They have a good and efficient system and in many ways, it’s a shame the surgery can’t always operate like this.
Anyway, I arrived in plenty of time and was greeted at the door by a nurse who waved a wand at my forehead to take my temperature. All OK and I was allowed in (tick)
From there I went to reception, seeing a new face behind the mask who was pleased to see a cheerful person ie. me! Check in went OK and I was directed to my pod to wait (tick)
Instead of twenty seats, there are now only 8, and a guy was wiping them down every time one was vacated. One other patient was waiting, and I was called in after about 5 minutes.
The nurse was lovely and when I saw the number of phials on the tray, I asked if she intended to fill all of them. She said yes, but promised to leave me some. When asked about which arm, I explained my veins tend to run for cover so to pick one and stab away.
She swabbed both, strapped up my right, and before I knew it, I was done (tick)
I went back to my seat in the waiting area and the one patient had been replaced by a mother and daughter, both wearing masks as I was. The daughter was about 10 and had her arms strapped up. Apparently she had some numbing cream on them as she was having a blood test and suffered from anxiety. I assured her that the nurse wouldn’t hurt and got a wobbly nod.
The doctor, dressed in a white coat, plastic pinny, mask and head visor came to collect me. She’s Polish and it was difficult to hear and understand her. She asked what the symptoms were and I explained about being on my new meds for about 6 months now and one of the listed possible side effects was a DVT. The discolouration and swelling had come up in the last week or so, so she had a look and a prod. It was a bit tender but not much, and she thinks it’s surface veins rather than deep veins that are affected.
I took in my BP readings just in case, and she said they are really good. This morning it was 124 over 75 with a pulse of 62. I keep a sheet and over the year, it averages out at 130 over 72 with a pulse of 61.
She has prescribed some painkillers, stomach protectors from said painkillers, and a gel to apply to the site. If I don’t hear from her about the results of the blood test, then I don’t have a DVT. If I get a call or text message, it will be because I do and she will arrange for an ultrasound (tick)
The pharmacy only had the pills and have ordered the gel in, which should arrive this afternoon. Getting home I looked at the box and the painkillers are the same as prescribed for my back problems which I didn’t take because they are ibuprofen based and that affects my kidneys. I’m supposed to take these for 14 days, but I’m not going to as I’m not in any pain but will take soluble aspirin instead for a couple of days just in case and use the gel when I get it.
My appointment was at 10 and I was out by twenty past (tick).
We did our bit of shopping then came home to do the housework and get lunch.
As I said earlier it was cottage pie today, so minced beef, an onion and garlic, topping the mix with mashed potato and my crumbled brown bread for that crunchy topping.
I served it with green beans, carrots and broccoli.
His and Hers dinner today