I love frequenting our neighborhood restaurant. The waitresses know us by name, they remember our favorite dishes, they always smile and treat us with kindness. Spending the last ten weeks in the hospital with heart failure, waiting for my gift of life, I have found many similarities. Many mornings I feel as though I am visiting a restaurant specializing in medicinal cuisine.
Nurse: Good morning Chelle, how are you today? Your room smells delightful and you have so much sun coming through your window.
Me: Best room in the place they tell me.
Nurse: Sure is. Your doctor has prepared a nice little medley for you, much like yesterday’s. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Would you care for a starter before hand? Perhaps Ativan or Tylenol?
Me: Yes, I believe I’ll have the Ativan, that sounds lovely this morning.
Nurse: Good choice. I brought for you a fresh pitcher of ice water, here let me pour you a cup.
Nurse: So, I have for you today; Lasix, Spirinolactone, Neurontin, Metoprolol, Magnesium, Potassium, and Vitamin D. Those come with a side of Folic Acid, Creon, and are topped off with Aciphex.
(I watch as she tears each pill out from it’s own individual package, and drops it into the little plastic shot glass)
Nurse: Last but certainly not least, your Ativan. (Did she really just say that?) (She hands me the shot glass) (I take it, look at it, look at her)
Me: Bottoms up. (I swallow them all with the water from the small styrofoam cup)
Nurse: How does some fluids sound? We have Milrinone and Heparin on tap today. Milrinone comes with side of Zofran and the Heparin comes with a complimentary blood draw.
(Not happy about the blood draw)
Me: Do they come with fresh tubing?
Nurse: Why yes, and new caps also.
Me: Wonderful. That sounds great, one bag of each please. And the Zofran.
Nurse: Coming right up. (Hangs the new bags, changes the tubing and caps on my PICC lumens) Would you like any add-ons today? May I suggest Tums or Miralax?
Me: Not just yet, thank you though.
Nurse: If there’s nothing else I can get for you, I will see you again at 12, 2, 5, and 6. In the meantime, let me know if you need something.
Me: See ya later