When you are in hospital following serious surgery for a life threatening illness, you are often feeling afraid, anxious and emotional. Overcoming fear and anxiety is one of the real problems you will have to face. This anxiety is further increased if things happen to you in hospital which adds to your fear.
If you are feeling afraid or worried about anything while in hospital, ask to see the registrar. Nurses work in shifts and what you tell one nurse may not get passed on to another at change of shifts. If your concern is serious enough, don’t be afraid to ask to see the registrar.
But make sure that your problem is sufficiently serious before asking for the registrar; after all, you do not want to be known as a winger and consequently ignored. We have all heard the story of the boy who cried ‘wolf’!
You may wonder what could be serious enough to force you to call for the registrar. Such things as staff being aggressive to you or ignoring you; other patients attacking you; injury caused by the negligence of a staff member etc. Thankfully these things do not happen too often, but they can happen.
I was ‘King Hit’ by another patient the day after my brain surgery. As I was punched in the face, I was very lucky not to have been seriously injured. It is something I never would have thought might happen, but it did. In this instance the registrar came to see me as the same patient kept entering my room and I was quite frankly terrified! Overcoming fear and anxiety became really important for me to cope with.
Just what happened and how I coped is covered in my book
Tips and Hints
It is your right to ask for help when you feel threatened or afraid while in hospital. Don’t just put up with what you consider is a serious problem and ‘suffer in silence’; On the other hand, don’t be belligerent or aggressive. It is in your best interest to keep the hospital staff ‘on side’ and keen to help you during your recovery.