just wanted to relay my recent experiences to you for your opinions, not looking for medical advice really just trying to see if my poor experience is normal or am i overeacting or what.
my asthma background is chronic, in and out emergency admissions every couple of months until i was about 20. Then got things under control and have only been admitted 3 times in last 20 years, am now 42. I take ventolin, seretide, singulair, occasional prednisolone and have my own neb for emergencies.
6 weeks ago, i was knocked off my bicycle by a car, was ambulanced to hospital with shoulder and back pain, was given morphine and a series of x rays (inc weight bearing) on my shoulder. Doc announced that i was fine and should go home. Asked about my back, and they reluctantly agreed to x ray that now, radiographer was surprised to say the least at the order things were being done. x ray revealed fracture to li lumbar vertabrae, given more morphine and again told to go home, my wife said that was ridiculous and refused to take me as i couldnt walk. was eventually admitted for 5 days, but felt constantly bullied and made to feel i was wasting a bed. A junior doc actually lifted my legs off the bed to prove i could walk! this bought on an asthma attack through stress.
fast forward to last tuesday, when i had my shoulder sorted(a +e said there was nothing wrong, but i have a complete 100% tear to my rotator cuff and have ruptured my bicep and torn other tendons in upper arm)
surgery was predicted to be 1-2 hours but actually lasted more than 6 hours, was in recovery for 4 hours on morphine again. came back to ward at about 10.30 pm, and discharged at 9am next day! nearly passed out when i stood so they took me to the carpark in a chair! I knew i needed a longer recovery but due to previous experience didnt have the energy to argue.
Was in extreme pain and distress at home, my surgeon actually phoned at 1pm to say that i should still be in hospital and come back to a+e straight away, had to endure being examined by a+e docs, kept telling them to go and phone my surgeon, but they just dont seem to listen. Was readmitted to another ward to get pain under control, and was discharged a day later with tramadol and oralmorph to take home, have had no check up on asthma at all yet, so phoned my gp who is unhappy at me taking oralmorph at home and wants me to go back to a+e! not gonna happen im afraid - just cant face them again.
Am actually beginning to get on top of things this morning so dont think i need any further hospital treatment at present, am just feeling dissillusioned with inpatient treatment apart from consultant surgeon who has apparently done an amazing job! (time will prove him right hopefully) He had another consultant in to help towards the end and his mentor from a specialist shoulder centre on the phone whilst operating, if all goes well he says he might want to write me up in the BMJ or something! fame at last!
wow ive rambled! am i over reacting? or do you think im justified in feeling a bit bullied.