And this time, stay at home.... no more hospital sentences. Orright!!!!
Like everyone else, I'm glad that you're back at home in your own surroundings. Hospitals are good to be in when you're feeling sick, but not so good when you're feeling much better.
I was up at the hospital on Sunday night with extreme chest pain, vertigo and vomitting - had kept absolutely nothing down for over two days - and was severely dehydrated. I told the triage nurse that I needed to lay down somewhere as I kept passing up whilst sitting up, that it was causing dry- reaching due to pressure on my stomach. She told me that I could lay on the waiting room seats and offered me a pillow. Wow, a pillow? Those seats are the most uncomfortable to sit on, much less lay down on, yet despite telling her that I have chronic back issues and hip pain, she insisted that was all there was available. I tried laying on the seats but it was nigh impossible to get even remotely comfortable... no width to lay flat.
Anyway, to cut an even longer story short, the woman who saw the triage nurse before me was told it would be a 6 to 8 hour wait before a bed and doctor became available. That meant the wait for me would have been around 9 to 11 hours, going on the premise of an hour per patient. I arrived there by ambulance around 1.00am, which would have meant I was trying to lay on those damned seats until 10.00am to 12.00am. There was no way I could manage that. After over a couple hour of trying I told the triage nurse that I'd be better off at home. An ECG showed my heart to be fine, so there was no reason for me to stay after a maxalon shot had help to ease the nausea and vertigo.
I came home and am feeling better now, though. Well no worse than usual. However, it is a sad indictment on the Ipswich Hospital. Other major hospitals in SE Queensland have endeadvoured to cut their ER wait times down to around two hours, less in some cases, even during peak periods, yet the hospital here still has ridiculous waiting times of 6 to 8 hours or more.