Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Old Bat has two visits to hospital

I had been looking forward.to this week for some time, because I had two appointments at the orthopaedic hospital where I hoped to get help. I knew that it was going to be a bit difficult because I can only walk with the aid of a frame. I cannot negotiate the steps leading  from my flat to the pavement,  Because of this, I have not left my flat for nearly two years. When I  have appointments, I have be taken by ambulance with its carrying chair. I have traveled this way many times picking up other patients on the way .All the ambulance men  and women are very kind and gentle.

The first appointment was on Tuesday morning. As usual, the ambulance collected me an hour after the appointment time, which is quite normal. As soon as I arrived I was taken to the X—ray Dept where my spine was X–rayed from every angle. This was quite painful because I cannot stand unaided.

I was then taken to see the surgeon who explained that the operation on my spine had healed perfectly. The injured vertebrae had been removed, its place taken by a metal scaffolding, all was well.The improvement in my back will take some time before I will feel  the benefit of it. The metal work has to become part of the back protecting the spinal chord. The second appointment was on Thursday. The same routine,I was whisked off to the X-Ray Dept, where I had many pictures taken of my knees and legs  .After this, I was taken to see the surgeon, who was very pleasant and kind, even though he gave me bad news. In his opinion, as a knee surgeon, my hips are in a worse condition than my knees. He explained that the hips affected the knees, so should be done first..I felt like bursting into tears, but didn’t. I know that there is a very very long wait for hip operations, about six months before you get on the waiting list to  see a surgeon let alone have an operation.This was bad news  for an eighty two year old.  The surgeon then injected my knee with some painkilling fluid he hoped would help. It had no effect the last time that I had something similar.Perhaps,  it has been improved. Apparently, I have to wait three weeks before finding out if it works or not, so I still live in hope of some improvements.

 

To complete the day, I vomited in the ambulance on the way home.Thank goodness, I had the sense to ask for a sick bowl, before this happened. I have never been a good traveler. It just seemed the perfect ending to a disappointing day.

I feel a lot better about everything today, I live very comfortably in my flat  where I am near good friends and family,.  All visit often, making sure that I am O.K. Many elderly  people are not so well treated.  Being house bound, I watch a lot of news programme on T.V. and am daily horrified to see how they have to live in poverty and squalor.

 

HEALTH ALERT

Apparently it is Breast Cancer Awareness Week so please take advantage of all the help you can get about looking after yourself. Start off by examining your own breasts, it might save your life.

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THE OLD BAT hates the non stop use of ‘Tablets and Smart Phones’.

I know that I am an old grumpy woman and  have strong views on a wide. array of subjects .The main object of my wrath at the moment is the non stop use of ‘smart phones’ and tablets. I always look forward to visits from my grandchildren when we share all the family news. This no longer happens because they come armed with their phones and tablets. The last visit was such that we did not have a conversation,  they just continued playing the game on their phones that they had started outside.. I did not like it so I was a bit grumpy.

When my Grandson came to stay for two weeks I worried about his overuse of his phone He never seemed to be off it, always talking to some one all day. Many nights he was still chatting away at midnight, even one o’clock. I could not see any evidence of homework being done.This very day, the four chief Medical Officers  of the Government discussed this problem on T.V ..Apparently , when playing these games, the drug dopamine is produced in the brain, as it is in gambling/, which is not to be encouraged in young brains.The Doctors recommended that the phones and tablets should be left outside the bedroom doors and that they should not be taken to the dining table. I heartily agree.The four Doctors are the four main ones in the Government who try to look after the nation health. I wonder how old little baby Frankie will be before she plays online.

Life is quiet at the moment. As many of my friends  are Chinese we had a lovely Chinese meal the evening of the start of Chinese New Year. This was not a ‘.takeaway’ type meal but a genuine home cooked one meal of ‘prawn dumplings Dim Sum,,prawns with snow peas and crayfish,  Ginger Tofu, Korean chicken, Baked Sea Bass and many others which I enjoyed very much. I avoided the red pepper spiced noodles. too hot for me. .We had a lovely evening listening to many of our old records now stored on a. gadget, every record that we wished for at the touch of a button  One good thing to come from the new technology. I had forgotten just how much I had loved some of them. ‘Only the Lonely’ by Roy Orbison for example.

Next week, I am going to see the surgeon about my knee. I hope that he is going to give me a date for the operation. I am getting fed up limping around with my ‘frame’.

I have many flowers on my camellia bush, so Spring is on it’s way. Best wishes to you all.

THE OLD BAT visits hospital again and again, so the story continues.

After seeing my surgeon and getting a definite date for my spinal operation, I thought that it was just a matter of being patient and waiting. How wrong I was. I had to have a blood test to make sure that I was germ free. Unfortunately I was wrong again. A small infection lurked in my waterworks so I had to have a short course of antibiotics to clear it up. It was unlucky that I had never had this particular one before. I had only taken three capsules when I became violently sick and was rushed off to hospital once again. I spent another two weeks being treated for a violent reaction to the new antibiotics.
I am now going to tell you about my experience in this ward. I found that all the nurses were good but the staff nurses were fantastic. They were all young and had not long got their degrees.They arrived on the ward at 7.30am ,perfectly groomed with hair tied into pony tails, not one hair out of place and wearing running shoes. At 7.30 pm they limped from the ward, hair all hair over the place, completely exhausted. Many days not even having had time to have food. They were extremely  efficient and caring. One staff nurse came from Rome, another from Dublin,and  one from Caerphilly. A young man from Bahrein  who trained at Treforest, completed the set.  The other nurses also made my two weeks stay almost a pleasure. Surprise surprise, the food was pretty good as well.
Not long after this, November 30th arrived and I had to go to a different hospital for my back operation.I was a bit concern but not too much. It was all over very quickly and I did not feel a lot of pain. My back just felt a bit sore.I could have gone home in a week but the home carers took longer to be organised. this hospital was so efficient. Enough of hospitals, I am now going to tell you how I have managed to get through the last two years stuck in my flat, unable to get out because of the steps to the pavement. I have only remained reasonably sane with the help of my wonderful friends who have rallied around, and have helped in every way possible.Not only have they cooked delicious meals for themselves but have often included an extra portion for me. These have been delivered hot to my table with theirs, so we eat together which is lovely. I have now tasted all sorts of different cuisine in good company. There is nothing more miserable than continually eating on your own.

My fourteen year old Grandson has been staying with me while his Mum has been on holiday.We usually get on very well but this time his use and over attention to his mobile phone has nearly driven me to distraction.I suppose that I am old fashioned but I do not want his education to be neglected. Otherwise his visit has been a pleasure,