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Laptops or netbooks at the hospital

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  • I'm with you, SpineAZ. I told people I was not accepting visitors. My son came and stayed in the room with me during the day just to be my advocate in case I needed something -- but he was studying and working on applications to grad school so he was very quiet and we didn't really talk much.

    I was prepared to really feel crappy and to be highly medicated and I didn't want to have to try to make small talk with visitors.

    You're having a lot of surgery. I doubt you'll be feeling up to doing much at the beginning...at least for a number of days.

    Hope you can have a relaxing holiday before your big event.

    xx Gwennie
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    It's good to know I'm not alone on the visitor thing. Some of my friends have looked at me funny but I just tell them I expect this to be quite painful and I'm just not up for visitors during that time. I do have friends who have been hospitalized for surgery and had their family spend 24/7 in the room with them. I'd go nuts.

    The only time I did want visitors is when I was hospitalized years ago for an infection. I was just there for IV antibiotics for a few days so I could read, socialize, etc. With surgery I just nicely ask them not to visit but assure them if I need or want them there I will call them.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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  • When I was in the hospital the first time for 4 days I never took mine but the second time was an emergency (11 days in total) I wish I had my laptop then.

    I at least had my tv most of the time both stays as I wasn't sleeping well even on drugs. The tv and my cell with internet were my pals the whole stay.

    So I would say leave the laptop at home and have someone bring it later if you decide you want it. I would have brought mine the second time but here in Canada it costs to use at hospital so I wasn't going to pay almost $40 for two days.

    Good luck,
    Candy
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,518
    they can and there are not many security devices that will stop that.
    All the locks, and other gadgets are basicall designed to slow down a person from making the theft.
    What I have found to be more effective, is that when you go into the hospital:

    - Let all the Nursing Staff know that you have a computer.
    - Notify your Insurance carrier, that you are bringing a Laptop into the hospital.

    This will not stop or prevent someone from stealing your computer, but it will help tp make it harder

    To me, what is much more important is to back up your data files to CD or another computer. Also make sure that you have removed any stored passwords to sites. Besides the actual theft of a physical piece of hardware, what hackers are looking for are the 'keys' to your bank accounts,
    credit careds, etc.. So, removing those stored pieces of information basically makes any theft of your machine just a physical piece of hardware and not a theft of your identify.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • My experience must have been so different, I had a Pump but was no where near so drugged out that I couldn't use my laptop second day. Now I don't know how much sense my posts made. But my stay was far from sleeping and napping, PT, Nurses etc, had me up and about all the time. Walked me lots. Text msgd my head off, some of those were pretty funny too. But i enjoyed having my basic tech things with me.
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  • PapaRon- Great tip! Can't beleive I didn't think of it that way.

    I think my hardware removal is going to be so short that I'm thinking I'll skip it this go round - we'll see.

    Oh and Ditto Trasee - I was almost hyped up - exhausted but unable to sleep in the hospital. All the nurses, all the noises, the conversations (you overhear some very interesting nurse station discussions, I tell ya!), all the pain - nope, no sleep for me in the hospital.
  • I was thinking of using the video conference to see my kids. I am only supposed to be there one night. My surgery is scheduled for 11:30 so I am sure I will be completely drugged up that night and there is no point to my husband going home to get the kids and bring them back. But it might be nice if they could see me. And if I am awake through the night I could text with them.

    I also hate all the visitors. Hospitals are for healing not socializing. When my mother-in-law was in for 5 months everyone in the family was expected to go everyday and stay for hours. I suggested taking turns to give her company and they thought I was crazy. I am sure her neighbors did not appreciate the 6 or people in her room at all times.

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    If your kids are young you may not want them to see you, either by video or in person, if you feel drugged or in pain.

    Eons ago I had a roommate who was a single mom. We shared a house and she had two young kids. She was in the hospital 2 nights and was so adamant that I bring the kids who were 4 and 6. The 6 yr old understood why "mommy looks sick" but was a bit uneasy at the hospital look and environment (it's not nice as it can be on maternity floors where family is always around). The 4 year old was freaked out because his mom looked out of it and in a bit of pain and her hair was all messy.

    If you are only in for 1-2 nights they may handle it better if they see you coming home after you've cleared anesthesia out of your system, etc. However, texting is possible but be sure you are sufficiently awake (let them know if you are sleeping you may not respond). I think they'd understand if they knew you needed sleep time and if only in for one night you likely wouldn't be able to see them but maybe a phone call home if you can.



    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I am always suprised when I read posts from folks who are still in the hospital or even the first few days at home and manage to log on. I was in such a fog post-op, I couldn't even hold a conversation let alone use a computer! I barely took anything more than tylenol before surgery since I was working (for some reason the school board frowns on teachers taking narcotics at school - surprise!) so the pain meds at the hospital really had me doped up. I had a pretty tough surgery that included a significant dural sac tear that kept me flat for 48 hours so I wasn't sociable at all.

    My parents drove 5 hours to see me in the hospital. I love them for it - it was as much for their peace of mind as much as for me - but I barely remember them being there. I do remember having quite a conversation with some woman standing next to my bed. My husband got a kick out of telling friends about this strange discussion I held with a figment of my drugs. He also would sit with me in the evenings but he might as well have sat at home alone!

    I am a firm believer in letting the sick/recovering alone and give them time to heal so I tactfully declined other offers of visitors especially at the hospital and even for a few weeks after surgery.

    I too believe in traveling light. Took the advice of my case nurse and wore clothes to the hospital that I put back on the day I left to go home. I took my laptop to the hospital but left it in the car. I never even entertained the idea of asking for it. I did have my cell phone out on my tray and naively didn't worry about it disappearing. I suppose if I had taken the laptop in, I would have been more concerned. Hopefully, you will feel up to giving us an update soon after surgery.
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