If You Have to be Hospitalized



From Kathryn Rosenthal:

If you do become hospitalized, I have a few thoughts that may be of help to you. When you have a planned procedure done as an in-patient, an RN will call you a day or so before your surgery to go over a list of questions that the hospital has for you to answer.

I've found that my hospital stay works better if I take the initiative and call the admitting office about two weeks before my admittance and ask to speak with an admitting RN. I advise her of all the facets of my care that I think important and basically give the hospital a "to do" list to prepare for my visit. Sort of like calling a four star hotel and going over your vacation plans. I want peace of mind and that will only come if I know the hospital staff and I are in sinc. Some of the items I cover are:

1) You may take your own bottled water. The nurse will leave ice water for you, but you can just have it taken away. Ice water will deplete your energy. Room temp. bottled water should help your energy.

2) You may have some form of energy healing done on you right after surgery. My certified Healing Touch RN was in my room shortly after surgery and she was wonderful, truly minimizing the affects of the anesthetic. Theraputic Touch isn't as effective, but may be more available. Whatever modality works for you...

3) One you have possession of the bed, you may stay until you are ready to leave the hospital. The resident "told" me I was going home before I was ready. I didn't feel like fighting with her, so I just stayed mute. Later, when the nurse came in, I told her I'd be going home the following day. She looked at me and said, "Oh, then I'd better let them know at the desk." The next day when the resident appeared she seemed more subdued. She took her time phrasing the question, then carefully asked, "When will you be going home?" "Today," I replied with a smile.

4) You can order special food in advance of your surgery. I asked to speak with the head dietitian and she not only agreed to all my dietary requirements, she even asked if I wanted her to send someone out on a special trip to buy organic fruit for me!

5) Surgery: Place a heated pad under me during surgery and have lots of pieces of foam available to slip under my knees, back, etc. so that I won't wake up with aches and pains. I want the anesthesiologist to go over the materials that I send him/her relating to my special breathing requirements. I want my breathing requirements discussed at an anesthesiologist staff meeting.

6) Immediately after surgery: Place a heated blanket over me when I come out of surgery. Keep me warm! Check me often!

7) Room: Private, quiet and not on a major footpath.

8) Diet: Have the head dietitian call me to discuss my requirements, including the fact that I will bring my own bottled water to the hospital and will not drink their floridated, energy depleting ice water.

9) RNs on my floor: I will send them a file of info. re. my disease and the special conditions that need to be met to make me comfortable. I will also ask that, unless there is a specific need - with which I agree - to wake me during the night to give me a pill, don't do it.

10) I will ask that the visitors' desk be informed that I will not be allowing non-family members to visit, this includes the ministers from my church. I'll call them before my hospitalization, ask for their prayers and ask them to respect my privacy and need to rest and meditate. I will ask friends/family to refrain from sending flowers - this is not going to be a funeral; funny cards will be most welcome.

11) I will inform the hospital of any meds that I will need during my stay, this includes stool softeners.

12) I will take my bed pillow and throw pillows to the hospital, my portable CD player, books, favorite blanket, etc.

It has been my experience that the hospital will go along with almost anything reasonable to ensure my comfort and peace of mind as long as I present it in a friendly, non-confrontational way. In fact, I'm amazed at their willingness to please and the amount of satisfaction that the hospital staff has in their jobs. Be prepared for nurses who are rushed and overworked - saying "thank you" is part of my job as a patient. I want my room to be a "safe place" for the nursing staff; they can hang out with me if they have an extra minute or two.

As I see it, you are there for a service that the hospital staff performs. You are not a helpless victim but, rather, an informed woman who can direct a lot of her treatment. I found the nurses on the oncology floor to be the most wonderful, sensitive, helpful nurses I've ever encountered and, strange as it may seem, I had a very good time at the hospital.


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