Twelve Tips For a Successful Hospital Stay

My recent three-day stay in a somewhat-small-by-LA-standards but rather posh urban hospital took away the up-until-now, 43-year virginity I had to hospital stays. I had no idea what to expect, but now that I’m out, I wanted to share my experience so that perhaps I might be of help to someone else who is facing a hospital stay in the near future and who hasn’t seen been a patient in one since being in the Maternity Ward as a newborn.

I’ll probably leave out many details that will at some point require a sequel to this, but for now, here goes: my Twelve Tips for a Successful Hospital Stay:

I guess the “tip before the first tip” is the obvious one: Stay alive! That said, let’s move on)…

1. Know that nothing happens without “doctor’s orders”. When you’re stuck in the hospital at all hours and you need something, you’re not going to get it, or much else, without your doctor writing it in your chart as an “order”. The nurse on duty on any given 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. shift (or even 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) really has just one job: to follow the orders in your chart. When on my first night in the hospital as anything other than a newborn came, I found myself particularly anxious. The room How to Buy Xanax 1 Mg Online without Prescription was a little hot, I had a view out the window of a black-glass Buy Xanax Online skyscraper (read: no view at all), and I was feeling a little claustrophobic. That, and I was in considerable pain due to having had surgery at 6:30 that morning and just could not get comfortable. At home, I had been prescribed Xanax, a sleep aid/tranquilizer, by my doctor to use sparingly but “as needed”. I explained this to the night nurse, and him to give me some then, at about 11:00 p.m., in addition to a sleep aid of their choice, so that I would be sure to sleep through the night like my body needed (and as a respite from the pain). I had been in pain for a number of hours, because the day nurse had neglected to tell me that while strong pain medication was available (Oxycontin) every three hours, it was “policy” that I had to “request” it. Great; here I was waiting for hours wondering when I could have my next pain pill without overdosing and getting rid of the pain permanently (read: death), when I could have had it all along. But back to the Xanax: My nurse said he would be glad to give me some…IF when he called the doctor, the doctor “ordered” it. Fortunately, Nice Nurse promptly returned with my Xanax and sleep aid (Restoril), and I did indeed sleep well until 4:30 a.m. when they woke me up to take my temperature and blood pressure (which is another thing to expect: they do that VERY frequently!). So, if you really want any kind of latitude, convenience, special medication, diet, or special favors, discuss it with your attending physician BEFORE your first day in the hospital, and make sure he/she writes it as an ORDER.

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