Reason: they are full of dangerous germs you don’t want to bring home. I believed her and trashed lots of them during my recent hospital stays.
I spent a week in the hospital post colon rectal surgery and another week return trip to deal with horrible complications. Home at last, I now have lovely visiting nurses, hubby and son, keeping me sane. Three weeks prior to the surgery, I learned that diverticulitis disease had severely scarred my sigmoid colon and that it would have to be removed. And, then a temporary ileoscomy would be constructed until my innards had healed and my plumbing could be hooked up again. That means another big surgery in a few months.
Pretty drastic news but I was convinced that it was either cope with the new reality and surgery or put my affairs in order because sepsis would be a likely outcome. The odd thing is that I have only had two flare-ups of abdominal pain–the last one being horrendous–in the last two years or in my entire life. And it took about 4 months to get anyone to take tummy problems seriously enough to investigate. I had to create some drama to get help.
This is not a good time to need surgery or pain meds. With the opiate crisis raging, and doctors under fire, good luck getting enough pain relief to heal, rest or walk to the bathroom. Tylenol however is dispensed with a cheery smile. I am haunted daily by the screams of a poor confused elderly woman enduring a painful procedure forced on her, against her wishes, without sedation first. (I reported it to the charge nurse.)
Why are pain medications being denied to patients who need it? Why are drug addicts’ problems even part of decision making? State governments have helped to create this situation by not establishing methadone and harm reduction clinics to treat addicts and work with them over time. Politics over science and common sense = lousy public health policies. And the media- tabloid’s influence can’t be denied as a driver of this hysteria.