My grandmother has been in and out of the hospital for infections in her kidneys and bladder AFTER her bout of bladder cancer. But unlike your father, she responded very well to chemo and radiation. At the time of her hospitalization for urosepsis, we didn't know about her AZ. She had surgery to insert kidney stents in which they gave her anesthesia. She responded VERY badly to the anesthesia and became highly confused, beligerent and emotional. There were times too that she would find a tube connected to her that she didn't know what it was - well the nurses then told me that she was trying to rip out her catheter! I don't think they ever restrained her but they did put a bed alarm on.
Now gma still has a kidney stent but she also has a nephrostomy tube in which she has to go in every 3 months to have them exchanged. I insist they use only a spinal block and she does wonderfully. I don't know if that would be an option for your father or not since they have to remove his bladder but you can ask. As for him being in the hospital, I know the nurses here are trained to deal with AZ patients as long as they know that is what they are dealing with.
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