Xmas was going okay until xmas day evening, started a dry cough and could not get rid of it. Boxing day felt pretty rough, still coughing. Was staying with my Daughter and son-in-law but decided to come home early as did not feel too good.
Gradually got worse through Tuesday, breathing bad and heart rate upto 140. Struggling to catch my breath by early evening so hubby called 111. Details given and they decided emergency ambulance to be sent out, arrived in 10 mins. Assessed and taken into A & E. Then the fun begins - enter A & E Doors, backlog of over 20 arrivals. Never seen so many ambulance crew, paramedics in one place before. Took 3 hours to get to a cubicle for assessment, which meant my ambulance guy and gal had to stay with me all that time. The system really is broken, when they said good bye they were due their food break - so they would have spent nearly half their shift with one patient.
Waited nearly an hour to see a doctor, bloods were done by ambulance guy while waiting in corridors, anyway put on oxygen, nebulizer, iv fluids and antibiotics ect and had a chest xray. Arrived at A & E approx. 8pm Tuesday admitted to ward 2 pm Wednesday ( no beds before then).
Apart from a very uncomfortable night and morning on the very uncomfortable A & E beds all the staff were lovely, a few needs got neglected a tad but they were so busy all is forgiven. Only one thing, the guy in the cubicle across from me complained to a staff nurse that my HR monitor was constantly going off, that I was coughing all the time and he could not get to sleep. ( I heard him say to a doctor earlier that this was his first visit to a hospital since the age of 3 he was now 73 and he had decided to come to A & E because he was having some breathing problems). It was, HR was over 150 most of the time and it was a rather loud alarm. Anyway said staff nurse came over to my cubicle said to my dedicated nurse who was beside me switch it off, it's probably just a few isolated blips. Asked me if I had odd bouts of AF, I said no I am in permanent AF and my HR is running riot at the moment, she left it on.
Anyway I am now home after three days, I had some how picked up some infection which has caused pnemonia (sure that is spelt wrong) home to my own bed as I had so little sleep while in hospital. AGain thanks to all the lovely staff fighting a very hard battle to keep our NHS going. Happy 2017 to everyone.