Three weeks ago, I was admitted to a local hospital to have mesh removed from an abdominal hernia (my body was rejecting it). This was to be my 19th operation, so I thought it should go fairly smoothly. Since I am taking a lot of meds for a heart condition, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis, diabetes, etc., I gave admissions a list of each pill, dose, and the prescribing physician for each drug. Surgery went poorly and I ended-up staying there almost two weeks which was a complete nightmare. The incision became infected and I ran a fever of 103 for several days (I'm allergic to most antibiotics so an infectious disease specialist had to find one I could take). Another operation had to be done to removed the infected tissue. Evidently (and I don't remember much) I was rude and argumentative, according to a couple of nurses - though others described me as friendly and cooperative. I know I was just plain miserable. The point of all this rambling is that it wasn't until I was ready to be discharged that I discovered that my swollen feet, anxiety, and general misery were happening for a reason. The hospital wasn't giving me the heart meds, water pills, or antidepressants I normally took - these drugs weren't even on their list! Luckily, they did give me insulin for my diabetes. Had my brain not been so scrambled by fever and anesthesia, I probably would have asked to see med list sooner and may have been able to straighten this out. As it was, I was too "out-of-it" to comprehend what was happening to me. Once I was released and went back to taking my prescribed meds at home, there was a 100% improvement in my health, morale, mood, and concentration. So, words of advice for anyone taking a lot of medications for various health problems - if you have to undergo surgery, get an advocate (family member, friend) to speak for you when you can't and ask that advocate to be sure that you are getting all the meds you've been prescribed. For me, this was a horrible nightmare and I'll have to be half-dead before going back into a hospital again.