Re: Your First Experience of Hospital
i don't know if i was lucky or i just got slightly different care (being in the marbled private patients area!) but all of those things were done for me!
i saw the pharmacist on the day i was admitted (along with a million other specialists) and whilst i was still lucid i demanded to be given anti nausea meds on tap. i duly was, through my cannula and was able to take as many pain meds as it took to keep me happy. i still didn't eat anything, mind. my mum had to whisk my food away because just the smell made me feel sick.
when i was in the HDU, very soon after my surgery, they noticed that the mask was annoying me and switched me to the tube which i was very grateful for. although you know when you don't need it anymore: when it feels like there's an uncomfortable breeze up your nose!
i got given a pre med (i didn't want one), i think because of my age. i didn't think it'd have any effect on me but i can honestly say that it did and the feeling it is most similar to is being slightly drunk (i couldn't stand on one leg to put my stockings on!)
Diagnosed in March 2001 by family GP after my mum noticed an asymmetry in my spine. Referred to a consultant at the RNOH, Stanmore and started attending consultations for x-rays twice a year. Prescribed a TLSO brace to be worn 16 hours per day. Began with double major curves at approx 48 degrees. Offered surgery in 2003 aged 16 and declined to continue with school. Requested surgery in 2005 instead. Had T11-L3 fused on 16th July 2005 and haven't looked back! Released for all activities in March 2006, having been driving and riding horses with consultant's permission since 7 weeks post op.