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Just found this post and there are a lot of comments so have read none of them yet!! I have been away and will be going back again very soon. Its bliss!
Hope things are going well and I just thought i would let you know that we are with you even if i am away and can not get on line as much now.
I have noticed a load of aphids about now and it is a bit of a shock as there was loads of ladybirds about weeks ago?
The new seeds (planted outside in the beds are hard to distinguish between the weeds! and i thought i was good at identifying weeds. We will just have to see.
Its the main growing and rejuvenation season now, so i hope you will join us. Let us know if you need any help with things, wont you?
This sowing seeds into bare ground is new to me (apart from veg for show) so i hope your wisdom pays off. Looks good so far. I'm amazed at how fast seeds germinate when the conditions are right.
Remember its cold up North!! (was) so we are later than others.
Hi Mike sorry haven't posted earlier. So glad to hear you are doing well, keep on at the hospital or your GP about the pain they must give you something stronger, at least till you start to heal internally. Keep posting and keep well
Mike - bless you I know the catheter is grim, my Pa has had one for over 4 years. It'll soon be out and you'll be feeling much more like yourself. Try to look forward to sitting out in your garden and enjoying the summer - if you can relax the pain will ease.
Some of us are going to Bressingham Gardens today so I'll post some pictures this evening. I'll have an ice cream on your behalf - I'm so kind
Thinking of you ((hugs))
Oh dear, sounds awful. I hope you manage to get a night's rest. Perhaps you need antibiotics, could be an infection. Go to A&E tomorrow. When I was a nurse I don't remember men saying it hurt that much, perhaps they were putting on a brave face. I've removed catheters and no one even said "ow".
Keep strong Mike
Thinking of you Mike. It does sound like it might be an infection. Get to the doctors or A&E as soon as you can, or call the doctor out if the thought of the journey is too much. Hope you get a good nights rest at least.
Thinking of you this morning Mike and hoping you're ok ((hugs))
Mike - please get some attention for that. My Dad suffered in silence with a broken arm after taking a tumble in the bathroom, and despite me telling him I'd come and take him to get it looked at he kept playing it down as just being 'a little bit sore'. When I came round two days after it had happened I couldn't believe the state of it. He was frightened of having to go to hospital and leave my Mum. Fiercely independent.
Don't be a hero - it doesn't sound right
Just a thought - can you phone your surgery and ask the Practice Nurse for advice - tell her how much pain you're in.
Mike, so sorry that you're in such pain. I'd agree with Bal, and if you can't face travelling in the car to A&E, ask your GP for a home visit. It sounds like an infection to me, my brother-in-law has experienced the same problem when the catheter needs to be changed. Don't delay. Hope to hear that you're feeling better very soon..
Some good advice there Mike.
Good morning, Mike
For what it's worth (ie me not being a medical bod) I have to agree with others saying you should let the medical professionals know you are in so much pain. Unfortunately, they aren't going to be asking you how you're doing and you have to shout loud to the get the attention you need these days. I know this from recent experience with my mum who has been back and forth to the hospital / GP for months. Please, please see someone who can help. You're in my thoughts. x
Firstly - don't try pulling it out yourself tempting though it might be - if its attached itself to a clot or such like it will create an awful mess and pain. Much better to let the nurses do it and then they can be on hand to mop up anything unexpected. I'm sure the chances of that happening are tiny but the last thing we want is for you to take any risks. Now they don't normally hurt but we can all imagine that while you were under the doctors were less than gentle with all the tugging and shoving making sure they got all the cancer out so its no surprise you're going to be bruised all over. But they really ought have given you something a little stronger than paracetamol to take as required.
Secondly - get yourself off to A&E if you think you're up to the car journey. Yes I know we don't like to bother the nurses with such minor things but believe me they're used to it and would rather treat you, a polite gentleman left high and dry by the NHS now desperate for help than a drunk who thinks its his right to get as pissed as a fart, fall over banging his head, and assault a nurse because she wouldn't let him keep hold of the vodka bottle.
Unfortunately A&E tend to have to look after the likes of you a lot as paperwork gets lost and appointments slip. A friend who works in A&E has told me this I am fortunate not to have to experience it. A&E will either sort you out there and then (especially if you just want it removing) or get you booked in the system (again) and push you up to the right department to get you treated.Once you're in the system there'll be a nurse ready to fight your battle and make sure you get the treatment you need.
Thirdly - if you can't face the journey phone your GP and tell them that unless they can get out to see you TODAY than you will have to call an ambulance. Make it your GPs responsibility to either treat you or have you taken to A&E. This way when you call for an ambulance (don't worry they wont be flashing blue lights over in three minutes jobby they respond as appropriate so you may have to wait a while as a "low priority" case - use the 112 number) both the person taking the call and the paramedics who arrive will be aware that you've been abandoned and been forced to do this and if they're anything like my friends will be swearing bloody murder at the people who have left you like this. I had a trip to hospital in an ambulance after an operation went wrong several years ago - I just couldn't sit up long enough to survive the car journey without passing out after a few minutes (my spinal fluid was leaking out the hole they'd made) . The chaps who looked after me were so kind to me and told me that they weren't on 999 calls they were a dedicated team picking patients up their homes / GPs to be taken to hospital.
Fourthly - a cotton bud with a little diluted TCP is quite helpful for cleaning up around your spout / catheter interaction point and might help keep it clean so any infection can't develop. I find a cotton bud gives you a little better griping point so you can be very gentle.
Oh Mike you should see my blood pressure seeing you struggle like this. I wish I lived close enough to be shouting down the telephone on your behalf.