The weather is horrendous, I have a dog who will not go out to pee and a husband in a lot of discomfort through constipation.
Hubby actually slept pretty well, especially as he didn’t take any painkillers last night. One of the side effects of too many dihydrocodeine is hallucinations, so instead he just took paracetamol. Another side effect is constipation and as he isn’t eating any solids, well, you can imagine.
There has been a change though as the tightness in his chest had gone and he was able to drink normally this morning rather than sip. This was not expected this early so we phoned the doctor’s surgery. She called back within ten minutes, but there are no notes on his file yet so she could only suggest ringing the hospital.
Oh joy……….. not.
He eventually got through to someone who took his details and said someone would call him next week. He told her that he had just had surgery and was anxious something had gone wrong, to which the reply was to come to A&E. Pointing out that was over 80 miles away she said ‘Oh’, and said she’d make a note for him to have a call back next week. Emphasising what did he do in an emergency, she said go to A&E. End of call.
OK then, I shall take him to the hospital 42 miles away that knew he had a hernia. We’ve practically got our own personal parking space there anyway. What a bloody farce.
THANK YOU INTERNET
We looked the operation up on a different medical site and apparently this relaxation of tension can be expected after about 48 hours. The joint blood pressure dropped a bit then as it’s been 60. He is still very sore though and a visit to the loo has left him in a lot of pain everywhere and physically drained, so he’s lying down.
His INR is at midday today so he can rest up a bit before we have to face the elemental onslaught.
Despite the weather, we had a full bag of washing to do, but being in self isolation (other than INR tests) we cannot go to the launderette. It is therefore like old times with the heating on (temperatures have dipped to 16º C) and knickers, pants and socks hanging on radiators. The tee shirts and joggers can wait until a finer day.
Lunch today is another Complan for Hubby and a bacon and mushroom butty for me. The diet can wait.
Great news about Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank as they are expecting a baby next year. I am so happy for them.
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Please kick MM and H into touch, headlines abound about their spending money on tours, her court case and now appearing on America’s Got Talent. Being bitchy, maybe she wanted some tips. My thoughts on her have done a complete about face and I kick myself for giving her the benefit of the doubt when the engagement was announced.
Sorry to hear about all the post op problems – and no follow through from the doctors! I thought, being UK, that you’d have a home visit from a nurse – even if she is in full protective gear!
I hope you can avoid another trip to a hospital.
Healthcare in the UK is very hit and miss Sci. Here it is just abysmal, and home visits are rare. When Hubby had his INRs at the house, it was piggybacking on my cancer status as it was less than 6 months previously. I am just thankful I can drive because the 111 and 999 service are terribly stretched and you’re lucky to get a physical response in three hours.
That sucks! I hope he keeps improving and managing without the NHS care he should be getting. I know you will do your utmost to look after him. 🙂
We are not adverse to turning up at A&E or an Emergency Care Unit if things are not right. It’s a bit of a worry though when the emergency team greet you by your Christian name!
haha Oh dear! 😀
It is funny, especially when they add ‘What are you doing here?’ Ho hum.
Good to hear news Di. I hope hubby’s pain subsides quicker rather than slloeer. I know all about knickers pants and socks on radiators! Have as decent a day as you can x
I cannot believe the problems the two of you endure. The activist in me is going berserk. It is absolutely outrageous! GRRRR! As for the former talentless actress turned worst thing to happen to the Royals ever, she needs to be cut loose. With poor Harry who fell under the spell of the worst possible woman. It’s a shame there is a baby involved, but it is time for some drastic action. And yes, congratulations to Princess Eugenie and her husband.
Must admit I lost it earlier today Fransi. The rain has not helped neither has Maggie’s stubbornness, but we got Hubby’s INR done (1.1 today) and collected his Clexane with no problems. The surgery is in chaos as somebody double booked flu jabs and our lovely nurse had to do them all on her own.
I got some more liquid meals to last us the entire 2 weeks of self isolation (I can make do with whatever I find in the cupboard or freezer), and walked Maggie round the block (in the rain of course, which was actually kind enough to ease off, but the wind got payback) and finally she wee’d……..50 yards from home, the minx!!
As for the duped and dupess, something has to give, even if it’s alimony.
The duped and the dupess. I ❤️ it!!! And I agree. Frankly I don’t know how you haven’t lost it before this. But the good news is, you got what you needed.
Thank you. It has been a somewhat fraught day!!! Good blogging fodder for later maybe!
Yes, I think so. Good for you to get it off your chest
I hope your husband feels better soon.
thanks Alice. He’s getting there.
From the comments I see the nurse has already come by. I’ve been surprised at how little follow up information your hubby was given. Here we get reams of paper and a follow-up phone call after surgery. I have found that nurses often have practical information especially on constipation, diets and pain meds and are so much more accessible. Wishing you the best and hope Maggie is better. You have too much going on right now.
We’ve had nothing Kate and have had to look it up ourselves on the internet. Follow ups are a myth here. Our GP of choice is usually good, but as she had no notes, she didn’t know exactly what they’d done to comment and advise. As for the hospital? Pfft.
The INR appointments are crucial, and he has another on Monday and again on October 1st. Our nurse is terrific and stretched beyond words. Jabs in the tummy as well as warfarin in the interim, so he’s finding it hard to find a site as he has 5 dressings over his belly. Thank heavens he’s used to doing it himself because he couldn’t exactly strip off in the road as the nurses aren’t allowed inside the property!!
Maggie is being typically Maggie. She doesn’t understand what’s going on and picking up on my frazzled nerves. It’s not her fault, but we could do without this horrendous rain.
Your comment on Maggie waiting you almost finished the walk. One of my German Shorthairs females would wait until I head for the motor home to do her jobs. Sorry to hear hubby pain.
Thank you. She’s being very cantankerous today Bettylouise.
Is there a ‘fiber rich’ liquid diet drink that hubby could have? Not that it sounds like you have ANY person with common sense to ask that question to. Lots and LOTS of water ought to move things vis a vis the rear exit though. Those pain killers are known for their massive ‘stoppage’ power. I realize he can’t have solids, or I’d say some dried prunes or some oatmeal might do the trick. I hope things improve soon, and I’m glad he is feeling that much better and the internet got you the answers your ‘carers’ couldn’t/wouldn’t provide. Pet Ms. Maggie. She’s just being finicky. I have the same issues with Ziggy when it’s teeming down rain and he doesn’t care to get wet. She’s been under some stress too…and I hope she’s eating better at least. Take care Di!
The doc prescribed some gentle laxatives for me (they’re actually for kids) so he took one of those this morning. He’s had a moment though, but it hurt and he was in pain for ages afterwards as it put strain on his tummy. He’s drinking plenty so is well hydrated. The liquid food supplements have everything in them, so hopefully all things considered it should be better tomorrow. He will be happy to have porridge so we might try whizzing that.
Frustration after frustration! No wonder you are at the end of your rope! I hope Maggie can adjust to the disruption in her routine and that your husband is able to get comfortable too. As for Harry’s wife, I’m not a fan and I’m an American! He could have done so much better than Meghan Markle…
It has been a trying day!
and MM? Harry wasn’t thinking with his head……