Monday I was to report to the hospital at 5:45 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. surgery time. P had to wake up V, put her in the carseat with a blanket and drive me 25 minutes away. He dropped me off because we had no one to take care of Vi and I was then on my own. Bad idea. I was in a open surgery area which frankly, was a violation of HIPPA policy because I knew everyone's business being prepped for surgery. Everyone else had people with them and I began to cry. I could tell the other people waiting felt sorry for me too. All the other patients waiting had their IV's and stuff and I had no nurse or nothing. Finally, the Anesthesiologist Fellow came over and was super duper nice. The the Anesthesiologist showed up - this little Indian man, and he was a total jerk!! He tried to start my IV and wouldn't listen to my info about my IV's and gave me a huge hematoma on the 1st try. Then a nurse, and the fellow, and the OR nurse, and the Oral surgery Fellow all showed up as he was trying again. I got hot and cold and started majorly dry heaving. He just get on putting the IV in and someone stuck a alcohol swab under my nose and kept yelling at me to sniff it while I was busy dry heaving. I felt so alone and I was so damn scared. I never saw my surgeon at all and it would have helped, because I really like himn. The Anesthesiology Fellow came back and said he would give me something for nausea and to relax and I remember nothing after that.
WHen I woke up like at 1:30 I immediately felt very drugged and dizzy and my head felt thick and nauseous. It was a very different feeling than when I underwent twilight anesthesia all those times. The nurse started in saying "I kept waiting for you to wake up, I've been waiting a long time". I immediately grunted for my husband and she said no. I asked again and she said no, not in my condition. Everyone else had family back there. I conked out again and she kept trying to get me to sit up. I was so dizzy and sick and I asked her to please help me. She became all snotty and said "I just gave you medication in your IV. I am helping you> THe medication makes you dizzier. Aren't you ready to go home?" Finally P came back and agreed that this nurse was totally whacko!! She basically sat me up while I was dry heaving and could not stand up, pushed my clothes on me, and pushed me out the door. I was dizzy the entire way home and needed pain meds bad. P left me in the chair while he ran to Rite Aid and then made me a smoothie so I had something on my stomach. All last night, I've fought nausea off and on. I know it is the pain med Norco. I called the nurse today and she said she would talk to the fellow and have him call me in some liquid Tylenol with Codeine. I called the Pharmacy and they had nothing. I ended up taking half a dose which helped the pain and didn't make me as nauseous.
Great clinical care, don't you think? This happens to be the same institution where I work and I am mentally composing some letters.