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Monday,August 17,11:30-that’s the scheduled time anyway-I’ve been a nurse and a surgical patient long enough to know I will probably be taken into OR at least 1 hour after scheduled time-depends on case before me. My surgeon will turn a 3 level fusion in my neck into a 4 level fusion. Out with the old hardware, in with some new. Same incision he thinks-cuts out old scar which is barely noticeable and gives me a new one I have to remember to massage and put sunblock on so it too,becomes barely noticeable. This will be after the neck collar comes off 3-4 weeks later-and yes it gets very hot with collar on.

 My last surgery was odd. I went into OR almost 2 hours late, then IV had to be restarted. Had a man on each arm trying for an IV site-2 pokes, only one of which was usable.
When I woke in recovery my nurse tells me someone I used to work with is working-do I remember her? Actually I did-but always seem to have issues opening eyes in recovery unless specifically asked to open eyes. Have been known to reply“I’m awake, I just don’t want to open eyes yet.” I know why you need to open eyes, I’ve worked in recovery before, but when you are in the patient role lots of your RN knowledge leaves somewhere. I try to be a good patient, but the over 40-nurse role(bossy)always seems to pop out. I actually would like myself as a patient-I understand why vital signs are taken in middle of night and at crack of dawn,I turn myself,I take self to BR as needed and only ask for meds when I know I am due, unless really hurting. This seems to make some nurses nervous-like I’m a secret shopper checking up on their patient care. But I do feel out patient surveys faithfully and give examples. I feel like I have to ask for everything-is it assumed I will completely care for myself, because I’m a nurse.  

 This time I’m not going to tell staff I’m a nurse-my occupation is listed as office manager on admit paper. See if I’m treated differently. After all a patient is a patient,even if the patient is also a nurse. Let you know how my secret shopper experience goes.



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