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The Nightmare Before the Diagnoses of Cushing's Syndrome - True Story Part II

Updated on May 27, 2019

Squeez yourself into this MRI Machine

The hell that my cousin Carolyn (a.k.a. as Cherokeemom) went through from being hit by a car to the torture, before walking out of the first hospital with a broken arm that had not been set or attended to because she would not try to squeeze into an MRI machine that would have been tight for twelve year old.

Imagine the surprise at the arrival of Cherokeemom at Sentara Norfolk General
Imagine the surprise at the arrival of Cherokeemom at Sentara Norfolk General | Source

Layna arrived at the Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital

Layna after coming to the assistance of her mother in-law who was waiting at the Virginia Beach hospital, assisted her mother in-law into the front passenger’s seat of her car she asked, “Where to mom?”

And to the dismay of the staff of the Virginia Beach Hospital the car pulled away with Cherokeemom inside.

Arriving at the Sentara Norfolk, General

As the car came to a stop in front of the emergency room, a number of doctors and other staff members rushed out and assisted Cherokeemom in getting on the gurney and they wheeled her away to admittance, this was on September 7th at shortly after 9:00am, the accident had occurred on the 6th.

Cherokeemom, was sure the Virginia Beach Hospital had reported her as a run-away from their hospital, because there were so many doctors and other staff members waiting when she and Layna arrived at Norfolk General.

Later she found out that it was Layna who cared enough to alert the hospital that she would be bringing Cherokeemom to Norfolk General and that she had an injury that had not been attended to.

Ms. Hagood, did you know that you have a broken Leg?

Among the doctors was her personal family physician. He said Ms. Hagood! “What are you doing here?” She explained that the other hospital would not set her broken arm because she could not fit in their MRI machine. She told him that they had her records, accessible to any of the hospital's networks.

Her doctor told her he would look at her records and then did just that. Her doctor turned to her and said, Ms. Hagood! “Did you know when you left the other hospital that you have a broken leg?”

NO! No one told me. She replied.

Do you know how many ribs you have?

The doctor went on, “Do you know how many ribs you have?"

Nine, she answered. Did you know that eight of them are broken?

NO! No one told me that either.

And here she had gotten out of bed and left the other hospital that had demanded she get into an MRI machine that she would not fit in, and where they had not told her that she had other broken bones besides her arm.

Admitted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

At the Norfolk hospital they made Cherokeemom comfortable placing her broken leg on pillows and the doctor told her that they don’t tape the ribs anymore because it would make it too difficult to breath and she could get pneumonia.

She had arrived on the 7th and did the admittance questioning and she was asigned to a room.

On the 8th they did a CAT scan on her arm and additional ex-ray and blood tests, and regulated her blood sugar, in preparation for the surgery.

Sensitive to Metal

Pryor to surgery she had told the staff that she is sensitive to metal(s) and concerned about them using metals in her arm. And they knew they could not use iodine for scrubbing and cleaning because, she is extremely allergic to iodine.

The orthopedic surgeon told Cherokeemom that he would have to put a titanium plate to hold the bone together until it mended, and it would be removed when her bone had started to knit back together.

She reminded him that she has sensitivity to metal.


Cherokeemom, nods her head as her mind wanders back to the 1990s.

1990s Doctors did not believe she has a metal allergy

Cherokeemom could not wear jewelry because she would get a bad rash. And the doctors did not believe her when she told them that they could not use staples after a surgery. Fortunately She has the surgery done with a local anesthetic and after ignoring her request that they not use staples, began to staple the wound.

The allergic reaction was immediate, and she told them: "I knew that you would not believe that I am allergic to metal that is why I ask for a local anesthetic. The staples were removed and replaced with stitches.

September 9th 2013 - Surgery

She had arrived on the 7th and did the admittance questioning and she was admitted to a room.

The 8th They did a CAT scan on her arm and additional ex-ray and blood tests, and regulated her blood sugar, in preparation for the surgery.

The 9th and the day of surgery on her broken arm.

Titanium metal was used to hold the broken bone together until it began to knit together.

Living on anti-biotics

Even before leaving the hospital the boiling and bubbling of infection started. And then Cherokeemom was told that she will need to take antibiotic until the bone starts to knit and become strong enough to remove the metal.

What is Cushing Syndrome?

Cushing syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol. It may also occur if you take too much cortisol in medications, or your body could simply produce more cortisol than the body needs. ____ The Mayo Clinic Staff.

What are the symptoms of Cushing Syndrome?

  • Diabetes √
  • Depression ?
  • Dysfunctional Memory and attention ? (her memory is better than mine.)
  • Hypercholesterolemia √
  • Hypertension √
  • Irritability √
  • Immune suppression √
  • Moodiness ? (I don't remember Cherokeemon being moody.)
  • Muscle weakness √
  • Osteoporosis (Bone density test is scheduled)
  • Rapid weight gain √
  • Sleep disturbances √
  • Menstrual disorders in women
  • Numerous other maladies

The Diagnoses

Yes, Ms. Hagood you have the rare disease Cushings Syndrome

Cushing's Syndrome - explained!

Treatment for Cushing's Syndrome

To treat Cushing Syndrome, the tumor need to be found and removed.

Released from the Hospital - Another Nightmare

September 16th without her Primary Care Physician's knowledge or permission, Cherokeemom was released from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and was told that she would be going to a rehab center for a couple of weeks.

Out the window of the transport ambulance Cherokeemom saw the sign 'NURSING HOME.' that is where they send people who are waiting to die.

[The details of this nightmare could possible culminate in another chapter of what one Strong, Brave woman had to go through to find out she has Cushing's Syndrome]

Cherokeemom returns home with the knowledge that she has Cushing Syndrome.

Cherokeemom returns to the

Cherokeemom returned to the assisted living house where she had been staying for some time before she was hit by a car.

I was so happy that she was better and she is back at home and she knows what is wrong with her, what had been going on for such a long time, and now she could get control of the problems she has faced for such a long time.

When I talked to her after her release from the hospital, she was so excited that her blood sugar was down almost to 100 points and she would be working to get her diabetes completely under control, and maybe a few other maladies as well.

© 2014 Shyron E Shenko


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    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg, for reading and commenting. There is a big difference in the two hospitals, I fear that Carolyn is back in the hospital, I tried to call her several times today and did not get an answer.

      Blessings my friend always

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Well, thank goodness that hospital listened at least to most of what Cherokee Mom told them. Metal allergy? Wow. That's not good with the titanium rod in her. Hope by now she is healed and has her health under control.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I know what you mean, but the Greedy Old P***** will now be able to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security just as they have tried so many times to do now it looks like they are well on the way to doing it.

      Blessings dear friend

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      The tax bill that recently passed will take insurance away from millions of people because it cancels the mandate for people to buy insurance which in turn means the wealthy are no longer taxed that 4% to pay for the subsidies some people needed in order to afford it. The state of our healthcare system really is appalling, and as you have written here, having insurance is no guarantee one will receive satisfactory care etc.

      I hope your cousin is much better now, since much time has passed. Hoping you and John had a nice peaceful Christmas also, and wishing you the best possible of everything in 2018. Hugs and blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Anita, thank you so much for the comment I do appreciate you.

      Blessings my dear friend

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      4 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      What pain your cousin must have been in. I have had broken ribs, so I know how painful that can be.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comments, up votes, and sharing. Also for asking about my cousin. She is still having a really rough time and she had to move the house she was in was sold and she had to move, the house where she now lives does not have a land line. I have to wait for her to call me. It is a struggle for her every day.

      Sorry I did not get a chance to call you back yesterday, will try later today.


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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I'd come back and see how your cousin is doing these days. Has she ever been able to have the surgery she needs/wants? I hope she has seen some improvements however small.

      Voted up and+ again, also pinned to AH and shared with followers.

      Hope all is well with you guys. I figured out which hub I was trying to tell you about. God bless . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, votes, pin and share, and thank you for asking about my cousin. She is on anti-biotics for infection in her arm where the metal is, her heart doctor refused to give clearence for her to have surgery to remove the metal. She is taking it a day at a time.

      Thank you my dear friend for all that you do and for being my friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      I've heard so many horror stories from people seeking medical care lately it's unbelievable. And many of them had health insurance. Hope your cousin is doing better these days . . .

      Voted up, AI, pinned to AH, and sharing.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you FlourishAnyway for reading and commenting.

      I don't know how stable, but they are going to remove the metal from her arm soon, I guess they finally believed her about being alergic to metals. She does have an attorney. A good one, good question?

      You are right, hospitals don't always do their job.

      I hope your uncle got his coffee and enjoyed it before they found him. What a surprise to the Hardee people this must have been. I am so glad nothing happened to him on his adventure.

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      7 years ago from USA

      I hope your cousin's health has stabilized and she has found herself a good attorney for the poor medical decisions and maltreatment.

      Hospitals don't always do their jobs. My uncle, a chemo patient who suffers from mental illness, managed to slip out of his hospital (I guess officially "AMA" but not signed out). He went across the street to a Hardee's to get himself a good cup of coffee, rear end still sticking out of his hospital gown with his no-slip slipper socks on. In his case, it was understaffing and lack of attention.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Mighty Mom, thank you for reading this and commenting. My cousin's whole life has been like this, struggle after struggle. There is another part that was intentionally left out.

      The first hospital did not need an X-Ray to see that the arm was broken, you could see the separation of the bone just above the elbow.

      Her treatment! This is an example of how poor people are treated, everyday. If she (the woman who hit her,) had not had car insurance, I suspect they would have left her to die in the street, or put her into a nursing home to die in agony.

      Thank you for the well wishes for my cousin, they are so appreciated.


      P.S. My friend Au fait is writting about, how poor people are treated everyday in this country. I know she has not published it yet, but maybe this weekend, she told me yesterday.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dearest friend, thank you for the comment, vote up and IA, for pinning and sharing. You are so appreciated.

      Yes, she has a lawyer, a really good one, I don't know, I sure hope so.

      I know what you mean by things like this happening in other states, but here In the U.S.A.?

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, my dear friend, thank you for the thoughts, prayers, comments, for reading and being my friend and being you.

      It is horrible that she was treated that way. I hope and pray things work out better for her, she does not deserve this hell on earth, no one deserves this treatment.



    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Dear Faith, thank you for the Prayers. As I just replied to Brandi, the infection in her arm will not heal until the metal is taken out. I don't know if the combination of meds for Cushing's Syndrome and the Anti-Biotics do not mix or conflict with each other. But one day, I am praying that she gets better.

      Thank you for your prayers!

      (((((Hugs)))))) and ~~~~Blessing~~~~~


    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Brandi (CraftytothCore), for your comments and well wishes for my cousin. If I wrote her bio, it would be hard for anyone to believe that things like this could happen to one person. Other than my grandmother my cousin is the most loving/caring/kind person I have ever known.

      Yes she has a really high tolerance for pain. The infection in the arm that has the metal will not heal until the metal is out. The meds for cushing's syndrome makes her ill. But once those thing are under control, she will get better.

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      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      High tolerance for pain? How about high tolerance for criminal negligence? Geez Louise. So much for the "greatest health care system in the world." There are so many points of malpractice in your cousin's story.

      First, why in the heck would anyone need an MRI to diagnose broken anything? Wouldn't they start with a X-ray? Maybe move next to a CT scan?

      On and on from there.

      I wish her all the best in getting well.

      Getting justice is another matter. They didn't actually kill her, so they did their job, right?

      Good luck and thanks for sharing this horrible cautionary tale.


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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      I hope she's found herself a really good lawyer and that things are improving for your cousin by leaps and bounds. Terrible that these things can happen in the U.S. Generally these events are hushed up and no one ever hears about them.

      Very interesting story. Voted up and IA. Pinned to AH and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG how horrible to be treated so disrespectfully. I would think the hospital is liable for such treatment. Hopefully now, she will get the help she needs since she has been diagnosed with Cushing syndrome. My thoughts and prayers are offered. Blessings my friend...

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      My, goodness, I am so sorry your cousin had to go through all of this pain and suffering. I do hope she is on her way to complete healing. I am glad you shared about Cushing's disease, for I do know that a high level of cortisol is so bad. My sister's is high and she has to watch it, and I am now thinking after reading this, that I need to have mine checked.

      Prayers going out for complete healing and peace for your brave cousin.


      Faith Reaper

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      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry for your cousin. She must have a really high tolerance for pain. To go through all of this and find out she has a disease on top of everything else. I hope she gets the treatment she needs to feel better.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devika, this nightmare is not over for my cousin, she has a long way to go.

      Thank you for you comment, I really appresciate you.


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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What a nightmare and you told the final part of this story with so much detail. Cushion syndrome has many symptoms you have shared an informative and useful from an unforgettable experience.


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