I was wondering what people have experienced with their hosptial stays when they had surgeries? How would you rank them on a scale of one to 10? I would probably rate my experience a 6 or 7.
I have read posts here and have been extremely impressed at how courageous people have been with surgeries and MRIs. The MRI that I went through prior to surgery caused me more pain and (since it was my first) really made me nervous because of the noise and time it took. I have discovered I might be a wuss deep inside. I am a lawyer (when I'm not recovering from surgery)...and I thought I was pretty tough. I don't practice medical malpractice or health law, but I've seen the cases and I guess I was watching for "red flags" during my hospital experiences. When I went in for my pre-op testing, they had me confused and got me mixed up with another patient with the same name. I was also concerned because they didn't have a wheelchair I could use, and I ended up in intense pain after walking from department to department. The hospital is "physician-owned" and had an impressive website, but I was taken aback during the pre-op tests when the exam/testing rooms were worn out and dirty. The techs and nurses seemed to be in their own little worlds and not on top of things. Lots of documentation mistakes where they got things confused or left things off.
The actual surgery was a few days later. I like my NS, and felt confident in him. I only met the anestesiologist (spell?) for a few seconds. He told me his name and asked me if I had any major dental work, then left. The recovery room experience was scary, but I think most people have fear there. The nurses attending in recovery were not very conforting and actually argued with me when I told them I couldn't breathe and felt I was going to throw up. When I was moved to my room, it was a private room with a couch that pulled out (which was nice because my mother could stay). On my pre-op paperwork, I specifically asked for no visitors other than my parents. One of my friends came by in the afternoon, but I figured that would be it. Then at 10:30 that night, my ex-boyfriend showed up when I haven't seen him in months. I don't know how he knew I was there, much less what room I was in. The doors (except for Emergency) were supposed to be locked after 9:00 pm. It wasn't a big deal, he just came in and said "hi" and then I told him he needed to go. But security was a concern.
Most of the nurses and techs were just fine. There was one, however, who didn't seem interested in helping me use the bathroom (she left and said to buzz her when I was done. So I buzzed, but she didn't come back). Then there was a male tech with dredlocks who came in to check my vitals several times that night. He was a little too friendly, and it concerned me when he came back the second time wearing tons of cologne! I don't know what he was thinking. The biggest problem I had was the nausea from the anesthesia, which continued to the next day. Oh, and I hated the leg stockings they required I wear! Too small and my poor ankles were swolen. The nurses said there was nothing they could do. Overall, there were no major life-threatening problems, which I am thankful for.
Sorry for the long post. I am eager to hear about your hospital experiences. How would you rank them? How did you cope with it all? I may be facing another surgery, and I need to get my courage up.