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Thursday, 5 August 2010

The Beat Goes On

Written by Sonny Bono, a song that charted way back in 1967…….and seems appropriate at the moment.
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Yesterday was a cardiac clinic appointment with a nurse, at my local GP’s. I had one last week, and this was to be a follow up; a talk about my medication, diet, an injection against pneumonia, and a general ‘how do you feel?’
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My chest feels a bit tight,’ I said, ‘but no more than usual’.
(I’m still waiting to see another heart specialist, but these things take time when you don’t go ‘private’, and are at the mercy of an overstretched health service.)
The words had hardly left my mouth, and she replied……
Top off…..on the couch!
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A heart scan, and blood pressure check, and then off she went to check the results with one of the doctors. She came back a few minutes later; they were all busy.
How are you now?
Erm, Ok.’ I answered.
She knew a little white lie when she heard one, and gave me the look that said she knew…..
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We did the rest of the stuff, and as I was going, she said, ‘I’ll see one of the doctors later, with these scan results.
And as a way of reassurance, added, ‘They seem ok; but I just want to check.
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Off I went. I had an interview at work, later in the day…..and a meeting with our personnel department to see how I was doing, so a quick swim down the gym first. I figure the excercise is good. A little bit more painful than usual, but fairly enjoyable.
A couple of hours later, a phone call from the doctors surgery. A doctor wants to see me at 4:50 p.m.
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I did my days business, but at the back of my mind, was the doctors appointment later.
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I turned up to see the doctor, and then everything seemed to go into overdrive. A bit of fear crept in, as I half heard him say the words, hospital…..ambulance………breath in……..wait there………
The smiling nurse appeared, from this mornings clinic, and placed a reassuring hand on my shoulder.
My dog…..’ I began to say.
Jim was sat waiting for me at home. My last words to him as I left, were, ‘See you in a minute boy. Be good.
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I rang my neighbour, and asked her if she could collect my keys from the doctors, and look after Jim while………..
She turned up, as I left in the back of the ambulance. She deserves a medal!
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So, wheeled into the hospital in a chair, despite me protesting ‘I can walk’, and an oxygen mask over my face, I found myself in a ward, with a few other people, with similar symptoms and ailments.
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A nurse arrived, took my details, and left.
Another arrived, took blood, blood pressure, and a heart scan. She left.
A doctor came, prodded, looked, spoke………….and left.
Another nurse arrived, a tablet, a morphine injection in the stomach for the pain, followed by another injection to the stomach.
Ouch!! They hurt!
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After about 3 hours, a consultant arrived. He told me the results show something not right……….not life threatening though, in his opinion, they can get on top of it with medicines, the meeting with the heart specialist will be hurried along; and best of all, I can go home.
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So now I wait
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The heart?
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The beat goes on.
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29 comments:

  1. Keith it could have been a much better day............There again it could have been a whole lot worse....Don't stop the music and smile through if you can,thinking of you.

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  2. Cheers Adrian. The music helps a lot at times like this :)

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  3. Keeping postitive thoughts for you...

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  4. Very glad to hear that the beat goes on Keith.

    Blimey, I thought I was watching an episode of Holby City or Casualty then Keith. {:)

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  5. thank goodness you are home. hospitals are so stressfull - all that rushing around looking busy. Give Jim a scratch behind the ears for me. I think this is the first time you mentioned a dog. Makes you seem more human - a person not a blogger.

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  6. .... sure the beat goes on !! You rock :)

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  7. Keith - I've been going hot and cold all over just reading about what you've been going through. As Adrian says, don't stop the music - hum along with it too. Thinking of you x

    (The word verification is BARKIT - so one for Jim in there too :D )

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  8. Thank you SeaPrayer :)

    Cheers Roy. Yea, it all felt rather manic at times lol

    Thank you Ginger. Yea, Jim is my big soft buddy. Keeps me sane in a mad world, at times. ;)

    Pescalune, thank you. Plenty of rocking left; I hope lol

    Thanks Tricia. Sometimes the beat slows a bit, but it keeps going lol

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  9. Hospitals are indeed stressful Keith. I used to work in one , so I know full well !
    The very best of luck to you mate, and I'm sure you'll be fighting fit soon enough. They seem to know what they are doing with you.
    Keep on keeping on :-)

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  10. What a day you had--omg that must have scared you would scare me for sure!! So are back home now? Hope so...SO glad you have someone who look after Jim!! Good news that the Beat Goes ON!!!
    A hug for better days that are on the way!!

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  11. And I have been complaining about ny knees, hips and high blood pressure. Play some good music, find someone to visit with and keep that positive attitude and a smile going. Wish I had more that a few words, a prayer and faith to offer you. Best to you and we will be watching for that future post and update. -Dale

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  12. Oh Keith. I am praying mightily for you! I will forever be reminded of you when I hear that song, and I'm go glad the beat does go on!

    Hugs friend, take care of yourself, ok?

    ~Jen

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  13. Cheers Nick; yea, keep rockin'. :)

    Thanks Dixxe. Back home; for now lol

    Dale, thank you for your thoughts. :)

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  14. Thank you Jen. Appreciate your thoughts :)

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  15. Sonny Bono, I remember him very much, you my friend, will go on a long time.

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  16. Bob, thank you. We'll go on together :)

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  17. Keith,
    I am sorry to hear about the trouble, just when I thought you were getting better. Good news, you see the heart specialist sooner! You will be in my thoughts and prayers also. You have a good attitude about the whole thing. Keep the oldies playing and invite the neighbor over as a way of saying thanks. A cup of tea and a cookie or something like it would be nice also.
    P.S. Do you think a national heath care will work for us here in the United States?

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  18. yes that s true, the beat goes on and that s good, sometime not easy, but good, big hugh Kathrin

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  19. please look at
    http://kaloszauberbuch.blogspot.com/
    a little hugh for you !!!!

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  20. Well Keith in the mire again, sounds like the experts have found a problem which they can fix though, so possibly some light at the end of the tunnel, Get well soon at least your home which is another good sign.

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  21. I hope this means they've solved your mystery and life can get more normal. Glad to hear it's not life-threatening and you're home again. (I remember that song. Ladidadida....)

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  22. Hi Keith, My goodness what a day you had, glad they sent you home and I hope they will get your medication sorted out very soon for you, take care, look after yourself.

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  23. David, thank you for your comments, and thoughts.
    The neighbour is great; I got her a bunch of flowers today, as a thank you.
    National heath care for you in the states is a good idea….......like our National Health Service….....but needs to be run properly. I’m afraid ours isn’t as good as it used to be.

    Kathrin, thank you. And thank you for that post. That is really good of you. Thank you so much.

    Bob, thank you. Yea, was scary at the time, but I think it will be sorted out soon.

    JoLynne, thank you. Hopefully all will be sorted soon.

    Thank you Linda. I’ve had better days lol
    Hopefully things will get sorted now. :)

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  24. Hmmm bet you wish they would get a shufty on. All too familiar story to me, (my mums poorly with her pancreas). Nothing seems to get done, referals not put in etc etc etc. Still you do seem 'upbeat'about the whole thing. Your dog Jim sounds nice

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  25. Thanks Debbie. Yea, things seem to take forever sometimes; and there are times I feel like shouting, or screaming. It'll be sorted eventually....and I've always got Jim to keep me sane. ;)

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  26. I will be thinking about you until you get this fixed. Stay well and do what they want. Stay postive . Wonderful image!!
    Keep on posting and keep smiling.

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  27. Thanks for your kind thoughts Lisa.
    I'm not very patient at the best of times. I'll be glad when it's all sorted lol

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  28. What a terrible day! Your neighbour really earns a Medallie. Luckily you went again home this day to your dog. The medicine system is a nightmare I believe. Keep care of you and be surprised at nothing....... Kind regards from Luzia.

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  29. Lucy, thank you for your thoughts. Yea, my neighbour is really good; certainly deserves a medal.
    Yes, our health service isn't what it used to be lol

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