For those of you who havent yet been in ipatient. i went to look round the inpatient ward on friday and it reminded me of when i was in previously. so i thought id tell you what its like. and remind myself, so i can try harder to not get put in.
When i was in a hospital (Not ED inpatient) i was on bedrest 24/7 if i needed the toilet a nurse took me in a wheelchair and watched me while i was on the toilet. i couldnt shower or bathe alone. incase i did something or made myself sick. I wasnt aloud off the ward. I had a NG tube (feeding tube going through my nose into my stomach) it hurts when they shove it down! and the feeding bags they put in have 3000+ kcls in per bag. But i kept riping that out. Bloods done every morning, and a prick on your finger every 4 hours to see your blood sugar levels. You have to eat everything on your plate and a nurse sits with you and watches you. 4 glasses of fullfat milk a day. or anytime your blood sugar is low.
ED INPATIENT WARD.
the ward that i was in had zones.
Red Zone - No privilages, in a wheel chair all of the time. Eating in a small room with a member of staff.
Amber Zone - Have privilages (like mobiles and visits) but only if you eat. Not in a wheel chair. Eating in the comunal dining room with other patients.
Green Zone - Have visits home and trips out.
Gold Zone - Allowed to go home and at a 'safe weight'
Im currently in the red zone, but managing to stay out of hospital for now.
Eating plans are horrible. you have to eat EVERYTHING on your plate. wether you like it or not.
theres Breakfast (then rest for 30mins). Snack - usually chocolate. Lunch(rest for 1hr). Snack - muffin or chocolate bar. Dinner(rest for 1hr). Supper.
They have alot of takeaway meals like curries and pizza. You have to eat a chocolate bar a day. And gain a certain amount of weight each week. If you dont gain then privilages are taken away from you. Youre only allowed your phone certain times of the day.
If you get sectioned, its the worst thing in the world. Under constant supervision. If you cry or go mad when they try to feed you your dinner they will hold you down and give you an injection to calm down.
You can only shower for certain amounts of times depending on which zone youre in, but in ed wards normally nobody watches you shower or go to the toilet.
That's just a preview.
I hope none of you ever end up in inpatient from this.