Re: RCMC #124: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Chatting!
Originally Posted by brand42
I'll take a stab at this. The key is to be firm and insistent without being overbearing.
Is your grandma newly on this medication or been taking it for a while? unfortunately, at least at my hospital, communication between drs and nurses isn't always so great. Just take deep breaths and try explaining the situation as many times as needed. I don't know if it's a large facility or not but it can take time to get around to everyone. So hang in there and do your best for grandma. Hopefully she'll get the attention she needs really soon.
They JUST put her on this after the stroke. Funny thing, the med sheet says "tell your doctor if you are diabetic or have had a stroke before taking this medication"...!!!!!!!! Um, she is diabetic, and she's here because she had the stroke, so....why in holy hell are they even giving her this?!?!?!
Originally Posted by penguinsoda
Sometimes YOU have to be the advocate for your family member because YOU are the one that knows them best. If family members constantly bug us because someone didn't get a cup of coffe with dinner or something like that is one thing. But if your grandmother is having reactions to the medications thats something that needs to be addressed by the staff ASAP and the staff should be paying attention and listening to that!
The CNA is being great, but the RNs just saw her for the first time today and they don't realize how much worse she is...and they are blowing us off. And the doctors are gone. So we're stuck til tomorrow morning.
Thanks guys, for being so great! I have a bit of a one track mind right now. It's a little all-consuming.