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Amanda Thorpe

Woe is me people!

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So I always say life with sclero is never boring well Ma decided to get in on the act by falling over 2 weeks ago and breaking her hip, she's only 65. Ma lives next door in the annex thankfully and we found her about 7:00 a.m., she fell over at 4:30 a.m. and hadn't phoned an ambulance as she didn't want to go to hospital!

 

Well to hospital she went with my sister and husband, I had to stay behind because I can't stand for long or walk far so I would have been a hindrance in A&E. She was eventually transferred onto a ward to await an operation, unfortunately we think she received sub standard care but I won't expand on that here. Ma is now home and my goodness is she fast on them there crutches! She has to be on them for 6 weeks and will then be able to use just one, of course because Ma has fibromyalgia she's feeling everything more acutely.

 

Meantime I went to the Royal Free for what I had been told was a pre assessment appointment and that I would be given my pacemaker appointment date that day. Imagine my surprise when I found out I had been booked in to see a cardiologist rather that to have a pre assessment appointment and would not be leaving with the appointment date to have the pacemaker fitted. Thankfully though the cardiologist did the pre assessment during the appointment to save me having to come back. It actually turned out to be a bit of a bonus seeing him as he is going to perform the actual procedure, unfortunately though I am still waiting for the procedure date.

 

Sadly this weekend just gone we had to take Ma's cat to a cattery be re-homed because Ma can't now look after her and she didn't get on with our cat. It was heartbreaking because she's such a lovely cat that we would have loved to keep but our cat had to come first. We are keeping in touch with the cattery to make sure Ma's cat is homed.

 

So now I am ill, a respiratory infection per my general practitioner. I have antibiotics to take and of course think I have pneumonia as I have the same symptoms Ma had and they developed at the same time. Anyway pneumonia sounds much more dramatic that a chest infection don't you think and I can't be outdone by Ma can I?

 

Well I am not sure what else could happen next apart from maybe aliens landing in the garden...is that a spaceship I see...beam me up Scotty!!

 

Take care.


Amanda Thorpe

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Oh, Amanda, I feel so for your Ma ! I too have a cat, and although she's very old and costs me a fortune in vets and medical bills these days, I'd hate to part with her :( I hope your Mas kitty finds a good home very soon x

 

As for the appointment not being what you'd been told, I suspect that's about par for the course. I try not to get too dismissive of our NHS, as I know that there are so many people working so hard to make it work....but we're all human, and we can only work with the tools we're given, and a lot of the time, they don't get what they need.

 

It's good that you met your surgeon though, as I think it's nice to have a relationship, however brief, with someone that is going to be operating on you (I had a minor op a few years ago, and it was nice to see a face I knew as they wheeled me into theatre)

 

I do hope that you start to feel better very soon - and you absolutley shouldn't let your Ma win in the war of ailments !! :P

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Hello LilDee

 

Well I am pleased to say I now have the date for my pacemaker operation! Yes you're absolutely right it was nice to meet the cardiologist who is going to perform the surgery prior to it. Mind you the meeting was a clear reminder to me that I am...middle aged...yes I am middle aged...I know this because the cardiologist looked all of 12 years old! Yep, woe is me people!

 

Take care.


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Hi Amanda

 

Glad to hear you've at last got your appointment for your pacemaker operation; hopefully the anti-biotics have helped and your respiratory infection is under control.

 

What a shame about your mother's cat; still it would be no good if your cat and her's spend their time trying to kill each other; it doesn't make for a very serene household!!! ;) :lol:

 

Here's wishing your mum a very speedy recovery. :)


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You do have a full plate. It's good to hear that your Ma can get around even if it is on crutches. That should really help her heal faster.

Didn't want to go to the hospital- Hmmmm- sounds like my Dad. He gimped around for two weeks before he finally got it examined. And pinned. Always made me angry that he was so stubborn but secretly I was really proud of his determination- at least when I wasn't trying to get him to do something I wanted him to do.

 

I hope both you and your Ma are on the mend very soon.

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Hi Amanda

 

Glad to hear that you now have a date for your pacemaker, you will have recouped just in time to tap to the beat of Strictly....

 

So sorry to hear about your Ma's fall but it sounds as though she is on the mend, what a relief, please pass on my regards to her.

 

Here's wishing you all that is good, it is definitely no less than you deserve! Sclero is never dull, that's for sure!

 

Love

Sue T

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Oh dear, 12 year old Cardiologists !? What are we coming to !? Who says we're middle aged *tsk*

 

I too am in the prime of my life :huh: (42 next birthday) but, I must admit, I do find so many people so much younger than I the seem to have such huge, responsible jobs.

 

Grabs toy-boy husband....ahhh, that's better. I'm as old as the man I feel :lol:

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Thank you ladies! Hello Sue, so glad you've finally joined the forums! I am hoping to see you soon and how are you? I should have my pacemaker in by the time we meet agian so watch out, I might actually move at more than a snail's pace! :emoticons-yes:

 

Take care.


Amanda Thorpe

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Oh Amanda! At this time, I hope your ma is getting on okay...It sounds as though she is a quick study, particularly with regard to the crutches! Here's hoping she does well during the mending period and is good as new at the end of this.

 

As for you...I am so glad a pacemaker is soon to be and from what I've noticed (with my auntie)...she has done amazingly well. What a GREAT invention, aren't they?! (I'm sure you'll let us know!)

 

as for your ma's cat...when they are wonderful pets, it's tough to have to give them up. Yet, at the same time, here's hoping that the cat is much loved, once adopted.

 

May ALL of you emerge victorious...soon!

Soft Hugs All Around :emoticon-hug:


Special Hugs,

 

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