10 Ways to improve post op experience

10 Ways to improve the Post Op Experience

To all;   I had way too much time to think about this, as I’m sure many of you have.



1)   Each of the Nurses, or Nurses Assistant, etc. who enter the roomuses the the generic name of the drug, such as Plavix, etc., which the average non medical professional patient, in which I include myself, is not proficient.  At this point, the Nurse, etc., might as well have been speaking in French, or Vulcan, etc.

Could they speak in our language?


2)   My parting remark was that “I would of stayed longer but I needed sleep”

Patient sleep should have a higher priority or at least  a priority. At least one night, there were times that I counted being woken up.  Though, to be fair, none of the nights were conducive to sleep, due to hearing beeping, conversations, moaning, and toilets flushing, among divers sounds.


3)  Is there an Institutional Requirement that hospital food be uniformly unedible?  Is this to keep malingerers from staying on? Can’t it be one level up from McDonalds?  


4)   At one point during my sojourn I stumbled out into the hallway and asked the Nurse DuJour if she would join me in a spin around the hallway.  My recollection from a previous operation of the heart, is that the NDJ was supposed to ask me to start walking.


5)  At one point, I woke up with what is medically called a Urethral Catheterization. Having had a nightmare about some emergency in the hospital requiring immediate evacuation (don’t ask-see various episodes of General Hospital), my request to the NDJ was for immediate removal of the offending UC.  Upon refusal, I next asked the NDJ to speak to the Doctor in charge.  If he (or she) refused, could they please come and explain the necessity to me.  20 minutes later, the offending device was removed.


6)  The bathroom tissue was in a 3/4 closed container that kept responding directly to gravity.  Eventually, the container was reversed so it could be of use. Told the NDJ not to report this again.


7)  As someone who previously worked for a Bureaucracy and is always concerned about a lack of same, shouldn’t there be a person in charge of patient overview?  Might that person introduce him or her self to the patient?


8)  The day we left the hospital, it felt like an enormously cumbersome procedure (see above, the B word).  Luckily, there was a wife with me who wanted me home, otherwise I might still be there.  Outside of Insurance and Litigation, is there a reason for this procedure to be enormously cumbersome?

9)  One Doctor came in to ask me if I required a prescription for Codeine something, aka an “Opiod” for my pain.  My term was that these kind of pain relievers were  “evil”.  The person retreated wordlessly.  Why was this kind of pain reliever even offered?

10)  Is there ever a way to receive a list of all the medications received during a hospital stay?  Since we are charged for these medications, there should be a record available to the patient.
11)      Luckily, I had a support person, in my case a wife.   I wondered how someone who came into this situation alone survived.


About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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