I am just writing to give out a bit about my 24 hours hospital stay. Had 3rd carbo/caelyx session on Thursday last week. Was feeling bad, was taking steroids, all the same. I took Neulasta jab on monday. On tuesday i wasn't well. About 5pm I got some trouble to take a breath, my chest hurt, shoulders, back. I felt like something is blocking me from throat down to stomach. It lasted 1,5 hours so we went to hospital. Fair enough i didn't wait for doctor to see me, they took me to the room straight away. But after that was only worse. I was lying on a&e in a corridor for 7 hours. Random patients, their family members, doctors and all hospital staff were passing my bed all over again. 5 days after chemo, with low immune system... I got room eventually and was told to wait till morning so cardio doctor can see me. I just dont get it, no cardio doctor at night in one of the biggest hospitals in Dublin? What with all people with strokes, heart attacks etc... Who looks after them? I was waiting in this horrible, cold room till morning to get bed on the ward. Nurses were saying that I had to wait for a bed.. I got the bed at 5 am. Does it mean that I got it because someone went home at 3 or 4 am? How is it even possible that there is no space on the oncology ward for that kind of emergency situations? At 5am I got the bed, next to lady with sore throat, chest infection and fever. I've panicked, I wanted to run away. Nurse asked me is there anything she can do for me. I asked her to switch my light off so I could have maybe 5 mins nap. She said she needs to take a swab first and...she disappeared and came back 2 hours later. Of course life on ward started just after 5am so no sleep at all. Doctors kept coming and going and asking the same questions all the time. I asked, I begged to be released. I had to wait for blood tests to be repeated every few hours and some heart scans. At the end of day private bed got released and I was allowed to take it. Blood tests and scans didn't show anything so I went home. Now I am waiting for big problem, big infection which I probably caught in my 24 hours stay in hospital.
Be save and Stay away from hospitals!