Today at 1100hrs the 7th of Jan I had an appointment for an ultrasound scan on my abdomen & pelvis.
I had to struggle to get to the appointment, the reason for this was that I have been ill for a number of weeks hence my scan. This illness increased in the last four days giving me extreme pain in my abdomen I cannot eat, it isn't that I do not want to eat the food, it will not go down and is very painful. Even water is painful to drink. I have not defecated for four days just mini little squirts. My urine is also in very small amounts. These problems are uncontrollable. They are also potentially very embarrassing
I am very dehydrated obviously
So why am I giving all these embarrassing details? Because I know that the same problems, or similar types of problems have happened to others.
So what I have decided to do is to give a running account of what happens from now on. Not only will it be published here but in a newspaper and an NHS improvement site. It will not go to any NHS run sites by my hand, as this will allow them to say we are aware of these problems and are making changes.
After my ultrasound scan, I was told that there were signs of of a blockage, so it was understandable that I had pain.
I was sent for an x-ray scan on the spot to try to pinpoint where the blockage is. I asked the operative if he had found the problem. The reply was that he could not give any information about x-rays, but I would be informed in two or three weeks. I was also told that they had tried to contact my doctor. He was unavailable on this day but the duty doctor would, (maybe) contact me today the7th of Jan or Wednesday the 8th of Jan.
8th of Jan Wednesday, at approx 1130 hrs I received a call from the duty doctor saying that they had written a prescription for painkillers and that my doctor had written to the surgical dept to make an appointment for me.
So that is okay then, I will not feel any pain as I dehydrate, I can last longer without food.
I have now got the answer to an old problem, when you are using a hammer and you hit your hand, and it hurts it is because you didn't take Paracetamol.
So that is where I am now, not able to drink or eat.
This whole thing is not anything new it has been ongoing for a couple of years now.
I also suffer from atrial fibrillation, sleep apnoea, a newly found aortic aneurysm and I am 77yrs old.
I do not mind if people are too fearful to reply to this I just want to get this out there.
Next report tomorrow.