You don’t know how lucky you are to have a clean hospital in your vicinity.
My best friend had MAJOR surgery two and a half years ago, and laid in bloody sheets for four days. I complained to the nursing staff, and they kept telling me they would get to it - but they were understaffed and had a double patient load - and were doing what they could! (Same hospital that I had surgery in, and STILL have nightmares of the horrible treatment I received while there!)
One of my tasks as a law student clerking with the city was to look at hospital inspection records for a case against the city hospital.
I was a young thing then and had no idea 1)how sick you could get in a hospital and 2)how poorly kept they were. I have tried to stay out of them ever since.
As an aside, I’ve been watching ‘The Singing Detective,’ a BBC production from the mid-80’s. The main character is in a hospital bed in a ward for most of the series. It’s disgusting. So many people in the ward, just curtains for privacy, poor patient care, and tons of visitors from the outside tracking in who knows what. The patients even smoked, which I don’t think we would have allowed, even back then. Yuck.
Where the frick is that? Remind me not to get sick there.
Anytime someone in our family is in the hospital, we plan for and provide 24 hour in room care for them ourselves. We examine every med before it is given and ask that all who enter the room wash up to their elbows. All you have to do is be reasonable and the staff will understand. It actually is a help to them if you don't go overboard.
Generally, we've had good clean conditions and nurses who would get what we asked for.
Okay, I have to ask:
What hospital did you go to? I’ve been in an out of hospitals over the past three years and I’ve NEVER experienced such behavior.