Hope everyone is doing ok.
Hubby ascetis is bad again and when it gets uncomfortable we are suppose to phone the ward and they get him in for a drain as soon as they get a bed. So we phoned 2 weeks ago and they said they would phone when they have a bed.
2 weeks go by and with various phone calls still no bed.
We saw the consultant yesterday who said he would try and get him admitted for a drain. After a lot of waiting around he tried his best however the hospital is full and is on 'black' alert so we came home.
Phoned the ward manager today who said she would try but couldn't guarantee anything and recommended that we go to a and e.
I understand that they can't just magic up bed and I know she will do her best to get him in as soon as possible.
I'm just looking at my options now as he is in quite a lot of discomfort and not very mobile. He has also developed a small wheeze but says he's not short of breathe and he has had a wheeze before.
A and E means a lot of waiting around on a cold uncomfortable bed being prodded and poked before they tell us what we already know and then he's shuffled around the hospital until a bed is ready on the gastro ward. Last time he was admitted he was on 4 wards before moving to gastro at 2am one morning. He is quite confused and hospital is very stressful for him as its so unfamiliar plus a doc tapped his fluid once when he wasn't fully with it and scared him. He tried to escape he was so scared.
Having a drain done needs quite specific needs both putting the drain in, removing the drain and the in between albumin and emptying. I have found that the experience is not there especially the in between bit. The last drain he had was put in on a different ward and the nurses didn't really know what they had to do I ended up having to prompt them on what they had to do. Therefore some wards just won't do it.
He needs the fluid out but I don't want him to be in hospital longer then he needs especially with Easter coming up. Weekends and bank holidays nothing happens unless it's an emergency. Even gastro won't do drains at the weekend which is ridiculous.
Was thinking about contacting gp surgery but I'm not sure what they can do.
Also considered contacting another hospital but I don't know how that would work.
It's so frustrating and I know it's not the hospital's fault but I just hate seeing him in pain. I will take him in if his wheeze gets worse or the pain gets worse.
Hope this makes sense.
What would you guys do?
Thank you in advance.