Michelle waiting in pain
MICHELLE Kelly’s pain is so consistently crippling that five nights ago her kids found her passed out on the kitchen floor. And then there’s the heavy bleeding and the large clots that come with no warning.
Ms Kelly is in desperate need of a hysterectomy, with a probable wait of at least eight months.
But Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay northern cluster manager Beth Norton says Ms Kelly “has contributed to the delay in receiving treatment by twice cancelling clinical appointments”.
“According to my diary I’ve only ever cancelled one appointment with Hervey Bay Hospital’s gynaecology clinic and I’ve attended six,” the distressed mother of six said. “I cancelled a December appointment last year because I was bleeding so heavily at the time I would have left a trail behind me by even moving outside my front door.
“Now I’ve been referred to Brisbane because I’m three kilos too heavy – (over) 135 kg – for Hervey Bay to operate and it’s looking like another eight months at least before I can get a hysterectomy in Brisbane.”
Ms Kelly’s gynaecological problems began in November 2008 with bad tummy cramps, two seizures in emergency at Hervey Bay Hospital and a diagnosed uterine infection. She was admitted to the maternity ward.
“She bled for most of the 10 or 11 months after that,” husband Daryl said.
“I don’t know how long she can keep going like this. She is very brave and puts on a smiling face as much as possible for the kids.”
“I went back to the hospital two or three times for morphine injections for the pain but I was made to feel like a drug addict so I gave up,” Ms Kelly said.
“Now I go to the hospital’s gynaecology clinic every three months. But as pleasant as the staff are they always ask the same things. How’s my pain and my bleeding? Then they ask me to come back in three months. I just keep bleeding and the pain is terrible.”
She admits she has a weight problem. “I’m around 138kg. I was down to 119kg before I collapsed.”
Ms Norton said that at Ms Kelly’s September 29 appointment the doctor referred her to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital “as per Queensland Health standard practice as she was considered an at risk patient due to her body mass index being greater than 45”.
Ms Kelly says that before her collapse in November 2008 she was going to the gym five days a week and working as well.
“I was losing weight. Now I can’t move much because it comes on like the floodgates have opened.”
Ms Norton said: “At her pre-admission clinic on March 17, 2009, Ms Kelly’s Body Mass Index weight was above 45 and the doctor advised she was at risk of medical complications and recommended she try and lose weight.”
Ms Kelly is still waiting for a surgery date at Brisbane. It’s understood she has been listed as a Category 2 patient.
Hysterectomy waiting times for patients (within normal weight range) is 30 days for a category 1, 90 days for a category 2 and 365 days for a category 3.