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Unread 01-03-2008, 07:15 PM
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I had to stop by my Docs office this afternoon and I asked the receptionist if the hospital where I am going to have my TAH has private rooms. She told me to ask the doctor the day of my TAH. Chances are he would do it but if the insurance doesn't cover than I would have to pay $75 per day. I think that's allot of money and it will total up to about $300.00 and I won't be getting disability so I might end up with a roomate. She also mentioned that I would end up in the maternaty ward as they are the only ones with private rooms, that wouldn't bother me what does bother me is the price.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 07:30 PM
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Honestly, I would have LOVED to have had a private room and would have gladly paid the 75$ for the quiet it affords. Having a roomate means double the nurse visits and if they are active, double the noise. Plus they may have constant or loud, nosey visitors like my roomate in my latest stay had. If I could have gotten a private room I would have been MUCH better rested.

Just my random opinion on this.
Unread 01-03-2008, 07:37 PM
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I would DEFINITELY pay $75 for a private room! I was put in a room witha very annoying young woman who was loud and obnoxious! I was "coming to" after surgery and all I could hear was her talking on her cell phone, talking to her visitor, her phone ringing, her hospital phone ringing, etc. I thought I might lose it.

Fortunately, I had a couple of friends who worked at the castle, and were able to pull some strings for me and get me into another room. It was a double room, but fortunately, no one else was admitted during my stay.

Peace and quiet and privacy are very important to me! I guess it depends on what you value and what is important to you.

Good Luck!

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Unread 01-03-2008, 07:42 PM
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Private rooms are nice, but I wasn't able to have one....there simply wasn't one available. There are privacy issues if the roommate has guests at all hours ( like mine did ), but I think it also caused me to work a little harder to get home quicker. I was able to go home about 2 1/2 days after my surgery. For the first 24 hours I slept, and for the next 24 hours I was working towards impressing the by drinking lots of water and walking up and down the halls.

I had my music and my earphones to block out whatever noise was going on. Either way, private room or roommate, there's no place like home

Unread 01-03-2008, 07:49 PM
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Unread 01-03-2008, 07:56 PM
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I believe our hospital has all private rooms and they also just added a new wing. I was also in a private room after I came out of recovery for my cold cone a few months ago until they shoved my wheelchair out the door after a few hours. Had a older nurse in the out patient waiting area and it must of been her 1st day ever because she could not start an IV to save her life, after try 3 she asked me well can I try one more time of do you want someone else to try. GET SOMEONE ELSE PLEASE BEFORE I PASS OUT! She also proceeded to throw the used lines in the regular trash not the BIOHAZARD even though my blood had sprayed all over the bed and the tubing! UGGH! It was smooth sailing from there though until I ended up in the ER a week later with a spontaneus hemorage in my vaginal wall. Did a nurse even look to see how much I was So I just kept pilling the blood soaked sheets on the table next to my cot. When the DR came in 2 hours was like a fire drill sprang into action. I am hoping this time my DH will speak up sooner and be my voice of reason (he is very non confrontational so would rather just wait!) UGH!
Unread 01-03-2008, 07:56 PM
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I think you ladies are right! I think the 300 dollars are worth the privacy and the noise.

Thanks for convincing me.
Unread 01-03-2008, 08:09 PM
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i couldnt stand to listen to someone talk on a cellphone, have visitors and hearing a phone ringing when i didnt feel good. 75.00 is definitely worth it if a private room is available.
Unread 01-03-2008, 08:11 PM
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I believe your Dr can request it, as I found out later. I did not even ask beforehand, as I belong to a large HMO. When I was put in my room post-op, same situation as paininthe had. There was also loud drilling and pounding from construction right outside the window.
I told my mom, I could not hang with all the noise. So she and my husband
went to the nurses station and said I needed to be moved. My nurse agreed and I was moved. My mom had said Dr requested I be in a private room! She is so great.
I was by myself until late that night, and my roomate was in rough shape.
She also was mean, the morning I left she turned up Maury Povich full blast on her tv when they took her out for a test or something.
Was so glad to go home. I was up all night peeing and having to drag IV pole in bathroom. I tried to be quiet, but maybe I wasnt.
The nurse admitted they had the IV turned up full blast after catheter was taken out. They did not even check on me or even her after midnight that night due to a lot of emergencies with other patients. I wish I could have just gone home.
The earplug idea is a good one .
Unread 01-03-2008, 08:54 PM
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If there is any way you can swing paying the extra $$ do it. I was not given that option: My 1st night in the hospital (only hours post-op) my roommate literally threw a temper tantrum-- she slammed doors & drawers & threw things directly at me!! I was lying in the bed with a catheter & using a morphine pump, so I guarantee you I had done nothing to provoke her in any way!

I called for a nurse & whispered to her what happened & requested that she leave the door open because I was literally afraid to be alone with the roommate when I was so absolutely vulnerable. The nurse was very efficient but acted like my roommate's behavior was the norm.

When my husband came the next morning we walked into the hall & I told him what happened & that we had to contact a patient rep, etc. But once the morning nursing staff heard the story I was moved immediately. The 2nd roomie was lovely.

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