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  #1  
Unread 04-06-2002, 07:47 AM
Hospital Stay

I am almost five months post-op, and I am doing well. I would like to share some informaation
with anyone going in for a hysterectomy. I did a lot of research - I asked many questions-
but there were some things that occurred that were unforeseen. Here are some suggestions
for questions to ask before your surgery: Ask your doctor if he will be in attendance during your hospital stay. As I was being wheeled into surgery, my doctor of five years informed
me that he was going away for the weekend (my surgery was on a Friday) and another
doctor would be checking me while I was in the hospital. When I asked which doctor in
his group would be on duty that weekend, he told me. The doctor was the youngest,
newest doctor in the group; I had never even met her! I had a supracervical hysterectomy;
I had a 5 1/4" abdominal incision. I was very concerned about post-op complications
(I had none), but I assumed my surgeon would be around if I had problems. What a
shock to be told he was going away for the weekend as I was being wheeled into
surgery!

Find out the hospital's policy on visitors. I worked for the hospital where I had surgery
(they eliminated my position while I was recovering from surgery, so I had no job to
return to), and I assumed I would have been told about problems. After my surgery, I
was wheeled into a room with a woman my age who was admitted for stomach pains.
She did not have surgery. She had a large family; five or six people, including a 3 year old
boy, visited her from 6 to 8 pm the night of my surgery. The visitors talked as I faded in
and out of sleep. Her 3 yr. old son was restless and loud. This was very disturbing.
To make matters worse, my room was right outside the nurses' station. The overnight
nurses were loud; they talked loudly and laughed all night. Outside my window were
dumpsters; late at night and early in the morning, trucks roared outside my window
as they approached and stopped to use the dumpsters.

Find out about night time cleaning. At 8 pm, as I was trying to sleep, two men using
large machines came around my ward to wash and wax the floors. I didn't get much sleep
during my three days in the hospital.
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  #2  
Unread 04-06-2002, 08:05 AM
Hi Diamondgirl

I am sorry you had some experiences in the hospital that were not very pleasant.
I had my surgery on a Saturday. However, my doctor atleast informed me in pre-op that he and his partners shared rounds on the weekends. That was fine. I had no complications of any kind. So the frequent visiting of nurses kept me comfortable and monitored.
I was fortunate to be at hospital that only has private rooms. What a blessing that was. Very quiet.
I would suggest that if anyone has difficulty with a roomate or their abundance of guests etc., to ask to be moved to a different room. Hopefully, most hospitals can accomodate this request.
  #3  
Unread 04-06-2002, 09:11 AM
Hospital Stay

Sounds like we had similar cases - although my doctor was there and is super duper. But the hospital ward, ee gads. There is no enforcement of the 2 visitors per patient guideline and I, too, was kept up for two nights with a huge extended family (including 3 babies/toddlers) keeping watch over their beloved. What they thought they could add, I have no idea. And either the cleaning staff is making noise and talking and all the nurses are about, or...about 3 in the morning, there is no one around to empty your toilet urine measuring cup or fill up your beeping IV unit. Maybe I am nutz but when I am in the hospital I expect the nurses to care for me like my mommie would - and to care. If I need something unusual, I should have to beep them - but if it is a matter of routine care, they should make rounds and check on me at least every couple of hours!

I am glad to be home.

My words of advice:
1. Pain medication does not help gas pain. Gas-X or the like is only partly helpful. Walking and fluids are the best.
2. Metamucil wafers (I have some nice tasting apple flavored ones) and Sunkist lemon essence "dried plums" (marketing ploy for prunes) are God's gift to constipation and getting the bowels moving. As are lots of vegetables.
3. A slight increase in protien intake helps muscles heal - so treat yourself to that filet mignon!
4. Smoothies with fresh fruit, soy milk/rice milk/etc., yogurt (esp. if you are sent home with antibiotics like I was), not only tastes good but is a nice way to speed some nutrition to the old bod.


I am 5 days post op and now that I have "moved my bowels" the world is looking brighter and brighter!
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Unread 04-06-2002, 09:53 AM
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Wow! I'm so sorry you had all that happen to you.

LIWs, she is right about checking on some of those things first. But don't be afraid that everything that happened with her always happens.

I had my hyst at a different hospital from where I used to work OB/GYN. Where I worked, whoever was on call would be the dr to make rounds at the hospital. However, my dr, who works in a large practice, came to see me himself everyday while I was in the hospital. One day, he came twice! Maybe I should write him a thank you note?

Another way I guess I was lucky was that most of the hospitals around where I live have private rooms. So, I didn't have the disturbance that can come along with having a roommate. But I have heard some stories from others about the noise from their roomies/guests. Maybe you could make up a special sign to hang on the curtain between your beds that says something like, "Quiet please. Patient resting." Pull the curtain & hang the sign with safety pins when you want to sleep or just want quiet. You could have a family member/friend/nurse pull the curtain & hang the sign for you. Do remember that this goes both ways...the roommate may want her rest and some quietness too. So, please make sure your guests give her the same respect you expect from hers.

Yes, it can get quite noisy near the nurses' station. You may want to request a room at the end of the hall if noise bothers you. But the disadvantage to that is that it takes longer for someone to get down there to check you or bring things to you. Most of the time, patients who are expected to need a closer eye kept on them are kept near the nurses' station.
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Unread 04-06-2002, 09:59 AM
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I brought ear plugs and made sure the nurses made a note in my chart that if they were trying to wake me I may not hear them. Worked for me when I couldn't move to another room because they were all full and my roomate was an elderly demented patient who had the habit of screaming. After the epidural came out I did get moved and my roomate had her husband visiting for a long time who talked real loud. She turned on her tv while he went to go get something to eat and I asked her if she had earphones. They give them to all patients. I felt bad to ask her that but she used them and when her hubby came back she told him I just had surgery and hadn't had any rest so he toned down his voice
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