co's and Underwriters would be liable if the hospital did allow my Syrinx to be diagnosed. 
Dr Burns was completely unconcerned with the fact I could die from my Syrinx?  
His only concern was saving money for the Insurance Co and protecting Poole NHS Trust from being liable.  After all, he knew Dr Vinod K Panchbhavi was extremely negligent, and that he'd only just started at the hospital, fresh out of India. 
Dr Burns knew if he diagnosed me properly and gave me an MRI to look for my Syrinx, he would be making the hospital liable for my undiagnosed Injuries. 
It does make you wonder, 'How many other people are now lying in a vegetative state in Poole NHS TRust Hospital, due to his negligence'?

Friday, 18 March 2011

Page 22 Dr Burns, Neuro Rehab, Poole NHS Trust Hospital

Throughout the summer I would type what I could, about what was happening to me.  I had a big folder and typed everything on sheets of foolscap paper from a big cheap pad.  Luckily, I still had my electronic typewriter, so It didn’t matter that I had no strength, collapsing fingers and wrists! I figured it would help with my hand and memory problems.

I carried on doing this for the next five years, up until the time of the settlement.  I still keep a diary to this day. 

It was difficult though, I noticed I couldn’t focus my eyes, they would continually dart rapidly, to the right and upwards, so it was terrible trying to read.  I don’t think my eyes would actually move, I couldn’t tell you that, just that I couldn’t keep them still to focus.  With this happening, on top of my memory problems, well you can imagine I didn’t get very far with my reading!  Nothing would “go in” either.

Another thing I noticed with my eyes, apart from the double vision and floaters, was that when I went into the bathroom, and looked into the mirror,  my right pupil would nearly always be enlarged compared to my left one, as if it was in a darker room to my left eye! I don’t mean a little bit either, it was markedly different!

Alan was now back at work, and would get me up, wash and dress me and leave me sandwiches and a large flask of tea for the day.  I was attending the hospital three times a week for physiotherapy for my knee, hands, wrist and elbow.  Still no one was bothering with my brain injury, back, neck or feet problems.

It was August, nearly 5 months later, before I got to see anyone related to Neurology at Poole NHS Trust Hospital.

I saw Dr Burns, Neuro Rehab, who was asking me questions when he asked whether I had been able to move after the accident.  I specifically remember answering this and told him, I couldn’t move at all for the first four or five days.   There was a long drawn out silence, which I filled in by waffling on about how I didn’t think anyone was bothered about the fact I couldn’t move as I don’t think they wanted me to because I had both hands shattered and had neck and spine injuries, and I thought I may have had a broken neck.  I told him I couldn't lift my head and they kept x-raying my brain and neck.  So I think everyone was quite happy I couldn’t move!  I continued waffling and told Dr Burns he could check with the nurses as they would remember me, as they were the ones who said I shouldn’t leave the hospital without seeing a Neurologist, they were trying to get me seen by one, and Dr Vinod K Panchbhavi wouldn’t let them. 

Eventually Dr Burns spoke again and asked more questions! I told him about the convulsions when I came round from the 1st operation and that I couldn’t move from the chest down for days.  I told him about the time I was unable to move, speak or breathe when my head rolled off the pillow at home when Al was dressing me one morning.  How it had sounded like two housebricks rubbing together inside my head as this happened. I told him how I choked when eating and drinking and had terrible pain in the right side of my head neck and shoulder.  I also told him about the banging and ringing noises in my right ear and sometimes my left ear.  He asked many questions and I answered them all. 
I told him how my eyes wouldn’t keep still, and about my floaters and double vision.  I told him how I would answer questions the wrong way round, and did exactly that, when he asked me If I could see double with one eye closed!  I said no, instead of yes!  I remember this as it troubled me for months until I saw him again and told him I had answered the wrong way round.  I told him about how I had pains in my chest, back and feet and they had given me Heparin as they thought it might be bloodclots as I had been so fit before my accident.  I told him about the shooting pains into my hands when I swallowed or coughed and how I felt like I had fluid at the base of my skull and terrible 3 day headaches and loss of feeling in my arms and hands.  I said that my legs would give way,  I would totally lose control of my body from the waist down, as If my spinal cord was cut.  I told him how I couldn't remember anything of the accident and that I had these tiny little flashes of memory, seemingly unrelated that Alan had told me and reason suggested were the accident, but how I couldn't remember anything for a fortnight before the accident.  How I couldn't remember my cats, my wedding and how my house seemed strange and I couldn't remember how to use my stereo etc.
He finished up by telling me I had a Severe Spinal Cord Trauma and a Severe Closed Brain Injury.  
Dr Burns told me he'd be sending me to see his colleague a Neurologist.  He said I had probably seen him whilst I was on the ward.  I said I remembered someone seeing the girl in the bed opposite every day, and had thought it was a different man every day.  She turned out to have epilepsy. He said 'yes that's him'. 
Dr Burns also told me he would be sending me to see a Psychologist and referring me to his Neuro OT and Neuro Physio. He finished by saying he would also be issuing me with a soft collar to wear all the time, except when I was in bed when I was to use a rolled up towel under my neck.

I left the room and spent the next hour wandering the hospital asking where I would get my collar from.  I was eventually taken to the Physiotherapy Department, where someone phoned Dr Burns and asked about me.  I was told that Dr Burns had not meant for me to go and get a collar today, I would normally have been sent an appointment to have one fitted at a later date!  However, on this occasion they would fit me with a collar now.

When I got home, Alan asked me as usual, what the Dr had said, what had happened at the hospital. As usual, I couldn't remember anything.  He had stopped coming to the hospital with me a few months after my accident when he had gone back to work, as he'd run out of holidays, then having had a month off work to look after me, he'd become frightened of losing his job.  Flight Refuelling weren't the best of employers, they're part of the Cobham Group and more interested in their share price than an employee's welfare. 

Alan said he was now coming to all my hospital Dr appointments with me.  I felt like a naughty schoolgirl.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Page 21 Lester Aldridge Partner charged with Fraud and Child Pornography

Prior to the accident, Alan had paid the mortgage and bills with his income and I would work to support him, as he was able to earn more than me.  

My income would pay for the food shopping and living expenses.  We had lived like this for seven years, and the next seven years he was supposed to be supporting me in my career.   
I had an interview the week after my accident, at Hamworthy Engineering as a trainee machine operator.  This was to be my future career, I had been very good at CNC machine operating in Micro Electronics, and thought this might be better for me, a better future and payrate.   
We were supposed to be emigrating to either Australia or New Zealand once I had better career prospects.   
Alan had to phone the Agencies I worked for and let them know I wouldn’t be coming back to work for some time, he also phoned the JobCentre to cancel my interview. 
We were in a time when there had been recession for five years and we were just coming out of it, things were looking brighter, we were better off, after having struggled the last five years with our first house and huge mortgage.
We had taken out a loan for my bike the year before, which had to be paid.  The bike was in storage and was running up a bill, for it’s recovery and storage. 
I had been unable to wear any of my clothes since the accident.  For the first few months I had to get clothes on over wires and fixators.  Then jeans and rigid clothes were too painful to wear, jeans hurt my lumbar spine and the bottom of my spine, which I now know was due to my badly broken coccyx. 
I couldn’t get into any of my clothes anyway as I had put weight on from the undiagnosed Post Traumatic Hypothyroidism.  I couldn’t wear a bra anymore, it caused huge pain in my jaw, neck, base of skull, right side of my neck and shoulder, as well as in the centre of my back.  Besides this I couldn’t reach to do up a bra.  Clothes were suddenly too heavy. 
My shoes were too painful on my feet, I couldn’t wear high heels or anything with any kind of a heel.  Over the next few months my shoes also became too small, I went from a size 6 to a 6 and a half and then a size 7 shoe. 
We had lots of extra expense and no money to pay for all these things.  We had not been paid anything for the damaged or extra clothing and shoes we had to buy.  Nor had we been paid for the bike which was written off. 
We couldn’t go out anywhere, not even for shopping, as we had no car to take me out in, so I was completely housebound.  We had to borrow Alan’s mum’s car just so that he could take me to the shops etc. 
After Alan went back to work a few months later, I had to pay £6 for each hospital trip and I was now attending the hospital three times a week, so we were really struggling.
Alan took me to the DHSS in the summer and I was sent to several different departments who all proceeded to tell me that I had no entitlement to any benefits.  We later found out that someone who I had worked for in previous years had failed to pay my stamps leaving me a single stamp short one year.  One of these women I remember was extremely rude looking down her nose at me, presumably because I was dressed in loose fitting hippy type clothes, being the lightest stretchy clothing we could find for me.  I remember her because she had loads of gold jewellery, bracelets, rings and necklaces, whilst she sat there telling Alan and I we would get no help with trying to keep our home, on top of everything else that had happened.
Over the summer months Alan phoned Karen Thompson at Lester Aldridge on several occasions, concerned about my Brain Injury and the fact I still hadn’t seen anyone.  
We were also worried about money as we had a huge mortgage and now had only one income.  
We wanted her to get us some of the help that she had promised.   
On each occasion he would be told that she couldn’t take his call as the Legal Aid had not come through, so she was not able to act for me yet.  
We didn’t know this was highly suspicious and I now believe she was avoiding me until I had been seen by Dr Burns, Neuro Rehab.  
I now know it’s also the mark of a very bad lawyer.  
We had no idea we would not see my Solicitor again for another five years, until she had successfully covered up my Syrinx, deviated septum, broken neck, lumbar spine and broken coccyx with the help of Mark Stephen Lomas of 3PB Barristers and Tina Bradford, Solicitor. Now Tina Martell, Senior Lecturer, at Bournemouth University.  

We now know at the very moment Karen Thompson was told of my Brain Injury and subsequently when I diagnosed with a Severe Brain Injury, she should have gone to the Courts.  My Neurological Occupational Therapist, in 1996/7 two years after my accident described my learning difficulties and problems understanding, as 'PROFOUND'.
Lester Aldridge were completely negligent and should have applied to the Courts for a ‘Legal Friend’ to be appointed to me.
Karen Thompson was breaking the law again, as well as being negligent in not doing so. I was in no position to understand anything that was going on.

She wasn't the only person breaking the law at Lester Aldridge, as around this time Robert David Norman Lowe, 44, who was a practising Partner in Lester Aldridge, and who was a Paedophile, had been arrested and charged. They had evidence of him posessing paedophile material for 14 years! He was sentenced to 7 months in prison, in 1995 when Lester Aldridge took my case, which is not long really? Well after all he was a Partner in a big local law firm, well known to the local judicial system.   It wasn't until 1996, 18 months after his arrest and a year after he'd been sentenced in 1995 that the Law Society struck him off and ordered him to pay £943, for pleading guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to fraudulent evasion of prohibition or restriction on the importation of indecent and obscene material. The police seized 164 video cassettes, 362 magazines, 271 photographs, nine camcorder tapes and camcorder equipment, all said by Dorset police to be of a paedophile nature. The question is, was he also making paedophile videos? Who knows? 
Lester Aldridge do have a reputation to this day even for Defending Paedophiles in our courts. 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Page 20 Dr Peters Oral & Maxillofacial Poole NHS Trust Hospital

I was referred back to Dr Peters, Oral & Maxillofacial Consultant at Poole NHS Trust Hospital for help with my broken jaw.  

I had pain and instability in my jaw area on the right side along with terrible pain in my neck and shoulder area around the base of my skull.

This pain was actually from my Syrinx,
broken neck and Severe Spinal Injuries.  It’s pain that has stayed with me almost constantly, day and night for 17 years.

Dr Burns knew this pain was from my Syrinx but kept referring me back to Dr Peters and blaming it on my broken jaw, as part of the cover up of my Severe Spinal Injuries. 

This was done to stop us questioning what was really wrong and looking for other reasons for my pain.

It was also why I was never given a proper Consultation, because they were just ‘going through the motions’.

After the initial fleeting visit by Dr Peters while I was in the hospital, I mostly only ever saw a trainee.  

Anyway, I sat in a chair for a few minutes, opened and shut my mouth on demand and was told to stick to a soft diet. 

There were several Dr’s seeing  patients in the same room. I presume they were trainees and Dr Peters was there somewhere.  Who knows, he may have been the one to see me, I can’t honestly say.

I was given different diagnoses by Oral & Maxillofacial each time I saw them.  A sure sign, or so I have learnt, that you are being deliberately misdiagnosed to cover something up.

Sometimes I had a broken jaw sometimes I had damage to the TMJ.  I was always told it was nothing to worry about and a few exercises would sort it out. 

Except they didn’t sort it out.  

We would later find out from Dr Markus, ENT Consultant, that my TMJ was actually ‘pulped’ from the repeated impact of my head hitting the tarmac.

Alan asked about my teeth which were broken and dislocated in the accident and were now settled at an angle. Some were very sharp due to broken edges and cracked fillings from the impact of my accident.  All of which, along with my neck and jaw problems, was making it hard to eat. 

We were told I should see a dentist for this.  But obviously, I couldn’t at this time as I had terrible neck pain, head and jaw area pain and instability.

The right side of my face was still not moving very much, and can best be described as if I’d had a stroke.

I was then sent to a Physiotherapist, Fiona Collier for Physio on my jaw.  I had a couple of appointments with her before she told me I didn’t need to see her anymore.

There was no need for the further scheduled appointments, there was nothing she could do, I just had to keep doing the excercises. 

The appointments were only a few minutes each time, no treatments or anything, just a diagram of exercises which I practised in front of her. 

That didn’t help either.

About two months after the accident I started physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy for my knee, and hands. 

Still no one was listening to us about my spinal problems or my brain Injury yet. 

I was given exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knee and told to get ankle weights to help with this, which I did.  I was given excercises for my hands, which consisted of picking up marbles and placing them in a game of solitaire.  Other excercises involved picking up paperclips and another of rolling a short piece of what can only be described as a broom handle with a weighted piece of string, round and round in my hands to wind the string up and the same in reverse.   Later on, the therapist made a little spring for my left little finger as it was still not moving months after the accident. I would sit for hours each day trying to move this finger and eventually managed to, I was later told that I had not been expected to be able to recover this function. 

The complete instability with my right wrist was never resolved as it had been re-broken in the final days of my hospital stay and not plastered until 5 weeks after my accident.  I was given excercises of squeezing sponges and later balls.  I had to lift tins of beans to strengthen my hands and wrists, I bought little barbells to replace these. 

I had support bandages on both hands and wrists for 6 months after my accident.  My hands remained weak no matter what excercises I did and I was later told to buy wrist supports to help with my collapsing wrists and hands.