"Mixed care after gall bladder operation"
Posted by simplytrue (as ),
I was admitted to hospital for a Gall bladder operation. A previous attempt of removal, a year earlier was abandoned most thankfully, this was due to serious complications.
So the operation was non routine, because it was stuck to my liver and duodenum, thus requiring great skill and patience to complete the operation successfully. The consultant and his team were brilliant and I can't speak highly enough of them. However some of the nursing staff were less than professional. Upon returning to the ward, I was well overdosed with morphine, I nearly stopped breathing and was hallucinating badly. I was then given something else to negate the effect. I believe that this was done without consulting the medical team. A registrar was incensed when he found out shortly afterwards.
The sloppiness continued. I was in lots of severe pain and discomfort and was left for long periods. After a few days I developed a severe case of oral thrush, my tongue was pure white and my throat was closing up. I asked the nurse many times, in vain, for medication. Yes, I was simply ignored. By that evening I was desperate and begged the nurse for some help, she just said, I would have to see a doctor!
Eventually the night shift came on, what a difference! They were caring, interested and professional. They noticed my problem immediately and within a very short time I had been given the right medication. The medication began to work very quickly and I soon felt a lot better. However I really thought I could have choked to death.
Also during that week in hospital, the flush in my toilet never stopped flushing. I reported it daily, sometimes twice, but nothing was ever done about it! Finally I was discharged from hospital, only to return quickly with a very bad infection of the operation wound. More antibiotics and another small operation to drain the wound, then back home after a couple of days to three weeks of dressing changes from the superb district nurses and my local surgery.