My middle child is heading in for surgery on his ear tomorrow. My dad had outpatient surgery last week. My beautician just spent some time in the hospital too!! All of this got me thinking that I should jot down to all of you things that I’ve found helpful or have heard others mention. These are things for the patient and for the person who is with them and advocating for them. In no particular order:
- Write down your questions so you don’t forget them when you get nervous or frustrated.
- Take dollar bills and change so that if you end up staying longer and/or when the cafeteria is closed you can still get a bite to eat without leaving the hospital.
- If you do not understand a doctor or nurse (for any reason) please tell them so they can help you understand.
- Write down the instructions that they tell you so that when you get home, take a nap, wake up, and promptly realize you’re not sure what they said, you have something to refer to.
- If you feel you have been treated poorly by anyone in the medical staff, ask to speak to someone about it. Bed side manner and office etiquette are important to board of directors and CEO’s.
- If you feel the treatment is bad enough that something needs to change- say so, out loud, right at that moment. I need a different nurse, I want a second opinion, I need to talk to a supervisor. These are your rights as patients and advocates!!!
- If it’s a child, take their special blanket or stuffed animal along- no matter how old they are- and ask the staff to keep it with them whenever possible. Most hospitals should allow this.
- If it’s a child, take something along for them to do while they are waiting and waiting and waiting. It will help ease the anxiety to have their brain occupied.
- If it’s a child, make a deal with them in advance that they will get to do something special, eat something special or something special after they have done what the medical staff have asked and they have recovered. Then make sure you keep your promise!!
- Pray the night before, the morning of, right before, during, and after the procedure.
- If medical staff are trying to do something and it is extremely painful or not working, insist that they stop and get help or try again later.
- Afterwards, if anything and I mean anything, does not seem right- call the office or the after hours number that you’ll probably be given. Don’t hesitate!
God is good- all the time. . . .