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Post 881

You can call me TC

Oh dear, so that's not the problem then. Has the nurse been round yet?


Mum update (GB)

Post 882

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

The triage nurse? Not until the antibiotics are finished. The District nurse came yesterday for INR blood test, they've rung me this morning with the result, it's normal at 2.3. District nurses don't listen to chests or I'd have left her a note requesting that.


Mum update (GB)

Post 883

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Hm, major update following:

On Friday morning I found a note from the morning carer saying she'd given Mum the last of the antibiotic and disposed of the bottle. I rang the GP surgery to request a visit from the triage nurse, speaking to the receptionist. I then got a call back from a GP (not Mum's) who wanted to know what was going on from the start of the cough. I told him and he asked me to take Mum to the Diana hospital (smiley - groan I was dreading this happening as I have no transport now) and straight to the x-ray department, he would send an urgent request through for a chest x-ray. The first person I rang for help was available and Ian's daughter Caroline picked us up and dropped us off, I wheeled Mum through to the x-ray dept and there was only about 4 in front of us so we were ready to leave about half an hour later and Caroline had us back at Mum's in time for her regular Friday bathtime then lunch. I've to phone the Doctor's surgery this Friday for the x-ray results. She was still coughing on Saturday. I'm worried there'll be a shadow and it might be lung cancersmiley - erm

I'm walking to Mum's today as there's no smiley - busthanks to the Bank Holiday smiley - shrug but at least it's not raining. Happy Towel Day!smiley - towel


Mum update (GB)

Post 884

scorp

Any update GB?


Mum update (GB)

Post 885

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Hiya scorpsmiley - hugsmiley - smooch

I've to phone the Doctor's surgery this Friday for the x-ray results.


Mum update (GB)

Post 886

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Mum has a chest infection. Let's hope this 3rd lot of antibiotics does the job.


Mum update (GB)

Post 887

Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - goodluck and the infection clears soon


Mum update (GB)

Post 888

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Thanks smiley - profsmiley - smooch

She's finished her 3rd lot of antibiotics now. Still coughing smiley - sadface


Mum update (GB)

Post 889

Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - sadfacemany coughs are now very very hard to get shut of. Partly because of mass immigration and they bring their bugs over and we haven't time to "acclimatise" to them


Mum update (GB)

Post 890

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

You'd have been proud of me when I collected Mum's 3rd lot of antibiotics from the chemist, Prof. There was a lady locum pharmacist, a stranger (the rest of the staff know me well) doing the dispensing. She called out Mum's name and I stepped forward, saying "Yes". She looked back down at the prescription bag with details attached, looked back at me and said in broken English "you are not looking 96 years"

I smiled and said "I moisturise" which unfortunately was lost on her but caused a few giggles from the other customers.


Mum update (GB)

Post 891

Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - laughlove it, next time say: smiley - evilgrin the crocodile dung face pack I use works wonders

Like I say to folk - I use essence of giraffe aftershave, smells like sh.. but you feel 10ft tall


Mum update (GB)

Post 892

Websailor

Hi GB, glad you are retaining your sense of humour smiley - biggrin

Hope your Mum recovers soon,

smiley - hug

Websailorsmiley - dragon


Mum update (GB)

Post 893

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Thanks Webby. Good to see you smiley - hugsmiley - smooch

Mum's INR was within range, unusually due to the antibiotics usually screwing up the results. If she's still coughing when I go tomorrow then I'll call out the triage nurse again.


Mum update (GB)

Post 894

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

I have lost count of how many "final straw" events I have managed to survive. I am sick to death of incompetent carers who can't be arsed to read the care plan and guess who deals with the aftermath? smiley - sadface

Last Saturday I turned up just as the morning carer was leaving, I didn't recognise her but I read her comments in their log and nothing seemed amiss. Only when I was dealing later with Mum's accident and all the cleaning up it involved did I realise that she had been dressed that morning in knickers. Dressing Mum in a fresh Tena Lady is top of the list in the care plan. smiley - grr

The GP came out to visit Mum to investigate while she's still coughing for Britain after 3 lots of antibiotics. She diagnosed acid reflux and issued a prescription which I'm collecting this morning. Yet again I had to get it replaced for liquid due to the tablets, which Mum can't swallow. smiley - grr

On the plus side I hopefully have the loan of a car for two weeks from next Tuesday.


Mum update (GB)

Post 895

Websailor

Hope you have the car it will make such a difference. Hope the diagnosis and meds bring some relief to your Mum.

The subject of carers is a very sore point here too - I could write a book - and it seems to be nation wide. I don't envy their job but if they cannot do it properly they should not be employed. Lack of time and money are serious obstacles but we cannot put a price on compassion and respect, both of which seem to be lacking.

Take care,

Websailor smiley - dragon


Mum update (GB)

Post 896

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be driving around every day - my life is transformedsmiley - magic

The care agency we have been with since Mum returned home from the Beacon have failed to make the top three care agencies with the NHS so they are being replaced with another care agency in November. I am not looking forward to training and getting to know a fresh lot of carers so goodness know what Mum will be like. We haven't told her yet, although some of the best ladies have told me that they are going to apply for jobs at the new agency so Mum may not notice too much disruption.


Mum update (GB)

Post 897

Websailor

Hope the change over goes smoothly, the situation is a bit of a nightmare, here too.

Websailor smiley - dragon


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