Today I went to the hospital in Cleremont Ferrand. Adam drove me there and back. It was nice to have a chauffeur. We stopped quite a number of times. I found the journey tiring but manageable. The journey back was greatly helped by some strong coffee. Along the way I was getting texts from Elja who has had four hospital appointments today preparatory for her operation in Netherlands. She has had quite a successful day and was pleased with the outcome. Perhaps she will add something.

When Adam and I arrived at the hospital we had to search for the Cardiology Department. When we found it the reception desk denied all knowledge of my existance and said they had no appointment for me. Then we realised that perhaps it was not Cardiology that we needed but Surgical Cardiology. We were directed along more confusing corridors. At one point we were standing between two signs that both said to Surgical Cardiology that were pointing in opposite directions. It was a good job we had got there early. Eventually we found Surgical Cardiology. I joined a queue. When I got to the desk the woman there said, that, no, I was not on their list. By now I was rather at a loss. She said to wait a minute and she consulted the main hospital computer. Ah, you need to be in Vascular Surgical Cardiology - third floor. OK. So off we went again. Another desk. Yes, I was on the list!! However, they were not used to having a patient who is not registered on the French Social Security system so there was a long rigmarole while they worked out what to do with me. Eventually it seemed to be settled. We went to the waiting room almost exactly on time for my appointment, having actually arrived one hour early.

The doctor examined me and read all the information including looking at my scan results. We discussed my condition. The upshot is that it is not dangerous at this point but could become so in the future so I will need to have an ultrascan every now and then to check whether it is stable or getting worse. If it gets worse then I will need surgery but he assured me that the operation is not as major as it used to be as they now have better ways of doing it. I can have the periodic checks done at Montlucon which is not so far away. He said that he thought that my problem is probably mostly due to a congenital weakness.

So, mission accomplished. The main point was, I think, that my local doctor wanted to get me onto the books of the teaching hospital in Cleremont so that if I do need surgery in the future it will be done there where they have the best doctors and the best facilities.

By the time we got home I was pretty tired. Adam heated up yesterday's leftovers and we had a rather tasty meal.

Views: 122

Replies to This Discussion

Well, this all sounds pretty positive in the circumstances - I'm glad that you are 'in the system', on the books of an excellent hospital and will be monitored regularly. I'm also relieved that the journey was not as draining as anticipated. Need to keep you around as long as possible! Namo Amida Bu. Much love

Thank you Sujatin. It is good to know that you are there too. We need each other. Namo Amida Bu.

Thank you for the update. Relieved to hear that all went well and that the worst was finding the right department. The information the doctors gave you sounds exactly right. If it is congenital, monitoring should keep you safe. Now you have a baseline and will be fairly straightforward to recognize if and when surgical intervention is needed.

Gratitude to Adam for taking care of you :-). Gratitude for you being delivered back home safely. Good to know things are progressing well for Elja.

Namo Amida Bu. <3

Good news! This is a great relief. Now things are going well, and if you needed, everything would be prepared to assist and  heal you by the best means. I am glad for you.

I suppose today is time to rest and take it easy. I also think is a great luck to have Adam with you. Both of you are doing a great job “at home and away”.

Also my best wishes for you Elja :)

David , great you survived Adams driving let alone anything else, ha ha joking Adam I'm sure you were the perfect companion . Good news then in a way. I'm not partial to hospital dramas. Keep taking the tablets as they say . Hope Elja gets sorted quickly and will be on the recovery road too. Take care of yrself . Lots love X josephine
Namo amida bu X

Glad all went well. Hope you are resting today! Brought the thuderstorms back with me to London! Seems that overall we had better weather in Eleusis though maybe more rain. Namo amida Bu

It was a strangely enjoyable day, despite the long drive and the tedious waiting. Although at one point we did think we might be needing the psychiatric ward of the hospital to cope with the frustration of the administration procedures! Namo Amida Bu(   :

Interesting to read this and what you had to go through to get to the proper room!  Sounds like good news and I imagine somewhat of a relief.

Yes, i think the main purpose was to get me on the books. Nothing urgent at the moment, but something to be careful about. My current joke is that have about twenty ailments at the moment, but no need to worry, because only two of them are life-threatening.

Good to learn that all went well, that your doctor is ensuring you get the best care possible and that your condition is stable without the need for surgery. Namo Quan Shi Yin Bosat

RSS

Events

ITZI Conference 2017

Blog Posts

WHAT NEXT?

Posted by Susthama Kim on January 7, 2018 at 22:30 0 Comments

As far as my life goes, it is pretty boring; nothing too exciting or too adventurous. We had a ‘minor scare’ over Christmas, however, but it turned out to be nothing but a change in hormones. Had it come to fruition it would have meant another three years of my life doing nothing but the same thing that I have been doing for the past six years, and boy oh boy, I am so relieved that it was just a scare. You can never be too careful, and at the same time you can’t even plan the perfect time to…

Continue

ITALIAN DAYS

Posted by David Brazier on January 7, 2018 at 16:00 2 Comments

I am currently in Milan - a fine city. This is the commercial hub of Italy, home of many big names and innumerable small enterprises that attract shoppers from all over the world. There is quite a strong sense of energy here. The biggest tourist attractions are La Scala and the Cathedral.

I have rented a…

Continue

Johnny Halliday: la mort d'un monstre sacré

Posted by Tamuly Annette on December 18, 2017 at 21:45 1 Comment

L'engouement quasi mystique qu'a suscité la mort de Johnny Hallyday m'a incité à réfléchir sue un phénomène qui m'est apparu comme un substitut de religiosité...

Un monstre sacré

La mort de Johnny Halliday et ses obsèques le 8 décembre 2017

Il y a eu comme une sorte de fièvre médiatique lors de la mort – pourtant attendue – de notre chanteur national Johnny Halliday (Jean-Philippe Smet). Il venait de décéder un jour, après Jean d’Ormesson, et le dernier événement a en…

Continue

JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Posted by David Brazier on December 6, 2017 at 10:08 1 Comment

Johnny Hallyday died just after midnight this morning.

A vous autres, hommes faibles et merveilleux

Qui mettez tant de grâce a vous retirer du jeu

Il faut qu'une main posée sur votre épaule

Vous pousse vers la vie, cette main tendre et légère

On a tous quelque chose en nous de Tennessee

Cette volonté de prolonger la nuit

Ce désir fou de vivre une autre vie

Ce rêve en nous avec ses mots à lui

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Cette force qui nous…

Continue

© 2018   Created by David Brazier.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service