Another long day at the hospital, my FIL is in pain & total discomfort ! They were not able to take out his "tube" until almost 6 am this morning... and started breathing treatments immediately after... As soon as the nurse left the room, he vomited all over himself and he couldnt find the nurse button... so he laid there banging on the bed frame until they heard him ! I knew I didnt want to leave for a reason.... I told them I hate for him to be ALONE !! But, you know policy right ?? He is having lots of pain in his legs from the vein removal but more so, he feels like he cant get his breath & of course his chest hurts.... nurses response... WELL THATS TO BE EXPECTED !!! (duh, but give the man some pain meds) they gave him some meds but didnt soothe his pain at all... he just got his 2nd dose about 7:15 (CST) and the nurse told him if he had trouble sleeping (since he hasnt in the past 20 hours) that she could get him something for that.... well... u guessed it, he asked for it a bit ago and now they tell him he cant have it !! DOES ANYONE EVER KNOW ANYTHING ?????? I get so aggravated... I just wonder if they actually do remember which patient is which.... but, then sometimes you get lucky & get an angel nurse who touches your heart with their compassion.... ok... where is the angel ? she is in ICU... we need her transferred STAT !!
Anyway... thats my sad update.... thanks for all your prayers... we think it will all be good news in the long run... but getting there may wear us all out !!!
Steph, Hopefully they will let you or other family members visit lots(although one at a time I am sure), so you can help him out. Sometimes the family really has to keep a close eye on the care their loved one receives. I hope you get an angel nurse on his ward soon!!!! Take care. Brenda in Vancouver
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We continue to send prayers your way steph..sometimes it is not always the nurses fault though when there are so many pts and not enough nurses..Hospitals are cutting back by letting fewer nurses take care of mooore pts..It's not right but it is happening everywhere..and the sad part is..the pts are the only ones that really suffer from it.
Kind of contridictive is'nt it? Afterall it's suppose to be all about pt care..go figure.
I sympathize with what you're going through. My experiences were similar when Keith was hospitalized. It's really almost impossible to be a patient advocate unless you're extremely wealthy or extremely famous.