I actually did extend the nurse grace at the time and said to him I certainly understand that feeling when he said he was afraid he'd not get a break if he didn't go. Just wanted to see what other professionals would do. That's what this sounding board is for. Right?
I think I'd at least ask another nurse to give it before I left the floor or give the patient a choice like suggested but please don't be saddened by my posing the question JKL33. It's only a question. I wasn't trying to judge too harshly or I guess I would've said something to someone by now like patient relations as was mentioned.
I do appreciate the care we got that day. Yes it was good he got to CT scan quickly and also great that he got his IV and labs drawn within that amount of time. Actually the results of the CT were quick in this case too. I was very grateful and thanked everyone.
I just found it kind of odd that it took that long to get some pain relief in an ER and that he went to lunch first. I thought the meds would be in the computerized drawer readily available in an ER. It would've been exceptional if he'd had his pain treated as quickly as everything else. That's all. Thanks for everyone's input. Now I know some of you have to wait for 20-30 minutes at times to get pain meds. Wow!
Maybe my DH did too good a job of not showing his pain too. It's not like he as wailing or anything.
Also about the opiates, they make both of us sick so if we had a choice of something else we'd certainly pass on them. He switched to tylenol asap after he healed a few days. Pain control was what I was referring to as a possible first line treatment in an ER not feeding an opiate addict with opiates! Most people needing pain relief in an ER are really in pain not opiate addicts, though I realize this is a horrific problem in our society today.
No he was not going to die from hurting an extra half hour or so at 7-8/10 and scooting from stretcher to table etc. it was the only part of the experience that truly sucked, and to us at the time made no good sense. Awww, so is life. I do appreciate y'all helping to try and solve the mystery of it all for me Thanks for all your replies.