It feels like quite a long time since I last blogged but this morning there’s some spare time as I’ve finished the first round of chores earlier than usual because I got up at 6 0’clock.
Why? Because Whale had an appointment at the hospital at 8.30 but he had to be there 40 mnutes beforehand for an x-ray before seeing the consultant. This is a follow-up visit after a week in hospital with pleurisy.
The carers usually come to wash the men about 10.30 and their boss said it wouldn’t be possible for anyone to come before 7 so Francine, my neighbour who helps out with the two invalids offered to come and help me get him ready.
He still has a cough and gets short of breath easily so it seems they haven’t found the underlying cause,of his pleurisy despite daily x-rays when he was on the ward – plus an endoscopy via the nose which he found really uncomfortable.
The ambulance arrived at 7.20 just as Francine and I had finished dressing him and two cheerful ambulance men took him off in good time.
As for Bear, he is becoming more and more depressed with having to put up with bad eyesight (macular degeneration) and constant pain due to herniated discs and arthritis. Our doctor refuses to give him stronger painkillers (containing morphine) because he refuses to uses a commode or ‘bottle’ at night and she is afraid he could fall on the way to the loo. The only painkillers that are effective are anti-inflammatories and these are forbiddden due kidney damage so he is given codeine with paracetamol which he claims doesn’t help at all.
The pain specialist has tried various injections in his back but they play havoc with his diabetes and are not effective for very long so she sent him into hospital for a week last year to see if the experts there could find a solution. The only thing they proposed was an operation but the surgeon refused, saying it was too risky at his age (87) and, anyway, he couldn’t say that the pain would be much better afterwards.
So, you see, my patients aren’t getting any better.
Fortunately, i usually keep pretty well but after finding that I had to reach for the gaciscon frequently I decided to give up wheat. Surprisingly the effect was amazing. No more heartburn!
After a couple of weeks I thought I’d see if it really was due to wheat so I risked a bit of bread with some vegetable soup last night and, sure enough, the symptoms were back.
Oh dear, I really love bread, especially freshly baked baguettes but it looks as though I’ll have to find a gluten free version.