No matter what the reason for your hospitalization, chances are you will encounter some kinds of drugs. Sleeping pills are routinely offered on the assumption that you aren’t feeling well or you wouldn’t be in the hospital in the first place, and that since you are not in your own bed in your own home, you may have difficulty falling asleep. However, no one can force you to take these pills. Simply tell the nurse that you do not want them.
Pain relievers are also given routinely after operations, even minor ones. Again, you have the right to refuse these medications if you feel that they are unnecessary.
There are drugs that result in the depletion of your body’s supply of certain chemicals. Diuretics, for one, can cause you to lose a significant amount of potassium. Your |doctor may prescribe another drug containing potassium to replace what is lost. However, this inorganic form of potassium is not utilized by the body. Tell your doctor that you prefer to obtain your minerals from the food that you eat. Potassium, for example, is found in large quantities in fine foods such as bananas, apricots, and raisins.
Drugs are administered orally (pills, tablets, or liquids); by injection (intramuscularly or intravenously); or rectally in the form of suppositories. Be firm! Do not let the physicians or nurses talk you into taking drugs that you do not want.
If you must take pills before surgery or to alleviate excruciating pain from an accident, you must make sure that what the nurse hands you is truly yours. This is what should happen: the nurse who brings the medication should check the nameplate on your bed, ask you your name, check the medicine card against your ID bracelet, and then—and only then—hand you your medication. If she doesn’t follow all these steps, let her know who you are before you take the medicine.
Learn what your medication looks like. Most physicians do not change medication without telling their patients. If you have been taking big red pills, and suddenly you are given some small yellow ones, ask the nurse, “How come?” But any drug should not be taken if you can bear the pain without them. The body will heal better without the drug. Using up vital energy expelling drugs will interfere with and delay healing and repair. Your individual situation will dictate what is best.
10.2 IV (Intravenous)
IVs are often used routinely as a matter of course. They are almost never needed. You have the right to refuse this unpleasant treatment and I would recommend that you do so.
The IV is usually inserted into a vein in your hand or arm. A tourniquet is first applied to make the vein stand out, and a needle or thin plastic tube is then inserted into the vein. This, in turn, is attached to a bottle which hangs from a pole above your bed or chair. The bottle is kept high so that gravity will keep the solution flowing. It will be kept running all the time with a glucose/saline/water/potassium solution. Other drugs may be added to it.
Sometimes the needle gets dislodged from the vein, and the solution goes into the surrounding tissue. This is called infiltrating, and your arm or hand will swell. Tell the nurse at once if this should happen. The IV should be stopped and the needle removed. IVs are inherently wrong but may be necessary if you cannot take water any other way.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Choosing A Hospital
- 3. Dangers Of Hospitalization
- 4. Let The People Beware
- 5. Health Advocate
- 6. Your Rights
- 7. Abbreviations
- 8. Nursing Care
- 9. Food
- 10. Drugs
- 11. Tests To Accept Or Reject
- 12. Chemical Feedings
- 13. Surgery
- 14. Intensive Care Unit
- 15. The Emergency Room
- 16. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Is Medicine a Fraud? By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 1
- Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 2
- Article #3: Good Drugs
- Article #4: Good Medical Attention by Dr. George E. Crandall
- Article #5: Blood Transfusions by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton