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My grandfather is in the hospital right now with cancer. I would like to go visit him but one of my friends thinks I should try to wait for him to be released because of the germs in the hospital and being pregnant. Are you all avoiding hospitals?
I visited my dad in the hospital for several days. I also visited my mom in the ER (she landed in the ER for sever dehydration). Hospitals are yucky, especially the ER. I hate hospitals (who doesn't?) but I didn't get sick or anything. It's really a personal choice.
PS - I planning a natural birth at a birth center so that tells you how much I dislike hospitals.
I understand it is a hard decision. We found out my grandmother was dying from cancer (never knew she had it) during my last pregnancy. I ended up going to the hospital several times. I even took DD to see her once she was transferred to hospice. ( I called the hospice center to verify this was ok, and there were no other patients there that could get her sick)
Actually, at the time she was sick, I was pregnant, so was SIL and 2 of my cousins, and we were all there. They all have 3 healthy happy sons right now.
And I am sorry to hear your grandfather is sick.
I work in a major hospital daily and am on all floors including mostly ICU and trauma, I can assure you that on your end you are definitely ok. I would however, stay clear of any room that has isolation precautions due to MRSA or CDIFF. These are contageous and you would not want to be exposed to that. Make sure to wash your hands often and after you leave the room to visit your grandfather. Hope this helps!
I saw that you went. I'm glad, because, as many said, hospitals shouldn't keep you away, just wash hands and use hand sanitizer.
I work in the ER where we don't know what our patients have when they come in, you just have to use universal precautions. I did have to tell the doctor I was pregnant last week though when she asked me to culture a possible herpes/shingles lesion.
They don't put patients with compromised immune systems (cancer) anywhere near contagious people for their own safety. Cancer patients are more vulnerable to getting sick than pregnant people are so they don't risk them getting sick. I would go, but don't touch his equipment (IV poles, etc) on the small chance that there would be chemo residue on it and wash your hands in a non-patient bathroom on your way out.
My DH just finished chemo and these were the precautions I took. I was advised not to use the toilets near the cancer patients since chemo residue can be in those bathrooms. So I just left the cancer center and washed up in a bathroom off that wing.