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The Old Bat visits Rookwood hospital for an elderly care assessment.

Yesterday I went by ambulance to a different type of hospital. Rookwood is a place devoted to the care of the elderly. I am elderly and certainly need help to go on living independently. I looked forward to this assessment as I need help badly.

I was taken very gently from the ambulance to a small room where several machines waited  to test me. I was weighed, measured, told to stand up, sit down and do some memory tests. I was particularly interested in the last test as I felt that I had struggled lately remembering  a friends address. I was relieved when I scored full marks. The first person to appear was a physiotherapist, I am very fearful around such people as they all want me  to do exercises that are very painful.   Not this one. Having heard the truly dreadful cracking noises coming from my knees when standing up, he very quickly told me that exercise was out of the question. I was just to keep moving as much as I could without too much pain. This was a great relief,  I had left the surgical hospital with a whole programme of exercises that were painful in the extreme. I just could not do them/ What a relief.The next person to appear was the phlebotomist armed with many needles .I am not afraid of needles, but I know that most practitioners finds it difficult to find a vein. to get blood. Not this on one, she found a vein straight away and filled all the syringes. Next came nurse with the E.C.G. machine, and so it went on until they ran out of tests, and gave me chicken sandwiches, and a glass of milk.

I was most relieved at the result of the memory test, as losing my memory is one of my greatest fears. I will get the results of the other tests later, but I was also enlightened that the reason that I  have so much pain in my feet, when they are either too hot to too cold, is that I have Raynauds disease, lucky old me.

 

Monday March 11th

Another ambulance ride to the Dermatology dept of the local hospital. I have regular appointments looking for skin cancers caused by my life time farming  in all weathers. All seemed well today. Later on in the afternoon I had a phone call from my  Dr.She rang to tell me that she had the result of all those tests on Friday. My blood test showed up to be hugely high in potassium, probably due to my fondness of bananas, So more blood tests.

I would advise all elderly people to have as many health tests as possible.You might also be eating too many bananas or something else. Good luck.

 

 

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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,