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I Forgot To Mention That Dad Has Bed Sores From His Stay In Hospital

In my previous posts I was mentioning the fact that my Dad cannot have chemotherapy at the moment as the stump from his left leg amputation has to heal fully before that can be done.

Anyway, the stump is healing very nicely - according to people in charge of his care at the ARC (rehabilitation centre) - but another reason why the appointment with the Oncologist remains the 30th March is due to the fact he has another problem in the form of bed sores that he attained during his horrendous stay in hospital beforehand, which amounted to about a month or so.

I am really upset about this as bed sores can be prevented. OK, Dad can be grumpy whenever he has to be moved every 2 hours (that was in the hospital, now he can do this by himself) but my guess is this procedure wasn't done every 2 hours. This cannot be proved, however, but Dad didn't like some of the nurses/health care assistants on the last ward he was on..and Dad never lies about anything. There was one time when he was being washed down below by a male nurse, then this same nurse told Dad could use the water in the bowl for his wet, facial shave afterwards!

'Not on your Nelly!' my Dad told him.

Can you imagine it? Shaving his face with water that's been used for washing his nether regions with? It doesn't bear thinking about.

Needless to say, Dad persuaded the nurse to change the water for him.

If my Dad wasn't 'on the ball' I reckon he would probably have an infection by now from his stay in Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Fortunately, Dad is one of those people that - if he can do something - he will do it all by himself. In the ARC he has a bathroom right next door to his room. Granted, his room has a heavy fire door he has to wheel his chair through but his determination in washing himself without help spurs him on.

After all, he (generally) does a better job!

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wolfgirl569 wrote on March 18, 2015, 5:37 PM

That is sad because bed sores are easy to prevent most of the time. Glad your dad is still able to tell them off for stupid things also.

melody23 wrote on March 18, 2015, 6:52 PM

Two hourly turns are a bit of a nightmare for staff and the patient, no one likes being woken in the middle of the night several times just to be rolled onto their side. However your dad just proves that they need to be done because if they are not then people get pressure sores. To be fair some people will get a pressure sore no matter how hard we try to prevent them, but in most cases they are totally preventable. The only positive thing is that they will have had to report the fact that a pressure sore occurred on their ward and hopefully it should improve things in the future, I know that doesn't help your dad but at least its a tiny positive thing to come out of it.

I hope his wounds heal quickly so he can begin his treatment.

seren3 wrote on March 18, 2015, 9:45 PM

Oh my goodness - quite a predicament. Currently a friend of mine is in a rehab facility. She is not a complainer and therefore gets attended to, last. I think it's always a quandry whay works best.

Janey1966 wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:37 AM

When Mum visited him yesterday he was feeling a bit down, probably due to pains in his ears now. Mum is trying to get them looked at as - yes - he is very nearly deaf but he's only been complaining about pain recently. I shall be glad to get away from Carlisle later on today to see my folks as this place is getting on my nerves at the moment. Even though Dad is ill seeing him is preferable to being here right now. Little things are starting to annoy me so it's just as well I have those colouring books to keep me occupied. I'm that stressed I will probably fill them all in the next two weeks or so!

Janey1966 wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:40 AM

That has a double-edged sword as well..all the nurses/health care assistants seemed to be doing is form-filling. In my opinion, all that should be passed onto admin staff so they can be free to do what they are supposed to do best..caring for patients. Why it's not all computerised is beyond me. They even have ipads for staff in Argos, why they don't have them in hospitals is a mystery to me.

Janey1966 wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:43 AM

Hmm, that didn't happen in Blackpool Victoria. The ones who moaned (there was a guy who clearly had mental health issues that the staff obviously weren't trained to deal with) got left, especially if they wanted to be discharged, as the mentally ill guy was. Apparently, once the staff realised he wanted to be discharged they ignored him even more and it took him ages to get his shoe onto his bandaged foot. No-one would come and help him. I mean, how pathetic is that?

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 19, 2015, 7:47 AM

My point exactly ,if I were in your Dad shoes.This male nurse was too rude to stand .It makes me think anything is preferable to being a patient.

melody23 wrote on March 19, 2015, 8:55 AM

The amount of paperwork we have to do is unbelievable, but admin staff couldn't do it unfortunately because they don't have any involvement in patient care and therefore wouldn't know any of the details needed for the various forms. It takes up a ridiculous amount of time to fill in all this paperwork and a lot of it is different forms asking the same questions over and over again, but its a legal requirement unfortunately.

They are moving towards computerising things. Here in Glasgow they had moved most things to computers but then something went wrong with the way it was set up and they have had to go back to paper for now. There was talk at one time of imbedding a tablet pc into each patient bed which would have all that patients info on it, the staff then take another tablet pc round and write the notes etc on it which is then transferred to the one attached to the bed. I hope this never happens, typing on a tablet pc would take me three times as long as writing would and I dread to think of the expense of doing such a thing.