Hospitals can kill ya

Old Rooster had to be admitted to the hospital the night before Thanksgiving.  What it was is not the reason behind this post, merely establishing setting.  And he was treated and released after 4 days.  Observation was important.

Anyway….. While there we both told everyone that he was on a low sodium diet, uber low.  The hospital failed in two ways, and set the Old Rooster back to square one with his sodium levels and bloating.  No one would listen that he should not have the sodium chloride bag attached to his IV.  No one listened that he could only have a diet of 500-1000 mg of sodium per day.

Oh, it drove me crazy; the girl delivering his meals from the kitchen would reply, “its only 2g of sodium in this diet”  Um, there are 1000mg in 1g, so that is DOUBLE what he should get.  So he stopped eating anything they brought that he knew was loaded.  Tried to order things that we knew weren’t.  Unfortunately, his physician that put him on the low sodium diet was away.

He came home terribly bloated despite best efforts…

The purpose behind sharing this with you is to remind you that you must be aware of everything being given to you whether through your IV or diet.  There were times his mom was in the hospital and they were putting potassium in her IV bag and Old Rooster was there and called their attention to the fact that potassium could kill her.  They actually argued!  Ended up flushing something through the IV to get the potassium out.

Be careful.  You are working so hard to stay healthy, don’t let someone undermine all your efforts and cause harm.