Heads Will Roll
I walked into the hospital room and my husband was nearly breathing fire. He has had really wonderful nurses and service up until last night. He’s been having problems with BP running too high, 200+ at times. There is some correlation to the infection, lasix, and fluid retention with kidneys. So some bumbling nurse took it last night, it was high. So she proceeded to try a different cuff, then a different machine and on and on. A total of 7 BP’s taken in about 10 minutes; none of which were the same. Needless to say this did not amuse him at all.
Next he started experiencing extremely painful muscle spasms all down his back and legs. He wanted to get up for awhile and sit in his wheelchair so he could stretch his legs. He had to argue with the nurse and threaten to go home before she finally let him up. He never spends the day in bed at home, he is very independent in his wheelchair, he transfers with ease from the chair to the car, bed etc. Nowhere in his chart did it say he was not allowed up.
So when I got there he was ready to leave. He’s had it, time to go. When our PCP came in she wants him at least one more day to get BP and Kidney numbers stable. She always tries to get him out as quickly as is medically safe. Hubby announced there was no way he was spending another night like he had last night. So the whole episode was relayed to her. Now our PCP is very thorough, but also very friendly with wonderful bedside manners and genuine concern for her patients. She assured him tonight would be different, and was quite indignant with the nurses’ behavior. She had just decided to ignore the Doc’s notes on the chart.
Now this PCP of ours is very protective of her patients. We had a minor issue on his first stay at this hospital, which we mentioned to her. The next day rumors were spreading so rapidly about a meeting for the nurses and staff regarding the same issue that my husband heard them. It could not have been a coincidence. Our doctor obviously has some clout and as wonderful as she is with patients, I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side!
He’s in at least until tomorrow, maybe one more day. He’s satisfied with the fact that Dr. J was handling the ineptitude of the night before. The neurologist has been looking into last year’s spinal cord surgery and has just the slightest doubt something was missed. He is calling the neurosurgeon and getting more records from that. There is a small chance that when he reviewed the MRI’s he may have caught something that was overlooked. If his theory is true, they may be able to do another less invasive procedure that may help him regain the use of his legs.
We’re not getting our hopes up too much (can’t help just a little!), but at least it’ll get hubby through the next day or two!
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