stkitt, why is that? they (any med pros--dr- nurse etc)hate it when i ask to see the results. i tended to my granma, mom and my dad and became quite proficient as a nurse and able to read many tests from cardiac to cancer. and almost to a one, they hate to be asked.
most want to breeze in and say things look fine and breeze out. the thing is...as you know...test results, esp blood tests, only show more to look for (or not) and also need to show a pattern to be watchful of. (as in WBC may be low ok but if its a pattern of dropping, there is a issue)
i dont do it to question them, i do it for myself and my own knowledge because who is gonna be there to tend to them but myself? no one. i need to know these things.
i wish more professionals would not consider us uneducated, ignorant, and that they indeed walk on water when no one is looking. we deserve to know about our illnesses and bodies. we have the right to ask any question, to say stop--hold on! we deserve the dignity as a human who has a physical problem.
and more of the pros know less than i have learned and that continually shocks me. how to give meds, how not to. when to flush a site and when not to. sterile techniques. how did i learn about IVs? a rn stuck one in my dad once, said watch this im busy and left! boy, did i learn quick. burned up the library card to read all the books on things.
sarita, next time please dont feel bad about saying hold on there! that is wrong! it is your body and your consequences when something goes wrong due to negligence. esp a cath! with your kidneys already acting up...its your right to talk. hug**** bless your heart.
that is the #1 thing needing changing in the medical society. i have been told "dont question the dr--dont question the chart"more times than you want to know. fine and dandy, until someone dies because i didnt speak up. (ie, dont give demerol push to a cancer patient with x and y vitals altho the nurse did it only once and i almost came unglued at her) is the chart biblical in proportions? i think not. do you think they charted that person messed up your cath? i seriously doubt it. would they chart you asking? im almost positive they would.
speak up! its your right!