Isaac - My IV was gone (pain pump and fluids) after about
36 hours. I was in the hospital for another day and 1/2 without the fluids or pain pump and instead was receiving Tylenol and shots of NSAIDS through my IV line (just the tube in my hand - not connected to anything) for pain control. I also was given an Oxy pill once or twice but then they stopped that too although I got some to take home with me when I left as part of my take home prescript
ions that I got from the pharmacy.
You don't need to have the IV fluids during the whole stay especially once you start eating and drinking as you will be getting what you need orally. I drank Gatorade, Kool-aid, and tea while in the hospital in addition to water and ice chips.
That being said...I see NO reason for them to take an IV away because someone else needed it. If you didn't still need it you wouldn't have it!! Any hospital I've been in has a bunch of IV pumps - sometimes they just have to get them brought up from where they are stored which can take a little bit (I've had to wait for one before). On top of that, I always thought that IV pumps had to be sterilized/cleaned/checked in between patients. That would mean that the nurse couldn't/shouldn't take an IV from one person and give it to another. Maybe that's not the case anymore but with all of the diseases floating around a hospital these days I can't imagine that they don't need to at least be cleaned/disinfected.
As others have said - remember to drink drink drink - sips all the time - not gulps. I only say this because I'm almost a month out and I have a horrible time drinking constantly but I'm getting better at it. And walk...walk...walk...walk...walk.
I'm so sorry that you had such a bad nurse. Hopefully she won't be back during the rest of your stay and it will go well. Did you get to start emptying your own bag yet?
Ducridr - 35 - female
Diagnosed w/ severe pancolitis 11/20/2007
Asacol - 6 (400mg) 2x/day, Xifaxin 2 (200mg) 2x/day, Prednisone 15 mg (started at 40mg Nov 08 - off June 09), multi-vitamin, calcium and vit d supplement, potassium supplement, B-12 supplement, Junel FE (BCP),metamucil capsule (1/day) Coumadin (for blood clot) 5mg/day, 1st Remicade treatment 2/4/2009, 2nd - 2/18/09. Currently getting Remicade every 4 weeks.
First of 3 surgery's to get a j-pouch on 8/21/2009!!!