Sunday, October 3, 2010
There are several hospitals in my area with large orthopedic programs. I'm sure each has its advantages and disadvantages. My surgeon is affiliated with a hospital without a residency program. At this point in my life, I see this as a positive. I spent many, many years being a medical guinea pig as a result of my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Because EDS is so rare, residents love to use me as a learning experience. Sometimes, this is fine. Others, when I'm ill or in severe pain, I don't want to tell my story just so that everyone has the opportunity to practice their interview skills.
This hospital has a dedicated Ortho wing, but it seems that all the beds there were taken on Thursday night. No major complaints, though--I'm still in a private room with a wall-mounted flat screen LCD tv, a pull-out couch, a recliner and ample table and closet space.
The staff here have been so kind--hence the "Hospital/ity" title--and I've certainly needed a lot of help! Between Thursday's surgery involving both extremities on my right side, a shoulder fusion and unstable (post-op) ankle on the left and the need to use a forearm crutch and drag around a huge IV pole, I've been pretty useless. Throw in some POTS and medication side effects and I'm probably completely useless.
Overall, it's nice to get medical care in a hospital where I'm more than just a number or a syndrome.
It's taken me several hours to write this post, which is unlikely to be read by anyone. Since I'm falling asleep (again), that's all for now.