Wednesday, 18 November 2009

HOME AGAIN

Yesterday morning the neurologist bought some students to see OG and during the session he blurted out "now that the drip has finished you can go home". It was like a bolt out of the blue and my emotions ranged from "thank goodness for that" to "help! now we will be on our own again." It's quite a scary prospect really because he is still so ill and helpless.

But, stiff British upper lip and all that, we prepared ourselves to leave, not quite believing what he had said. Luckilly our daughter was on her way to visit and happened to still have his "home" clothes in her car.

Early in the afternoon the neurologist popped up again to say "before you go today you will need to see the Liver Consultant because we have to get a liver biopsy date confirmed", Ah! knew there was a catch. I don't actually think that this elusive breed of individual really exists although OG did say that he had spoken to one last week. Mind you, OG was high on morphine at the time and I'm quite doubtful that this conversation really did happen.

So we sat around all afternoon, occasionally randomly accosting the odd doctor or two to check out the facts. Yes, we did have to wait for the Liver Consultant, and no we couldn't go until he had been. When he still hadn't arrived at 1830 I said to the nurse "There is no way that a Consultant is still in this hospital at this time of night unless he is here to see a private patient". She said, "Ah, you know them so well". We left.

So, now we are out in the community again at the mercy of our elusive GP and the District Nurse. I have arranged a "review meeting" with the GP next Monday, his earliest appointment, called the District Nurse and spoke to her voice mail and made an appointment with the oncologist on Friday week. Fingers crossed that everything goes OK.

On the bright side OG had a great night last night and has slept all morning. He is so much better here at home and I am more at ease with my basic nursing skills than most of the highly paid "professionals".

12 comments:

Maggie May said...

That is brilliant news. Hope OG continues to get better.
Seems to be a good day for me too! Some days are like that!

Nuts in May

Jay said...

Oh, good news! He will be much more comfortable at home with you, less stress, more peace, and he can breathe again. Sometimes we need to be in hospital, but we're usually emotionally and spiritually better off at home.

Good news that he's getting his liver biopsy, too. Sending you good thoughts and prayers that all goes well.

Retiredandcrazy said...

And brilliant news for you too Maggie.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Yes, I saw the difference in him immediately Jay.

aims said...

I'm so glad he is home. Nothing feels better some times than being at home - in your own bed - with someone you love looking after you instead of a sterile face with no name.

I'd be threatening to change credit card companies. That might change their tune a bit.

Thinking of you and yours. Congrats on the win! I bet the meal will be superb. You deserve it.

Anonymous said...

OG ALWAYS PREFERRED HOME TO ANYWHERE ELSE WILL EASE HIS MIND TO BE NEAR YOU AND AID RECOVERY. YOU KNOW THE CONTESSA HAS HIM ON PRAYER NETWORK AND WE CARE ABOUT YOU BOTH. WELL DONE VINNIE MUST TAKE AFTER U NO MEAN COOK. HUGS
EARLY DEMENTIA (OR DELAYED) CANT REMEMBER MY PASSWORD!!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I did threaten to move credit card companies aims. No response! They could care less.

Retiredandcrazy said...

OG does love being at home and needs me near him 24/7. It is a bit restricting but, with the help of good family and Tesco Online, it is a small price to pay for his peace of mind.

Retiredandcrazy said...

PS More info please on The Contessa on the Prayer Network.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

contessa dwells in ireland with pea in a pod and the network reaches .several hundreds of sincere people

Retiredandcrazy said...

Hi anonymous, I have been actually thinking of the contessa a lot lately. To my shame I haven't got around to ringing her yet. I will ring her today.