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  •  After my last hospitalization I swore the next (16+ / 0-)

    time I would bring and take my own meds no matter hospital policy.  I take a variety of meds, some of which are to be taken at specific times.  I never got them when I was supposed to, even after repeatedly calling for the nurse.  My meds were given to me more than 5 hours late.  You just have to be prepared to take the hospital's pharmacy to the mat, and you will be fought every inch of the way.  (I know this because I was witness to the problems a friend had re her meds.)  I wonder how much hospital policy has to do with how much they can charge rather than their claim of patient safety.

    ""How long does getting thin take?" Pooh asked anxiously." -- A. A. Milne

    by pittie70 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:03:32 AM PST

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    •  This may provide a hint. (10+ / 0-)

      The only time in my life I've ever been provided meds on a strict, documented, well-thought-out timetable that had been carefully explained to me in advance, was while I was in a lock-down ward of a county hospital.  

      Come to think of it, that was also the only time I'd encountered medical personnel with both the time and the desire to show their compassion and use their good judgments.

      (Clearly that was an uneconomical use of resources!)

      Still, determined to avoid hospitals at all costs for the foreseeable future.  Period.  Period.  [double space]

      (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

      by argomd on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:25:00 AM PST

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    •  All of it. (2+ / 0-)
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      It's just the excuse.  Trust me, so are the restaurant and the hotel's pitiful claims about liability.  It's never about anything but profit.

      •  No, not all of it. (0+ / 0-)

        Home meds can be dangerous and there are good safety reasons to not just take them yourself. Turn them in to the pharmacy and allow the hospital to dispense them, that should solve the problem.

        •  Hospitals are dangerous (0+ / 0-)

          and there are very good reasons not to ever enter one unless dragged unconscious and against your will.

          •  Lots of things are dangerous (0+ / 0-)

            Myocardial infarction, stroke, seizure, pulmonary embolism, infection, trauma....

            But, hey, no one can make you go to a hospital for any of that. Good luck taking care of those things in your kitchen.

            •  You wouldn't believe (0+ / 0-)

              me if I told you just how mishandled EVERY SINGLE CASE I've taken to the ER has been . . . and just what I've handled much more competently AND a hell of a lot cheaper in my kitchen.  But then, remember that I'm a fully-trained wizard.  YMMV.

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