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Hello all,,,

I was admitted into the hospital this past wednesday. My blood pressure drooped to about 45/30. Scary!!!

Anyhow,,, I had always been afraid to be admitted into a VA hospital. Well,,, my fears came true.

My first night was wonderful,,, maybe because I was really being monitored. However,,, the morning on was scary.

Whenever my I.V. finished,,, it would make that sound. I would call for the nurse,,, if I got an answer,,, is would be a "yes" as if I was bothering them. Once,,, the man came on and said "what do you want?"

After four pushes,,, I learned my lesson that pushing that nurse button is a "no-no." And,,, that I would have to live with the continuous beeping of the I.V. pump.

I also had to clean myself up. I found myself in the bathroom with stuff coming out of both ends of my body. Okay,,, this part is TMI but I must share.

--I went to the restroom,,, sat on the toilet,,, Boom, Boom, Bam!!!!,,, turned over,,, put my head in that stinky toilet (yes, I flushed),,, Boom, Boom Bam!!!. I pulled that string to call for the nurse (ooops,,, wrong response). They came in and said,,, "Ewwwwww, let me get YOU a towel. You going to be alright? Here, clean yourself up. Next time,,, try to get your bowel movement in the container, not the toilet."

So,,, I cleaned myself up and went to bed.

This is just the beginning. I never been so scarred in my life.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

Honestly,,, I thought that they wanted to "do me in" cause I am a costly liability. I begged to be released Friday and actually told them I was going to walk out. They released me with a blood pressure of around 95/50 AND with some labs still abnormal and a follow-up appt with my providers. I told my doc that I can deal with my kidney levels and will eat salt lick for my blood pressure,,, just get me outta here. Since I personaly knew my doctor, he agreed and will call me everyday (which he has done today and will come by tomorrow for dinner).



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My experiences are that VA hospitals suck. I have been an in-pt for several things and every experience has been horrid...at more than on facility. This past Wednesday I had a colonoscopy and I was released before I could even walk and with a BP of 92/60. I was very overmedicated.

What you need to do as soon as you feel better is get a copy of your records from that visit...all records...in pt notes, labs, everything. Go to the ROI office, complete the form and get those records. Then file a formal complaint with the patient advocate...name names if you can recall them. Don't let your horrible treatment go.

I hope you are feeling better!!!

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I really think that the care is different at the various hospitals, because I have heard horror stories from other veterans; but they were always from different areas. I have always appreciated the care I have received at either Ft. Meade, SD or the Memphis VAMC. The only problem I ever had was due to a personality conflict with an anal orifice, and he had to apologize. B)

I recently had a tympanoplasty (hole in ear drum repair), and was very pleased by the whole procedure. But I will admit I was very nervous beforehand.


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My experiences are that VA hospitals suck. I have been an in-pt for several things and every experience has been horrid...at more than on facility. This past Wednesday I had a colonoscopy...

purple, did the VA clean the colonoscopy equipment properly, before they used it on you? There was a report on dirty colonoscopy equipment, used at VAMC's, recently.

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Ya know.....I can only hope; the staff was doing those procedures one right after the other, literally less than 10 minutes between procedures...

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