Hi I have the utmost respect for my local hospital staff (docs and nurses) 😊 and the biggest ball of anger to the nhs funding cuts from the government 😤.
For 5 hours yesterday evening I witnessed staff having to cover too many patients, leading to delays and misplaced notes, causing stressed staff and angry patients. Also a lack of windows (so it was boiling), drinking fluid and food, making everyone feel even worse - had to share a sandwich with a fellow patient 😬! It was so frustrating as I knew very little of it really was their fault!
Despite this the doctor actually listened to me (after I got peed off with them trying to change how I do PF! I do it the way I do it, Brompton are fine with it that way so leave me alone!). He understood that I needed more than just a neb so ordered the hydro straight away - unfortunely it was 2 hours after the nebs that I got the hydro due to the lack of staff. They also wanted to send me to majors (as was in majors lite) but no space there either, so spent the hours fighting for a chair to sit on (no surprise there was a shortage!)
I got told that the a&e docs wants to keep me in, but due to a lack of beds I was not deemed ‘ill’ enough to stay as my abg as fine (and I didn’t want to wait for hours for a bed to open up!). Sent home with instructions to return if I drop badly again.
Bloods showed infection, so I’m on a course of doxycycline to try and kill it off. Best PF yesterday was 450(/630) after back to back nebs, dropped to 350 then rose to 400 after hydrocortisone. Woke up at 280ish (I’ll pretend it was 300 tho 😅), and rose to 350 after 2x vent so 🤞🏻 I won’t have to head back in! GP again this afternoon so I’m really hoping that they don’t send me back!
I just wish the government would sort itself out so hospitals get the right funding so staff and patients don’t have this continually going on, especially as we’re heading in to cold and flu season which will only make things worse across the board!
Thanks for everyone’s support yesterday! I hope you’re all doing ok, and that your locals aren’t feeling the pressure yet, like mine seems to be!