Sunday, May 02, 2010

May 2 - rattled

May 1 is the Labor Day holiday here in China so May 1 - 3 is a 3-day holiday weekend.  The hospital only has the necessary staff.  Office and admin positions are on holiday.   Nurses are here to give my infusions.  I got to see my doctor today. She ordered less meds for me today but told me that some are still necessary since my breathing is not quite clear yet.  I still hear some pleghm-y noises so I did not argue. 
Before you come to Fuda, ask for their scheduled holidays.  You don't want to arrive here on a holiday since I don't think they do procedures on holidays.  They'll take care of patients already in their care by giving scheduled medication, but I don't think they do intakes or treatment plans.  I may be wrong, but it won't hurt for you to ask how their holidays could affect your schedule.
This is our 3rd week here in the hospital.  For most of my stay, they've been repairing the road in front of the hospital - which is right below us.  We're on the 7th floor.  We can hear the traffic pass by - which is why we close the window, to keep out the traffic noise.  But we can't keep out the noise of a big jackhammer.  Not the handheld type - the big industrial type that looks like the child of a bulldozer and a crane.  Imagine the rattling noise from about 8am to 7pm.  I had to endure that while I was in the ICU (4th floor) as well.  Thank goodness not when I had to spend the night there.  So, yes, there were days of repite from the noise.  Unfortunately, today is not such a day.  We're shocked because it is a Sunday of a 3-day weekend.  I really feel for the residents.  Mom says they are out on the street.  But I'm ready to tear my hair out.  It's 7:15pm and they have not let up!!!
Before I made my decision to come here, some former patients had recommended we stay at the New Building - where we are now.  The facilities are supposed to be newer and nicer.  I haven't really seen the old building but I must say this building is comfortable... except for the noise.  If you are thinking about coming here sometime soon, ask if the road repair is done in front of the new building.  If not, I actually recommend you stay at the old building first unless you don't mind the constant loud rattling noise of a jackhammer day in and day out.  These people are relentless.  Even on a holiday.
They just stopped.  I'm hoping it's for the day.  It's dark out now since it's 7:20pm.  The relief ...  Thank goodness!!!

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