In my last blog post I used the word ‘abuse’. It’s not something I’ve ever said in regard to the medical care (or lack thereof) that I received prior to rupture being diagnosed. I don’t play the blame-game and I’m surely not a whiner, so I normally avoid such messaging. However, as I wrote the post it felt both appropriate and important to go there.
It actually is abusive when regulating bodies license toxic, high risk devices and plastic surgeons implant women with them yet, when one becomes ill or experiences device failure we’re told the devices can’t possibly be what’s causing our symptoms. Despite breast implants having KNOWN ISSUES – the SAME known issues since they were introduced in the 60’s. Denying undeniable REAL WORLD EVIDENCE is an abuse – truly, a crime against women.
When doctors dismiss red flag, textbook symptoms of device failure and tell women their symptoms are unrelated to their implants when they haven’t even explored the integrity of the implants diagnostically, it’s abusive.
When I reported my adverse events to Health Canada the woman I spoke with in following up my report told me that she, and all of her coworkers that had read my report, were struck by the poor medical ‘care’ I’d received in regard to my implants. There was a glaring failure to diagnose.
For an entire medical team, GP’s and specialists, to miss 16 years of rupture it’s a terrible failure, but to blame my symptoms on psychosomatic illness without offering appropriate diagnostic tests it’s abusive.
When a specialist said he flat-out refuses to send women with breast implants, presenting with symptoms consistent with rupture, for diagnostic tests because he doesn’t want to get involved, that’s abusive. He’s protecting his own interests over his patients.
When doctors tell women THIS is in their head (photo below), it’s abusive.
To qualify and put this in context – I definitely don’t waste energy on feelings of abusive care, though I surely am still working through being traumatized through my nightmare experience. I choose to focus on helping others and getting the truth of breast implants out, but, it feels important to call a spade a spade, even in one short blog post.