Hospital Staff Training

Yesterday I transferred from Surreyplace to St. John’s rehabilitation hospital. St. John’s is a mainstream rehab hospital and is better equipped to deal with my situation. Now that I am allowed active leg movements the therapy will get more intense. To be honest I am not looking forward to longer and more painful sessions. Yes, I am a complete girly man when it comes to searing pain! I will have a better idea of what’s in store for me after tomorrow.

Whatever happens in therapy they will not be waking me up at 4:30 am to draw blood! You can imagine my delight at being roused from a crappy nights sleep, (try sleeping in python tight leg braces), and then being poked by a zealous staff vampire that took singular delight in telling me this little suck would be a daily ritual. Whoa cowboy: there had better be really good medical reasons for waking me up!

Leg pressure pump

Half an hour later another nurse came in and tried to make me take a stomach lining pill. People it’s 5:00 am I am not going to start pointless drugs at such an hour. Then, shortly after refusing the stomach pill another nurse was back to administer an EKG. Clearly sleep was not on the agenda.

I’ve been told all these tests were part of a baseline workup and that I will not be subjected to many of them tomorrow. The vampire will have to suck elsewhere.

I went through the same thing at St. Luke’s and Surreyplace. I don’t want to train hospital staff in the delicate art of me maintenance but it appears unavoidable.

One thought on “Hospital Staff Training

  1. Hi Uncle John,
    Little known fact, you can refuse…. no one likesto admit it, because its messes up their routine but you can. Explain nicely, no lab draws before breakfast, (they aren’t drawing anything critical, probably just a coagulation panel since I assume your on blood thinners since u can’t move like you used to.) Also the stomach lining pill….not terribly necessary in your case. Tell them bring it with morning pill pass at 9 or not at all. Guidelines stipulate docs have to write for GI prophalysis, and it does work better before breakfast but….. a healthy (injured) but healthy person, doesn’t truly need it. As for the EKG, that one I am at a loss with. Why are they doing ekgs at rehab facility, did you have an abnormal one?

    Aren’t hospitals fun?
    Love ya
    Nurse Bri

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