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How Angela is getting on after hospital.

Midnight_Caller
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How Angela is getting on after hospital.

Hi all
Some of you are asking how is Angela doing, well to get to Appointments Angela is using a wheelchair, her leg muscles are weak with ben in bed for so long.
It is a different world wen using a wheelchair, getting in and out of shops is not fun, moving about in shops is not fun, getting a wheelchair enabled Taxi is next to impossible.
2 from the Physiotherapist teem come out to see Angela on 21/07/2014 at 13:30 and was gone by 13:40 they said you don't need us, and with that they went.
Wen going to hospital Appointments we use the hospital Transport, wen Angela went to see Dr. B Chaplin at the South Tees Hospital on 28/07/2014 we got a NHS Transport there, back it was Saint John's Transport, that Appointment was a waste of time.
Angela went to the Clzapine Clinic on 11/08/2014 by Taxi what cost £4.00 more than Boro Taxis what we normally use, but Boro Taxis did not have any wheelchair enabled Taxis, it is shocking the biggest Taxi firm in the North East did not have a wheelchair enabled Taxi for us.
We are still waiting for a shower to be put in, sow in the meantime I am still having to give Angela a strip wash, what takes up to 40 minutes to do.
As always I help Angela in and out of bed  to go to the toilat in the night, plus I help her to the  toilet during the day as well.
Angela went with me to the Estates meeting on 11/08/2014 at 18:00 in her wheelchair.
Angela had a Doctors Appointment with the Asthma Nurse on 12/08/2014 at 15:30, I pushed Angela there and back in the wheelchair.
Angela still has a bed sore on her glutaeus maximus, what I am treating I got some ointment and dressings from the Nurse at the Doctors, the District Nurses have stopped coming out to see Angela, the Doctor said oh she does have a bed sore, and before they said it was healed up, yep it  showlly was healed up not!
Angela went shopping with me in her wheelchair to get some bits and bobs from the shops on 15/08/2014
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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

I want aware of your situation, and to be honest I don't know how I would copper our indeed if I could. You seem to be coping admirably with a difficult situation, it's just a pity there isn't greater provision for people that need it.
I hope Angela makes a swift recovery.
I take my hat off to you, sir!
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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

Gary, good to have an update on Angela's progress. You certainly have a full time job looking after her. I am surprised, however, that she is still not walking. Have you discussed this with her doctor?  I think I would be having strong words with the physio team if they are visiting only for ten minutes and seem to be doing nothing.
Good luck in all you are doing.
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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

@artmo, To Answer your Questions:
1) Not walking, yes we have discussed it with the doctor, it is going to take some time to get Angela back on her feet, with her been in bed for so long.
2) The physio team is not comming out
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2 from the Physiotherapist teem come out to see Angela on 21/07/2014 at 13:30 and was gone by 13:40 they said you don't need us, and with that they went.

That did Annoy me, I need to speek to the doctor about it.
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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

Thanks for the update, I often wondered how you were both getting on.
It certainly cannot be easy getting around in a wheel chair despite the improvements in some places to make it easier to use a wheel chair.
Please keep us posted.
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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

One issue at my mum's bank when taking her there was that the lower counter with easier access for the chair and for people to write on the shelf was frequently closed making it more difficult for wheelchair users to write/sign documents and even see the teller. I did complain and subsequently did appear to be open more often but I felt it should be the one that remains open all the time.
It really isn't until you are a wheelchair user or a carer pushing someone that you realise the number of limitations that still exists.

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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

Really sorry and also horrified at Angela's situation.
It's difficult for me not to run comparisons with my own operation for advanced bladder cancer just over 5 years ago at age of 74.
I had bladder and prostate removed and part of small bowel removed to create a stoma to right of belly button so I can wee.
Op took about 6 hours and there had to be an ITU bed available before surgery was commenced.
I was in urology for two weeks before being discharged.
Four weeks later I was able to walk into out patients for consultant's appointment - I was then told biopsy was good.
Wasn't allowed to drive for 3 months - we then renewed our passports and went to France by car.
It's as if we live in different worlds when it comes to treatment and support.


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Re: How Angela is getting on after hospital.

May I know why Angela was ill?
I understand if you want to keep it private
I wish her a swift recovery  Smiley
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Thanks @OJ
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