Today is Monday 18th January

It is now half way through the evening, and I have only just accessed my blog having spent the majority of today in the car park at the A&E department some 42 miles away.
Hubby woke me up in the very early hours in horrendous pain and we immediately got on to the 111 emergency service.
As our UTC is no longer open 24/7, it was suggested getting to A&E either 45 or 35 miles away, a journey Hubby could not possibly make in the condition he was in. It was therefore suggested he take painkillers and apply a cold or hot compress, and attend the UTC 17 miles away at 8.20 this morning.
Neither of us slept much and were up early.

Having been prescribed some antibiotics, he was told that should it get worse to go straight to A&E. We stopped for coffee so that he could take one and some painkillers, but less than five miles down the road he was not at all well, so I drove 42 miles to the hospital A&E. We arrived around 10.15 and got home just after 6pm. I had to cancel his emergency blood test at the GP surgery, pushing the point for an alternative and pointing out that had the ’emergency’ blood test been done two weeks ago as it should have been, we would not be at A&E now!

He has been prodded, scanned, blood tested, wee tested and dosed with morphine, and prescribed some more antibiotics which he’s had before for a UTI some years ago. This could have been really serious had we not acted quickly, and as you can imagine, I am a bit of a wreck just now.

No walks or diet watching today, and hopefully we can have an early night to catch up on our sleep. I’ve got a thumping headache so need to unwind before even thinking about retiring.
Take care everyone.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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45 Responses to Today is Monday 18th January

  1. Michael says:

    Take care Di, hope you both feel better tomorrow.

  2. Carol anne says:

    Oh wow di! that is awful! I’m sorry your hubby was so ill! I am glad you had the good sense to go to A and E! Hopefully he’ll be ok soon! Xx

  3. Oh no!! Darn, so stressful 😦 Self-care for you today!!

  4. Glad it turned out that he’s ok. I can’t imagine having to drive that far to an emergency room; the one we use is about 12 minutes away and that’s a long enough drive when we’re trying to get there before someone dies. Take it easy today, Di.

  5. I hope your hubby is well! Thinking of you both!

  6. Liz says:

    May you both catch up on sleep and take it easy too. Both if you.
    As another reader commented on, I couldn’t bear the thought of that many miles driving either.
    Take care. X

  7. Glad to hear he is doing better. It is a shame when the people we count on to take of us, don’t.

  8. I had one of those days too. My husband gashed his head and we spent hours at our Emergency Center. He is on anticoagulants so he bleeds a lot. Exhausting. Hugs to you and hubby and I hope they have addressed his issue properly.

  9. quiall says:

    My heart goes out to you both!

  10. Sadje says:

    So sorry Di. I hope you both get some good night’s sleep. I hope he feels better soon.

  11. Puti says:

    hope all is well – thinking of you. xxxx

  12. Sue Vincent says:

    That is a ridiculous distance in an emergency. Hope things look better this morning, Di!

  13. willowdot21 says:

    Di that’s another horror story. Something really needs to be done in your area.. I know it’s on going but that doesn’t make it right! I am so sorry you have both had such an awful time. I reckon you next time ring 999. Hope you are both better today πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • Ringing 999 does not help us actually, and it is far quicker to get in the car and drive to A&E. In a way it’s quite funny because they are getting to know Hubby and have a file on him, especially as they are aware of our appalling GP surgery! We almost have our personal parking space LOL!!!
      We’re good today though, and that’s the main thing.

  14. I didn’t see you around yesterday but didn’t worry. Now I’m shocked!! My God. Don’t ‘they’ (the people in the NHS) give a toss about the small communities in your country? I have no fingers to point as ours over here isn’t that much better, but at least if someone’s taken suddenly ill there’s an ER (our alternative to your A&E) ten minutes from my house. I do have to drive 50 miles for decent eye care and my orthopedic surgeon was in Salt Lake City too (he’s retired now and I’ll have to use one here if/when my knee finally gives out). Healthcare all over the globe is in very poor shape, and the costs keep on rising, don’t they? Grrrrr indeed. My sympathies and I’m very glad to read things worked out as well as possible. Geez.

    • Thanks Melanie. Healthcare where we are is dreadful, but we can usually work round that. It was a long day yesterday, but all is good and the antibiotics are doing their job. Hurrah!! Makes me glad I can drive.

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