Mr F is home and well
HIS toothbrush is back in the bathroom, the wine is in the rack (though not to be drunk yet), and the newspapers are piling up.
All’s well with the world: Mr F is home!
Thank you for your messages during the three weeks he has been in Hillingdon Hospital which, along with the brilliant staff of Jersey ward, have really helped us through a horrible time.
When did I realise Mr F was getting better? Probably when he got excited about eating a jelly. Or maybe it was when he started calling the nurse who was doling out his drugs ‘my dealer’. Luckily she saw the funny side too.
Actually, he has returned home with a mountain of pills including oral morphine with an accompanying syringe.
What? Had I got to inject him? No, thankfully. It is a little pump to accurately measure the medicine which is swallowed, not injected. Phew.
His hair is shaggy, his beard needs trimming and he’s lost a stone in weight. We might envy his slimming success, but the reasons for his ‘diet’ – a burst ulcer and an emergency operation followed by an infection – is not to be recommended.
Still seething about my 999 call on March 29 which refused us an ambulance (I have put in an official complaint) I read a news story which said a fifth of patients turning up to A&E have minor ailments like athlete’s foot and head lice.
Most amusing – or alarming – were the ones whose false nails were hurting, or who were hungover, or had paint in their hair.
The analysis of data from 15 A&E units by consultancy firm IMS Health found that nearly 20 per cent of patients had a ‘self-treatable condition’. Oh dear…
AS WELL as celebrating Mr F’s return home I joined another to mark 50 years since the birth of Hillingdon borough which has seen Labour, Conservative and even hung councils over the years.
OK, I was already feeling tired and emotional but the coming together at St Margaret’s Church in Uxbridge had a lovely community feel. Alongside Mayor Catherine Dann were representatives of many faiths, the RAF, Samaritans and a choir from Whitehall Junior School.
Plus this old Brummie Gazette hack who has covered stories about most of them for more than 20 of those 50 years – and is glad to have made Hillingdon her home.
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