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Unread 03-08-2008, 05:39 AM
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Hi Irish Bridie,
My husband is a hospital administrator in the Air Force and when they were implementing all the new privacy acts, he was the "Privacy officer" overseeing the implementation. In the new requirements, there isn't anything stating patients have to have private rooms, but he said you could interpret it that way. It is great that your hospital chose to go with private rooms to help with privacy, but it won't be something all hospitals do. I had a private room, but then I was the only overnight patient on my floor
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Unread 03-08-2008, 07:22 AM
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I was on the women's surgery floor where all the rooms are private. There was even a couch so my husband could have spent the night. He didn't because of other kids at home.
Unread 03-08-2008, 08:13 AM
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Wow.. I'm reading about all the privacy everyone had and I have to say the hospital stay was the worst part of my whole experience! I had requested a private room at my preadmin. when asked what I wanted.. but told they couldn't quarantee it. (why ask then?) I wound up being wheeled into the DAY SURGERY ward since they were short on beds ( 4 beds to a room!) My FIRST roommate was a man! I absolutely broke down as the nurses were asking (in loud voices) "how's your flow dear?" Keep in mind only a curtain between the beds! When I woke later in the evening the man was gone. At about midnight I was woken up as the nurses brought in an older lady who was very loud and not happy about being admitted! Not a quiet night. This lady was discharged at about 4pm the next day. I thought oh finally some quiet! At about 10:30 pm I'm woken up by nurses moving furniture around.. and bringing me another room mate! This poor woman sat up till about 3am going through her things to make sure everything was there! I found out she had been moved 3 times in one week! This time she'd come out of the bathroom to find the nurses moving her stuff.. bed and all! Need less to say I BEGGED my Dr. to go home that morning! I've never been so glad to get home!
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Unread 03-08-2008, 08:41 AM
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I had a private room for both surgeries. So I have heard on here from some ladies about the food being good!! What?? So my first surgery TVH they didn't feed me at all! My second surgery I was NPO for 8 days to rest my bowels and on the last day when they brought me food it smelled and looked like dog food. In fact I give my dog nicer food!! So they let my friend wheel me in a wheel chair to the snack bar on the first floor and I got my OWN food!

Lucky to those who had edible food!!

Unread 03-08-2008, 10:05 AM
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I didn't have a private room , but was by myself for 3 of the 4 days.... The food wasn't bad, but they need to pay more attention to people.. I couldn't even sit up high enough in bed half the time to eat... They just put the tray down and left..
Unread 03-08-2008, 10:29 AM
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My hospital stay sounds just like Lolee8's. I didn't ask ahead for a private room, but I think that all of the rooms on the surgery floor were private. This hospital had just been remodeled and it was REALLY nice - like a nice hotel. Beautiful mosaic tile floors, art on all the hallway walls, really upscale furniture in the waiting areas.

The only not-so-nice areas were the pre-surgery and recovery rooms. This part was pretty old (70's) and sort of dingy - but then again, i was very freaked out at that time and anything would have seemed dingy.

Anyway - we had "room service" and could order off a menu over the phone any time of day and it was pretty good. I wasn't there long enough to really appreciate it - just breakfast and lunch the second day when i stopped throwing up, lol. Nice flat screen TV, which i never turned on, and a nice sofa for visitors.

Overall a VERY nice experience. I almost hated to leave, lol.
Unread 03-08-2008, 10:40 AM

I had a roommate when i was in the hospital thank God I was only in for 36 hours. The women was ruid and arigent. She was constintly calling the nurses for pain meds and they would tell her the same thing most of the time"It's to soon for your next dose" and when they brought me my pain meds she would complain about me getting medication not her. I was on a strict 4 hour pain medicine routine because I was In alot of pain. I think she was some kind of addict...I don't know mabey. She never even looked my way...I could not wait to get out of there.Denise.
Unread 03-08-2008, 10:50 AM
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The hospital I was in was "older" and considering that it was in one of the richest counties in the nation it was kind of surprising they never did anything to make it more "posh" to the local population (I live outside of that county). It was a 3 bed room - first night, just me. 2nd night I had a roommate. 3rd night (the night before both me and my roommate were to go home), they brought in a lady who had just been released from ICU and put her in the middle between us. I felt so bad for her...she was in horrible pain, required a lot of attention, had her family hovering around - I drew my curtain but it must have been very uncomfortable for her to be in a goldfish bowl. I never filled out the evaluation form from the hospital but I probably should have. Unless that was the only bed available, it would have been kinder to put her someplace where she would have had more privacy. I sincerely hope I never see that hospital from the inside again!
Unread 03-08-2008, 10:58 AM
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happy future - they should have given her a pain pump. She couldn't have overdosed if she'd tried - but at least she would THINK she was!

My gov't insurance covered me for a private room (an extra premium on top of the regular one, through Blue Cross), but at the op admin, the lady asked if I was ok with not having one. Hospital bed shortages are a bad problem throughout the province, and I said I was ok.

And I was. Had the double room to myself from Tues noon til Wed early afternoon, when my roommate joined me. Her dear sweet hubby had been sitting there for over an hour with a big flowered could tell he felt a bit out of place. I told him that I had been late in getting to my room (labour shortage is also huge up here). He finally had to leave (kids) and I asked if he had a message. "Just tell her that I love her and I will call her later." Awwwww!

Joyce was a wonderful person, even when first brought in and groggy! I recall early Thursday morning....silence.



"What time do we get breakfast?"

"I don't know. Maybe at 8. But I can't see the clock."

Funny how we look forward to small things!

Popsicle and broth NEVER tasted so good!

Sorry to run OT a bit - but my experience was good.
Unread 03-08-2008, 11:12 AM
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I had a private room--- very tiny and I could hear the moaning from the knee surgery next door all night long so I had to put my tv on low so that I could get a little sleep. I think the mother and grandmother in me wanted to "help" the man next door.

I was only in the room about 18 hours or so before I was released. I have no complaints with the food or my care.


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