It all seemed to start off well enough , we had a Marie Curie Nurse Friday night but after that it went steadily down hill . Saturday was one of those "non"days ,apart from demolishing a display stand of Pringle Crisps in our local shop and then running over my own foot with the wheelchair (don't ask ) it was boringly uneventful .It was miserably wet autumn weather and we spent most of the rest of the day trapped indoors with V asking what she could do next and me not having any answers . Then Saturday evening the carer who was coming to help put V to bed said she couldn't make it , family crisis or something so I nobly said I could manage . I successfully rolled V back and forth across the bed without depositing her on the floor ,shut my eyes and washed the catheter entry area , applied all creams and attached the night bag .Noticed nothing was coming through ;watched for three quarters of an hour - still nothing . So much for silver tipped catheters , this one (our fifth in so many weeks ) lasted five days .I called the out of hours service for district nurses " we are experiencing a high volume of calls "etc etc . In all fairness they arrived at about 11.45 pm just as the catheter started operating again . Isn't it just the way . They were very good about it and said I was to call any time if I was worried ( I think my especially developed hangdog pathetic look helped ) .
Up at six thirty night bag empty not a sign of anything moving in the catheter . Here we go again - they now call me by my christian name in the out of hours office . 9am local DN arrives , lovely lady , says poor thing ,me or V ? Not sure who.New silver tipped catheter fitted with much tutting and "this shouldn't be happening " . Departs 10 am , V bypasses at 10.15 just after I have got her dressed .Think - perhaps I will shoot myself . Don't have a gun so can't .Wait half an hour and phone out of hours service who greet me with incredulity . DNs are now very busy she will get back to me which she did ,. five minutes later catheter starts flowing again . Yes you have guessed it ring out of hours etc etc . Have spent most of the rest of Sunday gazing entranced at V's catheter as it obligingly fills which I then empty and then fills again -lord where does it all come from .Do you think catheter watching could be a new hobby like bird watching ?
To finish my weekend I have put V to bed , with help tonight. Sat with her whilst she goes to sleep , left her snoring loudly . Sat down up stairs with my laptop only to hear her start calling - dare I go and look -oh lord I suppose so ............
"we are experiencing a high volume at calls please wait until the next operator is available "If only !!!!