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My Word of the Week
My word of the week this week is Hope.
I have had a really awful couple of weeks, I could have chosen something more sombre like, depressed, moody, gloomy, bleak, sad, grim, miserable….you get the picture I’m sure.
I have been poorly, I spent most of last weekend in bed and that’s really not like me, I generally just keep soldiering on. But I’ve been floored and not wanting to do anything but sleep. It’s not just me though, my eldest daughter has been ill too. She too had an awful weekend but still dragged herself into work on Monday. It didn’t help though and on Tuesday she ended up in A&E.
I don’t know if it’s just our hospital but we always seem to get fobbed off, it’s definitely a time and number game. How little time it takes them to see and discharge a patient seems to be more important than actually listening to the patients problems. Both me and my daughter are red card patients, which means if we present at A&E we need to be seen quicker. But, it doesn’t meant that we get listened too.
This time I just couldn’t take it though, I refused to take her back to the GP as the doctor was telling me. I told them she needed proper help and soon and we were not going anywhere until she got it. Then, low and behold, they found out that she was an urgent referral for a specialist and gave her an appointment date for January. I still wasn’t happy though, I was not going to let her wait until January. So, they told me that if I called the secretary of the specialist I may be able to bring the appointment date forward.
Still feeling slightly fobbed off, we left the hospital. But, on phoning the secretary I discovered that she was considered such an emergency that she would get to see the Dr within the next 7 days. A lifeline, something to give us hope at last.
So hope is my word of the week. When everything looks totally bleak the only thing you can do is hope for improvement. Sometimes to have to fight your way through, but it’s hope that keeps you going.
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I admire you taking such a positive outlook after such a horrid couple of weeks Anne! The NHS does do a lot for us but sometimes you just have to stand up and fight for more. It’s not quite comparable, but a few years ago I tried to get help for my anxiety and after just three sessions with a psychologist was told it was probably just stress and she had more important cases to treat with her time. You can either feel deflated, or push on when you believe you need the help and that’s exactly what you’ve done for your daughter. Thank you so much for sharing! #WotW
I’m sorry to hear that Emma. I do agree the NHS is brilliant but there are issues and it’s a shame that patients have to fight for treatment. Mental health seems really lacking in help, you can get pushed around in circles and it’s no wonder the suicide rate is so high.xx
I’m sorry to hear that you and your daughter have both been poorly and that you had to fight to make sure you were listened to in A&E. Glad you have managed to get that appointment with the specialist brought forward and hope that seeing them will help. Hope next week is a better one for you x #WotW
I think I deserve a better week, I just hope they can help my daughter, although I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a struggle. xx
It annoys me when hospitals/Drs try and fob you off. Good on you for banging the table, sometimes it just needs to be done. Hope your daughter feels better soon xxx
Thank you, I find I will fight harder for my kids than I do for myself, I guess that’s natural. xx
Amazing how much power a single word can have.
Sorry for you are feeling wiped out but sometimes it just rest that is needed to help. Good for you for putting your foot down and glad you got somewhere with doing that Z #wotw
Aww! Bless you! It sounds like you have had a rough week. Your poor daughter too. That is great she is getting seen so soon. It is awful how the hospital find it so easy to fob you off. I hope she feels better soon, you too. x
Oh Anne my heart goes out to you, I find anyone who is not a diabetes specialist is useless for Jack and my GP is not even worth seeing for a diabetes issue as they have not got a clue. We are so lucky through that our diabetes team are outstanding and will move mountains for you. I so hope you get it sorted and you are feeling better sending love x
I’m glad you have a great diabetes team, that must be a relief. We have three members with unconventional issues and unless we are seeing a specialist it’s hopeless. Thanks x
I am full of admiration at the way you stuck to your guns. Go you. So glad it seems to have put you and your daughter on a path that looks hopeful too. Sorry you’ve had a bad few weeks. I could easily have used the word moody last week. I’m sure the season change is hitting everyone hard. I hope the appointment happens soon and you have a better week.