Monday, 12 January 2015

12 January 2015 - Visit to Trauma Clinic

Well folks it's been a month nearly, since I blogged, but today I have been for my appointment with the Trauma Clinic Consultant.

My consultant is not happy with me having to wait till July/August for another MRI, so has made arrangements for another to be done in the next few weeks, and for me to return to him in 6 weeks, for the results.  He did say that he wasn't too worried about the tumour, but he is not happy with my blood tests and has required a donation from me today - let's see what he finds in these one's.  I made sure that I told him about my dairy intolerance and the fact that I take Calcium supplements on advice from my GP.  Without being too graphic, dairy products, and things containing them, make me spend more time in the bathroom than is healthy for anyone, so it's easier to eradicate them totally from my diet.  It's not so bad, and it's easy to live without milk products, once you know what other foods etc. contain the nasty little begger called Lactose.

My GP prior to the Holiday period, put me on Morphine tablets, the liquid gave me acute migraine within 2 days, so I had to stop taking it.  I'm not 100% happy about taking morphine, as most people know addictive it can be, but I know that if I need to I can control how much I take, in fact I took none at all over the holiday, I knew I would like to enjoy a drink - if I remembered it - and drink is a no no with morphine.  My problem with remembering a drink, is that I often forget until it's far to late in the evening, so go without.  We can have bottles of wine, bourbon around for month's, and don't drink them let alone finish a whole bottle.  We have a 1ltr bottle of Jack Daniels and half a bottle of Ameretto left from the holiday.  They will get finished eventually.

Well not much more that I can tell for now, except I must go and collect some more morphine tomorrow, which is handy, as I am totally out of them, and the pain at present is starting to get bad again.  I wish I could predict when or what makes it get worse, but I'm not that lucky.  I can be fine one moment, the next a crumbling heap.  For now, I'm going to go crumble into my bed - I do hope the cat has done her required employment - Bed Warmer in Chief.

Night all

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Day 48 - Messing about with appointments

Well I was going to write this last night, but I got distracted by MUD with Lonely this Christmas popping on Vintage TV, and they always did make me melt then, and still do now when I hear them, so I melted into the sofa, and that was it – mind gone blank. But I will talk about me and MUD another time, it's my anger with the NHS that I have right now that is today's subject.

Anger is to many a worthless past time, and most of the time I would subscribe to that sentiment, but where the NHS is concerned at present in my life and that of my family and friends, it is well directed towards the NHS, in particular that part that covers Leicestershire. I am normally quite placid and always try to be friendly and courtious towards the staff I come in contact with, but there is only so much anyone person can take, and I have reached my limit.

As I probably explained before, I was unable to make the appointment with the Consultant on 8 December, due to a sudden onset migraine with vomiting, and there was no way I could drive, so I phoned and had to leave a message on an answerphone, I asked during this message for them to ring me with another appointment date. Well you guessed it, I didn't get a phone call. But have since received a letter dated 9 December making another appointment for 12 January. To be honest I was quite glad that I wouldn't have to go back there again before the holidays.

What a surprise I then had, when I then received a text very late at night, confirming my appointment on 22 December. Of course these appointments texts don't go so far as to tell you what department your visiting, so this meant a phone call the next day to find out more details. Oh Boy! Was I in for a surprise, the person said it was for the same department, and the appointment for 12 January was cancelled! Then they gave me some line that another department had sent out the wrong letter, they should have sent the letter cancelling 12 January, and re-arranging it for 22 December!!!!!!! It's at this point you forget about your hair turning grey, as you are ever so slowly pulling it out one strand at a time.

Fast forward to 17 December, when yet another letter arrives from the Hospital, regarding the appointment I had to postpone on 8 December due to the migraine – if you remember – but obviously nobody at the hospital ever listens to messages, let alone passes them on. This letter is from the Consultant who just tells my GP that I did not attend and never gave any explanation!!!

Am I going to have a good fun appointment on Monday, especially as I already wanted to take them to task about them thinking I am 66 years old. Hell it's bad enough being 56, without them adding on 10 years just for the hell of it.

Then to cap it all the news on TV this evening is going on about how many operations are being cancelled in hospitals locally. If people were taken less to hospital for finger ache or being out of their tiny brains on drink, there would be more time and effort spent on those who have genuine illnesses. Believe me I know, I was taken to A&E some weeks back, and the numbers of people there because of intoxication was unreal, then they become abusive or anti-social – spitting was the one that was brought in when I was there.

Here's an idea, lets take all the intoxicated one's and drop them off at the local dog warden's place, so the Dog warden will have extra helpers, and the hospital will have more time to diagnose and give better care and treatment to those who are ill. This will probably get more of our Police officers back on their real job of catching criminals etc. The Police are NOT babysitters for teens who think it's good to get wasted every weekend. How many are repeat offenders I wonder??? Would they do it so often if they were taken to the Dog Warden???

I will be back again – probably Monday when I have had my appointment, for now I need bed as we have multiple deliveries tomorrow – food and Xmas presents, then I have to get the presents wrapped and in the post or with the Courier.

Hugs to you all