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What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

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Unread 12-22-2011, 03:45 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

I found it odd waking up one night in hospital to a baby crying, and thought I was hearing things.

I asked the nurse about why they put women who have had hysterectomy with maternity and she said it was so the nurses trained in this area could provide the best care needed. This made sense to me, and I was so grateful to have nurses who did know exactly how to manage me.

However, I do think it is a little insensitive at the same time. It did not bother me personally but I can see how it would bother some. The nurse I spoke to said they do try to separate patients when possible.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 03:52 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

I was on the maternity ward and the nurses just seemed like they were there for every aspect of my care and needs. I am glad I was on that floor. All the rooms in my hospital were private suites (LOL "suites" like we're on vacation????) even the maternity rooms. It did not bother me to hear the babies and see them during our walks. I would go take a peek at the nursery when we could. My children are 20 and 22 so loosing my uterus after the couple of hectic years it gave me was a good choice. But I can see this being an issue if you still want children or more children. I would talk to your doctor if you prefer not to be on that floor prior to your surgery. To me it didn't matter. And now I'm kind of glad I was on that floor. The nurses there really seem to know my needs.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 04:59 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

I work at the hospital where I had my surgery. I spoke to my GYN pre op about which ward I would be placed on. I was on the surgical floor. I was worried I would be in the Family Birthing Unit (maternity). There is no way I could have handled that and I would have strongly protested being there. It would have been literally adding insult to injury.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 05:40 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

i was placed in the mat ward. three babies were born between 10am and 9pm. one cried for hours.
it broke my heart. i have been blessed with a son, ( 2 1/2 then) but i couldnt sleep thiinkng i'd done wrong!!
medically i needed the surgery, but the mat ward!!! they should ask each person.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

I was on the ematernity ward also. It was so peaceful and the nurses were so great. I can see why that would bother some though. It should be asked in the prop appt though if it is beinga sensitive issue
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Unread 12-22-2011, 07:10 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

So that explains it! I was discussing the difference in the level of care I'd received from the same hospital during my myomectomy and now my SAH. Same hospital but different wards!

I was placed on the surgical ward for the first procedure and the postpartum ward for the second. I was treated so much better this time around. I was reduced to tears by personnel while recovering from my myomectomy and spent several sleepless night listening to the poor elderly patient next door moaning in pain over a broken hip.

My friends couldn't find me since none of us knew I'd been placed on the maternity floor and a few of them argued, "No, she didn't have a baby. Wrong patient." Never having children, I can see how placing hysterectomy patients on the same floor or wing as L&D would be hard for some. My hospital at least put surgical patients on one side of the floor and moms with babies on the other. I never heard any crying unless I was out walking the floor post-surgery. The staff said they usually refer to it as the "Women's Health/Surgical" wing since all of us are being treated by OB-GYNs. Makes sense when I thought about it that way.

Thanks for sharing this! I have a friend who's going to schedule her hysterectomy in 2012 and I'll make sure to pass this info on to her.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 07:42 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...

i also went to a small hospital i wasnt impressed but i really like my doctor.he took care of me.that hospital wasnt very good at all.my doctor was one of those people that are very happy with themselves.as far as bruising me or me,feeling like he was not rough with me,i dont think he was.i didnt feel bruised after the surgery just from the procedure,i think
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Unread 12-22-2011, 08:40 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...

I had a similar experience. My roommate was an 82 year old woman who kept getting up all night. It ended up being my responsiblity to ring for the nurses when she went stumbling around. At one point she was wandering and my husband had to rescue her before she rolled over her IV line and yanked it out. My husband had to provide most of my care as well. Should I ever need hospitalized again I will pay out of pocket for a private room.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 10:27 PM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

I wish I would have been on the baby floor! I was put on the bariatric (sp?) wing and it was horrible. The nurses were understaffed and over worked. I had to share a room with a lady who was very nice, but I wanted a private room. When I got to the hospital I had to put my name on a waiting list for a private room that I would have had to pay $250 a night for, but IMO that's money well spent. All said and done, I'd never, ever go back to the hospital that I had my surgery at. I didn't want to be there but didn't have a choice since my crazy Dr changed her privileges with out telling me that she was doing so and things were going to be different than what I was initially told. The whole experience was not a good one for me, but in the end, it could have always been worse! I'm just glad it's over with.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 05:44 AM
Re: What I wish I'd known before going to hospital...surgical or maternity ward

I think also what ruined me against that hospital is i have worked in hospital as a cna and i know what good nursing care is and i know i didnt receive it there.if i have to have ovaries removed i dont know if i'll keep dr.caused he set up there but he is a good surgeon
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