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Oct. 13th, 2011

Day before yesterday I witnessed the worst fucking discharge evah. My next goal in life is to make sure this won'thappen to me. There's been a referral made to social work and I have written a nice note to file about not discharging me without consulting with my Linkages case manager and making sure these people know about the prior issues and supports and all the rest. Time to make loud noises about home issues too.

And about that appalling discharge I witnessed: it' s not my story but....they made med changes without notifying patient (let alone asking-and we are talking about regular pain meds here. The stuff that was in place and okay before she had an accident and wound up in a trauma ward. You don't do that for any medical condition. Especially not a pain problem. She found this out at bedtime.

Then, going from "you'll be going to x rehab" to "you go today because rehab refused your referall". Patient was NOT actually here because of chronic pain, but because of a fall. The doctors made decisions and then the nurses had to implement them - usually only finding out that the patient did not know when the patient got surprised. IMHO, this person was an intelligent, well informed patient who manages her condition well, knew all her meds and how they worked.... God it was horrible.

Then it transpires that the rehab refused her because they did not want a chronic pain patient. So rather than work on a new plan, the pain docs decided on home discharge. But failed to mention this to her, she found out a few hours later when another team came by to say goodbye. And without assessment of home situation first. All within three hours or less from referral breakdown to departure.

She was pretty pissed off and rightly so, but unfortunately the nurses and assorted allied health people copped it. Doctors long gone.

I'd already overheard enough in days preceding to note the ?pain? consultants were a wee bit on the patronising side: always saying out loud how they're here to help x, all working together and all that....but really if you have to keep repeating that you are not listening to what she's saying guys...if she's upset about you halving her pain meds - without telling her first - you should probably take that on board rather than keep pushing the propaganda...

I am so glad my CFS is under good enough control atm. I would not trust this place to manage at all.

Anyhoo, if I can carry on like this, I guess I'm getting better.

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dragonsally
Oct. 13th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Its so disappointing, but doesn't surprise me at all.
17catherines
Oct. 13th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Ouch. That's really appalling. I hope your fellow-patient is able to get things sorted out, and I'm very glad that you are adopting strategies to try to defend against similar things.

Good luck with the X-ray results, too.
pondhopper
Oct. 13th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
That's pretty awful.
:/
No, truly and horribly awful.

ARGH

You are indeed sounding like the old pre-broken leg Splodge.
ant_queen
Oct. 14th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Day before yesterday I witnessed the worst fucking discharge evah

I have to confess when I first read this line I thought "hmm, Splozza usually gives a TMI warning before going into potentially gruesome stories of bodily fluids". Oh you meant the *other* sort of discharge...Well you can't blame me for guessing wrong :P

That is a shocker of a story though. My worst fear is being in a state where I'm not able to tell doctors what medication I'm on. Having experienced what happens when you accidentally miss a regular dose of an opioid, I'd hate to be in hospital from an accident and also be going through opioid withdrawal.

I'm seriously hanging out for a national health database (or better yet, a microchip). Screw the privacy issues, I want someone to be able to type in my details and know my history and meds if I'm unconscious to reduce them f*cking it up and making things worse.
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