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9 hours ago, High Jetter said:

GP maybe 6 weeks wait. A&E 6 hours wait. Your (NHS) choice

Gp same day if you turn up as they open ( never get thru on phone)

Last time did a and e 14 hours

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Sitting and waiting for to go to the dentist later I'm dreading this I need several teeth pulled to fix this so I hope the dentist will agree to this and get it done today.

Dad is still in hospital, they have found out that the infection is in the knee, they have drained the leg of fluid as it was very swollen and operated on him to remove inflammation in the knee. They still don't know what caused this. And it happened suddenly without any warning, something that is terrifying.

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47 minutes ago, hairnet said:

 

Last time did a and e 14 hours

This really makes me appreciate Romanian health system. I stepped on a nail while cutting the grass behind the house, and it vent about 3-4 centimeters in. A proper rusty one. So I hopped in the car and drove myself to the county hospital, where I went trough patient triage. It's been just a bit more than an hour door to door visit, and this was in a poor county.

While sitting in the waiting room I noticed a poster on the wall, defining the maximum waiting times: for a red code - 0 minutes. For a yellow code - 15 minutes. For a green code - up to an hour. For blue code - maximum of two hours wait. And for white code (I guess anything minor) the maximum wait time is 4 hours.

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13 minutes ago, TataBobu said:

This really makes me appreciate Romanian health system. I stepped on a nail while cutting the grass behind the house, and it vent about 3-4 centimeters in. A proper rusty one. So I hopped in the car and drove myself to the county hospital, where I went trough patient triage. It's been just a bit more than an hour door to door visit, and this was in a poor county.

While sitting in the waiting room I noticed a poster on the wall, defining the maximum waiting times: for a red code - 0 minutes. For a yellow code - 15 minutes. For a green code - up to an hour. For blue code - maximum of two hours wait. And for white code (I guess anything minor) the maximum wait time is 4 hours.

We had max 4 hours, then we voted in Tory governments for 15 years and now as above it can be 12, people are being treated in corridors or held in ambulances outside for hours meaning it takes hours to even get an ambulance.. anyway don't get me started.

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It's even worse with mental health provision.  Even ten years ago when I used to work in that field, the local crisis team weren't interested, so the Police had to turn up.  We had one individual threatening suicide (equipped with the means) that we had to hold up in our offices for four hours before anybody would even consider seeing them from the crisis team - and only then because we sent through numerous faxes which they couldn't refute the validity of.  The crisis team were three minutes away on foot. 

Yes, they would only accept a fax.  Emails weren't good enough.  And we knew them better than most as we were a local mental health services provider.  Goodness knows what a regular member of the public would have experienced.

The Police were generally very good but we hated having to call them because responding to a crisis really shouldn't have landed in their laps.

And that was a decade ago before it got really bad.

 

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1 hour ago, Floatylight said:

We had max 4 hours, then we voted in Tory governments for 15 years and now as above it can be 12, people are being treated in corridors or held in ambulances outside for hours meaning it takes hours to even get an ambulance.. anyway don't get me started.

I bet the time clock doesn’t actually start until those in ambulances actually enter the hospital. 

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6 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

I bet the time clock doesn’t actually start until those in ambulances actually enter the hospital. 

Correct, it's not unusual for ambulance staff to start there shift relieving another crew with a patient at the hospital door, then not moving for their entire shift.

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21 hours ago, cobblers said:

I was strimming the garden on sunday and I nailed a sun ripened cat shit. It nearly made me sick, but luckily none* went on me, I checked!

About 20 minutes later I wiped the sweat off my brow. Not long after I could smell shit again, big time.

I'd have paid £43.99 (or more) for it to be Graphite grease smeared all over my forehead and nose.

Could have been worse, something like a stone. I dress up with visa and specialist working bib thing. No damage to me because  of them. Have broken a side window on the estate car through.

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As mentioned the other day I swapped my winter wheels over to the summers at the weekend, when doing it I noticed a nail in the shoulder of one of the winter tyres. Doing a few errands yesterday I was cruising down the A50 when I felt and heard the unmistakable sound of a flat tyre, FFS, yep one of the summers had a nail in the shoulder too. I was only about a mile away from an emergency layby so pulled over and popped the spare on.

While doing this with trucks driving what felt like inches away from me the bolt that holds the spare wheel cradle up decided to snap, oh great what a cunt. Fortunately I keep a breaker bar in the van and managed to lever the cradle over and get the spare down.

Spare wheel of shame.

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Gaffer tape holding the spare wheel cradle back up.

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I wonder if its a coincidence getting two nail punctures, both in the sidewall, in quick succession or have I upset somebody?

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I rarely get bitten by midges which is fortunate as I live in Scotland.  However I was out in my garden at the weekend enjoying the sun and ended up being bitten by something 9 times (I counted).

Anyway come yesterday, one on top of my left foot is becoming very inflamed. My wife advised me to go to the pharmacy and it was lucky I did because I apparenlty have sepsis . Come the end of yesterday, my foot has swollen up and it feels like what I can only describe as someone rubbing hot chilli powder and itching powder into my foot and then pricking it with a thousand needles. Agony. 

It's worse this morning so hopefully the antibiotics start to clear it soon.

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12 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

I rarely get bitten by midges which is fortunate as I live in Scotland.  However I was out in my garden at the weekend enjoying the sun and ended up being bitten by something 9 times (I counted).

Anyway come yesterday, one on top of my left foot is becoming very inflamed. My wife advised me to go to the pharmacy and it was lucky I did because I apparenlty have sepsis . Come the end of yesterday, my foot has swollen up and it feels like what I can only describe as someone rubbing hot chilli powder and itching powder into my foot and then pricking it with a thousand needles. Agony. 

It's worse this morning so hopefully the antibiotics start to clear it soon.

Holy shit that’s scary! I hope you see rapid improvement very quickly.

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13 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

I rarely get bitten by midges which is fortunate as I live in Scotland.  However I was out in my garden at the weekend enjoying the sun and ended up being bitten by something 9 times (I counted).

Anyway come yesterday, one on top of my left foot is becoming very inflamed. My wife advised me to go to the pharmacy and it was lucky I did because I apparenlty have sepsis . Come the end of yesterday, my foot has swollen up and it feels like what I can only describe as someone rubbing hot chilli powder and itching powder into my foot and then pricking it with a thousand needles. Agony. 

It's worse this morning so hopefully the antibiotics start to clear it soon.

A spider?

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Nowhere near as dramatic or worrying but three years ago I was bitten while gardening, no idea what it was that did the biting but noticed a swollen red spot on my calf, didn't attach any significance to it, but then there was a rash around it, itchy and stingy, that spread and moved to the other calf, then continued upwards until it eventually reached my ears.  Tried all sorts of home remedies but eye of frog and tail of newt are largely ineffective.  I did shower several times a day and used either Pears soap, Wrights Coal Tar soap and Octenisan,

I slowly reduced but is still there slightly.  The thing that controls it is Carbolic soap from the apothecary at Beamish Museum.

Should go/have gone to see a doctor but it seemed to trivial to bother anyone about.

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24 minutes ago, myglaren said:

Nowhere near as dramatic or worrying but three years ago I was bitten while gardening, no idea what it was that did the biting but noticed a swollen red spot on my calf, didn't attach any significance to it, but then there was a rash around it, itchy and stingy, that spread and moved to the other calf, then continued upwards until it eventually reached my ears.  Tried all sorts of home remedies but eye of frog and tail of newt are largely ineffective.  I did shower several times a day and used either Pears soap, Wrights Coal Tar soap and Octenisan,

I slowly reduced but is still there slightly.  The thing that controls it is Carbolic soap from the apothecary at Beamish Museum.

Should go/have gone to see a doctor but it seemed to trivial to bother anyone about.

Antihistamines and get it looked at maybe? Seems a long time to still be having problems, so worth getting checked I’d say.

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I have some antihistamines prescribed by a pharmacist but haven't opened them yet as I can't afford to be tired.

I did try some others but they had no effect whatsoever, as with most medication.

Haven't seen a doctor in eleven years.

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19 minutes ago, myglaren said:

I have some antihistamines prescribed by a pharmacist but haven't opened them yet as I can't afford to be tired.

I did try some others but they had no effect whatsoever, as with most medication.

Haven't seen a doctor in eleven years.

I have been a doctor dodger for many years too but have to take antihistamines often now for prickly heat and have never found them to cause drowsiness but I’ve only taken ones containing Cetirizine Hydrochloride. Cheap supermarket brands though, not fucking Piriteze at several times the price for the same thing!

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Don't wish to sound dramatic, but my father was like you until he finally plucked up courage to go over large weight loss problems passing  solids.

Would have been an easy fix, at worst a colostomy bag.

Hed got cancer of the colon , was to far advanced gone in 3 months , didn't really show until undressed he was 3 stone underweight & looked like someone from a concentration camp.

He was 62. Never smoked, etc.

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Dad is still in the hospital. It is terrifying that suddenly he became really unwell and his right leg swollen to twice its size. They still don't know what caused this. But hopefully he won't need more surgery on his knee.

He has been transferred to the nearest hospital and I visited him today. And it's hell, the hospital is understaffed, so those who work there are overworked and stressed, so no wonder we have so many mistakes that happen in hospitals. And the building is old and run down and dirty and reminiscent of something from the 3rd world. I could probably take 100 photos like the one below when I was there today. So my experience with Norwegian hospitals is still the same as always.IMG_20240517_090437_446.jpg.9ee914fa4065e14124e22bc25808ead2.jpg

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I am now in hospital too. A sturdy 4 grams of antibiotics was 'not winning' against the infection in my foot according to the doctor. It's doing mad things, blistering, swelling, varying and changing areas of redness. 

So I was sent up ASAP. I thought I would not have to see the inside of a hospital so soon again after my dad passed a couple of months ago.

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49 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

I am now in hospital too.

Whoa, sorry to hear that escalated so fast - at least you're somewhere where you can be monitored and treated?

Sepsis is horrible, but hopefully you'll get sorted fast and on the mend very soon.

Sending good wishes your way, dude.

Take care, all!

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