Drug induced paranoia

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stlwrkr
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   Posted 10/30/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in the hospital recovering from step one of a two part j-pouch surgery. I was given an epidural and was also getting dilauded for pain. It was the third night post surgery around midnight. My roomy had pulled out his feeding tube or something and the nurses and aides were buzzing all over our room getting him straight. I know that when the curtain is closed my side of the room is completly sound proof so I was amazed that I was stirred from sleep rolleyes . For some strange reason I was uder the impression that one of the nurse aides was acting strangely. In my mind I knew this lady was drunk. She looked to me as though she was stumbling and slurring her speach as she got my neighbor straight. I was laying there minding my own business when my nurse peeked around the curtain and noticed my drainage bottle was full and instructed the aide to empty it. Know, the drain tube is actually stiched to the skin. I know this but apparantly she forgot because she leaned over and it felt like she was pulling the bottle toward her. I slid down the bed toward her letting her know that its actually attached to me and to be easy. She apologized while emptying the bottle and I just wanted her to leave. She happened to look over and notice my ostomy bag was a little full, so she came around the bed to prepare to empty that bag. Now, this is where things got ugly. She roughly started removing the clip from the bag and I freaked! I told her to keep her hands off of me. She stepped back in shock as I raised my voice telling her that I will empty this myself. My nurse was still tending to my buddy over there and heard the commotion. She came around the corner and informed this lady to step back and if I wanted to empty it so be it. I then shuffled my drugged up frenzied skinny butt out of that bed feeling alive with victory. I stumbled around all of the IV tubes, catheter tube/bag, epidural line etc. I was emptying that bag if it killed me MYSELF! During this slow motion haze I noticed blood dripping from my elbow as I looked at the floor noticing pools of blood everywhere. All over me, my bed and gown. I had pulled the IV out of my hand and blood was squirting everywhere. So, as a reward for my sillyness, I was stripped of my gown as I stood there naked and bloody with tubes and bags hanging off of me holding a bag of my own urine. My floor was mopped, my bed was stripped and remade and I was finally re-gowned and allowed to lay down. That night I learned alot. 1) Nurses aides aren't paid nearly enough. 2) Angering an underpaid nurses aide while you have a catheter is not wise! 3) Pretending to be asleep works well for many situations.


UC since 01
Asacol
Prednisone
Mesalamine enema
Tried Remicade
Tried 6mp
 J-pouch 3/31/08

Post Edited (stlwrkr) : 11/1/2008 12:24:04 AM (GMT-6)


mom9mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 10/31/2008 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Most nurses really do a great job putting up with drugged up patients and when we do crazy things do to all the meds. thay understand.I know when I was in there I did a couple crazy things.I just made sure that I told them how sorry that I was after I came back to my right mind.
Lost half of my small intestine.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


summerstorm
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   Posted 10/31/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
that's actually pretty funny!
My husband is a nurse, and mom9mom is right, they know you are drugged and not really trying to be a jerk. they forgive alot. Now if you come in acting like that and there is nothign wrong with you, theymight be a little mad, lol.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
stlwrkr said...
I was stripped of my gown as I stood there naked and bloody with tubes and bags hanging off of me holding a bag of my own urine. My floor was mopped, my bed was stripped and remade and I was finally re-gowned and allowed to lay down.
Wow - what you went through brought back many memories of past hospital stays for me. You sure do have a good attitude about it all and give great advice - pretending to be asleep does work well for many situations!
Thanks for sharing that with us.


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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