"My 5-day hospital stay"
About: Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital / Emergency Department Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital Emergency Department Coopers Plains 4108
Posted by Spinner (as ),
I fell off a mountain bike and broke multiple ribs one Sunday morning and was taken to QEII Hospital by an ambulance. I spent the entire day in the Emergency Ward undergoing various scans before being told the bad news and that I had to stay overnight for observation.
Little did I know it would turn into a 5-day stay due to the nature of the trauma I suffered. I was very lucky to have been given a single room in Ward 5B. I was very well looked after by the medical staff and the support service staff. Being on IV drips is not much fun as you're quite restricted with your movements. However, I made sure I slowly regained as much independence as my pain allowed and be patient and thankful I wasn't in a worse state.
The fact that I had my own room and a high pain threshold made it easier for me to be discharged after 5 days. I didn't use as much of the painkiller drugs as they expected me to.
Food was a little on the bland side but I didn't expect anything more. It was food and I was grateful for it. The one concern I had was the amount of sugar packets given to patients, especially at breakfast. I believe our nation is battling an obesity epidemic and sugar has contributed to this in an alarming way. I do not believe patients need to be given 4 packets of sugar for their Weetbix and one for their hot drink. There's also a small pack of jam that comes with the piece of bread and an apple juice. A lot of sugar content, don't you agree? For lunch and dinner, there's usually a sweet dessert, generally some canned fruit with a generous serving of custard in addition to the apple juice. I'm no nutritionist, but I reckon the sugar content can be decreased significantly for the health of patients.