The night of my surgery day was a bit of an experience. I’ve never stayed overnight in a hospital so I’m not sure if this was normal or not.
The machines that I was hooked up to kept making noises every 2 hours. The hospital staff was loud and would take my vitals every 4 hours.
Even though all of this was going on it still left me with gaps of time to think about things.
My husband and I didn’t know that I would be having surgery so we scheduled the dog for a spay that week before. So someone needed to be home to watch the dog. My husband stayed with me during the day but left at 12:00 AM until 9:00 AM.
I was emotionally exhausted and my husband was gone for the night. This was a good and bad thing. I cried a lot. I brought a brush script workbook to work on but even that notebook was too heavy for me to lift.
I wanted items from my hospital bag and the nurses wouldn’t bring me my bag due to liability issues. Like, seriously?! Maybe that’s actually how things are done but it didn’t make sense to me.
Later on during the night the following situation happened between a CNA, my blue colored urine, and myself.
CNA: I need to empty your catheter.
CNA: Oh this is pretty! Did you know that your urine is blue?!
Me: No, because I can’t see the bag.
CNA: See, look it’s a pretty blue color! Like the exact blue I want to color my hair! I’ll have to take a photo of your urine.
Me: Um, okay?
CNA: May I take a photo of this?!
Me: Um, I guess so. Just make sure my name isn’t anywhere on it for HIPAA sake.
CNA: Okay, thank you! Oh this is a pretty blue!
Again, seriously?! I’m not having good luck with my overnight stay.
Early the next day before the night shift ended the nurse needed to take out my catheter. My underwear that the doctor put on me had somehow twisted the catheter tube in it. So when the nurse pulled my underwear down I felt the tube coming out. I told her to stop because I feel it coming out.
She doesn’t listen to me which causes the tube to quickly pull out and sqaurted urine on my face. The nurse freaked out and was happy the urine didn’t end up on her. She’s panicked and not doing anything but standing there frozen in her tracks.
I tell her to please get me a wet wash towel with soap on it and some alcohol wipes. I couldn’t get up to wash my face off so that’s what I thought I would use to clean my face. She hardly could move when I gave her instructions.
After that situation I just wanted to hide under pillows and go to sleep. The overnight stay wasn’t the best of experiences.
The overnight stay at the hospital was awful to say the least. But the morning staff came in and saved the day. I couldn’t have been more thankful for those staff members.