"My spouse's sore hip"
About: Bunbury Hospital / Emergency Department Bunbury Hospital Emergency Department Bunbury 6230
Posted by felt comfortable (as ),
My spouse, who has severe Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), was making the bed when their hip locked on them, making it impossible to move or walk but able to support themselves onto the bed. I received the phone call as I was out shopping and rushed home, to find my spouse 10/10 in pain trying to walk to the kitchen. I got a walker from the shed and that allowed me to get them to the couch. Walking any further was not an option so I rang an ambulance which arrived in a timely manner. They wanted to administer some pain relief into the vein but with RA, I believe my spouse's veins are shot so after an hour, fentanyl was administered via the nostril twice and then onto the stretcher and of to ED.
After a very long wait of two hours I believe, a doctor finally spoke with my spouse. I was not present at the time and received a phone call asking for their meds chart which I had made a special point of giving to the ambo.
So when I arrived at ED with the med chart, a change of pajamas and two pairs of pullup pants, I was told my spouse could go home. They had insisted that this was best. but I was not happy. I asked to speak to the doctor who said they could not keep my spouse there against their wishes. This I respect, but they offered my spouse an endone and said see your doctor the next day.
We could only do a phone consult with the doctor as my spouse cannot walk as I believe the pain in their hip is still 10/10. I asked for a scan or X-ray but was told a strong dose of steroids will do the trick.
I felt there was no luck there.