November Hospital Stay 11/13/10 To 11/18/10 Diabetes Management
I know that I said I would never go to another hospital without taking my own diabetes medication, but I needed to go and didn't have my insulin and syringes all together and I think I was pressing my luck on getting the medic to allow me to gather a few personal items to take with me. So I was officially admitted on Sunday 11/14/10, I was taken to the ER on 11/13/10 but things were moving very slow all night, I was told my bed was ready, but the Doctor had not written the orders. and I asked every hour since the bed/guerny was the most uncomfortable thing I have ever laid on. Every time I asked about the doctor order I was told "oh about 15 minutes", I heard that for about 4 or 5 hours. I don't know what happened but my PCP was not on call and was told that a hospital doctor would be writing my order....not sure why the doctor on call didn't confirm the orders, but oh well. I said "oh well" and kept asking and didn't care how many times I repeated myself. At midnight, I was told "15 minutes" and said OK and the most uncomfortable things started to happen, first of all the ER must have cleared out quite a bit and my curtain was closed and I could not get out of bed without pulling out the sensor or heart leads or IV and no one gave me a call button and my oxygen now flowing at 10 liters was 7 ft long and I need to go to the bathroom and I didn't know what to do, so I started calling for a nurse and no one came, strange enough there was several people who went by the ER room and did not ask if I needed help...I continued to call for a nurse and there were 2 people exchanging personal phone numbers and chatting about who they were and neither one of these people asked me if I needed help. OK, I was getting no where fast so I started yelling "help" and this went on for another 20-30 minutes. About 1AM my nurse poked her head in the curtain and said "do you need help"? I told her I had to go to the bathroom and she pulled out the bedpan and said she would be back. I already tried to go for her to get a urine specimen and I could not go, I have a shy bowl and bladder. She did a straight catheter and all she got was a tiny output...dah...I had nothing to drink all day and they gave Tylenol for a fever at 7PM with a small gulp of water, I was a little dehydrated, so I didn't know how much I had to go...beside the point. So once again I was left alone but the nurse gave me a call button....too bad nobody cared or payed enough to the call button. I wanted some more Tylenol since everything ached, "I started crying" and the Nurse eventually came back in, but said they were getting my orders ready and she would be back with them and I could get my pain medication when I got to my room. I said OK, but had lost faith with all these people. At 2AM, they started unhooking several things, attach my heart monitor to a mobile one and got my oxygen switched to the canister and the nurse had my papers in his hand. I didn't care where they took me, any bed had to be more comfortable than the guerny. I got a room 6 down from the last time I was in the hospital and was glad to be somewhere other than the ER. I got my Norco and a pitcher of ice cold water and it all went down fast. I was allowed to use the restroom with assistance and the nurse helped me, I really feel sorry for my roommate with all this going on a 3 in the morning. The nurse did his check over and asked me the dumbest questions in the world and told me to just try to relax, it was now 4:30AM. The hospital world runs 24/7 and I knew that they started taking blood at 6AM and things start to happen, vital signs, etc. I didn't get my basal insulin which I didn't like and at breakfast, this doctor who admitted me had put me on a sliding scale for my Novolog and you had to be over 250 to get 2 units of Novolog, that would not cover the cold cereal they served. I needed 15 units to get back to 110...what a joke, but I wasn't really hungry and was too sick to complain. Even after my PCP started coming in on Monday, I forgot to have him change the sliding scale to something that made sense...I just said that I would not get bent out of shape over this. The person who went over my medication list, changed a bunch of stuff and several of my medications that I take 4 times per day became PRN. You have to be your own advocate and speak up! I was hoping my first day would go well. I had a chest scan and the breathing treatments were set up PRN instead of every 4 hours, I got that changed to round the clock. My roommate was an elder patient who had her family with her from 7PM to 10PM. I saw 3 doctors the first day and my pulmonary specialist told me he could do nothing for me except administer antibiotics, order breathing treatments and adjust my oxygen. He will not do an open lung biopsy like he promised in October, once again, he said I was in no condition to go through that surgery. I am going to go and see a specialist at OSU to see what he has to say. Well, that is all for now.