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Unread 02-17-2002, 05:43 PM

A safety tip on smuggled contraband...

Not that anyone would do anything against doctor's orders, of course, but hypothetically, if it were to eat or take anything you smuggled in, *tell* your nurse.

I did just that with GasX and Colace (my doctor was clueless about both of those). I took them, but I also told the nurse afterward (to much rolling of her eyes...). That way at least if they find you passed out or something they'll know what you've been up to.
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Unread 02-17-2002, 08:50 PM

Signing off now to go to the kitchen for FOOD!
Unread 02-18-2002, 04:24 PM
GasX & Colace

Horsewoman or others,

Tell me more about avoiding these problems I keep reading about with gas and constipation. How much did these OTC meds help and when did you use them? Any medical reason not to use them?
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Unread 02-18-2002, 05:04 PM


As to whether there is a medical reason not to use them: YES, if your DR says there is, based on your circumstances. I would definitely check w/the DR before using any OTC meds.
Unread 02-18-2002, 11:38 PM
Food, Glorious Food!

Despite my plans before my first op to have pizza smuggled in, I was a good girl, and ate only what was served, which actually wasn't too bad.

But I did prepare a supply of comfort foods -- the local equivalent of spaghetti-o's, vanilla pudding, etc.

Didn't have any gas, but am apprehensive about that for next week's op -- heard it happens a lot with laps.
Unread 02-19-2002, 04:24 AM

I know every hospital and every dr is different and does things a little differently, but during my stay (and every one before this one) they keep a record of what and how much goes in and what and how much comes out. If you don't eat everything on your tray they make a note of it, when you go pee there is the container there to catch it so they can record how much. When they bring you water it is for you and not your visitors so they don't think you're drinking more than you are. So if you eat or drink something the nurses don't know about it can cause confusion.

As far as thinking you need to bring your own food, if you're like I was I was't hungry but I forced myself to eat the jello and drink the juice, and even though I don't like tea I even drank it. When I was taken off the restricted diet I still had no appetite so I didn't eat much, but the soup with filling was a nice change from the clear broth.

Maybe I'm just too much of a follow the rules type person - ask first and if it isn't ok to bring my own meds, food, etc I wouldn't because I wouldn't want to take a chance that I caused myself problems by thinking that I knew better than they do.

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