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On Caring For Mum (Sylvia)


Me and Sylvia (Mum} at Christmas last year

Me and Sylvia (Mum} at Christmas last year

Hi Folks!

I would like to say to you before you read this that I think it is common courtesy that you either leave a comment of your views/opinions or likes/dislikes. it’s called FEEDBACK.

How can I/this winging moron know what your views are?

It’s been many months since my last blog because I’ve had other important priorities to deal with including moving house and opening up a High street shop in Chorley, but most importantly my 91 year old mother’s health.

Update

Mum is now 93 and still going strong. She goes for her daily walk along our local High street for about 20 minutes.

I am her registered Carer and she has not been well. It was discovered that she had a rare muscle cancer (we first had to discover what the epithelioid mesothelioma was, though) on her forearm and she was due to have a series of biopsies on it. Days before they were due she had a fall and broke the same forearm just above the wrist. As a result she was in a plaster cast for six weeks before the biopsies could be done.

Update

After numerous x-rays and MRI scans she was advised to undergo radiotherapy because she was too old and frail for chemotherapy.

In the UK, anyone who is over the age of 50 years is not generally advised to have chemotherapy because the side effects can actually do more harm than good!

My mother finished a  schedule of sixteen treatments of radiotherapy at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at The Royal Preston Hospital and the prognosis was favourable as the lump had decreased in size considerably and she is now awaiting a review. I will keep you posted. I would however like to express my thanks and gratitude to all the staff including the Ambulance and Volunteer Drivers and also the Radiotherapy staff at the Rosemere Cancer Centre.

Update

Since my last blog concerning mum she has had a further 15 sessions of radiotherapy because the lump grew in size. The treatment seemed to reduce the lump again but 12 months down the line another lump has appeared which is very painful for her.

Tomorrow 5 Nov 2015 she has an appointment at Rosemere  Royal Preston Hospital. She will then begin a further 15 radiotherapy sessions. Thankfully the new lump is smaller than the previous one, so fingers crossed that the treatment works.

I can empathise with all Carers of elderly relatives – they must save the Government millions of pounds whilst they only receive a pittance  in comparison to the actual cost of nursing or residential care. The “FAT CATS” sit on “millionaire row” in the Cabinet and haven’t got a clue with the exception of David Cameron who (sadly) did have a disabled son, but then again, he didn’t have to manage solely on a state pension and Carer’s Allowance!

Before I close I will say that I am totally committed to the health and welfare of Sylvia (My Mum). She will never be put into care whilst I am alive.

I do not know the details of the Blairs (ex Prime Minister) and his wife Cherie but I remember recently hearing that the mother of one of them was being placed in some kind of residential care. Surely with their reputed MILLIONS they could have afforded a granny flat within their home so they could be within close contact on a daily basis, therefore putting her mind at rest and hopefully prolonging her quality of life.

Why is it easier to farm elderly parents out to care when they can be looked after at home with their family, when after all they brought their kids up, and it is now the turn of the grown up kids to step up to the plate and accept being responsible  for their future care.

Mum has a lovely carer called Angie who takes her out for 3 hours shopping and going down the local Astley Park each Thursday which we pay for. Sadly she has had to miss the last 2 Thursdays because of her appointments.

Thursday 5 Nov update.

Mum has been to Rosemere for further scans as recommended by Cancer Specialist  Dr. Parihk who recommends a 3rd session of radiotherapy beginning next Wednesday 11Nov and will consist of 15 consecutive sessions excluding weekends.

Monday 23 Nov update

Sylvia has just had her first session of radiotherapy which is ongoing for another 14 treatments.

My thanks go out to all the staff who do such a wonderful job in caring for their patients. One in particular was a nurse who noticed a patient in a wheelchair with his head slumped and with an oxygen mask on. She asked him if he was ok and he told her he was just fed up of waiting for transport to take him home. She offered to arrange some food and drink but he declined. At least she noticed and cared enough for him. It’s just a pity that he had been waiting over 2 hours for transport.

My next comment is not directly aimed at the transport/appointments departments but there has to be better organisation from management.

One drawback from using transport run by the NHS is that the patient is required to be ready for pickup approximately 90 minutes prior to their appointment and can be as early as 8:30am. We tried the system but decided to make alternative arrangements because at Mums’ age she was getting ready  at 7:30am which is an unreasonable time to have to get ready and then sit for the next 90 minutes with her coat on not knowing when she was going. I suggested that the drivers should have the patients phone number on their pickup sheet so that they could phone maybe 10 minutes ahead to let them prepare themselves but I was told that it wasn’t feasible.

I’m aware that the appointments department has a difficult job but surely it’s the patients care which comes first.

Is the appointments/transport department undoing the great work of Rosemere Cancer Clinic?

Surely the management can finetune their system for the patients and not for how easy it is for them.

That’s all for now so take care

Old Git Jimbo

PS. Sadly I’m still a fan of both Blackburn Rovers and Chorley Magpies.

Someone has to be. Let’s see what Rovers’ new manager Paul Lambert can do and if he can get on with ‘chicken farmers’ the Venkies cos no one else has.

 

NHS COMPLAINT and PRAISE


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Hi Guys

Obviously you’re on my blog @ www.miteamshirts.com .Our website addresses are  www.mits-online.co.uk  or www.myteamshirts.co.uk . Our e-mail address is info@mits-online.co.uk  I would like to know wether you enjoy reading a particular blog or not.The best way you can tell me is by replying and making your comment .I will try to make it easier for you .In the next few lines below you will see some text that you can just COPY and PASTE  and put into your REPLY/COMMENT.

Hi Jimbo, I’ts (YOUR NAME) here and I agree/don’t agree with some some of your comments. This is my opinion etc, etc. (YOUR COMMENT).

That’s all you have to do. Just delete the words that aren’t relevant in your view.

From my last blog praising the staff at Preston Royal Hospital, I have received good and bad responses.

I am giving two responses here, and each has…

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NHS PRESTON ROYAL HOSPITAL’S GREAT STAFF


Old Git Jimbo miteamshirts

Hi Guys

Obviously you’re on my blog @ www.miteamshirts.com .Our website addresses are  www.mits-online.co.uk  or www.myteamshirts.co.uk . Our e-mail address is info@mits-online.co.uk
I would like to know wether you enjoy reading a particular blog or not.
The best way you can tell me is by replying and making your comment.
I will try to make it easier for you.
In the next few lines below you will see some text that you can just COPY and PASTE  and put into your REPLY/COMMENT.
Hi Jimbo, I’ts (YOUR NAME) here and I agree/don’t agree with some some of your comments. This is my opinion etc, etc. (YOUR COMMENT).
That’s all you have to do. Just delete the words that aren’t relevant in your view.
  It’s been a  massive personal day for me today.

I had an appointment at Preston Royal Hospital and my thanks to business partner Chrissie for driving me there and waiting 3 hours til…

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NHS COMPLAINT and PRAISE


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Would you buy a shirt off this 'Old Git?

Hi Guys

Obviously you’re on my blog @ www.miteamshirts.com .Our website addresses are  www.mits-online.co.uk  or www.myteamshirts.co.uk . Our e-mail address is info@mits-online.co.uk  I would like to know wether you enjoy reading a particular blog or not.The best way you can tell me is by replying and making your comment .I will try to make it easier for you .In the next few lines below you will see some text that you can just COPY and PASTE  and put into your REPLY/COMMENT.

Hi Jimbo, I’ts (YOUR NAME) here and I agree/don’t agree with some some of your comments. This is my opinion etc, etc. (YOUR COMMENT).

That’s all you have to do. Just delete the words that aren’t relevant in your view.

From my last blog praising the staff at Preston Royal Hospital, I have received good and bad responses.

I am giving two responses here, and each has their own views after reading my blog.

Firstly a bad and honest comment  from a facebook friend and the experience her mother had recently.

Hi Jimbo

Sorry to hear u’ve not bin well. Hope your  bettter soon, but oh my god u’ve got it SO WRONG about staff at RPH. What a complete waste of space they are. My Mum was stuck in there for a week before Xmas and they did naff all for her.  I wouldn’t mind but she’s a Senior Staff Nurse herself at another hospital. She would have got better treatment if she had treated herself. They even turned round to her and said they hadn’t time to put her cannuela in. PATHETIC!!!

Now another view from another facebook friend who had breast cancer and had to have a mascectomy over two years ago. Infact I was with her and her friends who celebrated her recovery after those terrible and life threatening two years.

Hi Jimbo

I have to agree about the staff there at PRH and at Chorley Hospital.

The treatment and professional courtesy and sensitivity I received from all the staff and still do  is second to none . Who knows where I would be without them? A great big thank you from me too!

So you see there is very good experiences and a very bad one.

I wrote my blog from my personal experience.

That’s all I can say.

Tell me of your experience, and I will include it in my blogs. You can stay anonymous as the two people who’s views and comments you have just read.

Until the next blog, take care and the ‘BEST of HEALTH’.

‘Old Git’ Jimbo

NHS PRESTON ROYAL HOSPITAL’S GREAT STAFF


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Would you buy a shirt off this 'Old Git?

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I will try to make it easier for you.
In the next few lines below you will see some text that you can just COPY and PASTE  and put into your REPLY/COMMENT.
Hi Jimbo, I’ts (YOUR NAME) here and I agree/don’t agree with some some of your comments. This is my opinion etc, etc. (YOUR COMMENT).
That’s all you have to do. Just delete the words that aren’t relevant in your view.
  It’s been a  massive personal day for me today.

I had an appointment at Preston Royal Hospital and my thanks to business partner Chrissie for driving me there and waiting 3 hours til I was finished.

Firstly at the Blood Test Clinic and then the Cardio Vascular Assessment Dept. I hope I’ve got that right.

I had to provide a urine sample but I had to ask for a sample bottle which the male nurse at the blood clinic gladly provided and my thanks to him. For those of you who hate needles, I suggest you stop worrying because I hardly felt a thing, thanks to the expertise of the nurse. I just wish I had been more observant of all the name/title badges so I could give my personal thanks by name to the staff who I was involved with in my excellent treatment.

I do say to any of you that have had an experience, good or bad, to pass on your feelings and experiences. How else are all these very professional people to know if they are providing a good or bad service. Theirs’ is not just a ‘job’, it’s a vocation, otherwise why would they put up/tolerate us ‘numpties’.

I spent 3 hours at the hospital, and I only have immense praise for the staff, Senior Nurse Melissa Hughes, Nurse Linda and Student Nurse Mark, (I hope I have your names and work titles correct) who looked after me and took lots of tests and diagnoses. I have been diagnosed with Intermittent Claudication.

What is Intermittent Claudication?

It is related to the symptons caused by obstructions in the arteries of the legs ( sometimes called atherosclerosis or ‘hardening of the arteries’ ). These obstructions prevent enough blood from reaching your leg muscles as you exercise or walk. Without adequate blood flow, the muscles are starved of oxygen and this causes pain. When you rest, your muscles are not working as hard and require less blood flow, so the pain goes away. So there you go, you’re as wise as me now.

They had me on the treadmill (well I was on it, not them), lol and I thank them for their patience.

I’ve had problems recently in walking approx 250 yards and then my left calf would cramp and literally sieze up and I had to stop and rest til the agonising  pain subsided. The symptoms where highly irregular for me.

I have always kept myself fit, tho being a lifetime smoker til recently hasn’t helped me. I have almost stopped now and only smoke when I go out for a pint. I am gonna quit because this is a wake up call.

Prior to my appointment I received a phone call at home on Thursday from the appointments department, reminding me that I had an appointment the following Monday. I Thank you.

I received highly professional care and treatment. Without sounding too political I wish David Cameron would seriously think again about the changes that the coalition Government intend to make. Let the experts at grassroots/point of service level decide what needs to be done. We don’t tell the politicians what to do because they are ‘supposed’ to know what they are doing, so they should keep their noses out of what they have little knowledge of.

That’s all I have to say for now, tho the staff would agree that I do talk an awful lot (that’s why I blog) but, I hope not always rubbish.

I hope the staff are not annoyed at me when they see I am a Blackburn Rovers fan (someone has to be).

Many thanks again to the staff.

Take care til my next blog

‘Old Git’ Jimbo

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