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> Grumpy Granny, The W.I. experience
junemc
post 8th Mar 2006, 08:21pm
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Please note the W.I. experience does not mean I have joined the Womans Institute (at least not yet). No... this is the Western Infirmary experience.
When you enter the accident and emergency, they very kindly have prepared you for a long wait, they now have a television screen, albeit high on the wall, for your entertainment. This is instead of watching for the neds having a fight or seeing who has the worst sore head. Do you know all I could think of...who the hell's got the remote control, this program is rubbish. Mind you, my daughter took me in at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and I didn't get into a ward until 1 o'clock the next morning. So I now know NHS stands for 'No Hurry Stupid, you should have known better' I finally got taken for an ECG at around 10.30pm. Mind you I thought it was a bit funny, other people were getting their names called and going in a certain door, never to be seen again. This other man and me were shouted on, and shown another door, beside the toilets. The girl said she was sorry but she would have to put me back in to A&E and wait for the Doctor. So there I was sitting with these blue sticky plasters on my body. Is this another use for Blue Tack? Anyway, they have wee arrows pointing in certain directions, now I'm sure the woman could tell, but me, no, all I could see was these wee arrows pointing to a freckle here, a booby there, a roll of fat here, a pound of lard there, not a pretty sight. But one of the best laughs was when I went for the scan to my lungs. You sit outside this room, with all the yellow and black warning signs that this area is nuclear something or other..beware. You meekly enter and get an injection of something that will probably light up Blackpool on a winters night, then you come out and wait for a porter. Meanwhile the woman gives me my notes folder, and you know me, wee nosey, I open it up, couldn't read the writing, so lift the tab for past history. Was just realising it was so many years since my hysterectomy, my appendix etc when this wee woman comes rushing over. Naughty, Naughty, she practically shouts and wags her finger at me. Me...for God's sake, at my age my notes should be, like a James Bond film,...For my eyes only. That is the worst thing about having no breath and/or voice, you cannot shout back at the numpties. Anyway the porter arrives, and is about to take me upstairs, I say that someone had my notes. Sure enough out this wee bachle comes, what has she done? Only put my notes in a large plain brown envelope, and sealed it to boot. I felt that maybe somewhere there was porno on my files that had escaped my notice or I had forgotten about. Some hope, I am no Abi Titmuss, more like Granny Titless.
This little footnote was for the cook in the office:
The food was not too bad, as it was prepared downstairs in the kitchens, but this little old lady called Janet in the opposite bed (she looked like a ninja turtle), but was very proper and schoolmarm like. Anyway she said her friend had been in the Royal recently for a knee replacement. What was on the menu?? Fried eggs and turnip!!! Mrs Gupta in the next bed, (see we had a wee G4 meeting going on), all very European, said all the meals for Hairmyers in East Kilbride came from Manchester, and took two to three days to arrive. At that moment the tea lady had been listening, and we found out that the meals for the Royal come from Wales. So they must think a fried egg and turnip is some Scots delicacy that we are desperate for. Give that to them on Thursday for the management lunch, and see the reaction, Go on.. Go on...
Hope this has made someone smile, you couldn't dream this up, it can only happen in Glasgow.
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post 8th Mar 2006, 11:51pm
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Sadly it is the same here. As I was reading your post I thought wow that could have been last night at work. We had 8 patient's sitting in stretcher's in the hallway that had not been seen by a Dr. and were under the babysitting care of paramedics that were meant on the street. Since there were 8, it requierd 2 crews to babysit these patients. Which meant 4 paramedics babysitting because all we do is take vital signs and sit there. Which then means, 2 less ambulances to be on the street, and we already are short. The government here has put a new spin on it though for the media, we don't have a lack of staff, we're under resourced. Some of the patient's had been in these hallway beds for 2 days and had been looked after by multiple crews, because we rotate. The nurses put us on ignore mode too. Never mind that they don't think that the poor patient's have been their for days and not thought to order them a meal. It's shameful. But, it seems to be world wide. sad.gif
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post 9th Mar 2006, 11:33am
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What a great post Junemc so very Glasgow, with dry cynical humour .Noo of most concern , are you allright hen !!! hope you have recovered from whatever it is you went into the hoaspital wi. biggrin.gif


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post 9th Mar 2006, 06:31pm
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Poor June probably cannae remember Jimmy she's been waitin that long laugh.gif
Good story June, thank God for Humour right enuf.

Seems to be the world over right enough Tammy, I took no well a few years ago and the Ambulance crew had to sit with me in a corridor for seven hours, I was mortified because by this time I was feelin okay and felt as if I was abusing their time.
Mind you they didnae seem bothered at all, told me they couldnae leave me until a Nurse took over, and since this was in the height of SARS here, there wisnae a lot of spare staff on, if there IS such a thing as spare staff.

The three of us ended up huvin a wee pikanick, jist emptied wur poakets an goat sweeties an stuff fae the machines oan the wa'.

Ah banged intae them a year later at a Downtown Hospital when ah wis visitin ma pal, wis goin intae park an they were comin oot oan Duty, we aw recognised each other and had a wee blether then the honkin started ahint me an ahd tae move oan.
Nice guys so they were, good laugh.....ye's do a grand job Tammy.


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stuarty
post 9th Mar 2006, 08:37pm
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oh yes i remember it well a was sitting sunning my loveley blue skin in majorca and woosh hour later rushed awy in an ambulance have u insurane yes ok the no more english it was intesive care and bloods no booze ok very ill going into confusion photies were loverly went right throuh my outside body and a sees awe thees skeletons a knew the food wes bad but a was bones no skin just bone all alone on my own some mate that was pull somboy left me in clinic famenca and intensive fear and heart was failing oh a will never sunbathe again and get me oot oh no another 8 days of se se and manyana and a want food you feed through tube who u calling a tube no madam food tube all a wanted was a chip buttie and a cup of tea oh no madam no drink tube a want a drink a tea no se no by mouth oh help then next day a met a lovley couple as a had some blood flu oh it was called heimophelius influenza the english speaking lieasion officer a wee angel in the land of no speek eenglish am scottish no english you live in england se aye but am scottish so off commes all the drips and only one drip left oh and then no fumer bum a coulny have a fag what is ihts hellhole hospital still managed to get a fag and dr caught me took fag and sent me to bed and a was dispondant still dooddooo my newcastle frirnds saved the day he was tired and his wee wife came to my atd she would light a fag up and a would smoke it bad as a was dying they said no safe to fly so my brothers in arms from newcastle we stood united and then a needed my 600 dutyfrees lol
so a gets them and then next day hospital and i parted in style a had club class britishairways home nurse and door to door first class treatment thank god for 6quid extra on my free insurance and paid to be ill a can honestly say thanks to the spanish dr who saved my life and thanks to the allies from new castle and the wee wummin in my time of need when a wanted a fag still a have never gone away abroad am just totally glad of the speed spanish mad drivers that got me to the hospital on time and bye bye to the pal who is now billy no mates for the dessertion in my time of need a dont smoke and a hope a wont cause you dont know your nearly ying untill it is happening and if u are ill be ill in spain aslong as u have insurance ok peeps and touch wood am staying oot of the hospitals as the next time am invited will be for a lung transplant so am staying put thanks all being well am going to westcountry scotland atleast 3times this year and a will go to headcorn in kent so am waiting to see what the next journey will take me am sitting talking to the world via my wee pooter wub.gif


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post 9th Mar 2006, 09:07pm
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laugh.gif That wis some story Stuarty!


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post 10th Mar 2006, 03:32am
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and all of that was true by the way am glad a gave up smoking over 3years and it is 1day at a time wub.gif


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post 10th Mar 2006, 04:12am
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Catherine, no spare staff and no spare ambulances either. Just pray there never is a big disaster because we aren't ready for it. Trust you to have a picninc and make it a big visit! LOL!

Stuarty we are all glad you are here with us today to tell us all your stories!

As for the hospital waits, they seem to get longer everyday. People are getting older too so the health care is not working so well and I think that is part of the problem world wide. Hmm...getting older is that politically correct? How about people are living longer. lol!

My favourite questiongs though are from the emergency nurses when we arrive.... "why did you guys come here?" Our reply..."gee we must have got confused by the big "H" outside and the big red sign that said emergency hospital, what were we thinking? I guess we should have went to the holiday inn." Or " wellthey specifically asked us to bring them here to see you because they heard you were so damn nice and warm and fuzzy!". I had one cranky RN in fits of laughter after I said that one night. He said "what do I say to that!" Or "if we let you have a bed, you'll just go out and bring more back". Yup! But, we don't go looking for them, they call us! Just a little insight into my crazy job. Now where is my Ativan????? laugh.gif
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