Thank you, dearest Lesley, for telling us the latest. You were seriously missed.|
Reply #381. Apr 18 10, 6:38 PM
Nice to have you back, Lesley.
Certainly Did miss you! (((((((((())))))))))
Bit of a worry about the institutionalisation....maybe you have a new career looming as advisor for your GP! :D
Nice to hear about the changes for your diabetics lifestyle.
You've been on track for years and only your (grrrrrrr) GP didn't know it.
Reply #382. Apr 18 10, 7:09 PM
Yay, Lesley's back! [I wish this silly chat board program would let me use more than one exclamation point]|
As you can tell, you were missed!
Glad you're getting on track health-wise :)
Reply #383. Apr 18 10, 8:29 PM
Lesley, fantastic to see you back! I'm so relieved to hear that you are able to cut out some of that medication. But what's best of all is that your problems have been diagnosed and there is a set plan for you :) I can't wait until you are feeling like yourself again!|
Reply #384. Apr 19 10, 1:23 AM
Glad to see you back!|
Reply #385. Apr 19 10, 1:36 AM
|Thank you all for the warm welcome. ((((((())))))) Feels like I've been away for ever, not three weeks in an understaffed time warp. |
Time I stopped referring to my GP and started calling him my soon-to-be-ex-GP. Some of the nurses did their training under his supervision, and one of them dropped hints that he was an arrogant hypocrite, and generally disliked. Example: "You don't prescribe antibiotics for colds and sniffles." Exception: when it's his own child. Are they allowed to prescribe for their relatives? Interesting. And it's comforting to learn that I am not alone in finding him unpleasant and unhelpful.
I've lost count of how many people have told me to write a book, and my answer has always been the same - I enjoy writing blog-size pieces but haven't got a masterpiece, or even A Book, inside me struggling to get out, and I wouldn't have the first clue what to write about. This won't be it either, but it's bigger than a blog. A short story, perhaps? A novella - if that didn't sound straight out of Mills & Boon. And I heard a couple of women on their way home, saying when they got home they would write a book. That was very encouraging. :)
Reply #386. Apr 19 10, 9:12 AM
Hi, Lesley, and welcome back!|
Reply #387. Apr 19 10, 9:58 AM
|Hi, Lochalsh, and thank you. :) Are you still under the weather? (((((())))))|
Reply #388. Apr 19 10, 10:27 AM
A bit, but more about that later, perhaps. For now:|
((((((((((((((Lesley, Belle of Bedford))))))))))))))
May I assume that Robert Downey, Jr.'s, visit helped? ;-)
Reply #389. Apr 19 10, 10:36 AM
|Oh - whoops - er not at all - er who? No, he didn't arrive and I didn't smuggle him out of the hospital and I wouldn't have dreamt of bringing him home with me. Sorry. No, please don't look in that room because he wouldn't be in there. |
Thank you. *sigh* :)
Reply #390. Apr 19 10, 10:46 AM
Just a observation here Lesley,But i feel your Doctor should have picked up on the Leaky valve, by sending you for tests etc. The fact he did not is in my eyes incompetance.|
I had xrays on my hands last week to see what the problem is although i am sure is arthritis and little that can be done. But my doctor decided to act and not leaving me hanging.
Over the past few years things have happened and my doctors have acted in my best intrest from what you have said and been told this person is incompetant and should not be allowed to practice.
Reply #391. Apr 19 10, 10:50 AM
Welcome back Lesley, it's been dull here without you. Glad to hear you are well on the way to being sorted out.|
Reply #392. Apr 19 10, 12:19 PM
A book only needs to be a certain length (so I've been told) and if you add each blog sized piece you've already got one, and I've probably got a few volumes on my other one. If you have the quality then the rest adds up just by observing life.|
I'd send the doctor the old valve as a present when you get the new one, to remind him forever of what he missed. Good to see you back where you belong, to quote Louis Armstrong.
Reply #393. Apr 19 10, 12:45 PM
So glad to hear you're doing well! I've been worried. Do you have a time line on the surgery? |
Welcome home, lesley. You were missed.
Reply #394. Apr 19 10, 1:11 PM
You could eventually publish a book of a bunch of blog-sized pieces, it doesn't need to have to be one whole flowing narrative :)|
Reply #395. Apr 19 10, 1:50 PM
Welcome back, Lesley - I'm glad they've found something definite and changed your meds! If you do go to see that GP again (though changing seems like a good idea) I'd suggest taking him a present, a neatly gift-wrapped tap washer - in case he ever manages to identify a leak. ;)|
Reply #396. Apr 19 10, 2:41 PM
|Thanks for more welcomes! |
Good question. I am tempted to ask him if he might have picked it up if he'd bothered to pick his stethoscope up. His locum picked her stethoscope up and listened to my breathing for a while but, as a doctor friend pointed out, there are two components to breathing - heart and lungs. She picked up on the air not moving but not the heart making funny noises. It wasn't till I got to the hospital, a year after my first visit to my soon-to-be-ex-GP, that a medical student greeted me with a stethoscope and said she could hear a murmur. Perhaps that's the answer: see medical students, before they've qualified and turned into jobsworths, or consultants if you have to.
They told me, as I was leaving the hospital, to make an appointment in a week, perhaps two, to see my GP (or someone in the practice) for a diabetes check and a blood test. I rang the surgery today and got the first available appointment - noon on 7th May. Nearly three weeks.
I also asked the receptionist for the name of the practice manager, which she told me: for his direct phone number, which he hasn't got - I ring up and they put me through: and for his email address, but but he hasn't got one of those either. "We don't use email here." I believe her.
Then I told her I wanted to transfer to one of the other two GPs in the practice, and she said I had to write to the practice manager and ask. I can't even write to the GP of my choice and ask if he or she is taking new patients. It has to be the practice manager. "Otherwise," she said, "what's the point of having a practice manager?" She also told me that you don't have to have a reason to change your GP, and it's easy - you just ask if you can join them. Easy everywhere except there, it seems. She also told me that they're moving in October, from two miles away to three and a bit miles away. I've followed him through two moves. This time he can do it without me.
The tap washer is a great idea but the old valve sounds more gory. And no, I don't want to see him again.
Being at home and having to look after myself and being forbidden to drive is still better than being stuck in a geriatric ward and not being able to drive anyway. Their favourite topic of conversation was how cold it was, they all had a Nice Rest In Bed After Lunch, they were all in bed by 8pm, and by 8.15 they were all asleep with their eyes closed and their mouths open. Except the one who farted non-stop and snored like a tractor, but then she was only 70. Lights out was 10pm so I feel quite deliciously naughty being up at 11!
Reply #397. Apr 19 10, 4:03 PM
Lesley! It's so good to see you back! |
Reply #398. Apr 19 10, 4:51 PM
|Beth, it's rather nice to be back. :) |
*attempts Happy dance, wobbles a bit, falls into bed*
Reply #399. Apr 19 10, 6:33 PM
I'm playing some Beatles for you Lesley, so you soon will be 'Twisting and Shouting'!|
Reply #400. Apr 19 10, 6:41 PM
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