Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient: A humorous first person account of how to survive a hospital stay and escape with your life, dignity and sense of humor

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Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient is a humorous first person account of how to survive a hospital stay and escape with your life, dignity and sense of humor. The book, written with the insight worthy of a physician but from a patient's perspective, relates the TRUE goings on in hospitals and medical care today. Through Mr. Weiss' sharing of his most intimate, embarrassing and funny experiences, the book takes you through chapter upon chapter of useful nuggets of information on such important topics ...
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Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient: How To Survive A Hospital Stay and Escape With Your Life, Dignity, and Sense of Humor

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Overview

Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient is a humorous first person account of how to survive a hospital stay and escape with your life, dignity and sense of humor. The book, written with the insight worthy of a physician but from a patient's perspective, relates the TRUE goings on in hospitals and medical care today. Through Mr. Weiss' sharing of his most intimate, embarrassing and funny experiences, the book takes you through chapter upon chapter of useful nuggets of information on such important topics as preparing for the hospital stay, coping with nurses in the middle of the night, communicating with doctors, getting treated in the emergency room, creating privacy and dignity in the often demeaning hospital setting, dealing with the pain and setbacks associated with recuperation/rehabilitation and pursuing payment/reimbursement from bureaucratic managed care companies.

In addition to the book being a very useful source of practical information for prospective hospital patients and their families, it is unique in its blend of humor and candor in addressing a delicate and uncomfortable topic. As a bonus, Mr. Weiss' personal story is truly inspiring and the manner in which he conveys his experiences is entertaining, funny and poignant.

ABout the Author:
Michael A. Weiss is a successful and well-respected thirty-eight year old attorney/MBA who unfortunately has been hospitalized more than fifty (50) times due in large part to his seventeen-year battle with Crohn's Disease. Crohn's Disease is an "auto-immune" and incurable illness usually causing painful inflammation in the intestines, small bowel and colon. The Disease and its complications have caused Mr. Weiss to undergo numerous abdominal surgeries, hernia surgeries, knee surgery and most recently, serious spine-fusion back surgery. The Disease's "auto-immunity" component has also caused Mr. Weiss to endure comical hospitalizations and emergency room visits for seemingly "run-of-the-mill" ailments such as indigestion, stomach viruses, colds, kidney stones, etc. His somewhat handicapped "recovery" time from these surgeries and afflictions and often-unpredictable medical reaction to prescribed treatments and medications have baffled his physicians and caused him to take the reins on his healthcare.

Mr. Weiss has experienced all of the above in different hospitals, different states, with different doctors and at various stages throughout his life. He has been exposed to interactions with the medical establishment at all levels from the medical, surgical, psychological and rehabilitation wings to the corporate boardroom of stingy managed care companies fighting (and winning!) for coverage and reimbursement. Through it all, he maintained his sense of humor and escaped with his dignity and life intact. While as a young adult he struggled with these problems, he did not let it stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney and earning a MBA degree. So, while his account of the hospital patient experience is informative and funny, it is also inspirational for patients and their family members. Mr. Weiss hopes his story can also help develop a guide for hospitals and health care workers as to how it and they should carry out their respective responsibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759604735
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Should You Read This Book? 1
How to Use This Book 2
Chapter Set-Up 3
The Style 4
Who Am I? 5
Why I Wrote This Book 7
Chapter 1 Pre-Admission Preparation: Practical And Emotional Preparation For The Hospital Stay 9
Purchase a Computer 10
Organization is the Key 11
Wills, Living Wills And Powers of Attorney 12
Get Your Game Face Ready 15
Create a Support System 15
Bring Your Sense of Humor 16
Packing the Essentials 18
Chapter 2 A Typical Day In The Hospital: Welcome To Club Med? Adjusting To Hospital Routine, Schedule And Atmosphere 24
"Interns," "Residents" and "Attendings" 25
"Rounds" 26
Pain Management 27
Breakfast??? 28
Routine Nursing Visits 29
Lunch 30
Making Friends 31
Second Rounds 31
The Late Afternoon 32
Dinner 34
The Late Shift 35
Chapter 3 Nurses: The Good, The Dedicated And The Foley Catheter 36
Respect Your Nurse 39
The Importance of Physician-Nurse-Patient Communication 40
Men: Read This 41
Nursing Shifts 44
Private Nurses 45
Chapter 4 Physicians: Just Remember They Are Human Because They Sometimes Forget 47
Thank You Letter 47
Fighting Back Letter 48
Business Letter 51
Managed Care - What Is It? 55
A Typical Managed Care Physician 57
Tell Them Where It Hurts 58
Ask Questions 59
Dealing With Pain 60
Get To Know Your Physician Team 61
Bedside Manner of Covering Physicians 61
Bedside Manner - Parents Take Note 62
Give Doctors The Benefit of The Doubt? 66
Follow-Up/Aftercare 68
Pay Your Doctor Bills 71
Chapter 5 Reaching Out: Interacting With Family, Friends And Business Associates 72
The Importance Of Avoiding Self-Pity 73
The Vulnerability Of Too Much Information 74
The Benefits Of Frequent Hospitalizations 75
Telephone Etiquette 76
Visitors 77
Chapter 6 Dealing With The Inside World: Roommates, Privacy And Creating A Comfortable Environment 80
Privacy 80
Toilets 81
Bathing 81
Roommates 82
Dealing With Death 84
Orderlies 85
Chapter 7 The Emergency Room 87
Tips On Getting Treated 87
When All Else Fails, Vomit! 90
Listen To Your Body 90
Call Your Physician Before Arriving 93
An Abberation: My One Truly Horrible Experience 94
Chapter 8 Bouncin' Back: Physical Rehabilitation, Handling Setbacks And Getting Off Narcotics 98
When Your Mind Makes Promises Your Body Can't Keep 99
The First Step To Recuperation Is Psychological 99
The Next Step Might Take A While 100
Don't Lose Your Head 102
Be Resourceful 104
There's No Drug Problem - They're Easy To Get! 105
It's All Relative 108
Chapter 9 Appealing Managed Care Coverage Decisions: Damn The Torpedos 110
When The Balance Of Power Shifts 111
The Rejected Discograms 112
"Reasonable & Customary" 113
Get Proof That You Followed, or Tried To Follow, All Required Network and Referral Rules 114
Evaluating The Cost Of Going "Out-Of-Network" 115
Preparing For Battle 116
A Stop-Gap Measure 117
Damn The Torpedoes 118
The Grievance Appeal Hearing 118
My Presentation 120
Get A Lawyer 121
What Can You Do? 122
Chapter 10 For What It's Worth: Humble Suggestions 124
Create A More Patient-Friendly Atmosphere 124
Become More Familiar With The Patient Experience 125
Emphasize Patient "Care" Over Patient "Cost" 126
Satisfied Patients Should Be The Standard 127
Implement Innovative Sleepover Programs 127
Promote Normalcy - Utilize Celebrities 129
Acknowledgements 131
Appendix A Sample Living Will (referenced in Chapter 1) 137
Appendix B Sample General Durable Power Of Attorney (referenced in Chapter 1) 150
Appendix C Managed Care Appeal Chronological Correspondence (referenced in Chapter 9) 158
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    Confessions that benefit everyone

    For most of us, it takes little more than the mention of the phrase, 'hospital stay,' to set off a chain reaction of fear, anxiety and helplessness. Michael A. Weiss offers a perfect 'how-to' survival guide cleverly disguised as a funny and often poignant memoir of a most amazing and inspiring battle against chronic illness and pain. Drawing from personal experience, Mr. Weiss prepares the reader for virtually every situation that a patient will encounter during a hospital stay. 'Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient,' should be required reading not only for soon-to-be-patients, but for the medical professionals in whom they are about to place their trust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    Funny, Informative and Comforting

    I've had Colitis for years and have spent way too much time in hospitals and doctors' offices. I'm always looking for a different 'spin' on things to help me make sense of it all. I took a chance with this book and this was by far the most accurate and comforting depiction of the difficulties associated with being chronically ill. The book is so personal to Mr. Weiss yet he 'nails' the experience, feelings, funny stories, etc. I give him a lot of credit for developing his coping skills and I'm even more amazed that he choose to share them with the world!!! The book is also hysterical at times!!! What more could you want? I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    Funny, Useful and Comforting!

    This book is written loosely as a 'guide' type of book yet it is extremely amusing and entertaining! Who would have thought that somebody could communicate such a subject matter and difficult experiences in such a funny and comforting way? This is the reason I recommend this great reading experience not only to the patients (which I am a not) but also to their close friends and families (of which I am).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    The title says it all...

    This is truly a funny yet very informative book about hospitals, and the medical community surrounding it. Having had many experiences with hospitalizations, i now know what to buy for someone who is planning on a medical procedure; then again it's appropriate for anyone- since everyone knows someone who has or will be hospitalized.

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