Thursday, May 1, 2014

My Accident Part IV

I tell you that you really don't know how these injuries can wipe your energy level especially me because I am still working and after work I want to go to bed. Hopping on one leg during the day makes you really tired. I had all in tentions of keeping this blog up but I am just tired alot. But I still want to share so I am still going to write the posts.

Continuing with my accident, when the hospital thinks that you are going to be taken care of services that you are entitled to can be put on hold. I wasn't thinking about that. I didn’t even know about the services that I could get. I had gotten my walker which was number one that I needed and a raised toilet set. I didn’t know that even though I left the hospital and didn't make any arrangements that I still was entitled to a nurse, home health aide, physical therapist and occupational therapist. You get those tid bits of information when others you are around have been through hospital stays.

One thing to remember is that if you have insurance there are certain things that you are entitled to and you need to talk with the social worker or Patient Relations, whatever the person is called that handles those things and have that discussion to see what could be set up. I know where I was the social worker did the leg work for me which was really nice. She got in touch with the insurance company and found out what I was entitled to. The number of visits can vary and change depending upon how you do once you are home but find out what you can get.

You want to make sure that when you leave the hospital you are set with what you need. Take with you your basin, water container, bed pan. You paid for them and you might need them at home. Make sure that the doctor or nurse instructs you on blood clot prevention like baby aspirin or Bayer but make sure you ask about that and how often to take it and a prescription for pain medicine. Ask if compression stockings would help for blood clot prevention. Make sure you see the social worker to get set up with things your insurance will cover from crutches to a grabber. Also discuss what you might be graduating to from the walker. Is it a four foot cane or regular cane and you can maybe get that so that you would be set for later. It will just make your healing process so much better having as much as you can in place.

My cousin picked me up from the hospital and I came home. What an ordeal I had when I arrived home with the ice situation at my complex which I am not even going to get into.

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