Yesterday G had a hospital appointment to see the doctor from the pain clinic about his neck problem which is getting worse. His cervical torticollis causes so much pain, especially when sitting, so driving is now becoming difficult. He was booked in to have a 'face to face' appointment at 3.45pm yesterday but at 11.30am the receptionist rang to say the 'telephone appointment' would be later than scheduled as the hospital IT system had gone down. He pointed out that he had had a letter asking him to visit the hospital and she said it must have been 'sent in error' as the doctor is not taking any face to face appointments at the moment. Now as the letter gives directions to the hospital as well as mentioning an outpatient appointment, we were surprised to say the least. I had spent £25 (which I didn't really have to spare) on petrol on my credit card to ensure I had enough fuel to get there too; a 22 mile round trip.
The doctor phoned around 4pm and after a lot of waffling said that there is nothing more he can do and that G has to 'learn to live with the pain'. He also explained that there are thousands of people living with pain (we know and that is not helpful! )and G needs to book an appointment with our GP to get some pills 'for anxiety'. Now what are the chances of actually getting to see the GP? Zilch, I would say. G asked if wearing a cervical collar whilst sitting would help and the doc said he had no idea who to refer him to to get one! Neither did he know how to refer him to a physio for goodness sake. It seems we have to do our own research and pay privately for any advice. We are not in a financial position to be able to do that right now. So.....G needs to be drugged up on a permanent basis to stop him being anxious does he? I don't think so.....
Reasons to be grateful:
We didn't use precious fuel on a wasted journey
By staying home I got all my washing done and dried it in the sun
Our daughter is coming for lunch and a jolly good chat tomorrow 😀
Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x