Tuesday, 25 June 2019

That Fat Bastard!


In Wales we have an excellent " GP Out Of Hours " facility.
When your own doctor 's surgery is closed then your ring the number, get triaged by a nurse advisor and if appropriate given an appointment with an out-of-hours GP based at the local A&E
I rang the system at 7pm. Was given an appointment at 8pm . I was seen at 8.01 and was home with my antibiotics by 8.20
I know I am a good historian . I had already tested my urine and knew I had the start of an infection.
I also told the doctor what antibiotic suited me best.
But still the service is a good one.
The only down side is the fact that the out-of-hours waiting room is shared with the minor injury department of A&E .
Tonight the average waiting time for that department is a whopping 7 hours!
I sat down in that shared waiting room for not even a minute until I was called in to see the doctor.
and it was too much for one poor soul who slapped his thigh in frustration
" Fucking hell that fat bastard has only just come in and he's been  seen straight away!!!!!! "

Ps. Speaking of health Jason is now home and hopefully improving. 
I saw him today . He was greatly moved by his global best wishes 

58 comments:

  1. That sounds brilliant system. The antibiotic scenario is all too familiar to me as my husband has bladder cancer. I'm only telling you this in case it might help you get out of the antibiotic cycle - I know you're a nurse and apologise if teaching my grandmother etc. Between July last year and Christmas Dave had 10 lots of antibiotics - every sort they give for his condition and some of them multiple times. At Christmas he gave up drinking tea and coffee, alcohol (he didn't have much before) and has really cut back sugar from his diet. Since then, touch wood, no infection; even though he's waiting for a cystectomy...another story - may yours be a much happier one. Best wishes from Charlotte - and Dave.

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    1. PS and he's drinking lots of water!

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    2. I'm down to perhaps two urine infections a year!

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    3. Great...knock the little devils on the head!

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    4. Barbara Anne5:07 am

      A wonderful urologist I worked with decades ago and far away once said that if you drink enough water, you can wash anything out of your urinary tract or kidneys - just don't drink so much water that you're toxic.

      Wise words.

      Hugs!

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    1. No. Acidic drinks like orange juice, wine :) etc

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  3. You take care. I am glad you have this triage system for out of hours. I went through a similar thing recently with a friend and he got seen by a doctor within two hours. I am pleased to hear thatJason is mending after his awful ordeal. You both get well soon lots of love x Jo

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  4. well, good thing you caught it before you left on your trip. nothing worse than medical emergencies while on vacation.

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  5. Good you got your antibiotics and good to hear Jason is home.

    I had an anaphylactic shock once, I was fast tracked through A & E on a Friday night x

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  6. Glad that Jason is feeling better - and hope you are on the improve as well.

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  7. Is it party night in Rhyl? 7 hour wait on a Tuesday seems excessive.

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    1. There were six ambulances parked. Outside A &E. ( with patients inside waiting to go in)
      THE PLACE WAS busy

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    2. I could never work in A & E

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    3. We have a stacking system here, like an airport.

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    4. Here too, the patients are kept in the ambulances cost the 4 hour waiting list is only put into effect when they come through the doors
      It's the same in England

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    5. Barbara Anne5:12 am

      I worked ER for 5 years, mostly 3p-11p, from'75 to '80 and loved it. Ambulance patients were brought in immediately back then and there.

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  8. That sounds a good system. We now have 'urgent care' centers in the US which have taken a bit of pressure off the Emergency Departments (A&E in the UK?) You can make an appointment and slip in like a Fat Bastard! LoL!

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Enjoy your vacay!
    Also, I'll chime in on wishing the Affable Despot best wishes. So glad it wasn't worse!

    Love... xoxox

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  9. YOU a fat bastard? nope. and good news about jason! :)

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    1. Anonymous11:07 pm

      Have you ditched the slimming club then? Noticed you've not mentioned it lately. Have a wonderful hols.

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    2. No still going ..thank u

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  10. You want to be well for your well earned tea caddy hol’s, just on the off chance?

    Good to hear Jason is home.

    LX

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  11. QUEUE JUMPER!!!! lol. Glad to hear that Jason is home and on the mend.

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  12. More good wishes to both of you and especially to Jason.

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  13. Good News about Jason and You !
    parsnip

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  14. I hope you are doing much better soon, and glad to hear your despot is back and healing. -Jenn

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  15. I used that out of hours service on a weekend when I was over from the US to visit my son one December and got deathly ill. it was brilliant

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  16. That is a good system of booking, all except for the one waiting area for those with appointments and those without . . . Do they have any signage that would help defuse the frustration? (such as "Appointments wait here" "All others wait here" or some such)

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  17. Sure hope it all works out.
    Coffee is on

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  18. After his comment, I hope that man was put to the back of the queue.

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  19. Barbara Anne5:14 am

    Wishing you and Jason well. Happy healing!

    Hugs!

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  20. AB + Spanish sun = ouch!

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  21. Glad to hear Jason is home. Wishing you both better as soon as possible.

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  22. I object. You are not a bastard, as far as I have gathered.

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  23. Not fat, pleasingly plump. Take care, and great new on Jason.

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  24. Those poor people that had the wait... but not that bastard who slapped his thigh. Wishing Jasón continued good recovery.

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  25. A friend of ours who works for the NHS (clerical) stated she didn't think four hours was very long to wait for a service we got for free. Huh? Four hours is an F-ing long time to wait when you're in pain and it's not free, we've paid in for it.
    Glad to hear Jason is doing OK.

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  26. I do not find that fellow's rude remark amusing. He should have kept his thoughts to himself. If you had been black would he have said, "Fucking hell that black bastard has only just come in and he's been seen straight away!"? Perhaps you should have turned back to him and said, "I'd rather be overweight than ugly. I can always lose pounds but you can't change your ugly face! You twat!"

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    1. Bad advice, YP. The last thing you want to do is provoke a "twat" in an already turbo charged situation. Trust me. I once witnessed a fist fight between two guys in an A&E waiting room, one who appeared to have a broken nose already and the other I don't know what, both clearly under the influence and little self restraint.

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    2. It wasn't advice. More like a fantasy scenario.

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    3. Anonymous2:41 pm

      Yorkshire Pudding - what has the colour of a persons skin got to do with it? The person said "fat bastard" he didn't say "fat WHITE bastard" so you have absolutely no need to play the racist card.

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    4. Anonymous3:20 am

      What a horrid person YP is!. Thinks he is funny with school boy homour all the time!. No just nasty!.old man acting like an adolescent boy! So critical of others!. Jen

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  27. If I were you I'd notch that remark up not so much to your actual physique but the ill mannered "bastard"'s lack of education and, possibly understandable, frustration. Tempers do run high in A&E waiting rooms.

    Interesting what you say about A&E waiting times. A few years ago I found myself in A&E every five minutes. However, my experience is that, at point of entry, the triage nurse will assess you within minutes. So, someone on point of death will, obviously, be seen by a doctor immediately; whilst someone else who is not on point of dying or permanent damage will have to wait. Seven hours? Wow. That sounds almost implausible (not that I doubt your words).And I am talking a busy relatively large city at the South Coast of England.

    Commiserations on your UTI.

    Hope you won't shrivel to a raisin in what appears to be a shitload of sun and associated temperature rise on mainland Europe.

    Bon voyage, and a happy return,
    U

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  28. Hope you are fully better for the overseas jolly. I am off to have knee replacement surgery so will think of you having a fab time.x

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  29. I suggest you have a look at "HIPREX", an 'antibacterial for suppression or elimination of urinary tract bacteria'. I was coming down with an UTI on a four-weekly average. They suggest taking one tablet twice a day, but I've found that a half-tablet on a daily basis does the job.

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  30. Glad you got to see the doctor so quickly and that you are on the mend.

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  31. So sorry about the late-night visit. I am on my fifth round of antibiotics since late April for recurrent UTIs and will be seeing a specialist next week. I'm so glad to hear that Jason is mending, however.

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  32. I have had, in my life, very recurring UTI's. I am a veritable expert on the damn things. Has anyone EVER got any relief or aid from cranberry juice? I think not! I believe it's just my body structure and bad luck. I know they mean well but when one is in the middle of a UTI there is a strong urge to punch the person who tells me to drink water right in the kisser.

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  33. I found the way to get quick attention at the ER. I just hold my chest, and I am treated immediately. Of course, that is why I am there.

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  34. Glad you got in so quickly need to be well before your vacation happy to hear that Jason is doing well.

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  35. Sometimes people are pushed to the limit, who knows what led up to him being in ER at that time of night-I'd cut the guy some slack. I expect you are, John, as you are very sympathetic to the human experience. By the way weren't you having tests for these continual UTIs?

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