Firstly, let me apologise for the poor care you received by those who proclaim to practice pain managment. The care you received is so far below standard that it's not even funny.
I don't have the pleasure to dealing with anesthesia residents, although the family practices ones I get can be quite trick.
To berate a patient for chosing a method of anestheisa other than the one the provider chose is obsurd. Not enough money in the world to keep me awake during an ortho case.
To answer your questions, no you are not a bad patient/person/nurse because you were "hard to put to sleep".
Secondly this is NOT the best that we can do at eliminating a patients pain. With todays advances, surgery can be quite painless.
People just can't be afraid to make it so.
Glad to have you on the board! Hope you decide to make it your home!
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I was injured in an accident with my hydraulic table at work( foot caught in mechanism and squashed- took 30 min to take the table apart and retrieve my foot) I had to have a surgical debridment and skin graft, was on a wound vac for a few days stuck as a patient in my own hospital. What an eye-opening experience..... I had an anesthesia resident berate me verbally because I refused spinal anesthesia for surgey-sorry guys but NO WAY. Then the day after he continued to berate me because I was "hard to get to sleep" (redhead) Thankfully, one of my RN coworkers came to see me and suggested a femoral block for the graft surgery- so I asked for that. They were still wanting to do spinal but I absolutely couldnt stomach the thought of the residents poking around in my spinal canal. Post op I was prescribed 2 mg of MS which may have taken the very slightest edge off the pain and 10 mg of oxycodone which helped about 50% I was awake ALL night after surgery and about fit to be tied when they came in for rounds the next morning. The resident then prescribed some phenergan which the nurses then refused to give because I wasnt nauseated.
If this is the best we can do for post-op pain, Im afraid its hopeless. Too bad I never got a patient satisfaction survey cause I had a few opinions to share.
Once I was discharged, I pretty much had to tough it out with a few vicoden to take the edge off. Is there something therapeutic about experiencing acute pain that Im unaware of? Am I a "bad" patient because I wouldnt consent to spinal anesthesia and was "hard to get to sleep" ??? Yikes.