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Old 10-13-2017, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by HollyhockGarden View Post
I'm a patient with bad veins! I'm a difficult poke and almost always need the SWAT team or the RN with the ultrasound machine in order to get an iv line inserted. Then, it takes multiple visits from phlebotomist to get successful blood draws for testing.

The hospital could easily insert this information in the patient's MR [medical record], so staff would know this immediately, but they do not do it. The lab records are kept separately from the MR's. I know the person assigning the blood draws does not have access to the patient's MR, but medical person could star a "difficult poke person" with an asterisk, and then the lab could send their "ace" person around, but they do not do this. And if the patients tells them this, no matter. They try themselves first. This lack of record keeping/record integration causes me, the patient, a lot of physical pain.

This happens to be my #1 pet peeve about my local hospital.
This is my #1 pet peeve about EVERY hospital I've ever been in and I've been in too many. And in not even one of them do they have a staff capable of taking a blood draw without causing me a lot of pain, stress, bruising, you name it - and yes, 3 am some lunatic will flip on all the lights and YELL out loud I NEED BLOOD! I had someone once scrape that needle up and down my vein without getting it in until I untied the band and told him get out, we're done. THAT got a note in my chart, but the note was that I was uncooperative and had refused a blood draw.

BTW, my veins roll. They're perfectly good, nice and fat, but they roll away from the needle. I tell them that each time and each time they ignore me.

Lack of sleep and cleanliness is my second complaint, but it took a longer stay to see how little rest you get over time, which lowers your resistance, and how little they care if you wash or not. I mean, it's a hospital, you had surgery, shouldn't you be clean, at least in the general area around your incision?
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:29 PM
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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How about when they wake you out of a sound sleep to give you a sleeping pill. Lol
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:03 PM
Location: Tucson Arizona
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Originally Posted by galaxyhi View Post
I think the worst thing is trying to sleep in a hospital. They gave me a sedative to put me to sleep. I slept for all of one hour before some....ahem....nurses aid came in at 12 midnight to take bp with a malfunctioning automatic bp machine, then in my lucid state tried taking my watch off!!! I said "' what the (heck) you doing? '". She said she needed my watch off to take bp. I said "'(horsepuckies), they had been taking it all day with the watch ON my wrist'".
Than at 3:50 ( by the clock on the wall and my still on watch), the vampire came in,
then at 5 am they came in to take yet another EKG.

At 6:30 They took me down for Echo cardiogram.

So my "sedative/ sedated sleep" was severely disrupted.

Many think the food sucks, but I find the food quite palatable.

It's sleeping when ill and (usually exhausted), I miss when in the hospital.

How about you? What do you hate about being in (admitted) the hospital?

ding ding ding ding ding!
you got the right answer!
I've spent something like 60 nights in the hospital in the last dozen years. I bring earplugs and a sleep mask and I still get no sleep.

The golden time to sleep is from when they evict visitors (8pm here) until about midnight. Four whole hours of sleep!
Hope you didn't take a valuable watch in with you. You're lucky you were awake enough to stop her...
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:56 AM
Location: Dallas
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Boredom, inability to get a good night's sleep, lack of privacy. And in my case, the round the clock blood draws....ugh.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:13 AM
Location: Canada
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I didn't sleep well in the hospital, but I don't sleep that great at home either.

The boredom got to me more than anything. I had my phone, a good book, and my Ipad, but it's just a very long day and waking up through the night sucks too.

The food? Who's hungry in the hospital anyways? With the cost of hospital beds, they don't admit you for being just a "little" sick these days and being sick takes my appetite away.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:21 AM
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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I was in for a total of 12 days, without a laptop and only basic cable. Boredom was by far my biggest issue once I was feeling better.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:02 AM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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For me, the worst is the blood drawing as I am not fond of getting stuck.

When I was in the cardiac wing for a couple of days for a blood clot, it was actually pretty nice. Private room, comfortable bed, food was rather good, nurses were extremely nice. Has big flat screen TV with internet access and a wireless keyboard. Lots of movies on demand available. If it wasn't for the darn blood drawing, I might have considered asking my doctor to let me stay a couple of more days.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:14 AM
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I continue to be amazed at the comments on this thread. People seem to enjoy complaining about the minor irritations of being in a hospital. I would include having your blood drawn, having difficulty sleeping and not liking the food among the minor complaints. Some of you do not seem to understand the gravity of the issue. Improper medical care, mainly for hospitalized patients, is the third leading cause of death and results in about 250,000 deaths a year.

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Old 10-14-2017, 09:19 AM
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What's the worst thing about a hospital stay you ask. Easy. The fact that you are sufficiently sick to be in a hospital in the first place. I try to avoid them like the plague, but best laid plans of mice and men and all...
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:04 AM
Location: Raleigh
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Originally Posted by larsm View Post
<>I try to avoid them like the plague,<>
Yesbut, if you had the plague, wouldn't a hospital be nice?
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