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Cushing's Syndrome - How an Accident led to a Diagnoses - True Story Part 1

Updated on December 7, 2016

Cushing's Syndrome and its effect on one person's life.

This is the true story of how my cousin, and friend (I will call Cherokee-mom) found out she has Cushing's Syndrome and how this disease, has wreaked havoc on her life, health and the effects it has had on her very being.

What is it about this disease that makes it so hard to diagnose? Why only after having an accident was she told that she has this rare disease? Why did they not suspect, and test her for it long ago?

A bucket of fun

Rub-A-Dub-Dub  little girl in a tub Sitting on the porch one day sitting in the water where she loves to play in her healthy days. Who knew that one day she would find out she has Cushing's syndrome?
Rub-A-Dub-Dub little girl in a tub Sitting on the porch one day sitting in the water where she loves to play in her healthy days. Who knew that one day she would find out she has Cushing's syndrome? | Source

A little bit about my cousin

Cherokee-mom has held numerous positions in order to support herself and her children, and she has lost most of those positions because of her battle with Cushing's Syndrome, but not knowing that she has this disease, has kept her living a normal life and made her life at time unbearable. .

Cherokee-mom is a writer also, but the ill effects of Cushing's syndrome while trying to make ends meet, have prevented her from writing and publishing the wonderful stories she has inside her heart and head.

Believe me I know, I am a part of some of those stories.

Cherokee-mom's Independence

Actually way before Cherokee-mom became a teenager, her independence was impressive.

I remember when her little sister was born, and this little girl no more than 4 years old, when the little baby sister cried she went up to the bed and pulled her baby sister off the bed and catching her in her arms gently laid her onto a pad on the floor and changed her diaper. That was at a time when diaper pins were used.

Cherokee-mom, was the 1st born of eight children. She was and is a Beautiful person.

Born in Alabama

Cherokee-mom was born in Alabama, healthy and bubbly. When her father lost his seasonal job, the family moved to Chicago when she was two years old.

She, Cherokee-mom grew up in Chicago, until she was a teen then when her father, lost his job at Centennial Can Company because of the plant closure, he moved his family back to his childhood home in Alabama.

Cherokee-mom worked to put herself through school and college. She got married and divorced, and worked to support herself and raise her two sons to adulthood.

Over the next three plus decades Cherokee-mom was besieged with health problems, (weight gain, diabetes and other maladies) which caused her to lose her employment time and time again, she would always bounce right back and find another job to support herself and her two sons.

Now here she was lying on the street and feeling helpless.

She really does like to fish

My cousin stopped to pose for a picture while fishing.
My cousin stopped to pose for a picture while fishing. | Source

September 6th 2013 - The Accident

Cherokee-mom struggled to get up off the pavement. She had to get up, she has to go to work tomorrow and she has so much to do to get ready, but strong arms were holding her. "Don't move you may have broken bones," "the ambulance will be here soon," the man with the strong arms was telling her.

She felt so helpless. My cousin from the time when she was a teenager, she had taken care of herself and her siblings, and then her two sons, and now this?


Taken to the wrong hospital

When the ambulance arrived and Cherokee-mom was put on a stretcher loaded inside. The ride to the hospital seemed like such a long one, when she was only minutes away from Norfolk General where the accident happened. She asked the EMT, where are you taking me?

He told her the name of the hospital (Cintera Virginia Beach General). Why are you not taking me to the one near my home (Norfolk General?) It is so much closer and my doctor is in residence there, she asked.

Cherokee-mom's last query as to why they were not taking her to the hospital in Norfolk was ignored and the ambulance driver continued on to the hospital in Virginia Beach.

As she was wheeled into the emergency room, she saw the strong arms that had held her to keep her from moving. What are you doing here she asked the man. I just wanted to make sure you were alright A.J said. The man with the strong arms came all the way to the hospital to make sure she was alright, and she thought what a really nice person, to do that for a perfect stranger.


Broken Bones

My cousin knew that her right arm was broken. As the nurses and Doctors worked to make her a little less uncomfortable the more uncomfortable she became.

They pulled and moved her broken arm around, causing excruciating pain, while they tried to stuff her into an MRI machine that was just big enough for a very skinny person. Like squeezing the camel through the eye of a needle, and the humps and broken arm didn't fit.

They told her Ms. Hagood your arm is broken, and we have to get it set. To do that we have to get an MRI. With the hump where the bone was broken showing, she replied, "DO YA THINK?"

And the hospital had called in a orthopedic team to assess the damage.

One of the orthopedic doctors told Cherokee-mom, "IF YOU DON'T GET IN THAT MRI MACHINE, I AM NOT DOING YOUR SURGERY." At which she replied, then I guess you are not doing the surgery. Then he retorted, I am the best, the best orthopedic surgeon there is!

Well I am flat broke, no insurance, no way to pay and can't afford the best, so you probably won't be doing my surgery.

Cherokee-mom was incensed by this arrogant, best there is surgeon. And told him again, it is not happening, I cannot be stuffed in the MRI machine the hole is too small.

And the best orthopedic surgeon there is, stormed out the door.

You can't stuff a two by four into a one inch pipe. What is so hard to understand about that?


You can't stuff a two by four into a one inch pipe. What is so hard to understand about that?

— C. Hagood

September 7th - Wrong Insulin

Cherokee-mom had not taken her insulin, and when she told the male nurse that she needed to take her insulin, that her doctor had figured out what kind of insulin she needed, that would bring down her blood sugars, within minutes.

When her blood sugar was tested, she knew the reading was off the chart, but when she asked what her blood sugar reading is. Her question was dismissed as if she had not asked the question at all.

The male nurse told her, this is normal protocol and I have to follow that protocol and we will work up a schedule for your insulin and then proceeded to give her a shot of insulin, not the kind that had been found to work for her.

When the information Cherokee-mom offered was totally ignored, she told the nurse that if her reading did not dropped by 50 points, by 9 a.m., I am out of here she said.

He replied Ms. Hagood, you can't do that! She replied, just watch me.


I am out of here!

At 9 a.m. Cherokee-mom's blood sugar had not dropped at all, so she picked up the phone and called her daughter in-law and said Layna if you love me, you will come and get me, then rang for the nurse and told them: "You cut my clothes off me, so I have no clothes to put on, so... I need for you to bring me two gowns and a wheelchair to get out to the car, and get this catheter out of me or I will yank it out myself."

Before Layna arrived, Cherokee-mom received a call from her son, Layna's husband Josh. He said mom they told me you could die if you don't stay there. She said I am going to die if I do stay here.

Layna arrived at the Virginia Beach Hospital with her two children in the car with her. Cherokee-mom put one gown on to fasten in the back and the other one like a robe. Then got in the wheelchair and wheeled herself out to the waiting car where her daughter in-law helped her into the passenger's side.

And Layna drove away with Cherokee-mom .......

To be continued - The Diagnoses - Cushing's Syndrome How Does it Manifest itself?




The discovery

The events that led from one hospital to the other that allowed my cousin (Cherokee mom) to the discovery she has Cushing's syndrome.

© 2014 Shyron E Shenko

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    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      8 months ago from Texas

      Peg, thank you for reading about Carolyn i.e. Cherokee Mom and for your comment.

      The pompous world's best surgeon was/is so full of himself he does not have enough room inside his heart for compassion or empathy.

      Carolyn has improved the rod was removed but she still has major health problems. From the time she was 4 years old she has had a hard and sometimes brutal life.

      Thank you for your kind word, I will read them to her.

      Blessings my dear friend

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      It's sad to hear about people who are treated like this at a hospital but they sometimes are. And about that surgeon that claimed he was the best, I doubt it. I'm sorry about your friend having all these difficulties with her health care. Off to read part 2.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing. Yes my cousin is doing much better. She had the surgery and they took the rod out of her arm and she has lost a lot of weight. Thank you for asking about her.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs always.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      Very intriguing article and I hope your cousin is doing much better now. Hope everyone will read this and learn. Sharing again . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Back to check out this article again. I hope your cousin is continuing to do well and see improvement in her life everyday. Sharing this article again, of course.

      I've heard a cold front is coming through tonight and I hope the forecasters are correct for a change.

      I hope your day is going well, that everything is going well for Walter, and that John is behaving himself and not spending too much time in the awful heat. Blessings and hugs for all of you . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so much for the comments, up-votes and for sharing. It is so strange, Carolyn called yesterday and your comment, almost as if you have a connection. Awesome! I like connections like that.

      Carolyn is doing good. No Job or income but health is wealth.

      Blessings and Hugs to you

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Unbelievable what your cousin went through. I'm glad to know that she is doing much better now. Voting this article up and sharing it.

      Hoping that today is a good day for both you and John. Blessings to you both and hugs too . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments. I hope the day will not be to terrible hot for you.

      My cousin is doing well, improving everyday since the doctors removed the metal rod from her arm.

      Blessings and Hugs to you.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      I hope your cousin is doing as well as possible. Going to share this again. Hope everything goes well at your next meeting. Too hot for me today. Blessings to you and John.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Suzanne, thank you for the visit, comment, and up votes.

      I am so glad you are able to control your mule's symptoms with diet. He must be a delight to have around.

      Blessings and Hugs, dear friend.

    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Interesting HUB! My mule may have Cushings. The vet wanted to put him on expensive prescription meds, but I've been able to keep his symptoms under control with a low starch, low sugar diet.

      Voted up and interesting! :)

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Elsie, I am so happy to meet you. Thank you for the comment. You are welcome. I had not heard of Cushing's Syndrome either.

      My cousin is an amazing person, and soon I will be updating Part 2.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a very interesting story, but sad the ay you get treated at hospitals. I can't wait for the next episode.

      Thanks foe sharing, I have never heard of Cushings Syndrome.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comment, post of FB and pin to AH and for sharing. I am doing much better and I don't know if I told you, but hubby turned over in the high back office chair and hurt his back, but it is improving.

      My cousin, she is back in the hospital, per the second part of this story. She has a new doctor that she likes very much, which has helped with her outlook and spirits are high, and this week or next they are taking the metal rod out of her arm.

      I pray that everything works out for her. She has been through so much.

      God bless you my dear friend.

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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Oh my goodness this is such a troubling story! Your cousin's already doing through so much...

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      What an ordeal your poor cousin had to go through! Expect it isn't over yet as she will have to deal with this diagnosis for the rest of her life. I hope things are improving for her everyday as much as that's possible.

      Voted this up and interesting. Posting on FB, pinned to AH, and shared on HP. Hope you are feeling much better and that John is improving everyday also. God bless . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you my dear friend Lisa, for the comment. I will go to your hubs and see what you have to say. See you there.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the post on FB and the sharing on HP.

      John is much better, thank you for asking. The kidney doctor added a pill to his mix.

      I am praying that you have a better week than last week, at least it is shorter.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a very interesting article. I cannot wait to read the rest.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Posted to FB and shared on HP.

      Hope all is well today and that John is seeing improvement. Think I'm brain dead after this past week and to think it's gonna be a rerun this coming week isn't a happy thought. Take care and have a good day . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you FlourishAnyway for reading. I really appreciate you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      What an interesting part 1 ... I'm heading off to read the rest!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Faith, my cousin is just as beautiful inside as out. I can't imagine why these people were that way to others. I am working on it. She has doctor(s) appointments until Thursday, hopefully I can finish it then.

      God Bless you also

      Shyron

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Your cousin is beautiful and what an interesting story here you have shared. I cannot imagine anyone treating another human in such a manner! Wonderful photos.

      Looking forward to reading more!

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Ruby, My cousin has had more than her share of misfortune. Thank you, for saying so, yes she is beautiful. And she is not just my Cousin, she is also a friend.

      I hope to have the next installment done soon, I have to call her and she has so many doctors appointments, it will be later in the week when I get to proof read with her.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting and amazing, how could anyone be treated that way? Cherokeemom is a beautiful woman ( Her picture ) I love that picture of the baby in the tub. I'm looking forward for the next installment!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for your comment. You are so right, a lot of hospitals think they know what is best for a person. My cousin learned a lot of the old (Native American) medical ways, that modern medical people do not recognize. Unfortunately I am a couple of thousand miles from her.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Aunt Jimi, I have not seen you in such a long time, I miss you, did not get the chance to call, have had some problems and just have not had the chance to call.

      I thank you my dear friend for your comment, votes and sharing.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      This is scary when treatment is wrong knowing you trust the medical care to do their best but the end result does not fit in. I look forward to the next chapter to know more about your courageous cousin.

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      Aunt Jimi 

      4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      A very interesting start and what a gutsy lady your cousin is! When I read about things like this I just never want to go near a doctor or a hospital and pray I never need to. You have no idea how many horror stories I've heard from different people who were given the wrong treatments or who were treated badly and were worse off when they were finally able to get out of the system than when they went in.

      Looking forward to the rest of the story. Voted up, interesting, and sharing.

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