From: Altadena, CA
ORIGINAL: Daniel Lee Young
evidently only one RN in this entire facility, last night, has the abilityorskill nesecarry to insert a 20 gauge needle in a vein foran IV for contrast Dye.
so we waited...2-1/2 hours for this nurse to finish whatever the heck it was she was doing with the other 11 patients on the ward, to come do this proceedure.
mom slept poorly... they took away her water becasuse of swallowing problems..and now they wont even let her have a sponge swab soaked in water to keep her mouth from drying out.
She IS miserable.
I am pissed and about to go confront someone about the inhumanity of This treatment,
Input from far away and incomplete knowledge of situation, but the denial of water until her aspiration risk is known may keep from getting pneumonia, which could be lethal in her condition as you've described it. I know this doesn't make it easier to see her misery and it doesn't mean her clinicians are doing what their supposed to, but their judgment seems sound on this particular point.
Very sorry you're having to go through this, and you're right that our healthcare system is a mess.