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Grief Practitioner

Today has started out as a pretty dreadful day.

In the morning a very dear friend rang in distress because her mother is very very ill which propelled me from semi-asleep to full alertness like a shot of adrenaline.

Then I went back to my GP, who was even less helpful and I'm starting to feel more and more despair.
Apparently X-rays take *3 to 4 weeks* to come back, and when I explained that I was told 7-10 days 17 days ago he said he'd put the secretary on it and I should ring tomorrow afternoon.

He explained that *there's not much they can do* - well gee great, but it doesn't solve the fact that I can't do anything either.

I was doing my best to explain that a) I've been in pain, to various degrees and intensities for a month now b) i have no idea what to do c) my job involves a lot of walking and lifting up children and I haven't a clue whether these things are beneficial or detrimental d) I can do less and less, and doing any activity in the evening requires a rest after work e) I'm feeling increasingly depressed.

I don't think any of it sunk in. He just kind of nodded and hummed and wrote me a prescription for antihistamines.

I certainly didn't feel listened to, or valued and he didn't really answer my questions. I just felt like I was told I was being a pain and should just buzz off and die somewhere, but quietly please *because we've done all the tests and really it's your tough luck that you're still in pain and we've seen you quite frequently over the last few weeks*.

I'm still angry and upset, and I've given up being stoical so I just cried at the busstop while waiting for the 187 [queue helpful comment from old man: *cheer up, I'm sure it will come soon love*] and then kept sobbing for the next 30 minutes all the way into work.

However, so as not to end on such an unhappy note - after blithely dismissing things I was saying the GP smiled brightly at me saying
"But don't forget - if you need us, we'll be right here for you"
which I rate 10 out of 10 for comedy value.

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scarletdemon
Jun. 2nd, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
That sucks (Hug).
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
thank you :)
kc724
Jun. 2nd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
I totally understand what you're going though. In the military if you're hurt or sick or something they tell to to just 'suck it up' or 'drink water'. And while I do agree with them somewhat that some problems are smaller than they seem, a lot of times they're legitimate cases.

The medical profession is an absolute nightmare wherever you go in the world. My best advice to you if you're not happy with your current provider is to go someplace else. How visable that is, I don't know. Either way, eat ice cream, lots of it!
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:14 am (UTC)
tell you to to just 'suck it up' or 'drink water'.

ROFL
ah, yes, the famous water cure :D

My best advice to you if you're not happy with your current provider is to go someplace else.

Yeah, I've had just about enough of the NHS so I'm taking out private health insurance where at least things like hospital tests get done very quickly.
tubewalker
Jun. 2nd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
It does suck, time for a new GP?
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
or perhaps time for BUPA :)

i have like 7 GPs working in my GP practice, so I think I'll just stick with the ones who I know are more interested in patient care. Or else take sick leave and go to Yugoslavia to sort out healtcare there and come back all shiney and fit and able to TubeWalk.
mockduck
Jun. 2nd, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Yes, time to get a new doctor. It'll make all the difference. Why not ask your pals for recommendations?
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
sadly the best doctor I've seen there was a locum and he's long gone :(
bah, at least there's like 7 GPs in that medical practice so I shall stick to the ones who seem nicer.
dubaiyan
Jun. 2nd, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
:((
*hug*
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: :((
thank you
birdie1986
Jun. 2nd, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
definitely pick a new GP, they sound about as useful as the last person i saw at the UHS, one of those, dont' self diagnose i'll tell you what's wrong, nothing there's nothign we can do

thanks

hope they get sorted and u start feeling better soon
*k*
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
hope they get sorted and u start feeling better soon

thank you :)
I am betting Royal Free has lost my X-rays somewhere.
That's what I get for having tests on Friday the 13th...
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rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
*grins widely and imagines this in vivid detail*
mzwyndi
Jun. 2nd, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
rotflmao at the end bit

Well, if you were in the US, they would've just given you some lovely pills at the first visit and then treated you like an addict if you complained of pain later.

I agree with your other posters. You need a 'second opinion'.
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
Well, if you were in the US, they would've just given you some lovely pills at the first visit and then treated you like an addict if you complained of pain later.


my friend suggested that instead of going crazy with the healtcare system I just turn to dope ;)
prophetessamy
Jun. 2nd, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
UH! :S

:(
rainsinger
Jun. 4th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
thank you :)
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