A Long Wait

P has had a persistent, chesty cough since just before Christmas. Probably picked up someone's bug when travelling.

The cough is still hanging around and keeps him (and me!) awake at night.

Yesterday I finally persuaded him to make an appointment at the GP surgery to see if they can sort him out.

Unfortunately, the earliest available appointment is in 3 weeks' time.

He said, "I could be dead by then!".

21 comments:

  1. That is ridiculous. Why don't you take him to Casualty? They will at least give him a prescription. You could also make hot teddies with whisky or vodka to sweat it out?

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    1. We are going to visit the local pharmacy and try some decongestant

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    2. Hot Toddies not hot teddies autocorrect.

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    3. Ha, ha. Your autocorrect is as bad as mine. I knew what you meant but perhaps a nice hot teddy to cuddle would help 😉

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    4. No Dave, Casualty Departments are not there for coughs. No wonder they are overcrowded.

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    5. If somebody thinks it's serious, they can go to an hospital and they will give advice and necessary treatment or even a prescription. Nobody needs to wait three weeks to be seen.

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    6. Our hospital's A&E department only take emergencies. We don't have a minor ailments section so it is the GP or nothing for us.

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    7. Of course they can if they think they have got pneumonia or breathing problems and off they might go. I don't get that impression from this post that it is thought P has this and in any case doctors surgeries on weekdays have emergency slots. I don't see the feeling of any emergency here, just a flippant remark that he might be dead. When people are very serious about illness they do not write flippant blog posts.

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    8. Yes, he was just making a joke about it as he thought 3 weeks was a long time to wait.

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  2. This year's coughs and cold all seem to come with coughs. We've all gone through weeks of coughing. I cough more when I'm cold so an excuse to keep our fire burning bright.
    3 weeks to wait for a cough. Honestly, don't they have some sort of scale. Broken leg one day, loss of finger 48 hours, cough or cold 3 days, ??? 3 weeks. Whatever you've got except herpes will have come right in 3 weeks.

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  3. Flu and colds come with coughs..

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    1. I gave resorted to ear plugs at night so his coughing doesn't keep me awake.

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  4. Lots of coughs about. Tell him to take hot lemon and honey, assuming he's not a vegan, and one of you go and sleep in another bedroom.

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    1. Wearing ear plugs at night helps me ignore his coughing.

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  5. If Peregrine hasn't got life insurance you should take out a policy real soon!

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    1. Too late. He is too old to make it financially viable. I have to keep him alive for at least another 3 years, until my state pension kicks in.

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  6. At some surgeries, if you can ask whether they have any urgent appointments, the receptionists will quiz you, and if it's serious enough you'll get one, although a cough probably would not get past them.

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    1. Probably not.
      We are hoping the pharmacist can recommend something to relieve it so that he can get some sleep.

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  7. A really bad cough seems to be everywhere this year. Hope the Pharmacy can help as your wait for a doctor is a long one.

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    1. Thank you Pat. I am sure there will be something to ease it.

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  8. Can't provide any suggestions as we normally get seen the same day we request an appointment. I had to go to emerg one day because my doctor was on hospital duty - spent three hours there but came out with a puffer and a prescription. They also made an appointment for me to see a lung specialist the next week, and this was just a virus.

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