Thursday, 8 July 2021


My car should be ready today but I can't get a lift to collect it until Saturday.

I think I'm going to leave it on DD2's drive once I get it back, hopefully it will be safer there. I'd rather just sell it, I'm giving up driving in November so it's not really worth keeping it. I just need to convince Steve! He needs me to keep driving so I can take him for his blood tests and collect his prescription.

In response to some of the comments.

We can't change Drs as we are classed as No Fixed Abode, we have been with our current surgery for 15 years and they agreed to keep us on their books. Our only other option would be to change to The Drs in DD1's village but we have no way of getting there.

The last time I contacted the practice manager it was to complain about being diagnosed as diabetic. I am not diabetic and know enough about the readings the Dr was quoting to know it was bullshit. He was pushing the Cambridge diet, his wife was a Cambridge Consultant, I complained and received a very shitty reply from the Dr concerned. He has since left the surgery.

I know that Drs have been told to offer more f2f consultations but most still aren't.

Steve's symptoms aren't new, they are from his stroke, as for depression, the surgery are aware of it but there is no cure for that or his anxiety. Hence the "Go away and live with it" reply, as Lame Wolf says, she was given the same response as many others have been. 

When Steve first left hospital I was assured that there would be lots of help available. There wasn't, we had six weeks of daily  visits from the early discharge team but nothing else. The local stroke club meant I got a couple of hours break every week but that closed once the pandemic hit.

Steve has good days and bad, I try to ensure we do a little as possible on bad days. In three weeks time we will be travelling with friends which will make things easier.


kate steeper said...

we have had an interesting hospital and GP week , other half it seems is miraculously cured of his aneurism , so you ask the question Why is he so breathless ? They shrug and wave you goodbye ..beggers belief

lindsey said...

I have so much sympathy for you and Steve. I have fractured my spine but no GP willl see a patient. They are very nice on the telephone but it’s not the same as having a face to face consultation. The receptionists at my surgery (in Bangor, NI) are the rudest you could ever meet. These ladies would not be employed by M & S. it is a complete joke giving the NHS medals. Apart from the treatment that they dole (sight unseen) out is a disgrace. I say that as a nurse of 40 years.

TrishWish said...

We have been following a YouTube couple living on a UK canals with a cafe boat. They are now expecting and covered the difficulty of medical care like yourselves. When we watched we were discussing how if you don't follow a "normal" life pattern in UK you fall outside of services very easily and quickly. With regards to car I have put forward an argument to my hubby that the annual costs and investment equals an awful lot of taxi/Uber journeys if we don't fancy using free bus passes.

Moved again

We had no wifi at our last mooring spot so I couldn't post. It was a lovely spot and we were near people we know so Beano had a catch-up...