Just got home from the hospital and wanted to let y'all know what was going on. I went to see my doctor on Wednesday because of several extremely difficult breathing episodes over the last couple of weeks. He did an exam and some testing (x-ray to rule out lung infection, EKG because he heard something in my heart he didn't like). One look at the EKG and he handed me an aspirin and told me to chew it thoroughly before swallowing then turned to his nurse and told her to call my insurance for a precertification number cause I was going inpatient. Within 2 hrs of walking into his office I was in a room at our local hospital and already getting blood work and an IV put in. Talk about being scared half to death - my husband was too, as he was with me at the docs. They took blood from me about every 15 minutes for the first couple of hours I was there. Can anyone say "feels like a pin cushion"?
Well the blood work did show that I had NOT had a heart attack as he had feared from the EKG. He also sent me for a pulmonary function test. That showed that there has been a 20% decrease in my lung function since my last test about 1 1/2 years ago. Up to now all I have been on was a rescue inhaler. Now he has added theophyline daily (2xs daily).
I go back to see him in 1 1/2 weeks for a checkup and he did give me a list of things to watch out for such as side effects that I am to go straight to the ER if I have any of these or just call him if I see a few others. I also look any new med up on-line and he did give me a full list of side effects that I need to be concerned with. I am so grateful to have a doc like this who cares enough to do that with any med he prescribes, any time not just this time.
One other thing he wants me to do is try to reduce stress in my life. ROTFLMAO I asked him to tell my how with the situation we are in here. Most of my stress comes from having to deal with the after effects of my husband's stroke last year not from problems between us. Those effects aren't going to go away but actually probably keep getting worse. One thing that can reduce my level of stress is if the 22 yr old who is still here would do the chores he is supposed to do without needed constant reminders. I came home to dishes still in the sink that were there when I left for the doctor's office on Wed. I talked to my husband about it and told him that from now on he will be talking to my step-son about these things. I will mention it 1 time to my husband and that is all. I figure he was the one that let the kid get away with stuff like this all his life so now I'm giving him back the responsibility to make sure the kid does the chores that we have asked him to do in return for allowing him to still live here without paying rent.
At intake all my allergies were put into my patient computer file as were all my medicines and the times and amounts I am supposed to have. Well long story short, they were all screwed up. I was also supposed to be on a low-sodium, diabetic diet - all white (high carb) breads rather than whole grain ones (they have them cause they offer them in the cafe for staff meals), sugar rather than other sweetener other than 1 meal and then got the 2 sweeteners I am allergic to rather than the 1 I can use which they have, and didn't even get 2 of my meds the whole time I was in there. Was in for COPD right? Well I also have a severe allergy/asthmatic reaction to ALL perfumes/scented products and all that was in the computer too. My personal care nurse yesterday I had to have changed as the 1st one came in so loaded with perfume it gagged my husband who normally isn't bothered by them.
I did have a talk with my doctor about all of that and he did talk to the staff about some of it, what he could try to change or at least bring to their attention. I know he talked to them about being better with meds and with a patients allergies especially with COPD patients and breathing triggers like perfumes. My husband and I were both very vocal with other nurses and staff about this as well as we both believe that the more people realize what bothers the patients the better because hopefully that will be a change they will make to prevent someone else - or even me another time - from having to have the same problems.
I will be getting a survey soon to fill out about how my visit was and usually don't bother with them but you can bet I will this time. I WILL be letting them know that I consider this a very poor stay overall as far as my patient care and meals were concerned , though there were some notable exceptions. So help me if I have to go back to our local hospital again I will be taking ALL of my own medicines and will be having my husband bring me my meals. One of my doctor's orders is to try to relieve all the stress in my life and then I have to put up with what I consider sub-standard care at the one place that is supposed to be there to help me?! WTF is up with that? Anyway guess I'm done with the rant now LOL
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