The overwhelming reason for his death was opioid addiction. We see our fair share of that here on OH, along with the denial because you know, a doctor writes the prescription! Why is anyone on a regular prescription for DILAUDID!!!!!????
He ripped open his own incision to get opioids. Think about THAT for a moment. Dr Now also said he got ready for the first surgery purely because he knew he'd get the opioids after surgery.
Very sad and an awesome example of why we have an opioid crisis in this country!
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I saw the episode, and when they said that he died, I gasped out loud! I was not expecting that at all. He just seemed to give up once he realized that they weren't going to give him any more pain killers. His addiction took away all of his reasoning abilities. Only a serious addict would rip out his own stitches to get pain meds. It reminded me of the episode last season, of Steve Asanti. It wasn't until Dr. Now told him that he had gotten over 3000 pills within a 30 day period, and if he tried to get another script filled, he would arrested, that he finally got it together.
I can't say why, but had a bad feeling in my gut as I was watching. The drug addition seemed to be the monkey on his back and he didn't even realize was an issue at first. Sigh, what a very sad story and the Mom, bless her heart has now lost 2 sons.
I had watched the one about Lisa before Robert and wanted to give her an award for drama queen and cry baby.
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RW:190 - CW:130
My heart breaks for Robert because the addiction developed when medical doctors blew him off or didn't know what else to do. When you are that big your needs are different than the average obese person. And, to recover, you will be in pain. It's just agonizing to be that weight...it simply is. Shame on the doctors for just throwing drugs at him. And, stuff like this then ruins it for people with a legitimate need for painkillers to function every day. I was very lucky and had doctors who did not. I'm so sorry he went through all that. It's horrifying to me.
I wonder how many more people are suffering whose stories aren't lucky enough to be on television. It scares me to think of just how many there may be, of those of us who fall through the system perpetually when access to care would prevent so much unnecessary pain.
I follow a ketogenic diet post-op. I also have a diagnosis of binge eating disorder. Feel free to ask me about either!
It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much...the life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully. -- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life