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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Durham hospital update

I fell on Sunday and was admitted to Durham hospital. 9:30 pm. Monday consultant told me decision would be made after consultation with upper limb specialist at Darlington. Depending on them either he or they would operate. It is now Wednesday. I have been starved and prepared three times for possible op. including early breakfast today with promised op.

Consultant has now arrived and told me he has only got response from Darlington today SINCE SUNDAY! they want do op there and I have an appt. at their fracture clinic tomorrow, so seems like starting from sq. one again tomorrow. Despite fact that I had been prepared for op today consultant told me that even if  he would have been doing op. It wouldn't have been done until tomorrow!

So here I sit with a forearm and upper arm both broken close to elbow since Sunday and. Little prospect of treatment in next couple of days.

12 comments:

Gayle said...

I do hope you're reasonable comfortable whilst you're waiting, and that your Kindle App is well charged with books. Except for the occasional excitement of cases of severed fingers, there can't be many more boring places to find yourself trapped for a few days. It's one thing being so confined when poorly, but quite another when feeling perfectly well - except for having an arm in multiple pieces.

For your momentary amusement (maybe), we pulled into the motorhome parking area in Lytham St Annes yesterday afternoon (what a nice seafront. Never been here before) and of all the coincidental encounters in the world, found ourselves parking Bertie next to Colin! Never thought we'd see Colin again, and certainly not at the start of our second trip in Bertie!

Gayle said...

I do hope you're reasonable comfortable whilst you're waiting, and that your Kindle App is well charged with books. Except for the occasional excitement of cases of severed fingers, there can't be many more boring places to find yourself trapped for a few days. It's one thing being so confined when poorly, but quite another when feeling perfectly well - except for having an arm in multiple pieces.

For your momentary amusement (maybe), we pulled into the motorhome parking area in Lytham St Annes yesterday afternoon (what a nice seafront. Never been here before) and of all the coincidental encounters in the world, found ourselves parking Bertie next to Colin! Never thought we'd see Colin again, and certainly not at the start of our second trip in Bertie!

Gayle said...

How bizarre - there seems to be an echo that occurred some hours after my original comment. Gremlins in the system, methinks.

afootinthehills said...

That's not so good Conrad. In fact it's quite atrocious that you are sitting there with two breaks and no time or date for surgery.

I'm home at last from Ninewells and I hope it's not too long before you are Arnside bound.

Sir Hugh said...

Gayle - I am chilling out now halfway through Dark Fire, trying to view it as some kind of holiday, but I'm afraid that is stretching my imagination to the limit.

Sir Hugh said...

Afoot - good to hear you are back home. I'm now a bit calmer. The Easter holiday has caused some delays, but really NHS should operate 24/7

AlanR said...

They've probably had to send to China to get the screws,plates and plaster.

bowlandclimber.com said...

Never mind brexit and general elections why can't we sort out the NHS.
You have all my sympathies.

gimmer said...

Notwithstanding afoot's experience at the exemplary hospice he attended (play with words, so don't jump), this saga, although probably explicable, is not exceptional, from what I hear, and is simply not acceptable: I very much doubt if it has anything to do with 'funding' (double-speak for money) but very much to do with entrenched procedures and attitudes which no amount of reorganisation or political will seems able to change, aided and abetted by unelected (self-selected) pressure groups, to which we must now add crowd-sourced and funded groups like 38 degrees, protesting at the slightest sign of common sense change.
I know the election is supposed principally to be about departure from the EU, but I hope that the issues like the entrenched unreformability of much of the NHS and the crucial need for change, do not go unargued.
The crisis therein is not about money, but persistent rigor mortis, to mangle a few metaphors. Too often we hear from skilled and dedicated professionals that they do their utmost in their specialities, but are hamstrung by 'the system'.
Turning, at last, as we must, to the most important issue, that of you and your fractures: how shocking that a tumble in the hay (I jest - perhaps you actually hit a hidden rock as well as catching a hidden snare, so to speak) should result in such massive damage - and brought to mind our conversation the other day about school milk and your aversion to it - both then - and now.
Discuss, as the examiner said.
But most of all I hope that the treatment comes sooner than you fear, is handled expertly and you are soon back 'on the road' !
Bon chance.

afootinthehills said...

Gimmer: I agree with your last sentence, second paragraph. Other patients in my unit spoke unfavourably about several other Scottish hospitals and my one experience at Perth Royal some years ago was characteriserd by complete incompetence.

Ruth Livingstone said...

Oh dear. The NHS demonstrating how inefficient and disorganised it can be. So sorry, Conrad. Hope there is progress soon.

Gayle said...

How bizarre - there seems to be an echo that occurred some hours after my original comment. Gremlins in the system, methinks.