Herself Back Home And In Good Fettle

I must admit that I left home this afternoon to go the hospital in some trepidation. I really, really thought that the pessimists there would have found some new way to object to herself’s discharge. But all was well. The staff had prepared her with a good wash and she was ready to go… That was 2 pm. A nurse told me around 3 pm that her transport had been booked, but it might be half to three hours before anything happened. At 5 pm, my daughter relieve my watch and I went home to ensured that all was ready. At 8 pm, she was still there. I got a text message around 8.30 pm that she was finally on her way. She arrived around 9 pm.

I am not complaining about that because I realise that there are higher priorities than just bringing an ex-patient home.

Anyway, I now find that her list of medications has more than doubled! I have had to make a chart showing what meds are due ‘morning, noon and night’  – once per day in some and three times per day in others. Keeping track of stocks, and reordering, of each medicine is going to be a bugger. And there are urine collection bags – leg bags and night bags – to keep tally of. I shall have to create a ‘system’.

The good news is that she is very bright, eating well, disease free, stable in terms of blood salts, and very possibly in much better condition than she has been in for ages.

And yet…..

There seems to be something artificial and forced in communications with doctors and others, such as occupational therapists. They seem to talk in riddles deliberately to get you to agree with their suggestions, without stating clearly what those suggestions are. For example, according to the discharge letter to our GP, I refused ‘neq equipment and POC’. Search as I might on the net, I could not find out what I was supposed to have refused. I cannot help but feel that they believe that they are skating on thin ice – trying to comply with multiple ‘directives’ from above which they know are a waste of time and effort, and explaining the blather to patients and carers without upsetting them. “Well, we are not quite sure that your intentions are SAFE. There is a safer way”. “And what is that?” “Well, the problem is that what you have been doing might have been OK before this event, but things have changed. We are not sure that your methods will be safe”.

And so on. It seems as though their preferred methods are akin to scrapping your much loved old car, just in case it is ‘defective’ in some way, and replacing it with a tractor.

Can anyone see how much of the Gov’s intentions about plastic, like reverting to ‘bottle deposits and refunds’, are like reverting from a modern car to a Ford T?

I never cease to be astonished at the naivety of politicians.


30 Responses to “Herself Back Home And In Good Fettle”

  1. Rose Says:

    I’m glad that your wife is back home and feeling much better.

    Keeping track of stocks, and reordering, of each medicine is going to be a bugger

    I think that some pharmacists do that for you and even deliver, I’ll enquire, when he wakes up.

    I like the idea of a return to deposits and refunds on bottles, it could be a good source of extra pocket money for young entrepreneurs.
    I would certainly welcome such a service on our street.

    • Rose Says:

      After a waking up cup of coffee, he informs me that yes they do and then gave me chapter and verse on the distribution system, noting that the head office of the pharmacist he works for that does all this is in your area.
      Now I need another cup of coffee.

      • junican Says:

        I must ask my local chemist about that. I use the same one all the time.

      • Rose Says:

        Email me if you want further details of how the system works just incase your chemist doesn’t provide that service.

  2. Pamela Webb Says:

    Glad to hear herself is back home and feeling better.

  3. smokingscot Says:

    POC has 3 meanings and from what you’ve described over the past days, I’d guess “plan of care”.

    Here’s the source. Hope it helps.


  4. smokingscot Says:

    And there are 4 with neq.

    Maybe “needs evaluation questionnaire”?



    • junican Says:

      Both seem to be the likely interpretation. Thanks for investigating. I suppose that they could write that since we were almost demanding that she be discharged.

  5. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Happy Easter Junican to you and yours !

  6. Roobeedoo2 Says:

    Pleased to hear your wife’s back home and feeling good. Enjoy the long weekend ❤

  7. Blazeaway Says:

    The ‘government’s intentions towards plastic’ aren’t actually the government’s. They are the EU’s.

    A quick search on Google reveals that the EU has been considering a plastic tax for some time. It has been due to reveal its intention this Spring.

    The EU, of course, has competence on ‘the environment’ and the British government has to do what it is told. A strategy was devised when we joined the Common Market to never blame the Common Market/EEC/EU. Like a cuckolded husband, the UK govt is trying to pretend that the new tax policy is its idea. Of course it is not.

    The episode gives us a very interesting insight into how we are ruled these days. Me and my wife were observing recently how the broadcast media were reporting on a daily – almost hourly – basis on the perils of plastic. We wondered why and who, if anyone, was behind it.

    We now know. The BBC, C4, ITV etc are doing what no proper journalistic outfit should do – they are acting as public-relations agents for a policy. In public relations terms, they are ‘preparing the media and political environment’ for a new tax that could be unpopular, hence the need to soften the public up.

    The EU has set up a number of front organisations which prepare news angles and press releases to create public alarm about plastic. The media then regurgitates them and prepares the public-relations environment.

    This is how we are now governed.

  8. Tony Says:

    Glad to hear your wife is so much better.
    Your post of yesterday seemed to me to raise an important issue with medical and perhaps other specialists and consultants. On the face of it, a room full of consultants should result in the pooling of their expertise. But from what you said it seems they pool their anxieties instead. So as the numbers increase the decision making will acquire more and more inertia and fear, tending toward total paralysis.

    • junican Says:

      What seems to happen is that the medics say that the patient is ‘medically’ fit to be discharged. But who actually decides to actually discharge the patient? That’s where the interference starts. Other ‘teams’ have to add their pennyworth, depending upon the circumstance of the discharge. EG, if a patient lives alone. It is a very grey area because, once a patient is MEDICALLY fit to be discharged, then he should not be in hospital.

  9. michaeljmcfadden Says:

    Glad to hear thy lady is in fine fettle! Although I must admit, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of anyone being in “poor fettle.” Hmmm…

    I think Scot has it pegged right with needs evaluation questionnaire. Plan of Care however might be something different: Might she have refused PostOperative Care? Or did they present her with some unexpected Products Of Conception that she turned up her nose at? What have you two been up to Junican???


  10. michaeljmcfadden Says:

    Re fine/other fettle:

  11. michaeljmcfadden Says:

    Hmph. Dang thang cut me off before I could describe it! In any event, you can see why you might have to worry if anyone you knew was ever so badly off they were described as being in bad fettle or even just poor fettle!

    • michaeljmcfadden Says:

      ::sigh:: I see. It didn’t just “cut me off” it ALSO erased the link — without which left my followup comment just as meaningless as my introductory comment.

      Basically it’s a wonderful language research tool I make use of at least several times a week: Google’s NGram.

      You can find it just by typing into your search box and it’ll be right at the top of the search. Just type

      fine fettle, bad fettle, poor fettle

      into the box on the NGram page and you’ll see what I mean in the graph if produces. In general you can type any words or phrases you want, with each distinct word or phrase you want analysed separated by a comma.

      Hmm… sometimes the results can be a bit tricky though. Try entering:

      united kingdom,british commonwealth

      into NGram all in small letters and hit “Search”

      Think about the distribution frequency. Does it seem a bit odd?

      NOW… go back up to the right of that screen and you’ll see a box labeled “case insensitive.” Check that box and THEN do the search and you’ll see a very different result!

      Finally, if you look below the graph you’ll see ranges of dates. Click on those and you’ll see the actual texts that the findings are based on! All in all, it’s a WONDERFUL tool for seeing how ideas and phrases enter and leave the language. I discovered it while researching a phrase that is STILL one of my most cited ones:

      like licking an ashtray

      Enter that and you’ll see just how “natural” that sort of thinking was in our minds before Godber’s 1975 World Conference on Smoking set the stage for the building of hate. “Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.” was an idea that simply DID NOT EXIST in anyone’s mind in the English speaking world until it was deliberately planted to poison our thoughts.

      – MJM

      • junican Says:

        Michael, my dear. You do complicate things! But you are right. For example, I could create a acronym ‘PC’. But that is taken – ‘Politically correct’. But it could also be used, medically, to mean ‘Palliative Care’. But we all know that ‘Palliative Care’ is a euphemism for ‘Let Them Die’.
        “Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.”
        Who licks ashtrays, so how do the zealots know what licking an ashtray is like?

      • Michael J McFadden Says:

        ” “Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.” Who licks ashtrays, so how do the zealots know what licking an ashtray is like?”


        Junican, I think it’s a fetish thing that a lot of Antismokers have. Many of them were evidently ill-cared for as children — poorly socialized and not fed well — and had to sit around hungry as they watched their parents eat sumptuous food off plates and out of bowls. When they DID get to eat, it was just usually scraps thrown on the floor.

        In their desperation and deprivation they sought to emulate the adults and would find ashtrays and lick them clean. The parents, while initially disturbed, eventually found the convenience of not having to clean ashtrays themselves a convenience they came to depend on and encourage.

        As the children grew older, they became aware that it was often seen as socially unacceptable to lick ashtrays at bars, restaurants, and other public venues, but changing their ingrained habits was difficult for many of them. Eventually they convinced themselves that kissing smokers, while still socially unacceptable in their social circles, was at least somewhat tolerated and allowed them an avenue of remembrance of their former glory days of childhood.

        – MJM

  12. smokingscot Says:

    Mrs. J is very fortunate she has you fighting in her corner. Others don’t and the article describes much of what was laid on yourselves and overcome.

    Sobering stuff.


    • junican Says:

      Read it. Sobering indeed. It seems to be a very good example of Ronald Ragan’s phrase ‘We’re from the Government and we are here to help’.

  13. garyk30 Says:

    Glad she is doing well and ‘Happy Easter’!!!!

  14. Philip Neal Says:

    Good to know that you won your battle with the ‘experts’. Happy Easter and all the best.

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