Hurray for the NHS

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by marionq, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
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    Scotland
    Yesterday the ba’ was truly on the slates to use a Glasgow saying. In the midst of a mountain of Johns bedding ready for the wash I received a call to say his 83 year old sister was very unwell. Over the last two weeks I have been giving her Strepsils, paracetamol and lastly ibuprofen when she indicated shoulder pain. To cut a long story short she has pneumonia.

    I knew this day would come and a couple of years ago I packed an overnight bag with new pants, nightdresses, slippers, Toiletries etc. Calls were batted back and forward to
    Me between the management of her sheltered housing, the doctors surgery, the paramedics they called out to take her to hospital and ultimately the hospital itself. When the paramedics called to say she was in the ambulance I asked if they would stop at my house and pick up the bag of things she would need. And they did.

    All of these groups were so gracious and understanding of my dilemma that I could not leave my husband on his own so any info they needed would have to be done over the phone. I now find that a neighbour has phoned her ward and said when she is being discharged he will come and pick her up and take her home.

    What could have been a nightmare day worked out amazingly well.
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
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    Female
    South coast
    Well done - especially with the pre-planning.
    Such a lovely neighbour.

    I hope SIL recovers quickly.
     
  3. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,102
    Kent
    It makes all the difference when we are treated kindly and with thoughtfulness. Sadly only bad news makes headlines.

    I hope your sister in law makes a full recovery @marionq
     
  4. northumbrian_k

    northumbrian_k Registered User

    Mar 2, 2017
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    Newcastle
    A glimpse of blue above the chimneys @marionq
     
  5. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,219
    Female
    Dundee
    I’m sorry to hear this Marion. I’m so glad things went smoothly and you were met with understanding. I hope things settle for your sister in law.
     
  6. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    5,717
    Male
    Bristol
    That was better than it could have been for you all, Marion. I hope your sister in law is better soon.
     
  7. AliceA

    AliceA Registered User

    May 27, 2016
    2,233
    A kindly neighbour too, kindness indeed.
    Two of ours have just moved furniture for me.
    Thank God for people who walk the extra mile.
    Pleased you organising went well, I was told I was a good planner, not sure it is anything but survival instinct!
     
  8. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,746
    Female
    Scotland
    I have been creeping along on survival instinct for the last 7 years @AliceA. It is being sorely tested right now though and I need something more - I don’t feel I’m doing enough yet I can’t do more. The eternal anxiety of the carer.
     
  9. AliceA

    AliceA Registered User

    May 27, 2016
    2,233
    When we were away on respite break, I realised how it takes a team not a one man band. I am recalculating a budget to see how I get more help in place.
    August is the challenge for me. I am allergic to wasps, the family are away so trying to put in emergency care if needed.
    I am exhausted, a day of phones calls and canned music. Yes, we hobble along. X
     
  10. jugglingmum

    jugglingmum Registered User

    Jan 5, 2014
    5,027
    Female
    Chester
    I had a good NHS experience on Wed, phone call to GP surgery about 3pm, phoned back within half an hour, appt an hour later, and then saw a nurse practitioner who called in GP as needed full consideration to be given - I thought it was one thing, but they thought it might be something else rather nasty, thankfully it was the first thing (mumps despite injections in my 14 year old son).

    I am fully aware treatment was so prompt because my phone description indicated the rather nasty condition which nurse practitioner's examination also indicated, not because it was easy to fit me in. It was a bit stressful once I realised what it could be (bone infection which is hard to treat and often results in removal of infected bone to prevent spread to brain and can result in deafness).
     

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