Post by Mike Post by Vicky Ayech Post by krw
We can't complain about the NHS which has been very efficient. However,
a total of nearly 7 hours of diagnostic investigation on three separate
occasions has resulted in nothing much. Both body and brain have been
inspected closely and scanned without anything unusual being found. The
theory is that her symptoms arise from anxiety attacks.
I hope matters will improve shortly.
Did I tell umra about my life saving NHS encounter?
I can't remember so it is fine to tell it again.
Go to the back of the telephone queue, press 2 and make an appointment
For about 6 months I have been suffering breathlessness. After finding
it did not go away on its own I tried to consult a doctor. Apparently
they have all been locked away and are not allowed to see anyone. All
the evidence points to a better a medical outcome if a doctor inspects
the patient apparently. She mused over the phone (when it eventually
happened) and suggested that based on some blood tests I should see a
consultant for my liver. I pointed out that I had problems breathing
and was that the best place to look?
Tests. The liver consultant (I prefer pink) said there was not much
they could do for fatty livers and so as per BoJo I should lose weight.
And I could have some tablets for my pancreas. I pointed out that my
problem was with breathing.
Separately I still have to have my second hand operation (and yes I have
used that joke before, so probably have told umra this story). And
having been put on the waiting list in January I was called in for the
pre-op in August. Nice nurse Katy (actually a sister) did my pre-op two
years ago and I mentioned my breathing problem. As she had done the
pre-op two years ago she looked at the ECGs and rang me to say there was
nothing wrong with either ECG but she was not happy that they were
different and she had asked a cardiologist who had suggested an echo
cardiogram and CT scan on my heart. (Often breathing problems are to do
with heart problems and my doctor felt that the liver was the problem -
So on a Monday two weeks ago I finally had the CT scan (the echo
cardiogram had shown nothing and an X-ray had shown nothing wrong with
the heart either). Anyway on the Tuesday a nice cardiologist phoned up
at lunchtime. Could I drop what I was doing NOW and pop along to
Frimley Park Emergency Department rapidly. He (based at Royal Surrey in
Guildford) would speak to contacts and smooth the path.
Less than 20 minutes in ED as I was "expected" and straight into Medical
Assessment Unit. The cardiologist had spotted something like a clot on
a lung on the edge of the heart scan and felt it was serious enough to
be seen NOW.
Spend about 8 hours in MAU - lots of blood taken, needles galore because
no-one can find a vein anywhere - another CT scan (of the lungs this
time - did I mention I had a problem breathing).
Dose of blood thinners, course of tablets and apparently the clots
should disappear. Various follow ups.
Nurse Katy phones the next day, so I can thank her for spotting the
problem. And of course now I am on blood thinners they cannot do the
operation for over six months, so the second hand will be a year later
and the delay means it is getting worse.
But if I have a breathing problem why not look at the lungs?
Kosmo Richard W