If it isn’t on the checklist, turns out doctors and nurses don’t have to listen.
-Clarence Holm, (upset patient who has a blog)
(caution – whining in progress)
My same day surgery was postponed today.
I had gotten to the point of donning a backward pajamas top which left my derriere exposed to all. A passing nurse noticed some bruising on my leg. After a quick examination by my nurse and the surgeon, it was confirmed the risk of infection from all the clotted blood in my legs was too high to continue.
I should have known better, even though I had specifically told two doctors and two nurses during two separate previous appointments that I had fallen and had badly hurt myself, no one thought it was a big deal. Apparently I was just a fat old man complaining again! In fact, after the second appointment, I told people at the office where I work that obviously when you get old no one listens and to just stop whining.
To be fair, the main reason for my hospital visits was for knee pain and possible orthoscopic surgery, however, I did tell both the doctors and the nurses that I had recently fallen and had hurt myself badly. In one of the cases I raised my shirt to show some of the resulting bruises, but no follow-up questions were asked.
What’s next is a few more weeks of pain and painkillers as well as two more weeks of not being able to work because of the distraction caused by throbbing pain.
Do I seem bitter?