Hi Everyone, here at last, how long have you got because I've quite a tale to tell?
It all started just before Christmas with my husband not being well, I called the Doctor out and she said he had a virus, to take paracetamol and drink plenty. He went on O.K. so we went to our daughter and son-in-laws for Christmas dinner, I felt fine in the morning but as the day went on I felt worse so we came home early. I struggled for 3 days coughing and unable to breathe so I called the doctor out. Before he came he rang me to see if a visit was really necessary and couldn't I go into the surgery, I said 'no, I felt too ill' so he came to see me and said that I'd had all the Ciprofoxacin I could have as it is a very strong antibiotic so I would have to go to hospital for oxygen (never had oxygen in my life) and intravenous antibiotics. I waited 4 hours for an ambulance, the despatcher rang me twice to check that I was O.K., and off we went, what a ride, a real old jalopy of an ambulance, I felt every bumo so I didn't feel too good when we got to hospital. I wasn't covered up at all just wheeled out of the ambulance into the cold and damp into Casualty where I joined the queue for triage. I was parked in the ~Emergency Admissions Unit and given iv paracetamol, I had my blood pressure and sats taken several times as I waited on a trolley for a bed. Eventually a bed was found for me and I was trundled to a ward where i stayed for 48 hours before being moved onto a geriatric ward, the only place where there was a bed. I was offered Meroperum, which I refused as I had such bad side effects last time I had it, I was made to feel like a naughty girl for not having it until, 72 hours after admission I was given Doxicycline which Microbiology agreed would suit me and subsequent blood tests proved it was working. I was in hospital for 5 days when it was agreed that I would be better off at home as I was the only person on the ward who could care for themselves and be independent. So what an eye opener, the pressure on the NHS is not a myth I have experienced it first hand. I feel better now I've told you my saga, hop you stayed with me to the end. Take care, Love Lizzy xx