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Old 10-15-2017, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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You had a BRAIN aneurysm? How were you not freaked out?
You have to understand how stupid I was about this from the beginning and how much in denial I was.

I had actually woken up with a sudden severe headache a couple days earlier, knew perfectly well what it was and totally ignored it till it went away. Then when the second headache hit a couple days later, I drove myself to the hospital instead of calling an ambulance. Because I walked into the ER all nice and calm and told the clerk I thought I was having a stroke, I was put into the waiting room for two hours. When I was finally seen, I had a spinal tap and then I was sent to another hospital. In an ambulance (I was hoping for the helicopter) and not even with a red light and siren (I would have enjoyed that, too). After all that, there didn't seem to be a reason to freak out.

Stupidity and denial can be wonderful things to keep you calm. Please, people, don't be stupid like I was if something like that happens to you. And if you have a friend who is just as stupid and in denial, don't let them just walk off. Grab them and insist they get immediate medical attention.

I finally realized the gravity when my friend looked up the kind of aneurysm I had and let me know the death rates. And a couple months ago I was watching an early episode of CSI where someone has the same kind of aneurysm and goes in for an operation to have it clipped (mine was coiled and then stented)! Doc Robbins just shook his head when he had to respond about the survival odds. That episode sort of shook me.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Stupidity and denial can be wonderful things to keep you calm. Please, people, don't be stupid like I was if something like that happens to you. And if you have a friend who is just as stupid and in denial, don't let them just walk off. Grab them and insist they get immediate medical attention.
Wise words.

And thanks for relating your experience. It sounds like the first sharp headache was the sentinel bleed, then the second was the rupture. I'm just glad you were treated and they got to it in time. I enjoy your C-D posts.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:36 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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Look lady, thanks for the lesson, you didn't tell me anything didn't already know. And if It was SOOOO IMPORTANT, why I was only in overnight?????? And NOT kept for longer then????

THAT MAY be true FOR THIS EVENT, but I have spent a lot of time in the hospital for a VARIETY of reasons and surgeries.

EVERY stay was thusly interrupted, regardless the reason I was there in the first place.

The thing that pisses me off, IS that when you need a nurse or request to see the doctor DURING THE DAY, you can WAIT FOR 4 OR 5 HOURS, but you arent allowed to friggin sleep at night!!!! And god help you if you need a nurse for one hour BEFORE AND UP TO ONE HOUR AFTER shift change. For that 2 hour period , no nurse anywhere any time for any reason!!!!

Since I have 25 medical conditions, have had 21 surgeries, and take 17 prescription meds, plus 5 otc that WERE prescriptions I used to take, I'm well versed in medical issues.

Oh, and btw, I was clinically dead for 7 minutes, 40 seconds due to anaphylactic shock resulting in cardiac arrest. EMTssaved my life bit nurses, guess who was left ignored for 18 hous, not connected to monitors in the ER following THAT episode??? Had i NOT gone to work that' day, I wouldn't be here. , had 911 not been called immediately when the asst manager saw me drop, had the EMTs not been 6 minutes away, had the FOURTH SHOCK NOT worked, I would not be here. I'm on "borrowed time" already.

And if I'm good enough to go home with ONLY an antibiotic prescription and the order of "take an aspirin a day" for treatment and good enough to GO HOME 36 HOURS AFTER ENTERING THE ER I THINK I can be left alone to sleep for at least 5 hours while there.

I will see my cardiologist on Friday ( due to the pvcs, i already have one) we'll see what he says, but I'll bet, unless he decides to check me back in, that HE will Let me go home, where I can sleep in peace!!!

So if I was in THAT MUCH DANGER OF DYING ( again), then I was severely mistreated to begin with, and it has naught to do with whether I can sleep or not.

But thanks anyway!
Again, I wish you well with your continued recovery and hopefully your cardiologist can manage to keep your newest cardiac issue under control on an outpatient basis.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:30 AM
 
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My hospitalizations are all at our local shop. I have logged in quite a few days in this place and except for one unpleasant nurse who railed at me four hours after open heart surgery because I couldn't cough, I have few complaints.

Removal of an adenoma from my facial nerve - Good.
Open heart surgery - Good
Colon Cancer surgery -Good
A-fib - Good
Pneumonia/A-fib -Good

The food is okay. Visitors often ask if I want them to bring food. No, thanks, except for a once-in-a-while milkshake from my son. For the most part, I order several breakfast items and certainly one of them will be good. Our place has a Menu Lady who personally visits and takes your order for the day. She often gives good advice about what the kitchen does well.

I don't like being wakened for vitals (Dr. ordered q shift) Don't blame the nurse/aide.
I've never had a middle-of-the-night blood draw.
The sleeping pill (if ordered) is usually offered around nine o'clock.
The "electric leggings" lol are very easily detachable and I've done it. Have to pee, take 'em off, go to the john, put the leggings back on. Yes, I drag my IV pole along with me.
Breathing treatments - they can be late night but I'm usually happy to have it.

The last time I was in, I drank a lot of ginger ale. I'm not a big water drinker. One day, a nurse popped in with a can of ginger ale and I remarked that I hadn't even ordered one. She just smiled and said, "It's the last can and I don't know what time they'll bring me more so I wanted you to have it. If it gets warm, give me a shout and I'll get you some ice." Indicates to me that I'm not a hard patient to deal with.
I've never had a doctor just show up unless he was consulted by my attending physician.

I already covered the room mate thing in a previous post.

The problem most perplexing is the constant change in nurses. Two people in the room and yet we don't have the same nurse. I have a nurse today and though she's working the same floor tomorrow, she's not my nurse. (A couple of them stop in just to see if I'm still here and to say hi.)

Not perfect but hospitals don't want to be known as the place you go to die.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:19 AM
 
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I've only had one overnight. Surgery fri first thing am. Friday nurses and care were great. Sat am till discharge not so much. Had the same experence with my mother. Weekends seem to be a different crew, not as many nurses, maybe nurses who don't normally work together or move around. IDK. Didn't like the weekend experience. The other thing is fear of picking up some super bug, generally a good experience except I felt like I was living in fear.
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:36 PM
 
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No food for 3 days when you are a vegetarian. Long, true story.
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Old 10-16-2017, 01:38 PM
 
Location: East Texas
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The worst thing for me was the thermostat. I was only in there for three days; bleeding ulcer. As each new nurse would come in I was so hot and sweaty I'd ask them to adjust the thermostat. After four of them made it HOTTER I felt so sorry for myself that I was too weak to walk four feet to the wall. Then my fantastic daughter came in and bam! She put it on sixty eight and I was so grateful for her.
Next, as others have said, the women who come in when I'm almost asleep and pinch my arm with the blood pressure cuff. It pinches my skin.
Finally, a nurse I really liked gave me a sleeping pill instead of running it through my IV and it scratched my ulcers. She was an RN; how could she have done such a thing?
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:01 PM
 
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Finally, a nurse I really liked gave me a sleeping pill instead of running it through my IV and it scratched my ulcers. She was an RN; how could she have done such a thing?
You should be mad at your doctor for prescribing it, not at the nurse for following his orders. Nurses can't arbitrarily change an IV medication to an oral one. And with all due respect, why would you take it if you knew (or even just thought) it would be detrimental to your condition. This is what I meant earlier about a patient having to take charge of their healthcare. I've refused to take medications on more than one occasion when I didn't know why it was prescribed or what the side effects might be.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Just speaking from my sister's experience having been in the hospital for a month all told in the last year - it is the inconsistency of staffing. Except for your own doctor, all the half dozen specialists that might be on your case change from day to day. The nurses of course change with the shift change but usually the same nurses only work 3 days in a row - so after 3 days you get someone different. Of course, even that same nurse may be on the floor but won't be assigned to YOU.

It seems incredibly inefficient with none of the staff really knowing a patient. I guess it's fine for the 75% of patients who are in and out in a couple days, but very disorienting otherwise - repeating things over and over...just absolute discontinuity of care. They are always catching up to see what happened since they last saw you - and not just 18 hours but a gap of several days. And if you miss seeing a doctor, it is impossible to get them to call you...you have to be at the hospital hours on end hoping they keep to a schedule - which they don't - just to get in a few questions. You can try to call them but they are never in and no one gives them your messages. I guess that would just slow down the process if anyone had to explain anything!

So the lack of any routine (coherent to patient or family) and the lack of information would be the worst.
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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Wise words.

And thanks for relating your experience. It sounds like the first sharp headache was the sentinel bleed, then the second was the rupture. I'm just glad you were treated and they got to it in time. I enjoy your C-D posts.
Thank you. I think some of my complacency was I have had headaches all my life and while they say an aneurysm headache is the worst headache you'll ever have, for me it really wasn't. I'd had worse.
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