Fess up! How are you as a patient! - page 2
Hello everyone! I was reading through some postings and was thinking, how are we as a patient and how would you rate you as a patient, "Excellent", "Good", "Fair", or "Poor". Although I am... Read More
Jun 17, '02Occupation: emergency room nurse Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 132; Likes: 3I was a very good patient in January when my daughter was born. The only time that I got a little angry was when they took that big 18g hep lock out of my arm and then said now we need to draw some blood! That is when I had to say hello...why did you not draw the blood from the already established line!!!!! I am an ED nurse, I don't know about you guys but if a patient has a good line that you can get blood from then you use it! Oh did I mention that I am deathly afraid of receiving needles!!!!
Jun 17, '02Occupation: Forensic/Psychiatric LVN Joined: May '02; Posts: 1,164; Likes: 80I have never been in the hospital, but last time I went to the ER I had been on my way to work at 0600 when I hit a deer. Brought to the hospital where I work in an ambulance. The doc wanted to give me Vicodin and send me home. My response to that was that I really would rather go on to work. You should have seen the strange look that doc gave me. LOL
Jun 17, '02Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 10,236; Likes: 64Terrible. Bad. Trust me.
You see that picture of me to the left of your screen? Look long and hard at that face, my fellow nurses. And if you ever walk into a patient room and see that face, be afraid, be very afraid.
Jun 17, '02Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 38,756; Likes: 16,286Two words: ***I suck***. I hate being a hospital patient. I am a bad control freak and both of my pregnancies were high risk and problematic, totally having things happen that were out of control........freaked me out bigtime. Also, I don't like to "bother" the nurses, so I wont' ring my call lite ......they come and find me in pain and get upset cause i did not ask for help......like i said I SUCK as a patient.
Jun 18, '02Occupation: Re-retired Specialty: 42 year(s) of experience in NICU, Infection Control ; From: CA, US ; Joined: Dec '00; Posts: 12,419; Likes: 3,760I'm with Julie--I'm not too terrible as a patient (consider the source here!) but when my son's in, look out!! (Usually not w/ the nurses--at least not hte normal ones)
Jun 18, '02Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566Howdy Yall
from deep in the heart of texas
The last time I was in the hospital I was a terrible patient, But I found the key to make everything right for me. I had some old mirror lensed wrap around sunglasses and I never took them off, so they couldnt tell if I was asleep or not. That way if I didnt want to respond to anyone I didnt have to. Even when my department manager came up. I didnt respond and she left thinking I was asleep. And she is the sweetest person I know.
Also it was funny to hear what nurses said when they thought I was asleep. Their tongues do wag too much and not carefull enough.
Jun 18, '02Occupation: Clinical Leader Specialty: ER, Hospice, CCU, PCU ; Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 799; Likes: 51I haven't been posting for awhile because I've been a patient. I've been having a lot of nerve conduction problems and currently have several new suture lines from my palm up to my upper arm.(My right arm of course, Typing left handed is not fun when you are right handed)
Sutures and staples are supposed to come out tomorrow.
Anyway....I have a very loving and devoted husband. Sometimes a little too loving and devoted, especially since he is also 6'4" and goes about 240. Is 100% Italian with full beard and hair about mid-back lenght. Even without opening his mouth he can be a bit intimidating for those who don't know him.
Luckily, my co-workers in the ER know him well and tend to tell him to put a sock in it and chill out
During this most recent surery however they had to put me out and the surgery took a couple hours I woke up with the worse Pain I have even known!
The OR nurses were great and as soon as we had the pain under control I had them go ahead and let the come in to the PACU so the people and staff in the waiting room could have some relief!!!!
I'm a great patient but I bring with me "The Family From Hell"
Jun 18, '02Occupation: I am A high school student Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 121:chuckle teeituptom,
sounds like something I would have done! lol
Jun 18, '02Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 27Hello everyone!
When I'm sick, my brain is the first thing to atrophy.
I had outpatient surgery two weeks ago to repair a small hernia. The doc said to remove the dressing after 72 hours, and it soon became evident that I can only count to 48. As I started removing the butterfly, my incision began to separate and I almost passed out! Pinching it closed, I went to my husband and said "I think we have a problem." Well, after getting a big laugh out of the whole scenario, he put a piece of bandage adhesive over it and told me to get a grip. Good patient? I don't think so.
Jun 18, '02Occupation: ED staff nurse From: US ; Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 1,150; Likes: 232Me, myself am a very good patient, but my veins aren't good at it at all!
Jun 18, '02Occupation: CNA; baby nurse (not a real nurse yet of course, but midnight feedings, and nanny for babies." Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 28Terrible, because I ask two thousand questions, expect them to know the answers, and make them work, because when anyone else is at work, they have to do it.
Jun 18, '02Occupation: Deputy Ward Manager Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 523; Likes: 7OK where do I start?
Couple of months ago I developed left sided chest pain, a little cough but no sputum. like a good little girl went to GP for exam. result? a chest infection.
After two days became acutely short of breath with a severe pain in same spot. NOW "nurse know it all" decided that it was a PE as I have a very strong family history. Did I go back to GP or present myself NO WAY I wasn't going to be admitted!
SO I took myself to bed with aspirin and serious analegesia. 7 days later I still could not walk to bathroom with out sob. Eventually admitted with confirmed PE but the only reason I agreed was when the consultant told me I was extremely lucky and reckless as I could have ended up on my unit STROKE UNIT. DUH!
Whilst in as a pt I was very good even admitted myself, did all the documentation
My stay was horrific - I was in a nightinggale medical ward with several elderly ladies. Do you realise that we are conditioned to react when someone says "Nurse" No rest !
And do you realise that when you are sat there you critise fellow nurses working. The standards were awful and the waste of resources no wonder the NHS is in such a state. Did I tell the nurses NO but perhaps I should have , I was tooo anxious for discharge
Considering I am a professional who is intelegent I am still amazed that I did something sooo stupid as not act and go in earlier:imbar j
Jun 18, '02Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 16,606; Likes: 680On the other hand...when one of my grandsons had his adenoids removed (he was 7 yrs. old at the time), I must have been a pain in the buttocks grandmother because his nurse kept giving me the "eye" everytime I said "Can't you give him something for the pain? Can't you see how much pain he is in? Do something, darn it! Stop letting my baby suffer." THEN...while holding my grandson, rocking him to and fro, kissing his tiny forehead, I said to him "Gramma's not going to let them hurt you, sweetie. Don't you worry. Everything's going to be alright. Shhhhhhh...." Ohhhhhh brother...what a MAJOR PITA I was. When he was discharged to home that same day (several hours later), he was STILL mad at the nurse (he had kicked and swung at her right out of surgery...he wasn't aware of what he had done until he was fully awake and told how he had behaved by his mother). I apologized to the nurse - not only for my grandson, but for the way I had carried on...being Gramma and all. The put her arms around me and gave me the warmest hug, and said "I totally understand. I'm a Gramma, too." The next day, my grandson asked me to call the nurse so he could tell her he was sorry for not being nice to her. Isn't that the sweetest thing. :kiss