Be Prepared for the  Hospital Experience.
It’s a full time job.

  1. Get regular checkups. ( You’ve heard that before ). You’re not invincible.
  2. Get a second opinion right away. “DON’T WAIT” !!!!
  3. Your doctor may be a great guy with a good bedside manner but may lack the knowledge about the patient’s illness.
  4. Once you are admitted to the hospital your primary doctor doesn’t see you.
  5. Doctors often recommend other doctors in “THEIR GROUP”. ( Don’t Fall For It )
  6. Research each and every doctor.
  7. In the hospital you will probably get a new doctor every 3 days.
  8. If your have surgery you will see your surgeon for a few days. The rest of the time it is hospital staff that rotates every 3-4 days. They treat you by reading the last doctors notes. They send these notes to your primary doctor along with dozens of others each day.
  9.  Just because a hospital is close and they take your insurance doesn’t mean it’s the right place for you.
  10. Visit the rooms. HOSPITALS ARE DIRTY.
    Don’t take a chance request another hospital if you don’t like what you see.
    Make the Hand Sanitizer stations your best friend.
  11. Care Givers and Advocates. If this is a serious illness you will at need at least two people that can stay with your loved one. Someone needs to be there all the time. It will totally wear one person down. Ashley’s mother was able to stay with us to help for almost three months. I must add we were told 4-5 days in the hospital which turned into 4-5 weeks not including physical rehab.
    As a side note my mother in-law started cataloging everything that was happening. Names, numbers, vital sign readings, medications, times of doctor’s visits and so on.
    I thought “what for?” the doctors and nurses know what they are doing.
    You can write this down, my mother in-law was right. Did i really say that?
    Seriously, Horrible things can happen.

    Things go bump in the night:
    Here is list of a few things that actually happened:
    A. Prescription mix ups and over overdosing
    B. IV tubes coming disconnected
    C. Missed Vital Sign Checks
    D. Not responding to the patient buzzer.
    E. Not cleaning or bathing patient
    F. Not changing bedding
    G. Not notifying legal guardian of a new procedure.
    H. Not sanitizing the room.
    I.   Actually spilled Ashley’s medicine and blamed it on her.

    You maybe saying “you must have gone to the worst hospital in town”. Not so. People tell me the same stories about most other hospitals.

  12. Hospital Time
    You are on their schedule even if that means waking a patient at 4 am to weigh them. Remember the hospital is a “for profit” business and they make cost cutting decisions.

    Bells, buzzers, noise from the hall, doctors’ visits, and vital sign checks equals very little sleep. This is where the caregiver needs a backup. The caregiver can’t take it along with juggling the family, house and work. You are trying to sleep in a Lazy-Boy type chair.
    On any given day in a major hospital there are hundreds of family members sleeping in the room (one only), waiting rooms, hallways and cafeterias.
    If you can divide it up into shifts. Send some people home to rest.