Friday, 17 May 2013

Life is Never Simple.





    The more observant of my readers may notice that I'm late posting. But as the title suggests, life is never simple.
    My wife and I are of 'senior years' so age and health matters feature highly in our declining years. My wife has had heart related problems for some time, a cause for considerable concern. Not helped when Paulette was examined and discharged by the hospital; the only person not knowing she had been discharged being my wife. Thus many weeks lost and many anxious moments suffered before a new 'opinion' as to the problem was reached. Paulette had a 'stent' fitted this week; hopefully better health beckons for Paulette at long last.
    I attended a 'pre-opp' examination for a knee replacement surgery recently. Only to find a mysterious heart murmur is making surgery a possible problem.
Two hospital visits later, intense examination of my heart completed and I should, I say should be at the hospital entrance at seven on the morning of the 21st of May. complete with nightshirt and slippers. (Will it be dark at such an ungodly hour?)
    Again it has been\still is a very fraught time. In all the coming and going it is impossible to gauge the state of the NHS. Paperwork, administration seems to be 'the be-all and end-all'. And I used to think computers would be the answer to all our problems! Nevertheless most of the people experienced at all stages have been magnificent and you can only judge at the end of the day by personal experience. (I am wary of scurrilous newspapers like the Express and the Mail whose personal agendas are unhelpful, political and often downright dangerous.)
    At times I have thought NHS stood for No Hope Sadly. Truth told we are lucky to have the NHS. I got the impression it is stretched beyond belief, for many, many reasons but boy oh boy. without it we are nothing. I have followers from all parts of the globe. I am all too aware not all are as lucky as we in this underrated isle.
    There is no doubt I personally would be long since gone if it were not for a nationalised health service, warts and all. I had a life saving operation when hours old and have continued in like manner ever since. Strangely enough, one thing I've never had is warts! My posting is likely to be erratic in future months. (I am also due another knee replacement in September.) Life is never easy and seldom mundane. If I'm more grumpy than usual, forgive me. Here's to a better summer and if not, cheer up, it will soon be Christmasf



17 comments:

CWMartin said...

You won't need NHS for warts. Cut a potato in half, rub one half on the warts, throw it over your shoulder without watching where it lands. Don't know if the superstition part is helpful, but the potatoe rub knocked out a handful of warts I had for a decade in two weeks.

Threw that in because it seems odd- from my perspective to hear someone give kind words to NHS after all I've read on BBC lately. It would be nice to have something that works that good here without the lies and corruption of Obamacare.

Hope all your exams come out okay.

Bitchy said...

I will just wish you and Paulette a safe and speedy recovery...And leave any thing about health care and my opions out.

VioletSky said...

It will not be dark at that ungodly hour.
Best wishes for speedy recoveries for both of you.

Valerie said...

My best wishes to you and Paulette. I do hope recovery is swift for bother of you. Yes, thank goodness for the NHS. Even though it is stretched beyond imagination it still works.

SueAnn Lommler said...

My prayers and best wishes to you both.....tough times require resilient people....you two are!! Never forget that!
I am facing a double knee replacement myself...we can do this....we march on.
Hugs
SueAnn

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Eddie Bluelights said...

Sorry to hear about the health issues, Ken. I think the NHS is wonderful and I am amazed people slate them so often. I know they helped my dear wife and I enormously but sadly I lost her recently after a 16 year battle with cancer.
Advancing years are sometimes difficult I know but I hope your knee replacement is successful. Remember I had a hip done three years ago and it is wonderful - I can walk quite normally.

Wishing you and your wife the very best ~ Eddie

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Star said...

Amen and hearty thanks for nationalized health service. I hope both of you feel better, soon.