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I take Methotrexate (and Humira) for my RA.
I am in Australia. I recently had a five day stay in a public hospital after a fall, and was admitted to hospital though Accident and Emergency. I was put in a public, 4 bed general ward for two days and then moved to a private ward when one became available.I had assumed the move was because I have private health cover which would pay for the private ward.
I saw my Rheumatologist in hospital as he has privileges there, and he said just to miss the dose, and take it when I get home. None of the nurses made any specific references to the Meth. until one nurse from the Oncology Ward was relieving. She asked if was I flushing the toilet twice each time I used it and disposing of any waste, I suppose like tissues, in the biohazard bin - which I hadn't noticed was near the door. She was, overall, rather unpleasant and a combination of critical and patronising.
When, post-hospital, I had my next scheduled visit to the Rheumatologist, I mentioned this to him and he was really annoyed. He said he had had so many arguments with the head nurse of the oncology ward at this specific hospital about the dosage size of Methotrexate for RA being negligible and completely harmless, and even if it wasn't, I hadn't taken it for several days prior to my admittance and that it passes out of the system within 16 hours of having been taken. He said the head oncology nurse believes in isolating anyone who is taking any dose of Meth.
I had a double knee replacement five years ago in a private hospital and was there for five days and at a rehab place for fourteen days and no one there mentioned anything at all about it. None of the pharmacy information sheets I was given included anything about needing to carry a bell to ring like a leper.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a common reaction to Methotrexate? Or is the head nurse of the oncology department have a bee in her bonnet about this? If it is just her, for any elective surgery in my future, I will select a different hospital. Unfortunately, for emergencies, that's not possible.
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