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Swear to god they never let me sleep more than two hours in a row at night.

We need to check your vitals.
Need to hang a new bag.
Need this need that. In the middle of the frickin' night?

Izzatso? Then how come I've not seen a nurse today since this MORNING? Only need the vitals at night do ya? Bullshit! Seen the doctor more than the day shift nurse today. Which I haven't really needed her, but what if I did? Been here three days and I've seen three different day shift nurses all with very different sets of competencies. Nights have been the same nurse and graveyards different folks each time.

Kinda blasted the graveyard nurse as I had just fallen asleep for the second time when she came in for some other fucking thing. Sleep is kind of a precarious thing for me anyway. And when I'm disturbed. BOOM!!

Feeling somewhat more human today. Serious cramps but not like before. At this point I'm wondering if the antibiotics are chewing me up inside. Have had no pain mess today either.

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Aug. 24th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Well, if they aren't checking regularly during the day also, then there probably isn't a reason to check a lot a night.

Basically, the graveyard nurses don't have as many distractions (doctors, admissions, etc) do they are more efficient.

Ask your doctor if he can write an order to limit vitals at night.
Aug. 24th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Sending you healing thoughts and prayers Tom...
Aug. 24th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Why do they have to wake you for bag change?
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
i could change a bag and hang antibiotics and never wake my patient. Why are they waking you up for THAT??

Also, if they aren't checking your vitals every 4 during the day, then tell the doc that you'd prefer HS and AM vitals instead of every 4 all night..

and why aren't they clustering care..? you're 'sposed to do everything at once at night to MINIMIZE waking the patient...
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
He has trouble sleeping. Maybe he wakes up when they walk in the room.

Other than that, I think they hate him. lol. It would behoove them to make sure he is less grumpy. He is considerably less charming when he hasn't had enough sleep.
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oooohhh trust me.. I know. I have experience T in all his grumpy insomniac glory, heh. not something i plan on repeating intentionally unless his life is in danger (in other words, unless hell freezes over).

but in 12 years of nursing, I learned.. you try to keep them (patients) asleep if they are asleep, cuz they don't get much when they are in the hospital. And I swear, no one in the hospital is a good sleeper.

And if they want to risk life and limb.. they can continue waking him up.

Me? I'd rather poke a sleeping grizzly.
Aug. 24th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
thinking aboyt you lots

tell them to bog off, you need sleep to help you recover/keep as ok as you are/cope with what they plan to do
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
So sorry you're going through all this. Here's hoping you can keep your sense of humor. Sending healing thoughts.
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you're feeling a little bit better! But alas, no sleep in the hospital, it's true...
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Geez! I'm sorry I didn't know you were in the hospital. I hope you feel better soon :(
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon. I took a look back to see how you got to this hospital visit, right after I made anotehr big batch of my pickled vegetable salsa, complete with jalapenos, serranos, and habaneros!

A friend of mine is recovering from surgery at the moment, and his primary goal is to get some sleep. He's even asked people to stop visiting him so he can get some rest. Sheesh!
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I'm still pissed about my similar experience about 5 years ago.
I hope you're sleeping now.
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'll complain to them. I told them to wake you every hour, if they're leaving you two hours at a time I want at least half my money back :)
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I was in the hospital for a month, waiting on surgery. There was no immediate health problem, I was perfectly stable, yet they kept waking me up every damn night at somewhere between midnight and 2am to do their temp/blood pressure bs and nothing, no power on Earth or profanity, would dissuade them from this unnecessary waking up and aggravation.
Aug. 24th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Hells bells, man! What did you put in that chili??!!

I've been AWOL the past few days - just saw this. Really glad you went to the hospital.

Night shift? They wake patients up because the day shift blames everything on them. I meself have been woken up to take a sleeping pill. =/

Holding good thoughts for you - get well and keep us all updated.
Aug. 24th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wearing that sexy hospital gown too... xoxo
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
...designed by the famous Mr Seymore Butts!! LOL
Aug. 24th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
That's why I hate hospitals. You can't get any rest at all.

And there's sick people all over. lol.
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Holy Shit!
I fail to check in for several days and look what happens! Geez, Tom, I'm sorry for your pain -- both the gut and the putting-up-with crap!

Any news on what they're gonna do and when they're gonna do it?

Aug. 25th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
Ugh, that's what happened to Gyro, too. Woken up every two hours. Even more frequently, sometimes (like every half hour). Towards the end there, Gyro lost it with a male nurse who shone a torch into his eyes for the FOURTH time. You do meet nurses of different competencies. Gyro also noticed there was almost no-one around at night...when he needed them!

The antibiotics probably are messing with your digestive system some.
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