Eve was finally moved to her hospital room at 8:30pm that night. It was
a private room, and nicely painted and colored. The bathroom was very
nice. This was good.
This was when the battle for the heating pad started up.
The first nurse saw how much the heating pad was helping us, so she
forwarded a request down to their building management to ask whether the
heating pad could be inspected for compliance with government
regulations. We all knew this would be refused. Electric coil heating
pads caused fires! Didn't everyone know that? I hear on the news
constantly...well, sometimes...ummm, well, never. Oh well. Through that
nurse we were having the bureaucracy buy us some time. And hospitals are
99% bureaucracy, 1% care. Unfortunately, we didn't see that nurse ever
I, of course, stayed with Eve all 5 nights that she was there. The
thought of leaving her there was insane. Really, it would have been
utterly 'insane'. Completely oblivious to reality. Head Nurse Jacki did
not like this at all, however, and several times tried to pressure Eve
into telling me to go home. I can't understand this, actually. Hospital
rules and regulations encourage people to stay. Average response time to
Nurse calls was 45 minutes! The nurses were horribly overworked (or just
incredibly lazy. Maybe both). I was the one who took care of Eve. She
needed help constantly, and when she did, she needed it immediately!
(Colon infections causes certain...things...to operate out of your
control) I can only conclude that Nurse Jacki was, in fact, insane.
Now you'd never be able to tell from our house, but Eve actually was a
neat-freak. At least about germs. Most of the hospitals attempts to
keep things clean and disinfected were actually quite nice. However,
there were exceptions, and these freaked Eve out when encountered. The
rolling table by the bed had a gooey yellow substance under it that Eve
sank a finger into once. A new bedsheet was put onto her bed at one
point that dispersed brown leafs/flakes from its folds over her bed (we
have a guess at what this was, but I hesitate to mention it). Toilet
specimens were trapped and taken at intervals, but then the trap was
cleaned in the bathroom sink and reinstalled without the sink being
disinfected again. The slippers that the hospital provided were nice,
but these were always thrown out after use because Eve didn't trust how
they were cleaning up the floor.