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Hospitals – What Do YOU Think?

As I posted previously, my husband suffered a minor stroke.  This minor stroke required a trip to ER resulting in admission for a few days while they figured out what exactly was wrong.  I’ve made a few observations and have a few opinions (imagine that).  Read them and see what you think.  All in all, I think I only want to go to the hospital if I’m dying, cause if I’m not, I might be dead by the time they are done with me.

Bulleted for your easy perusal:

  • When you tell the ER nurses that your husband, who may have suffered a stroke and is very dizzy has to pee, they will tell you the bathroom is down the hall.  When you tell them he’s attached to the wall via tubes and wires, they look at you funny.
  • When you yell out to the nurses station that your husband is about to puke you will be asked who your nurse is.  Then they’ll tell you to grab the blue thing.  Excuse me, does it MATTER who my nurse is?  You are two feet away, could you have possibly come in?  Oh, and the blue thing?  Do you know how many blue things are in the room?  Twenty-four, I counted.
  • After your husband pukes all over himself and the bed, the nurses will tell you where the clean sheets are and will hand you a box of wipes.  Again, how much am I paying for this ER visit?  Don’t you maybe want to assess the situation as vomiting with the other symptoms and his history could indicate something cardiac related?  Oh, and after your lack of help, don’t ask me if I saw a little pill in his vomit.  Just don’t!
  • Please don’t act surprised that his blood pressure is back up to two hundred after the vomiting episode.  Really, did you think that vomiting would miraculously lower his blood pressure?  Me either.
  • The chair in each ER room is very uncomfortable.  Very.  Especially at 3:30 a.m.
  • They will do a full blood work up upon your arrival.  When they tell you the results are back and you ask what the white cell count is they will look at you funny.  Then they will tell you they don’t know.
  • When finally admitted to a room, the doctors don’t make their rounds at normal times.  They come in at 10 p.m.  They will always come in when I go to the bathroom.
  • The floor nurses are probably the most competent caregivers in the hospital.  They know their P’s and Q’s.  I was impressed.  When I asked about a certain med they administered, the nurse brought me a print out with info.  Very kind.
  • When I come back to the hospital after leaving to catch 3 hours of sleep, an IV bag will be connected to my husband.  When I inquire, the nurses will tell me about an antibiotic push.  When I ask why, they will tell me it’s due to his white cell being triple what it should.  When I ask if that was something that happened after admittance they will tell me no, that was from the first draw in ER (30 hours prior).  See previous point.  Thirty hours to determine he needs antibiotics?  Enough said!
  • When the discharge nurse comes in to discharge, she will not have pertinent information.  For instance, if I ask for the prescriptions for the medications required, she will have to figure out where those are.  If I ask if he had his morning meds, she will have to go figure out if he had them.  If I ask which doctor he should follow up with first, she will have to go find out.  If I ask for that doctor’s number…………..you get the picture.

All in all I guess he wasn’t critical.  But damn it, I love him and he is mine.  He was not 100% therefor in my eyes, he was critical.  However I do wonder how those poor souls that don’t have someone there asking questions get through such an ordeal.

In closing, I have one thing for you to ponder….he was released with no restrictions.  Let me remind you, he had a stroke.  In the state of Texas, you are not to drive for six months after suffering a stroke.  No where on any paper anywhere was that indicated.  Thoughts?


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  1. * Cheeky says:

    Contact hospital administration with every bullet point you mentioned. People whine and moan but nothing ever gets sent in for documentation purposes.

    Case in point – my niece at the age of 18 was rushed to the ER. ER Doc took on look (no test just looked at her) and said – she’s a drug addict. Now keep in mind the drug she was on was prescribed a day or so before because she just had a dental procedure and it was for pain.

    He shoo shooed her away.

    Not more than 6 hours later she was in emergency surgery (in another hospital) having her gall bladder removed. Because it burst.

    The administration of the first hospital was notified. ER Doc had a history of doing this – he is no longer there.

    Hope hubs gets back to 100% soon!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  2. * Katy says:

    First, I am so sorry he had a stroke, that is so scarey. Second, our medical care system is in such severe need of revamping. Third, why do people go into this industry if they do not care? Last but not least, I hope things are better.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  3. * AB says:

    all of that and to say nothing of the nasty infections you can pick up while you are there!!!! in the town where i live there is a dunkin donuts across from the medical center and its not uncommon to see hospital staff in scrubs over there! ick!!! like i want to stand in line next to someone who is wearing the same clothes they were wearing when the last patient they touched had god knows what!!!!! double ick!!!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  4. * Karen says:

    When you were handed clean sheets, were you expected to change the bed yourself?

    I know exactly the frustration you feel. I was my mother’s caretaker for many years. She suffered strokes and heart problems. I was known as the person who wouldn’t leave the room. To the amazement of one nurse my mom had, about a foot taller than me and looked to be a former linebacker, a black guy, he learned the hard way about my stubborness. He finally told the other nurses on the floor to just let me come and go as I wanted. That was in the ICU! As she was moved to another floor, he told me no one had ever refused to leave the room when he told them to before. And he was grinning about it.

    It is crucial that the patient have an advocate there at all times. My step daughter is a nurse in Indianapolis and she says the same thing.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  5. * Christie says:

    Sigh. I’ve spent many a day and night in the ER and I know how hospitals can be.

    I’m sorry 😦

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  6. * Kelly says:

    I could write a book on hospitals. Children’s hospitals are so much nicer – such a better attitude about everything (possibly with exception of the labor and delivery floor where everything is happy all the time.) And consider yourself lucky to have found a chair in the ER to sleep in! 😉 Sometimes I just leave Jenelle in her wheelchair and take the cot myself!

    I realize your husband was critical in your eyes, but yes there are varying degrees of attention from medical staff depending on the patient’s status. I think this really sank in the day my daughter was taken to the PICU from the ER. Even the ER doctor followed us to the PICU. I also noticed it when I had an allergic reaction to Iodine after a CT scan. Immediately there were nurses everywhere when they announced my pulse oxygen rate was 72!

    I’m glad you survived, and I hope he is on the road to recovery.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  7. * Sheila says:

    Horrible.. it all sounds horrible! I am so sorry that both of you had to endure this… soundsl like a circus to me.

    Here is to a speedy recovery and NO more hospitals.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  8. * Katie says:

    I’m sorry you had to deal with this. I agree with everyone else, contact hospital administration.

    I hope your husband is at 100% soon.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  9. * Kat says:

    Wow. That sounds so frustrating and awful. The simple lack of answers and help would have had me screaming at people.

    I do understand that staff in the ER are often overworked and tired and probably yelled at quite a bit, but I don’t think that should discount them from still treating each person with humanity.

    Maybe to them, they don’t see something critical, but to the person going through it and their family, it’s terrifying.

    I agree about contacting the administration. The article I read and linked to in my previous comment about ER’s, says that every hospital should have a ‘house’ phone in the ER where you can dial zero to ask for the on-call or patient advocate that can be contacted for help in a stressful situation to make sure patients are being treated properly.

    So sorry you both had to go through all that. I am glad he is home and on the mend and hopefully you won’t have to go through this ever again! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  10. * Tammy says:


    The person who told me to change my own sheets after my hubby vomited would be wearing some vomit. Hate people.

    I may or may not have laughed out loud at your counting the blue things.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  11. * Jill says:

    So sorry you had to go through all that! WOW – what a pain! Your 08 HAS TO GET BETTER! ly

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  12. * iamderby says:

    I went to the ER after being ordered to by my dr. who said I had a hot appendix or a ruptured appendix. She wrote it out and everything… i arrived and sat in chairs for an hour… then I was moved to a bed in the hall… 12 hours later I was finally taken to surgery… not only had my appendix ruptured but I was septic… on top of all that I am an insulin dependent (type 1) diabetic and my blood sugar was through the roof, yet it took them 12 hours to take me to surgery. I nearly died… several times. I am lucky to be alive. I never want to go to the hospital again. i was there 8 days and every day I thought they would kill me. Not to mention how they wake you up constantly… they cant figure out an insulin dose to save their lives, they get angry if you wet yourself because you cant get up because they have so many tubes on you and they dont answer their call buttons. It was the most horrible experience of my life. I have full insurance, this was supposevly the top hospital in the area. Something in our health care system needs to change. Sorry for ranting on your blog 🙂

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  13. * debutaunt says:

    um. skeery! I have a love/hate with hospitals. I’m a type 2 diabetic and once sat in an ER for 25 hours before I was admitted for neuro issues and way high blood sugar (500). Thanks, jackasses. Took them 14 hours to figure I probably should eat something and even then I had to get a male tech to go get me a PB&J since they wouldn’t let me leave.

    I’m so sorry you had to go through this. Keep an eye on him and find a better hospital if you can… sheesh… they sound totally incompetent! People hate lawyers, but it’s stuff like this that makes total sense. A-holes like that deserve to be sued!!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago

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