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Devans

What a day

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plskthompson

Just a little info for you, Dean, due to the effects of the anesthesia, and the way the body reacts, your BIL probably doesn't realize what he is doing at the moment. Anesthesia affects different people in different ways, some come too with the "I love you" affect and you couldn't bring them down if you wanted to until the drugs completely wore off. Some, like your BIL, on the other hand, get real agitated and can become violent. The best thing that anyone can do is to reassure him of where he is and remind him why he is there.

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Devans

I know Johnny. You have know John to love 'em. :yes: Like I said, he is a born and raised New Yorker,,,hell he even has the New York accent that I cant understand half the time...:rofl:. He is as stubborn as a mule and everything is his way or none.

 

I know his attitude will change tomorrow once the drugs have worn off. :yes:

 

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plskthompson

No disrespect meant, just a little information for the ones that didn't know.

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Devans

None taken Johnny... hope I didnt sound like I thought you did. :scared:

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golly

Sorry to hear this Dean. I hope he does well.

 

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beenshot

:wave:just hoping he is doing better today

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Devans

Heading back to the U of I... Ill get a update up once we get back.

 

Yesterday didn't have much change. He was still in a lot of pain, but the Dr. did say that he may release John next week sometime. Not to go home, as they thought, but to a rehab center in Davenport Ia. That is good since Davenport is a much closer drive.

 

 

 

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Joep

We will be here waiting for more updates...

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Devans

Saturday update...

John is doing very well today! He looks much better and his spirits are high today. John got a visit from some colleagues today, you know who you are, which boosted his morale very high. I don't know what you guys said to John, but it seemed to light a fire under him and he is very determined now. Thank you for that...

 

There was an xra...y done this morning to find out why John was having such horrible leg pain. The results came back and it shows that John fractured his knee and has a small piece of bone "floating". We're not sure exactly what they are going to do about this yet but it definitely explains the sever pain in the leg.

 

After we left, Laura said that they were able to get his bed to a 45 degree angle, which is a huge accomplishment. She also said that John told her that he WILL walk again and he was able to do some leg movements.

 

We know it is going to be a long recovery, but things are surely looking up

 

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Devans

I have to say that the care, or lack there of, that he is getting in Iowa City is a bit questionable. John has a boot on that must be moved from foot to foot every 2 hours.

 

3pm...no nurse

3:20pm no nurse

3:30pm my sister says screw it and moves it to the other foot. So now it is due to be moved at 5:30pm to the other foot. Same routine as before at 5:30pm so my sister moves it again. Same deal for the 7pm move. Since he can not move his feet on his own, this boot keeps his feet from forming.

 

For the last 6 days they have had John flat on his back, no pillows or foam under him at all. Today when my sister moved him she noticed a spot on his heal. Once John got rolled over she found a huge pressure ulcer on his right heal. It looks to be about stage 3. :doh:

 

Yesterday John was in tremendous pain in his leg. Laura (my sis) hit the nurse call button. 20 minutes later the nurse came in! John asked for more pain meds. The nurse said she would be right back with some...20 minutes later she returned :hmm: 40 minutes total to get pain meds!!!

 

Friday afternoon my sister runs home to clean up, feed the kids and get some things done around the house. Keep in mind John had not eaten all day. Laura heads back to the U of I around 7pm. At 730 she calls the nurse station to make sure they had ordered John something to eat. The nurse says "Oh, we didnt know we were suppose to". :doh:

 

 

Good lord... what are these nurses there for?:baffled:

 

She is talking about having John transferred to Genesis Hospital in Davenport Iowa.

 

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Devans

pics of his right heal... the left one has one also now.

 

 

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beenshot

i had about the same experience at our university hospital in Little Rock. i wonder if it is just bad management, or is it they just don't care.

 

anyway, thanks for the update and i am glad his spirits are high.

 

 

 

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Joep

Time to document issues and pics of the sores..... and the failure to follow prescibed orders for care... then consider the move... ignorance in the staff is no excuse.. most should be written for them and I would have John ask for HIS medical records on discharge...

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Devans

This is my update on Facebook tonight...

I sit here wondering exactly what to write and how to word it. I am, for the first time, at a loss for words. I want to let you all know exactly how things are going, but I want to remain respectful of Laura and John's privacy at the same time....

 

I guess I will just say things are pretty rough right now - physically, financially and emotionally for both Laura and John. Iowa City is not a quick hop from home, and financially it is very tough. Parking, meals and gas quickly add up. I know because I have been there traveling back and forth for nearly a month when my son was there.

 

I really don't have much to post about John's condition today, as things remain what they were yesterday - no changes. I would like to tell Laurie and John that I love them both, very much, and they will get through this. I know it seems impossible right now, but they are both very strong willed individuals and can overcome anything that gets in their way. Know that I am always here for you guys.

 

 

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Devans

Joe... documented and photographed. Ignorance is an understatement. It amazes me that a University can be ran this way. :hmm: My sis was told that the nurse has notified the head nurse of the situation. Apparently it is not only John's right foot , but also his left.

 

The nurses have not, in 7 days, give him a bath, brushed his teeth, cleaned a bed pan, placed anything under his feet or ordered him a meal. My sister finally argued with the nurse enough to get a pan so she could wash his hair and give him a sponge bath. The nurse told her that she didn't have anything Laurie could use on that ward. She would have to get it from another ward. :doh: God forbid you do your f'ing job!

 

Listen...I realize when you are in a hospital most dignity is left at the door...but come on! It's amazing what a simple sponge bath and teeth brushing can do for ones morale when in a hospital.

 

I have not been completely honest about John. There are many problems that he has that I have not posted out of respect for him and my sister... These problems require a bit more care than normal - which is not being given! What has this world come to when you can not even get cared for by a caregiver? Total incompetence is all I have seen from day one out of these 2 nurses. Don't get me wrong... I know there are 1000 good nurses for every one of these mental midgets that call themselves nurses. I am not demeaning all nurses - just the 2 that are caring for, or lack there of, John.

 

I have so much more to say but Im afraid I will offend you guys, so Im off for now.

 

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devansgirl

Dean has been stressed the last few days. He and his sister are very close and to have her call him and sound as upset as she has been is hurting him. He is trying now to talk her into having him transferred down here so she is closer to family and not have to be so far away from her kids. At least if she is here she dont have to drive 45 minutes 1 way, pay $15 a day for parking and $18 per day per meal :hmm: We will keep you all updated

 

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beenshot

don't worry about offending us. we know that yall have a lot going on, mentally, physically, and financially.

 

i hope that you can get him moved closer to home and get him the proper care that he needs and to make it easier on family.

 

most university hospitals are superb for emergency life-saving treatment, however they usually lack the daily personal care that you can get at a local hospital.

 

 

 

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Devans

Just got off the phone with sis. She is going to talk to the Dr. tomorrow to see if there is any reason to keep John there any longer and if there is reason he can't be transferred to our local hospital.

 

I think getting him here will help them both tremendously. She is emotionally drained. Donna is right - Laurie and I are really close, always have been, and I hate seeing her in this condition. I don't mean to take from John at all, but I know Laurie is totally exhausted. She has been surviving on about 3-4 hours of sleep per night, some nights, not even that. The round trip to the U of I is about 2 hours, depending on the weather. She has 2 kids at home. One is 15 and our nephew is 18. I realize 18 is an adult, technically, but kids are kids when there are no parents. She has to worry if they are going to school, eating, caring for the dogs, bathing, cleaning etc. and it is really taking its toll on her. I just wish there was something I could do to take this all away from her so things could be back like they were, but I can't, and I hate that! I was there for her when her boyfriend beat her and nearly killed her. I was there for her when she almost died during a bad child delivery. I have been always been there for her but this time, I can't be. Financially, for us, we can not travel back and forth daily to be there for her, so all we have is the phone. I just want to take her pain away....

 

OK...so now that I have turned myself in to a blubbering fool .... I have to go

 

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AspectOne

darn.... sad situation bro.

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lucky_x16

Shouldn't he be wearing the pressure legging socks that promote circulation?

I would get him transferred too. ASAP!

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plskthompson

Lucky, you're spot on. Knowing that he has no movement in his lower and legs and the looks of those bed sores on his heels, there are a lot of things that should be taking place that aren't. First off, he should have the pressure stockings on, secondly they make a boot that will float the heels, I realize they are expensive, but being as how it is a university hospital, they will definitely have them on hand, if not they can order them and he should have one on both legs. As for the boot that is having to be moved from leg to leg, he should have two of those, so that they don't have to be moved if they are what I think they are they should look similar to this.

 

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If so, keeping on both feet will also help with the sores on his heels.

 

 

 

As for offending people, I hope you're not holding back on the fact that I am a nurse. Believe me, I've seen some of the dumbest things go on from so called good nurses. Always remember, there are good and bad in every profession, so please don't judge us all by the bad examples you are seeing. Also remember, your sister and John can request different staffing and the hospital will have to accommodate them, if they don't they can file a complaint with the state board of health and have the hospital investigated, which is what I would do anyway considering the look of that heel.

 

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Devans

He did have the pressure cuffs on after the surgery. The nurse, in all of her infinite wisdom, decided 3 days ago to remove them - one day after surgery. My sis has been asking them every day about putting them back on because John is having horrible leg pain. She told the nurse she was worried about blood clots. The nurse said not to worry about it.

 

Today, Laurie told the main Dr. about the leg cuffs. He was pissed because he had not authorized them to be removed. He told the nurse to put them back on as soon as he was finished and also to give John a shot of blood thinner into his stomach in case of leg clots. For once, it was a good thing the nurse didn't follow his orders...about 2 hours later the spinal Dr. came in, and Laurie was telling him that the nurse had still not put the cuffs on and she still had not given John the blood thinner. The Dr. exploded when he heard that the other Dr. authorized blood thinner. He told Laurie that with the size of the incisions on John's back, he could bleed to death had he been given blood thinners. :tap::doh:

 

The Ortho Dr. came in last night, he is the one who is dealing with John's fractured knee. He told Laurie that not only had he fractured his knee cap, but there was also a small piece of bone floating under the knee cap, which she already knew. She asked when they were going to take care of that and this is his exact words to her... "As long as John can deal with it, I will probably just leave it alone. It doesn't appear that he will ever walk again anyway". He then turned and walked out. :whip: WTH!!

 

So today Laurie has been working to try to get him transferred her. She has made several complaints to the hospital today. For some strange reason, things are getting done now. They have the cuffs on his legs, they sent down a skin specialist to check his heals and they sent a social worker down to talk to Laurie. Today is not a day that social worker will soon forget, after Laurie got done tearing her a new butt. The social worker actually tried to bribe my sister... no kidding! She told Laurie that she apologizes for everything that has been done and in return - your gonna love this! - she would like to offer Laurie a little something from the hospital. Can you guess what she offered Laurie?.... A $5 cafeteria credit and a $6 parking pass!!! I kid you not! John's health and well being is worth a grand total of $11 to the U of I. :rage::rage:

 

Laurie obviously told her where to stick her vouchers, and I guarantee you it was not back in her pocket.:clap:

 

As of now, Laurie is waiting on John's Dr. to come back to let her know when they plan to do the transfer. They are hoping tomorrow sometime.

 

 

EVERYONE... thank you all for support and listening to my rants!!!

I completely lost it last night but Donna was here with me and made me all better :yes:. She is the sweetest wife in the world.

 

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AspectTwo

Rant anytime you guys! Let us know Dean, how it goes tomorrow. I am just completely appalled....I feel for your BIL and your sister, as well as you guys. I can't help think about the guy in the next room or the next who doesn't have tenacious family breathing down the necks of the staff - wonder if he'll get out alive.:baffled:

 

It just amazes me that a hospital would allow such lack of care and attention to be paid to a patient with such a serious condition. WTH??! :rage::rage: And for the ortho guy....:tap::tap::nono::nono::whip::whip:. I understand some of these high powered cancer docs with absolutely no tact or bedside manner - they're really just lab geniuses let out by necessity. But an orthopedist?? - what a piece of work he is. Hope he never stumbles hard and faces the same......

 

Hang in there guys! We're with you!

 

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lucky_x16

Someone really needs to have words with that Ortho doctor. A floating piece of bone, cost me 2 knee reconstructions when I was in the Army. You do not have to move your knee a lot for it to cause damage, it will drift on its own, then every little movement acts like a serated knife on the ligaments.

 

I do so hope they allow him to be transferred closer to home, and I hope the medical staff has some common sense about them when he does get transferred.

 

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devansgirl

[user=1136]plskthompson[/user] wrote:

Always remember, there are good and bad in every profession, so please don't judge us all by the bad examples you are seeing.

We wouldn't do that Johnny. My brother is a nurse. I know that just because these nurses are incompetent, not all are :hmm: the sad thing is, one of the nurses was in training. So she is being trained to act like an idiot :doh:

 

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