Posted: 12/07/2013 at 09:17
Morning all. Quick visit. SIL waited for an ambulance for 3 and a half hours because the first request was sent to the wrong health authority and was passed on to a second one, which did not exactly rush. Request was passed from Carmarthen to Cardiff to Barry. This was after dialliing 999! 'First response team', which aims to arrive in seven minutes, had a half-hour journey!
She was taken into hospital and will be sent to the cancer hospital today. She's 84 and therefore blocking up the system, of course. She gets good treatment but seems to have to wait a very long time for everything. She's iin fairly good spirits - a tough old bird.
Thanks from the heart to everyone for your good wishes. We are going on our hol because another brother and SIL, with whom she lives, are now available and we will be able to travel to see her. Her sister, aged 80, has dementia and is oblivious to it all. She's the one we take the main responsibility for, usually.
Old age is great in many ways - experience, time to do what one likes and socialise and do one's bit for others - but extreme old age is not always so wonderful.
Glad all has worked out fairly well, TT. Hope you got your decent night's sleep. As you say, NHS is under a lot of pressure and in a worrying state.
Well, after all that gloom, may I wish a good week to everyone! Don't think I'll have much internet access this week, and I'm not good at using my phone to get on websites- it seems so slow! Have watered the garden, bade a fond farewell to the plants (!) and am just hoping everything will survive til we come back. Lots of new planting in this hopt dry weather is not the best idea in the world. Nobody's fault but mine!