The Pillow


The nurse was continuing her questions, “Who was I?”, “What was I having done?” “What is the molecular weight of oxygen in a vacuum?” The third nurse, the third consultation, the same key questions. As I pondered, trying to get the answers right this time, the doorway was filled with a pale blue clad figure.
Pausing the nurse looked towards the door and turned her gaze back to me.
“Ah..this is Chris, he’s your anaesthetist” she said.
“Hi…” I said, noticing he had a pillow under his arm, “……Are you going to use that to render me unconscious…?” I asked, gesturing towards the pillow.
“Is it because of cut-backs?” I asked.
“Yes, and I have a cricket bat in the surgery just in case you start to come round. Don’t worry we know how to hide the bruises,” he replied with a broad grin.
“Right, I’m all finished here…,” said the nurse as she handed the notes to Chris. “He’s all yours. You’ll be fine Mr Russell, you’re in good hands ”Read More »

I just wanted to say thanks…

Day two and I’ve woken up feeling like crap. My whole body feels battered and misshapen, my knee is throbbing, stinging and tender, a reminder of yesterdays operation and “no” nurse on ward 18, I haven’t taken my painkillers yet.
I turn now to the staff of the Leicester General Hospital, to the nurses who booked me in, to the anaesthetist team who kept me asleep though the surgery, to consultant Mr Brown and his invisible craftsmanship on my knee, to the nurses in the recovery room, and to the nurses in ward 18 and not forgetting the physio who showed me how to walk with crutches, I just wish to say “thank you” to you all. You all made a harrowing event bearable.

DIY Dentists

DIYDentistAfter reading an item in the news just recently, about the rise in people undertaking their own dentistry, using the cheap over the counter dental first aid kits or even household objects, my first reaction was, what did we expect?   Britain provides a supposedly free healthcare but with dental treatment being the most expensive in Europe and a high percentage of Britain’s practitioners making our dental treatment private, thus providing less access to NHS care. Despite the governments reforms, many people can no longer afford the imposed bloated prices. Although this did conjure up numerous images of people with minds adrift whilst using contact adhesives, fumbling to replace a filling or grappling with pliers to remove that painful tooth.
In my view, we will in fact be making a large U-turn in attitudes to health in this country. Simply put, if you have the funds, you’ll get the treatment or there’s always the flight to Poland option. Where will the DIY end, out in the shed with that trusted old Black & Decker sander to remove that unsightly mole?

Obesity at what cost?


The big fat true of it is, here in the UK we all pay for obesity. It is a considerable drain on the UK’s economy, estimated as running into billions of pounds per year.
There was a scheme back in 2009 where the NHS was paying people to lose weight. With the NHS alone spending over £1 billion a year back in 2009 on treating obesity of one form or another. They came up with a scheme that they believed encouraged people to cast off a few pounds to gain a few pounds. Apparently this would have reduce the costs for taxpayers in the future. So here we are in the future and what do me find? Obesity has become an even greater burden on the UK.
I want to draw your attention to the fact that 40 overweight nurses also took part to set a healthy example. The question is, why are nurses overweight in the first place. They are, according to the urban myth, always rushed off their feet and constantly under immense pressure. Barely a moment spare to get any sleep, let alone time for the intake of nourishment.
Before I continue, I want to make a couple of things perfectly clear. Firstly, I think that all nurses do an amazing job and unlike with the likes of professional footballers, celebrity chiefs, or even just plain celebrities, they really can save lives. Secondly, by overweight, I mean obese, taking two or more bodybuilders to lift them should they fall over.
Having recently witnessed at first hand the size of some health workers waddling through the corridors of our hospitals. I wonder, surely there should be some sort of basic fitness level to carry out such a job. By definition, “Nurse” is a trained person who helps treat the ill, not someone who ignores all the warning signs to become a potential patient themselves. And before any of you begin jumping up and down and start adding the suffix “ -ism” to anything, think it through, if they can barely carry their own weight how can bare the weight of others? I’m not trying to suggest that just because someone is overweight they should have a job, but I do think they need to have jobs to suite their physical abilities. Whilst it would be amusing to see an obese jockey riding in the Epsom Derby, it will never happen.
The situation has literally gained weight and has become a complex problem. For instance, the fact that over half of advertisements on TV are for junk food must tell us something about our life styles. The food industry has finally become aware of the ‘global obesity crisis’ and is trying to make amends by making healthy options. But it is down to the individual to steer away from the temptation to over indulge or to exercise more. Meanwhile I think there is a need for all role models in the public eye, not just nurses, to promote a healthier persona to help us all lighten the load, pun intended, on our health service.