When you google "patience" it tells you it is "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious"
Just had one of those episodes with a GP.
On the weekend my wife was taken suddenly ill, blinding headache, confused, lost the vision in one eye. We called 999 and the operator went through the Stroke protocol and they dispatched an ambulance and paramedic. The 999 call was put through to A&E whom again suspected a Stroke and then put us through to the Stroke team which is all fine.
My wife was whisked away in an ambulance and because of Covid, we couldn't accompany her. Later in the evening, we received a call to collect her from hospital but to return the next day to see an Ophthalmologist. The Ophthalmologist spotted a bleed behind her eye but couldn't say anymore.
She has been quite poorly since then and mentioned that she only has limited vision in her eye. I telephoned the GP surgery for a referral to a Neurologist/Stroke specialist A GP called me back and the conversation started "why do you think your wife has had stroke ?" I went through the weekend's events and that a similar thing had happened before also she had 5 concussions in 3 years etc. "I don't think your wife had a stroke on the weekend but want to see her immediately".
40 minutes with the GP, going through the case history. Back and forth we went, the GP insisting that since my wife hadn't lost the use of a limb and could speak properly it couldn't possibly be a stroke. Not a conventional stroke, diabetic stroke, ischemic stroke all out of the question. Then he tried the usual grip and touch tests and found out that she had reduced sensation and grip down her right side. Then there was the "Ah!" moment.
So from definitely not a stroke, to possibly being a stroke only took 50 minutes. He then asked "why hasn't your wife seen a neurologist previously because of her head injuries". Deep breath and started counting ......