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Steffanoid Sun 16-Feb-14 19:24:38

DP has his wisdom tooth out under general anaesthetic on tuesday. When we get home WIBU to put him to bed and put the baby monitor on cause the info we have says he's not supposed to sleep alone and im supervising him or do I literally have to sit next to him bored all day?

Trooperslane Sun 16-Feb-14 19:28:17


Topseyt Sun 16-Feb-14 19:30:26

I wouldn't sit and monitor him. It isn't an intensive care job.

Is he a man-flu type?

sykadelic15 Sun 16-Feb-14 19:50:34

So basically you're wondering if it's okay to not personally monitor someone who is at risk of death (however small the risk, it is there) due to complications of the general anaesthetic because you'd be bored?

There's a reason you're being asked to monitor him. Suck it up for a couple of hours.

CrohnicallyFarting Sun 16-Feb-14 20:00:05

Don't you have a sofa that he could sleep on? Or a reclining chair? Then he can sleep and you can get on with whatever while keeping one eye/ear on him.

Steffanoid Sun 16-Feb-14 20:11:41

He's not a man flu type at all, syk what about things like getting lunch and going to the bathroom?
im asking because I honestly don't know what attention he would need post op.
neither of us have had or experienced anyone under general anaesthetic, if its that dangerous why will they let him walk out 20 minutes after the procedure rather than him be an in patient?

parakeet Sun 16-Feb-14 20:26:22

Ask the anaesthetist. They will have a chat with your beforehand.

Bit more reliable than "strangers on the internet".

AncientPigeon Sun 16-Feb-14 21:02:34

Are you sure its a general anaesthetic and not sedation? They would keep you in for a few hours if it was a general.

AskBasil Sun 16-Feb-14 21:06:20

Come off it Sky, d'you think a nurse would be sitting by his bedside if he were kept in hospital?

You don't have to be bored though Steffanoid. Take a big book, a Sudoku puzzle book and a laptop for mumsnetting and facebooking and you can look on it as an excuse to do nothing for a few hours.

SomethingOnce Sun 16-Feb-14 21:08:38

I'd be making up a tray of yummy things, firing up iPlayer and joining him in bed.

Steffanoid Sun 16-Feb-14 21:12:30

I cant do nothing, theres hoovering and clothes washing and washing up and clotges to put away while im baby free for a day

FudgefaceMcZ Sun 16-Feb-14 21:13:34

They don't actually mean constant supervision! They mean check on him now and then and don't e.g. leave him alone in the house with a baby/the gas on. I've had a general anaesthetic as an adult and certainly no one sat beside me while I slept, though I was not allowed to get the bus home from hospital alone.

Steffanoid Sun 16-Feb-14 21:14:09

makes me itch if I dont clean everyday, ive got depression/anxiety and cleaning calms me down when im 'twitchy'

LucyBabs Sun 16-Feb-14 21:17:06

Have him camp out on the sofa. You can leave his side to use the loo or make food for yourself smile

Exdp had all four removed, the smell of blood from his mouth was horrendous like rotting meat.
Perfectly normal apparently. I didn't sit near him for long, I supervised from the kitchen smile

Steffanoid Sun 16-Feb-14 21:21:59

maybe I can put him in the playpen haha!
(please note I really won't do this, he's too big to fit)

im hoping not to freak out too much on the day, parking him kn the sofa with netflix sounds like a better idea than bed.

VenusStarr Sun 16-Feb-14 21:24:01

I had general anesthetic to remove my wisdom teeth, had the op at 9 and my sister was called to collect me at 12. I then dozed on her sofa in the afternoon and stayed at home on my own, my mom came over the next day. I honestly just wanted to sleep and do nothing. I'm sure it will be fine to leave him in bed / sofa and check on him every so often, or use the monitor smile

Pigletin Sun 16-Feb-14 21:36:57

Syk...risk of death? Seriously? If he was at a risk of death they wouldn't have let him out of the hospital.

AskBasil Sun 16-Feb-14 21:55:24

LOL at the reason to not go in the playpen is because he can't fit.

RunRunRuby Sun 16-Feb-14 22:04:41

Ask every time I've had a general anaesthetic, I think it was six times last year, I've been supervised by a nurse until I'm ready to go home. There's one nurse per patient. They really do just sit next to the bed on a seat keeping an eye on the machines, offering drinks, adjusting pillows etc. but that's for the higher risk time, before you're allowed home.

But OP I've never been told I need complete supervision after a general anaesthetic. Is that exactly what they said? Normally I go home, rest on the sofa, snooze on and off. My parents don't supervise me as such but will check on me every so often and bring me food or drinks if I need them.

You're not allowed to use a kettle or any cooking equipment, machinery, sign legal documents etc. for 24 hours afterwards but apart from that it's usually fine. To be honest, even a monitor is likely to be overkill unless he is at particularly high risk.

Steffanoid Sun 16-Feb-14 22:10:00

this is the info sheet thing,, says about no public transport, no cheque signing, no driving for 24 hours and then it says you must be looked after by a responsible adult for the remainder of the day you must not be left alone overnight.

oh and you must not wear nail varnish must remember to tell dp that one

Rosa Sun 16-Feb-14 22:17:02

Let dh decide where he wants to park himself in bed or the sofa. Then just do your cleaning and check on him regularly . Maybe sit and have a coffee in the same room . When I had mine out under GA I was overnighted and no nurse sat with me . They might have come and checked on me but i don't know. God the mouth washes were foul . If you are unsure then ask at the hospital when you go in.

NothingMoreScaryThanAHairyMary Sun 16-Feb-14 22:31:24

I think the monitor is overkill, if you check on him every 30 mins or so it would be fine ( even that is loose as the riskiest period would be when he is immediately post op.)

Do n't worry too much they won't let him home till he is fit.

dinodino27 Sun 16-Feb-14 22:33:01

Omg - just reminded me of an awful incident. When dd was born i was inundated with visitors. she was only a few days old and I was seriously sleep deprived and not thinking (i'd had a c - section and blood transfusion). Anyway midwife came round and i took her upstairs with baby - whilst dh , parents in law and his auntie and uncle were downstairs. Midwife asked how i was getting on and I launched into a RANT about visitors all heard perfectly downstairs via the baby monitor. A terrible time!

AlpacaPicnic Sun 16-Feb-14 22:37:33

Sorry for slight hijack but...

No nail varnish? Why on earth not?

Silvercatowner Sun 16-Feb-14 22:39:59

When it says 'must not be left alone' it means someone in the same house - someone in earshot, not someone staring at you for the night.

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