A WEE DRINK FOR CHRISTMAS - NOW THAT IS A JOKE

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

allie2631
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 313
   Posted 12/28/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
went to see my mum yesterday there she is  lying in bed in hospital quite confused, not sure what time it is what day it is. she did however mange a smile to say she had a wee drink in the hospital. the staff had went round at christmas offering sherry and whiskey to all patients. as you can imagine i was not pleased, went to the sister asked her how a patient who was a chronic alcoholic dying of liver disease can be given a drink. UNDERSTAFFED, NOT MY USUAL WARD ECT was the excuses. i went for an update for her condition the nurse who had been looking after her had not really looked into her files, i know they are large but don't you think they need to have a bit of a clue about the patients they are looking after.....i am trying to get an appointment with the doctors not easy at this time of year....i am so mad

hep93
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 12/28/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Allie, I'm with Rick!  This really makes me angry.  This is a prime example of negligence if not outright malpractice!  I would be absolutely livid if I were you.  Please do go to the Director of Nursing or even the Director of the hospital to report this inexcusable nursing behavior.  At the very least, they should have checked each person's medical record before offering a "wee drink."  Personally, I can't think that it would do any hospitalized person any good and for a known alcoholic with liver disease and MRSA, it's inexcusable.  We know she had been sober while in hospital...now this blatant error could get her started all over again.  I wouldn't be surprised if she talks someone into bringing her booze, saying that it's okay because the nurses gave it to her at Christmas.

Please don't let this grievance pass unnoticed.  And let us know what happens.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
Forum moderator - Hepatitis
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


shadowsghost
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 12/28/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Okay...okay I feel like joe pesci in lethal weapon..... you know the drive through rountine I mean....I had to read this post several times to make sure it wasnt my meds making me... ah shall we stay wacked. I cannot believe I just read about a medical facility providing a WEE DRINK.....okay okay..... even if not a recovering addict.....what were they thinking... the last I knew people are in the hospital because they are SICK....oh did I say SICK. I know I have never just checked myself in for ahhh a vacation or even a night out! I know I am not to drink on my meds....sometimes I do..... but for a hospital to let me is insane. I have never heard of any such thing eva...... I would but on the phone to every state and federal agency I could think of cause if this hospital accepts charity patients or state and federal funded insurance they are bound by many different regulations that do not include serving patients alcohol. I am just beside myself, to think I fired one of the top clinics in the US cause I didnt like their attitude and how it made Doug uncomfortable. Oh my I think I would have to double my meds just to make sense while I was yelling......Please do something with this......you could give me their phone numbers.......I havent had a chance to do some butt kickin in a long time

Sue

okay okay I did read this right....a WEE DRINK right????


When I started counting my blessings my whole world turned around.


hep93
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 12/28/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Back when I was still drinking in the early 80s--and prior to hep C or liver disease dx--I was hospitalized for an overdose of antidepressants and alcohol.  I was in there for about a week--and there was a menu from which I could choose, including beer.  St. Patty's Day rolled around and I talked my doctor into allowing me to order a beer to celebrate.  At least they required a doctor's approval, and I had him "snowed."  I hid my alcoholism from him and others pretty well.  In fact, I hadn't even admitted it to myself yet.  But that one beer sent me off in search of more.  I'd get dressed on the pretense of visiting a friend who was also in the hospital (really was), but instead go across the street for a couple of tall boys and drink them before returning to the hospital.  One of the nurses knew what I was doing and mentioned it to me, and I was discharged a day or two later--lost my job over this hospitalization--but it goes to show you the lengths an alcoholic will go to.  I'm sure that Allie's mum knew she shouldn't drink, but she wasn't about to tell the drink offerer that!

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
Forum moderator - Hepatitis
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Pink Grandma
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 2445
   Posted 12/28/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to work in convalescent hospitals years ago.........I'm talking at least 25 years.......they used to serve wine to some of the patients with dinner.....but never in my 50+ years have I heard of an acute hospital serving it..........especially to a liver disease patient. That nurse or aide needs to be fired. And the hospital fined or even shut down........what other things are they giving their patients??????

Allie you have every right to be mad.........even if your mom requested or accepted it.........the bottom line is that it should not have been given to her in any circumstances.......it's the hospital's blame not your mom's.

Take Sue up on her offer.........if anyone can kick some keester..........she sure can.

Thoughts and prayers.............
Pink Grandma
Forum moderator-Hepatitis

When the going gets tough....the tough get going! Don't always know where I going but I get there anyways.


hep93
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 12/28/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
That was Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, PG, an acute care hospital.  However, there was no knowledge by anyone at that time that I had liver disease.  I don't know if that hospital still offers alcohol to patients, or if it is even still in business.

hep93
Forum moderator - Hepatitis
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


allie2631
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 313
   Posted 1/2/2010 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
my complaint is being investigated. suddenly my mum exists, I matter, when i go the hospital now the staff are more attentive, more pleasant, i even have her surgeon phoning me at the house along with the staff. i guess they are afraid that i am going to take the matter further. We are all still disgusted at their negligence, the sister in charge apologized several times, insisting that whoever responsible would be dealt with. She said my mum apparantly did not take the drink of sherry, but my mum says she did and i believe her. my mum is still so much in denial she says the nice nurses gave her a drink. Can you make sense of that? She is in hospital nearly five weeks, they say she is making very slow progress but they are unsure if the wound is superficially infected or deeper. Her consultant says the microbioligists are working on which path to take, as she is still getting antibiotics at night through a drip. Her energy levels are very low, she sleeps a lot, even sitting up in the chair exhausts her, she spends most of the time in her bed. she is very confused and is unable to retain any information.I still have not spoken to her partner, he avoids me, it is only him and myself that visits so it can be hard.
she has been talking about my gran who recently died lately, i feel angry inside of her bad treatment and neglect of her own mother in her last years, it upsets when she talks as if she has done nothing wrong. i thought after my gran passing it would get easier but it hasn't, i feel there is a lot more to come, i am dreading it. But life goes on and we have to try and make the best of things, as we have no choice.....

hep93
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 1/2/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Allie, I'm glad that the incident is being investigated and that they are now "aware" of you.  Some good came out of it and your outrage.
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I know it's not easy.
 
Hugs,
Connie
hep93
Forum moderator - Hepatitis
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, December 04, 2016 9:30 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,558 posts in 301,031 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151190 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, nakertar.
269 Guest(s), 12 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Georgia Hunter, George_, sheepguy, Psilociraptor, Bololidat, Michael_T, Almost a 10, Huddie, ChickNorris, Mustard Seed, kodaska, trumpet123


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer