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bibliofile

Look, when you're in big pain, the LAST thing you want to do is wait until the pain meds wear off before taking more. It can sensitize you to the pain and make the pain worse, which would be Bad.

(Told to me by my relation the nurse and by my friend the (surgical) nurse. I can give you their phone numbers if you'd like to discuss it with them. Really. They won't mind. It's good to have nurses in the family.)

Lisa Hirsch

Oh, JEEZ. I want to come help kick the nurse's ass, to tell the truth. Both of them, I guess, but the one being impossible about pain meds most.

Pain management is a totally fucked up area of medicine; doctors and nurses tend to be ignorant about the harmful effects of failure to adequately manage pain, PLUS they're afraid of the DEA if they prescribe too many triplicate-RX drugs.

Hoping things are getting better.

Robin

Fuck them. Is there always an employee in the room? Can you feed him tylenol you bring in? And (of course!) make sure you check his chart for the doses they give him so he does not get a double dose.

cher

That is their bullshit pain managment strategy in every case. When my grandma was completely out of it on a ventilator and sedatives, with a giant hole in her abdomen such that you could see all her organs, they would ask her every few hours if she was in pain and then assume that since she didn't respond she was fine. SO FUCKING RIDICULOUS! The woman was on sedatives (to keep the ventilator in) and a small amount of painkillers already, and couldn't wake up to tell them she was in pain! But it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that she needed a fuckload of painkillers, being in her position. Her brow would furrow and she looked just miserable. I begged them to add a timed drip for her, even complained to the ombudsman, and it took me about 4 days to finally get it taken care of. M is lucky to have such a vigilant mommy to make sure the hospital doesn't get away with this sort of crazy crap strategy.

Mary Tsao

Can't wait until you're home. I hated staying in the hospital after having the kids. It's so much better recovering at home.

I've got the kids tomorrow, but if you need me to pick some stuff up (like... POPSICLES!!!) at the store and bring them by, just let me know. I don't know how helpful it would be if we hung out but I'm more than willing to run some errands or bring you a meal. Email me!

Heather

considering that popsicles are an excellent way to keep hydrated I don't know what their problem is...that's probably why my mother always brought stuff like that in...idiots

DiDog

Hello!! Guys!!!

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