Monday, 15 October 2012

TYING UP LOOSE ENDS

I had my final visit to the hospital today.  All I could get out of the consultant was, 'wow, you look well'.  I thought he might actually examine me or ask highly personal questions, as he usually does.  But, no, that seems to be that.  So I must be expected to survive then.

I also went to see the dietitian.  She seemed happy with my diet and added 'wow, you look well'.  I guess I look well.  She also, rather surreally, gave me a B&Q paint chart and asked which colour most matched that of my stool.  As I have said, there is not much left of your personal life that hasn't been picked over and I gave up on dignity a long time ago, but I thought the colour chart unnecessarily coy, if rather amusing.  Splendid Sienna BTW.  Or was it Brilliant Barbaresco?

Anyway, enthused, and energised by NHS cappuccino, I came home and chiseled out some drainage holes in a retaining wall, cleared out the drain in the patio and brushed up all the moss from the pointing, cleared the leaves from the side entrance, trimmed a bit of hedge I'd missed last month, composted the flower bed, touched up some painting on the stairs, fitted doorstops to two new doors, repaired a wall where one of them had been knocking and repaired the front doorstep where someone had tripped and pulled off the moulding.

I think I'll go to bed now. 

Not sure why I'm doing all this, but I start Spanish lessons tomorrow.  Actually, I made it a New Year resolution to learn Spanish this year because I thought I was going walking in South America.  Clearly I had to cancel all that.  But, ever hopeful, I thought I might still continue with the lessons.  I have been reading the text book 'Spanish In 15 Minutes' for the last 6 months.  I think I can safely say it doesn't work.

One last thing (I really am going now) - surely today's Google doodle is the best they've done?

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  1. NHS Cappuccino? Is that off the B&Q colour chart?

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    1. Ha. The horrible truth is it probably was on there.

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  2. I guess the consultant was wearing his special NHS glasses with the built-in MRI scanner.

    Did they drop any drugs in your NHS cappuccino? My only experience of said beverage left me feeling anything but enthused and energised.

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  3. You have colour charts? We have to show the real thing, and I have also sent it by post even to the laboratory. After a three day stay and op in a British hospital a few years ago when I broke my arm on Tower Bridge in London (if your are going to do it, do it properly I say) I have a definite allergy with anything concerned with the three letters NHS. We might have to pay in Switzerland, but I gladly pay. But that is a long story.

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  4. I have many friends who complain about certain hospitals, but my experience (at other centres) has been nothing but good (including the coffee!).

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    1. I totally agree Neil. I have been very impressed with the NHS ... mind you I drink Costa coffee usually in hospital if I can.

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  5. It surprises me that they often just take a look at you and ask how you're feeling. Whatever happened to listening to your chest with a stethoscope ? In fact I don't recall seeing many stethoscopes when I was in hospital recently. When I was a lad no right-thinking doctor would be seen without a stethoscope around his neck. I suppose they rely on those whatchamacallits they wheel around every few hours and plug you into.

    As regards dignity I gave up on that [without a fight] a year or two ago. Now they can pretty much stick what they want where they want ... or even just take a peek.

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    1. Yes, I was a bit surprised that he just looked at me and didn't examine anything. I was quite ready to reveal parts of my body and have things stuck wherever. In fact today I worried that I should have had a piece of paper, so I rang in and asked for a sign-off letter.

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  6. Glad you are so perky. Looking forward to next Friday.

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