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Burl Source
07-31-2013, 04:50 PM
I am afraid that my boss is being killed by doctors.
He is 80+ years old.
A few months back he had gone to the hospital to see what they could do about his aches and pains.
One doctor suggested back surgery. I did my best to talk my boss (Harvey) out of getting surgery. I am biased because I had back surgery several years back that did not turn out well.
Another specialist talked him into some sort of injections.
Immediately following the injections Harvey started going down hill fast.
He seemed to age 10 years in a matter of weeks.
When he went to the hospital about his reaction to the injections they conducted a bunch of tests but no answers about what was happening.
Last week he started shaking uncontrollably and had to go to the hospital in an ambulance.
They kept him overnight and released him saying he had a fever.
Yesterday they had to call the ambulance again.
This time he got an ER doctor that was competent.
Harvey has pneumonia.

I know I am not being fair to the other Doctors but I feel like their incompetence almost killed my boss.
Your prayers, positive thoughts and concern are very much appreciated.
Harvey has treated me like family since I came here several years ago and I don't want to lose him.

Brad Gibson
07-31-2013, 04:55 PM
Good luck Mark, I hope he pulls through! Sounds like a great guy.

bikehunter
07-31-2013, 04:56 PM
I trust doctors less than lawyers, which is saying something. Deeply felt prayers, positive thoughts and concern are one the way from Boise.

HHH Knives
07-31-2013, 04:58 PM
Prayers sent for Harvey and family.

cheflarge
07-31-2013, 05:10 PM
Prayers and positive thoughts! God bless.

77kath
07-31-2013, 05:11 PM
Best. Pneumonia is no breeze, but at least they know what it is.

sachem allison
07-31-2013, 05:14 PM
yeah a few of the drs. I've had recently killed me twice last year. competency is hard to find. prayers going that way.

DeepCSweede
07-31-2013, 05:34 PM
Prayers and well wishes for him, you and the family.

Dream Burls
07-31-2013, 05:45 PM
Sorry to hear about your and Harvey's troubles.There's nothing worse than getting caught on the medical merry go round (cept it ain't too merry). Hopefully he'll get some good care and pull out of the tail spin. Good thoughts and wishes sent.

Mucho Bocho
07-31-2013, 06:04 PM
Best thoughts to you and your Boss Mark

boomchakabowwow
07-31-2013, 06:16 PM
damn..good luck Harvey!!

WildBoar
07-31-2013, 09:23 PM
We are pulling for Harvey! Stay strong!

mhlee
07-31-2013, 09:38 PM
Positive healing thoughts to Harvey.

Pensacola Tiger
07-31-2013, 09:41 PM
Mark, Harvey will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dave Martell
07-31-2013, 10:23 PM
That sucks. I hope to hear that Harvey is on the mend soon.

apicius9
07-31-2013, 10:49 PM
Best wishes!

Stefan

Burl Source
07-31-2013, 11:06 PM
Thank You for the kind words everyone.
I know I am not being fair to the doctors.
Most have good intentions and do a great job.
It takes a special sort of person to become a doctor and dedicate their lives to helping others.
So my apologies for the stereotyping and unfair blame.

I am just shocked by Harvey's sudden downturn.
3 months ago I would have bet he would live past 100.

Jmadams13
07-31-2013, 11:44 PM
You have my thoughts...

Don Nguyen
08-01-2013, 12:05 AM
Best wishes Mark. I hope things work out with the doctors!

Lucretia
08-01-2013, 11:04 AM
Best wishes.

Burl Source
08-08-2013, 05:27 PM
Harvey passed away yesterday.
Somehow the doctors were unable to diagnose that he had pneumonia until it was too late to save him.

toddnmd
08-08-2013, 05:32 PM
Sorry to hear that. That's really sad.

apicius9
08-08-2013, 05:45 PM
So sorry to hear that, sorry about your losing a friend, Mark. And as much as I trust that most physicians really do what they can, it also makes me angry after just reading again this morning how much more expensive health services are in the US compared to anywhere else in the world - and for no appearent reason.

DeepCSweede
08-08-2013, 05:56 PM
So sorry for the loss of your friend and boss Mark.

chefwatson
08-08-2013, 05:57 PM
I am so sorry for your loss, Mark.

Dave Martell
08-08-2013, 06:01 PM
Oh that's terrible news. I'm so sorry for your loss Mark.

Twistington
08-08-2013, 06:05 PM
Sorry to hear this Mark. :(

WildBoar
08-08-2013, 06:18 PM
What a horrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with you and the rest of the Burl family.

mhlee
08-08-2013, 06:19 PM
Oh, no.

I am so sorry, Mark. I was so saddened to read this. Every time I saw pictures of where you work, I always thought to myself how unique a person your boss, Harvey, must be because of how unique that place is.

Pensacola Tiger
08-08-2013, 07:06 PM
Sorry to hear this news, Mark. My condolences to you, and to Harvey's family.

Von blewitt
08-08-2013, 07:11 PM
Very sad... Sorry to hear it Mark

clayton
08-08-2013, 07:15 PM
Prayers sent. All to best to him you and your families.

chinacats
08-08-2013, 08:29 PM
Harvey definitely must've been a cool dude...sorry for your loss brother.

Mrmnms
08-08-2013, 09:04 PM
So sorry. Life is so short and precious. Make the most of every moment.

Dream Burls
08-08-2013, 09:14 PM
Mark, I'm so sorry for your loss. Harvey must have been a great guy to have a place like that and friend like you.

SpikeC
08-08-2013, 11:13 PM
Really sorry to hear this.

PierreRodrigue
08-08-2013, 11:21 PM
Mark, I'm sorry for your loss. Its never easy loosing someone you know well. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

cclin
08-08-2013, 11:25 PM
All the best wishes for Harvey

Johnny.B.Good
08-08-2013, 11:28 PM
How sad.

Sorry for your loss, Mark.

turbochef422
08-08-2013, 11:54 PM
Sorry for the loss of your friend.

tk59
08-08-2013, 11:57 PM
I'm sorry, Mark.

Julian Nell
08-08-2013, 11:59 PM
I'm very sorry, Mark.

ThEoRy
08-09-2013, 12:32 AM
Sorry to hear this. Your boss sounds more like a good friend.

My wife was misdiagnosed with tennis elbow then bursitis of the shoulder. For 4 months we dealt with the pain, treatment co pays etc. Finally we said enough and got a third opinion who did a proper mri and found out she had 2 extremely herniated disks in her neck which were crushing her nerves causing the extreme pain and numbness in her arm and needed a double microdiscectomy plus fusion. If we had waited any longer, permanent damage would have occurred. When we confronted the original doctors with this all they said was, "Well, you could still have a little bursitis/tennis elbow as well." Could, still, have, a little. I swear to you these are the exact words the "Doctor" used. Guess he had to claim something in order to avoid a malpractice suit.

sachem allison
08-09-2013, 12:35 AM
condolences to you and Harvey's family.

knyfeknerd
08-09-2013, 01:10 AM
So sorry to hear about your loss Mark. My deepest sympathies to you, your family, friends and co-workers.

77kath
08-09-2013, 07:11 AM
So sad for you.

Lefty
08-09-2013, 03:13 PM
Crap...I'm really sorry to read this, Mark. I hope you are doing ok.

daveb
08-09-2013, 03:19 PM
So sorry for the loss to you and Harvey's family. I've always enjoyed the pics you post of the workshop, he must have been a very interesting man and a pleasure to know.