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One Family's Tragedy - Video

Pharmacist Rob Albers tells the story of his 89-year-old dad, whose medication accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Read more about the Albers' story.

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  1. October 11, 2016 at 9:56 pm | Posted by durga

    in my thoughts we should take care the patients and care all the time ,we should be responsible all time and think I can do that .

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  2. May 18, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted by stacey franklin

    I wish i could have been a caregiver for this family,at that time of need. My wishes go out to that family.

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  3. May 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Posted by Kristina

    In my opinion, any 89-year old person, regardless of how independent or alert they might appear to everyone, is never as alert as they seem. If the elderly gentleman in this video had been as alert as was stated, he would certainly have noticed the new color of medication he received and questioned it. It should be the responsibility of the family (or a designated close friends) to monitor, package, distribute and record exactly what medications the elderly person needs, with or without signs of dimentia. If this is not possible, someone should be paid to do this task for them. I am certain there will be some resistance but it has to be done. Unfortunately in this case, hind-sight is always 20-20. My heart goes out to the family and thank you for alerting us.

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  4. April 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Posted by Pat Martin

    I "The care giver" go over and over the med. with the doctor. Then I have a print out of all the side effects of that drug. Our daughter made up a chart. At the top it say morning noon supper night Under it tell me what pill and time I give my husband. When taking him to day care they have a Must Give and A Needed med list. I also keep a chart in my purse if I need one. My daughter, Doctor and Phy all have this list too. It sure helps me alot. Mrs. Matin

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  5. April 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Posted by Sally Evans

    I watched this video about the pharmacist son whose father got medicines from the Veterans Administration hospital, and when the medications changed color, he took too much blood thinner by mistake, and was paralyzed from the waist down. My late husband got his medications from the North Carolina V.A., also. His doctor, an Egyption-American, only spent 15 minutes with him every 6 months. That was the VA rule. I thought the system was very haphazard, and open to many problems. My husband was not well-organized, and I took over the medicines as well as a lot of the meetings with the doctor.Toward the end, my husband was unable to drive to Fayetteville from Kill Devil Hlls, a trip of over 5 hours each way, and one of his sons drove him. At the time of his death, he was taking about 12 or 13 different pills, as well as insulin shots. My husband was very macho, and disliked having me take over his care more and more. He was a difficult man, and refused to let me drive him, although I was and am a good driver. The Egyptian doctor seemed to side with the idea of men being the boss, too. However, much later, after my husband's deterioration from many causes--c.heart failure, complications from diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, swallowing problems, leg weakness, off-and-on-dementia, cyrhhosis of the liver, and a host of other physical problems-- and his sudden death from Stroke and double pneumonia-- I broke my shoulder in a fall, and had a different Egyptian doctor in Oregon do the bone operation (it was shattered and he had to leave in a steel plate and eleven screws!), and he did a great job! So I do not any longer have a bias against Egyption doctors! Since my husband was impulsive, hot-tempered and reckless, alcoholic, and a big smoker, I do not blame his illness and death on the VA or his doctor. In many ways the VA helped him by making his meds available at a cheap cost.

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