Who is being unreasonable? (lighthearted)(29 Posts)
Five of us are in a bay in the hospital.
One keeps the others awake not only from the bay but other bays all night. Has done so for the past 4 nights.
The person cat naps during the day and is now snoring away and will be or at least an hour. This isn't always possible for others - trips to other departments, dr's etc you know what it's like.
The others are cranky and very sleep deprived and there's talk about signing themselves out against medical advice just to get sleep. They are also talking about somehow waking talky shouty singing person up. The nurses are saying let patient sleep as obviously tired. Others have said along the lines of so are we.
The other patients wanting to wake the patient?
Or the nurses for wanting to let the person sleep?
Obviously, I'm in the wake-up camp. I'm cranky, I want to sleep but cannot as waiting to go and have tests.
I think it depends on the circumstances, if as prequelle says this is in relation to a condition, nothing can be done. However my grandfather was in hospital recently and the was a man opposite him in the bay, early fifties still in work, post leg surgery, perfectly lucid. Every day he would put his TV on as loud as it would go, then nap, snoring loudly. The nurse would go over and turn the TV down, not off, he'd wake up after half hour or so and put it back up, then promptly go back to sleep, this went on most of the day. He then listened to music and stayed awake most of the night, when nurses would ask him to turn it down he just said it was his 'right'. My gran even offered him a set of headphones, 'ooh I know it can be hard to hear the TV with all the hustle and bustle, would you like these I brought two pairs' , he refused. He was rude to nursing staff and made misogynistic comments about the nurses behind their backs and said he slept during the day so he didn't have to speak to his wife when she came in. She would sit by his bedside and read magazines while the snoring, TV nonsense was going on. My grandfather is 87 years old and was at his wits end.
Thankfully that sort of nonsense isn't put up with where I work zippy. He either wears headphones or doesn't watch it at all. Failing that Matrons have a chat. And if that doesn't work, security.
A side room can be used if available for 'behaviour' issues if it is negatively effecting other patients, I work on a dementia friendly ward and we have used them for precisely this reason. I would suggest you request to speak to the ward manager as the staff are not managing the situation.
To make it clear no one was ganging up on anyone. None of us was constantly standing/sitting around talking about the person. Comments were made after staff mentioned the person looked tired and mentioned along the lines of aww look they must be tired when snoring her head off etc. Of course, this pissed us off, it would piss anyone off especially when everyone is knackered and the person causing it is getting sympathy or in a sleep deprived state seems to be, who knows? Perhaps when sleep has been had thoughts will be clearer.
Other patients in other bays asking loudly day/night to ask the person to be quiet.
Thank you Fairymad will remember this if it happens in future. By the time I came back onto ward, the patient has been moved.
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