OMG, Shimmer, what a nightmare. AD at the time? Don't you wish that rule about AD not being able to sue the system didn't exist? Sadly enough, as horrifying as your experience was, I've heard something similar from two other people. I had a miserable experience, but it doesn't sound as bad as yours, for sure. I am sincerely sorry that you had to experience that.
All of the problems I had to deal with stemmed from three things I KNOW about myself that they REFUSED to accept when I told them (sounds like the root of your problem as well, huh?). I have a spinal curvature issue, plus narrow disk space, that sounds similar to yours. I also have a tilted uterus and issues with my veins. But apparently, since I don't have an MD, the doctors, nurses and corpsmen can't take my word for it.
I have serious, serious (probably should see a psychiatrist) issues with being touched by men medically. I freak out and freeze. Combine that with my tilted uterus and its a disaster in the making. So when I had to be seen and internally examined at the NH (because at 39 weeks my daughter flipped and was suddenly breech), I told them, "please get a female OB or midwife or Nurse Practitioner because this experience will not end well for you or me if we proceed with a male doctor attempting this." Think they'd accept that? Nope, I got "oh no, Dr Mike knows what he's doing, no problem, just relax." And then they wonder why they had to physically restrain me to stop me from punching the OB while he was basically assaulting me.
I didn't find out until I had my second daughter that with my spinal issues I never should have been given anything but an epidural and the the spinal I was given is probably the direct cause of the twice-a-week-physical-therapy back pain I have. When I told my second anesthesiologist that I'd had a spinal with my first she was horrified. Partly because she was concerned someone on HER staff (at the private hospital) had done it and I could have sued them! All to save a few bucks because a spinal was cheaper.
I have weird veins. I cannot give blood for donations or testing from my arms. Same for IV placement. The veins in my hands have to be used for both situations. I learned this years and years ago. But no one ever wants to believe me about it. So when they wanted to start an IV after I had my first daughter, they sent in some corpsman who was still in training. Who insisted he could use my inner elbow area despite my protests (I wasn't strong enough at that point to be more forceful) he spent 30 minutes jabbing my with numerous needles attempting to get a line in. Finally my Dad came back into the room from visiting the baby in the nursery, took one look at me and threw the guy out. At that point, the bed looked like someone had been murdered in it there was so much incidental blood from his jabbing all over the place.
Plus the bitch OB, who I hadn't met till she tried to perform THREE EVs on me (never let anyone do an EV on you, its the most painful thing I've ever felt) wouldn't let me wear my contacts in the OR. Ok, no biggie except that they took my glasses from me as well. I am blind as a bat and didn't even get to see my daughter when she was born. Then because I was Group B positive, they took my daughter for "6 hours of observation in the nursery." They finally brought her to me TEN hours later. I didn't get to see or hold her for ten hours. I didn't find out till I had my second that there was NO need to observe her for 6 hours because I was Group B positive because she was not delivered vaginally. I hate those people so much I want to cry thinking about how much they ruined my first daughter's birth for me.
Sadly enough, I count myself lucky that it wasn't worse. Have you seen the stories about the Jacksonville FL, NH? I've read the most disturbing stuff ever about their practices.
I can see why you and I are both so vehement about patient rights LOL