I had my hip injection this morning, and it was so much easier than I had expected.
It was done by a radiologist under fluoroscopy, so I hadn't met the doc before. According to my nurse, Dave, I had the best one because he never hesitated with the needle. It was true: all the prep beforehand, the consent form, the antiseptic wipedown, the injection of the local, took ages longer than the actual steroid injection. When it was time for that, the doctor just slid the needle in, pushed the steroid/anaesthetic mixture, and pulled it out again. (And he was friendly, too.) The actual injection took about 10 seconds.
I watched everything on the screen above my head, which was kind of cool, although I didn't learn much. I thought maybe I'd be able to tell how good or bad my hip looked, but since I don't really know what a "healthy" hip looks like, it wasn't much use.
For now, my hip feels a bit bruise-y, but it's pleasantly free of the sharp pain I've had lately. It's been getting steadily worse, so I hope this stuff does what it's supposed to do. It will be just in time for spring, and I can't wait to celebrate with bike-riding, hiking, and an upcoming weekend wandering in Toronto with friends.
EDIT: Just because you feel great while your joint is still frozen doesn't mean you should throw common sense to the wind and go for a giant hike. Especially when you were told explicitly to take it easy for a day or two. You will regret this when the anaesthetic wears off.