Pre Op Assessment
So I was called for a pre-op assessment yesterday. A bit of a surprise as the letter arrived 24 hours beforehand and I had no time to arrange for a "drop off" outside the unit which I was told to do as there was no parking. Had to walk some considerable distance (a real challenge) only to find there was plenty of parking outside but hey ho, at least I'm moving, right?
Assessment was grim. I was told off on several occasions (a) for being overweight ("they may not do with with a BMI like that"), (b) for not drinking plenty before the assessment which resulted in them not being able to take sufficient blood (I said I didn't know what was happening and was told "well it's a pre-op, what did you expect"), (c) my blood pressure is too high and (d) for saying I didn't have anyone to stay with me after surgery (I presume they were expecting an apology for being a widow!). I also asked about the ECG as the screen said it was "abnormal" and I asked what that meant. All I got was a snappy response to the student nurse in the room "that's why we don't put the screen facing the patient". No explanation or what it might mean.
The last time I was in hospital for anything other than as a visitor was when my daughter was born 30 years ago! How was I supposed to know these things? I got back to my car and burst into tears. I am not normally a tearful person.
Is any of this normal? I have now read the leaflet that was thrust into my hands when I left the room and can see that I can contact someone to arrange for carers after my surgery. Why didn't she tell me that there was information in the leaflet when I said I didn't have anyone at home instead of berating me for having "elective surgery" without someone living with me?
I still don't have a date for surgery but after yesterday am serious thinking whether (a) I'll be safe and (b) whether it's worth the humiliation.
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