Chances are you were not doctor hopping and had continuity of care, plus a family that cared and supported you. You were set up for success. IMO, it sounds as though ER had a lot of different providers and because he was between 2 parents' homes and IV, no one had a true grasp on his condition. If ER did not follow through and was non compliant, short of tying him to the car to get him there, it was a recipe for disaster. Nothing makes a doctor's job harder than a patient who sees multiple providers for the same thing, and none of them know about the other.