Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Avani Terraces - Greenway
Life is looking up

The Health System – Pumping them out!

By Psygorian - 16 October 2009 33

On Wednesday morning I was taken into surgery at 11am at Canberra Hospital. After surviving a head on crash on my motorbike, I was left with a badly damaged left shoulder that required a bone graft and reconstruction. At 12.30pm, I was taken into surgery where as far as I am aware everything went well. I was warned though that the bone graft and shoulder were both very painful during recovery. After waiting for 2 years to get the surgery, I was just happy that something was being done.

I woke from surgery at about 5.00pm, very groggy and in pain, but that was ok, I thought I was going to be in the hospital for a couple of days to heal before I went home. Was I wrong!  The next morning, at about 9.00am my discharge was organised for lunch time, I was going home after less than 24 hours from major surgery. My wife works and cannot take time from work so here I am, at home by myself after having a bone graft taken from my hip and put into my shoulder.

The nurses were all wonderful, and so was my doctor, so why was I thown out on to the streets to fend for myself? I cannot walk and I have to crawl around the house to get to the toilet and bathroom. I am just waiting for the infection now to set in. I have no extra dressings to tend my wounds, and my pain relief is a few tablets that the hospital gave me.

So, is this how the hospital waiting lists are going to be managed? Cut us up and throw us out the door? Everyone I know is in shock that I am home and they are worried about me. My family feel guilty that they cannot look after me. And what will happen if I do get an infection at the 2 surgery sites? Maybe this is one of those survival of the fittest things, if I get through this I will be a stronger Canberran for the gene pool.

I am sure that I am not the only one going through this. I think it might be time to make some noise to the Health Minister and tell him we are not leaving hospital until we are well.

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
33 Responses to
The Health System – Pumping them out!
AG Canberra 4:10 pm 16 Oct 09

Get private health insurance….wouldn’t have taken two years to do and care would have been much more thorough.

Try having a baby in one of Melbournes private hospitals. Baby is born in the hospital and then mum and bub spend the next six days in a room at the Sofitel hotel. Nurses are all there and Docs do rounds each morning. Food is a thousand times better.

You get what you pay for….

eyeLikeCarrots 3:46 pm 16 Oct 09

misspris said :

Your ordeal doesn’t seem to have affected your typing ability too much 😉

Hahaha Owned.

OP – believe it or not, the statistics say your chances of not getting a post op infection are better off at home than they are in a hospital.

hellspice 3:26 pm 16 Oct 09

what does your private health insurance state about this type of surgery and after care ?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:21 pm 16 Oct 09

sepi said :

Hospitals these days are only for the very very sick. Recuperation is now done at home and families are expected to step up and look after people.

As as example, 30 years ago people routinely stayed a week in hospital after giving birth, these days they often try to get people out after one day also.

In Canberra, maybe. In Queanbeyan hospital we stayed a week after Young Master Berlina was born, after having two speciliasts in attendance, and two nurses to look after us.

And we went in as a public patient.

YouWhat 3:18 pm 16 Oct 09

That seem unusually quick to me as well, although my experience is limited to having spine surgery earlier this year – and yes, I stayed in for four days until I prevailed on my surgeon to release me early because I was going spare.

If you’ve been taking painkillers of one sort of another since your accident, then be careful; I had been taking strong ones for a year, had even higher strength ones post-surgery as the morphine/ketamine sent me psycho (two days of complete paranoia and sleepnessness), was released with two days’ worth of pills, but then had nothing else, and I went into withdrawal without knowing what was going on. (My mind was not exactly operating optimally so I just didn’t put it all together.) Agitation, sleeplessness, anxiety. If that happens, get yourself to a good GP pronto.

sepi 2:58 pm 16 Oct 09

Hospitals these days are only for the very very sick. Recuperation is now done at home and families are expected to step up and look after people.

As as example, 30 years ago people routinely stayed a week in hospital after giving birth, these days they often try to get people out after one day also.

Fiona 2:34 pm 16 Oct 09

I was (pleasantly) surprised when my sister got to stay in Hospital (public patient in Newcastle) for 5 days after her baby was born, as he was having troubles latching on… thought they booted you out the day after these days

Call them, asked them for what should be happening re follow-up care. If you can’t get an answer, call your GP and get their staff to start chasing around with calls, sometimes it’s easier to get an answer that way

Inappropriate 1:55 pm 16 Oct 09

Are you even getting home visits from a nurse?

SolarPowered 1:45 pm 16 Oct 09

That is appalling. I have had quite a few operations and I was under the impression that you had to have your vitals monitored for 24 hours after surgery?

indigoid 1:40 pm 16 Oct 09

🙁 They really are busy.

I had a bike crash last December and even with only a broken pinky finger (the quality protective gear was worth every cent — the rest of me didn’t even have a bruise or scratch, after a 40km/h T-bone that totaled the bike!) I really struggled with a lot of things for three weeks, and didn’t get back to normal for another couple of months, with the loss of muscle strength from wearing a forearm cast. I really struggled when I got back in the saddle. The broken pinky was on the clutch side and our remaining bikes had fairly stiff levers.

They would have had me out within 24 hours as well if I hadn’t got so sick from the general (local/nerveblocker didn’t work at all!) anaesthetic they ended up using. It was a bit of a blur but I think I was in for at least two days.

Hope you get better and back on the bike soon.

CapitalK 1:37 pm 16 Oct 09

It is pretty quick (although I can not claim any real knowledge here) – however what I do know is that your GP is the person who you go to for the follow up care ie the doctor who would have referred you for the surgery. Were you not given any instructions upon leaving?

I hope you heal well

misspris 1:26 pm 16 Oct 09

Your ordeal doesn’t seem to have affected your typing ability too much 😉

rosebud 12:30 pm 16 Oct 09

My dog gets better treatment at the vet in my experience.

bren 12:27 pm 16 Oct 09

The poor people that work in the Health system can’t win… Personally I am pleased that the system is increasing its efficiency, which will allow it to treat more people.

If you’re not going to die and can you survive at home, with just a little inconvenience and discomfort then you should recover at home. Not take up a hospital bed.

Ralph 12:23 pm 16 Oct 09

That’s socialised medicine for you.

1 2 3

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site