I hate NPO! (No food or liquids by mouth for 8 hours or so, prior to having a procedure or surgery)
It's not the food... not at all. I routinely skip breakfast and lunch.. just because I never want to eat early anyway. I know that is a bad habit.. but so hard to break. (And then once I eat..I eat all night) I have been that way since high school.
Oh... and by the time the NPO is lifted.. I am hungry and appreciate the food... but oh my gosh... given a choice of only one of those... I'd choose water every time.
I can not stand to go without water!
And...the thought of it makes me feel a little panicky.
I cannot stand to be thirsty and the only thing that quenches my thirst is water.
I think I get thirstier just because I know I can't have it.
So... I have been drinking all day. Plus it's humid and I was concerned that sweating would cause me to dehydrate more and then I'd be miserable in the morning. And also the IV can be more difficult if the patient is dehydrated.
So I planned to have 32 oz more between 11 and 12 tonight... but a friend called. So I got off track with my drinking. So..I only drank a little of the 1st 160z.
We hung up from our call at 11:45pm and so I practically chug-a-lugged the rest of the water and maybe drank another 8 oz on top of those. I drank all that water in 15 minutes! I didn't feel so good during the last glass. Downright nauseated and had to lie down. I thought I'd be ill but the feeling passed after about 10 or 15 minutes and so here I am..blogging... because now I am going to be whizzie winkling all night!
But I won't be thirsty. Oh heck! Who am I kidding? I'm thirsty even now..but I know it's psychological.
At least with this kind of procedure... I won't have the profound thirst as when in post-op after anesthesia in the OR. That is awful! I feel like my throat is sticking together
I am a bit confused about the NPO rules though.
Traditionally..it's always..absolutely nothing allowed in your mouth once you are NPO. But I asked an anesthesiologist if I could chew gum and he..the anesthesiologist himself said I could. Well that was great! That kept my mouth moist. but since then.. the nurses have been adamant that you can't have anything that gets the saliva going, etc... which does make sense. so... did the anesthesiologist and I have a miscommunication? I don't know.
Then last summer..when I met the anesthesiologist in the OR.. I told him I was so dry that my throat felt like it was sticking together and like I couldn't swallow. He said I could've had a little something.
Later I told a nurse about that.. and she said "THEY tell us what to do." and something about mixed messages.
And..when I was in labor with first son..we were told we could suck on lemon lollipops because lemon will activate the saliva (it did) and keep you from drying out.
So..I am curious to know...what exactly are the NPO protocols? Are there minor exceptions depending upon the situation?
And another thing and I have spoken up about this and the anesthesiologist agreed with me. You are told not to eat or drink past midnight. That's all very well and good if you are a morning surgery... but some aren't scheduled until the afternoon and they still tell give you the midnight deadline. I guess surgeries could cancel and so you could go in earlier... but I think the NPO time should be moved forward accordingly ... within a safe margin for cancellations and still getting the 8hrs NPO in. I'm just sayin...
I have to try to sleep now. My bladder doesn't get to sleep tonight. She's been and will continue to be very busy tonight. A foley bag would come in handy right now. :)
Well... assuming I will fall soundly asleep in the next 4 minutes and assuming I won't really wake up when I get up for the whizzie winkle alarm... if I am lucky..I will get 4 1/2 hrs sleep tonight.
I think I may look like who did it and ran tomorrow!
Eh... the girls (my friends ;) and I are going out to lunch afterward. I'll just sleep real well tomorrow night. :)