Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Better than a sharp stick in the eye... maybe.

So we're in the beginning of our 6th day here in hospital land and I can honestly say we're ready to leave. Too bad the doctors don't think so.

Every morning at approximately 5:30 AM our door opens and we are assaulted with a continuous stream of doctors and RNs and CNAs and residents and students and housekeeping and dietitians and people from the cafeteria. They smile and listen to his belly and listen to his lungs and take his blood and add more antibiotics to his IV and remind him to eat and remind him to walk and ask him how he's feeling and if anything hurts and what his pain is on a scale of 1 to 10 and ask him what he wants to eat (always nothing) and this happens over and over again for about 5 hours.

And I can't help but wonder who decided that 5:30 AM was an appropriate time to wake a 10 year old up (and his mother) and draw his blood? And who decided that 6:00 AM was an appropriate time to force a mega-ton of food down the throat of a kid who hates to eat? Hospitals don't seem to be much in the "waking up calmly and gradually" camp.

All of this is coupled with the constant sounds of crying children and incessant beeping. It's really enough to make a person insane. Last night I dreamed that I had to beat beeping machines with a baseball bat until they shut up. It was a game I couldn't win.


d e v a n said...[Reply to comment]

Gosh, I hope you get to go home soon!

Karen said...[Reply to comment]

I hope Bug is on the mend and you get to go home soon.

Jenny said...[Reply to comment]

5:30am sounds heavenly compared to being in the hospital with a newborn who they had to *weigh* at midnight and then check in regularly to see when she last ate (because breastfeeders can't be trusted) -- but of course they only barged in and turned on the lights while she was sleeping. And yes, for some reason they had to empty the trash at the oddest hours. Luckily they couldn't keep us there and we left the next morning.

I feel for ya. Maybe make a DO NOT DISTURB sign and see if it works :) Get some ear plugs and sleep masks.

Domestic Spaz said...[Reply to comment]

LOL! Jenny! We have them coming in all night, too. Every hour they take his temperature and BP. But it's at 5:30 they want to TALK to us. I'm used to them coming in all the time, but when I have to interact I have a problem. 5:30 is too flipping early for interaction.

I've done my up every 2 hours with newborns already... I'm supposed to get full nights of sleep now!