July 12, 2010, my husband went to doctor with complaints of a sinus infection and shortness of breath. Dr. gave orders for pulse oximetry. Due to my husband's inability to be woke up most of the time, I could not get him to get test done until July 28. Results showed 80% sats. Dr. was notified and he wanted the test repeated the next day and then wanted us to come to his office. Repeated test showed 80% on room air (I already had my husband using my oxygen concentrator because I didn't know what else to do). On July 29, dr. order an oxygen concentrator for my husband to use. He would not give him antibiotics for sinus infection until he had a series of CT scans done to rule out a mass or tumor ???? Three days later, my husband work me up at 3:00 a.m. flopping around on the bed. I took him to ER where he started seizing and GCS was 8. When air flighted to a bigger hospital, they thought he might have meningitis. He was septic and in multi-organ failure.
His now former doctor said that my husband's hypoxia was sudden onset and could not have been diagnosed on July 12, 28 or 29. For my own peace of mind, I just want to know if that's true?
My husband was 64 years old at the time.
The doctors at the bigger hospital thought he might have meningitis due to his sepsis. He was also in multi-organ failure.
No one has ever given us a reason. His former doctor said he was just too overweight. The pulmonologist in the Long Term Acute Care center said he just had a "perfect storm" happen that wouldn't happen again. He did have a sleep study done and is now using bi-pap (11/7 settings). An admitting pulmonologist in the bigger hospital just said he had been "very, very sick for a long time." I don't know if his sinus infection his former doctor wouldn't treat turned septic and that caused the other problems or if the other problems came first.