It’s been a bit of a roller coaster day today.
We were all organised for Hubby’s endoscopy appointment, planning to go early so as to walk the dog, do some banking business and I wanted to check out some picture frames in one of the larger stores.
We were just loading up the dog in the car when my mobile rang.
It was the hospital.
Had Hubby had an INR test in the last 3 days.
Could he please go to his surgery and get one done today.
Our surgery doesn’t do that at the drop of a hat as INR blood tests are only done one day a week (Thursday) so booked weeks in advance determined by what the reading is.
Could we please come at least an hour early then and they would try to squeeze him in for an INR at the hospital.
There was no mention on his appointment letter about this. If there had been, we could have arranged one yesterday.
It’s an hour’s drive, and his appointment was at 4. It was 2pm.
Thought: The impossible we do at once, Miracles take a little longer.
Maggie had to forego her intended stroll along the beach, and we were cutting it fine anyway so a stop along the road was out too. Bless her, all four legs were probably crossed.
We arrived at the hospital at 10 to 3. I dropped Hubby off armed with all his paperwork, consent forms, INR book etc, then went on into town to do the banking business.
I parked up by the old post office and took Maggie into the park where she relieved herself so much, the smile stretched from ear to ear.
Hubby and I used to go here a lot when we lived in Lincolnshire before.
It’s a most restful place, and we lit a lot of candles here. We brought Mum here several times too when she came up for a holiday, so it was only right that I lit a candle for her today.
I noticed a bowl of water for dogs in the lobby and asked the clergyman who was seeing to the bulletin board if dogs were allowed inside. He said yes, and proudly added that they had just been awarded the title of most Dog Friendly Church of 2018.
All those years and we never knew we could take Maggie inside. She will be very pleased as not only is there water but dog biscuits too!
It is so good to know as we now have a place to go to light our candles as there is nowhere around here that we could take her or feel comfortable in.
They’ve changed the layout inside and the candle lighting area is now on a raised part of the church. I lit three today, one for each of the Dads and placed one for Mum in between them. I choked up so didn’t stay long, but paid my respects and asked that they looked after her.
I then went on to look up the photo frames but couldn’t remember the correct size
so made my way back to the hospital.
The A16 is a nightmare at the best of times, and coming from this direction is three times
worse than going the other way. However, I got back to the hospital just after 4 and went up to Endoscopy. Hubby had been sorted with his INR and was in the process of being seen.
An hour later, he was in recovery, and twenty minutes after that I was called in to finish up the paperwork. We have pictures of the inside of his throat and there is some inflammation there. They’ve also taken a sample for a CLO test to see if there’s a problem with his stomach. We should get the results in a couple of weeks.
As he’d been knocked out, he couldn’t drive, so that was down to me.
It is not a pleasant drive, especially when you’re aware of having ditches either side of the road and can be blinded by drivers coming the other way forgetting to dip their lights.
I took things steady though, and we arrived home safe and sound just after 6.40.
Hubby had a glass of water to test his throat, and as everything was OK he was able to eat and drink normally.