Spinning Out Of Control

I promise you this post will make you laugh and be smarter than a 5th grader. I promise!!!!!

IMG_6793

The blinds on the doors can be closed to give one a sense of privacy and eliminate  a lot of the noise. 

I was out of control in my mind listening to my urologist state matter of factly, “You need surgery.” Yeah. Right. ( note to readers- read italicized captions under pics after you read the post ) .

FullSizeRender-3

The Classic -Check alarms when one gets out of bed.  It is really loud too! I learned to turn that off too. Call me a bad patient, but smart.  I did not fool with it until the next day when I was curious how it worked.   Pretty cool technology for the nurse.  

I walked out of his little small spaced patient room to his beautiful waiting area knowing all to well knowing the drill. Been there done that.  Confined to my body that would do what ever it wanted, I was determined and desired to do what is best as I face my impending extinction, but not without a fight!

IMG_6787

Devices do not need to be scary. left to right 1. Remote for bed  2. Scanner (not in bed) but is used on your ID everytime the nurse comes into charge you a $1000 for your pills.  3. Most important-Nurse call button with TV controls and a light switch.

Thirty year career in nursing working hard for my own patients was a distant memory, but not that distant. I drove home.

FullSizeRender-1

Nurses checklist on my wall for me to see and it was simple and easy for all to understand.

I went to my naturepathic. He seemed to indicate not to do the surgery.  Another friend said do not do it.  Others closer to my mindset encouraged me to go through with it.  They, of course,have not had to endure the many surgeries my body has already had up to this point. I tried to weigh out all the advantages and disadvantages and my healthcare friends won out.  They were all nurses.  They believed in the surgical plan.

FullSizeRender-4

I brought my own heating pad.  The first visit they said they ran out.  I think my pain is relieved by the heating pad.  I brought it on round 2 of hospitalization.  Also note my purse.  It carried all my extras.  I remember all the little ole ladies I would take care clutching their purses.  Now I understand. If you only knew what I had in it….

I still did not, but felt it was best.  The surgeon had been so layed back and stated it was so simple.  He did not explain anything much to me probably because I am a nurse so I get the least amount of information unless I have to pry it out of him. I really didn’t want to hear much so I left as fast as I came in.

fullsizeoutput_2f85

Alittle secret.  I knew how to push these buttons when they would go off.  I kept occluding my IV so it would alert the nurse I could not get my pain meds.  I stopped it from alarming.  I had NO key to increase my meds you wild thinkers out there.  I just stopped the alarms with all my handy dandy knowledge!!!!

As surgery approached, I went in with all my ducks in a row, but it did not go well.  I was going in for kidney stones that needed to be taken care of, but since I have only one kidney and my only ureter was somewhat blocked, the doctor chose to put in a stent.  This essentially made a one surgery into two surgeries.

FullSizeRender-2

Can you believe that the folks could watch me!!  The truth is only if the doctor orders you to be watched.  IT had to be ordered!  IT was not on me..I am not sure I believed them.  I ate my “cookies” wisely under the bedsheets.

I lived with the stent until the other day when I went into the hospital to have my stones once again lasered to sand and the stent removed.  There was a 20% CHANCE I might need another stent. The one I had was made of silicone and well over a foot and half long. I could feel it with every move of my body.  It caused me an infection and much pain like having a stone try to pass.  The good news was surgery was a success and no new stent.

FullSizeRender-5

Memory Board with room number, date,  name, activity level, fall risk ( I was high-not that kind of high-who do you think I am ???), food service number ( room service was available until 7p and you could order your next meal by leaving a message). 

I spent the night in the hospital again.   I wondered if anyone ever thought of writing a post on how to understand what all the contraptions are inside a hospital bedroom and tips to survive a hospital stay:

  1.  Make the nurses laugh.  They will come back more for your humor
  2.  Stay mindful to engage with your surroundings and appreciate the help.
  3.  Remind yourself that to increase your own self-awareness- you need to shut-up.
  4.  Force yourself to stay cognitively alive. Maybe start writing like I do.
  5.  Build your self confidence, but also others along the way.
  6.  Read captions under my photos to find out what I saw in my hospital room.
  7.  Those captions will help you become a more intelligent patient (or scared). haha

 

Advertisements

42 thoughts on “Spinning Out Of Control

    1. alesiablogs Post author

      why? It is good to know…But I get your point. I believe it is the detailed oriented part of my career path that hooked me into writing this post. It was not meant to scare in the least.

      Reply
  1. Pam Rhodes

    What is bad to admit is that with all my hospital stays with Charles and his mom, I figured out all of those machines,too! With a need for my sanity, since inevitably there was some major crisis on their floor or an absence of nurses or others that could, I figured them out. Hope you are on a much brighter journey that doesn’t include kidney pain!

    Reply
  2. Desiree Jenkins

    Oh me Oh my I so love my Aunt. I have learned so much from patients like you. Just not too long ago I had a patient teach me where the volume button was on the pumps. I knew how to stop the beeping but had no clue I could turn the volume down. Nurses as patients don’t think we don’t nose around and tinker with all the cool gadgets. Nurses make the worst patients. Glad all went well. Ps send my your physical home address. I have two things I need to send you. Lots of love. 😘😘

    Reply
    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Yes. Yes. Nurses learned from me and laughed a lot too along the way!!!! I will send you my address privately..Just what I need for my readers to know where I live. They already know enough about my life! haha

      Reply
  3. Glory's Mom

    Okay, so that round thing in the ceiling is a
    camera?????? News to me!!!

    I’m grateful this was a success!!! Thank You, Lord!

    Reply
  4. arlene

    I had a DJ stent before inserted for three months because of kidney stones too. It has been seven long years. Now i am doing good. Recently though i was treated with UTI

    Reply
      1. alesiablogs Post author

        It must have been a small tube then. Mine was very long from the kidney through the strictured ureter through the bladder almost to the urethra but around the Supra public bone so I wouldn’t accidentally pull it out. Glad you could not feel it because it was horrible pain unless I took pain pills galore

      2. alesiablogs Post author

        So was it completely inside of you and you could not see it? Were you told that this was going to be put in or surprised afterward as myself?

      3. alesiablogs Post author

        I wonder how they knew you needed it? And not me? Just makes no sense he didn’t tell me up front . He seemed to think he could laser the stones . One and done . Very interesting …

      4. alesiablogs Post author

        You know the stents come in various sizes 4f – 14french. Who knows how wide mine was compared to yours especially knowing they were going to place one in you . They may not have had a smaller one for me. Who knows? I will ask my urologist on post op appointment

      5. alesiablogs Post author

        Yeah !! I am gonna find out !! I am interested after your comments . Thank you for opening up with me about your own experiences ..

  5. Genevieve Petrillo

    The one and only time I was in the hospital for surgery, I was afraid to even LOOK at the devices and contraptions that helped me get better. I just needed to get better and come home. I’m happy you were able to take that opportunity to demystify those crazy machines, share your experience, laugh, and make us laugh. I’m glad you’re moving in the right direction. Feel better soon.

    Reply
    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Genevieve – I think it gave me a sense of some control. I can imagine most folks would be exactly as yourself . I am a bit of nut! But a good nut! Haha

      Reply
  6. kkessler833

    Great informative post! I hope you are all right and will be back to normal, soon. So far, I have been in a hospital when I was born, when I gave birth, and for an endoscopy. That’s it except for colonoscopies. I sort of look at them as a type of check up.

    Reply
  7. Marlene Naughton

    You make me laugh just reading this!!!!! NURSES KNOW TOO MUCH!!!!!! That’s OK, as long as YOU are OK!!!!!! Cheers to you!!

    Reply
    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Glad I could bring laughter to a pretty stressful situation for me. The nurses were cracking up at me. I wonder why!! I try to find humor in everything . Always have. Let’s eat lunch at Spuds soon!

      Reply
  8. donna213

    When I was in the hospital all I thought of was trying to sleep. Nurses were nice, but they came in constantly during the night to take readings. Not much sleep when I all I wanted was to sleep. Good tips.

    Reply
    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Yes. It’s hard. My nurses were all precepting new nurses too so sleep was a challenge thus hitting the pca to stay painfree kept me somewhat sane . I had a lot of pain so if I went to sleep , I would only dose for a short bit..

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s