We once got to house-sit for someone rent-free and utilities for free for 2 months on the condition that I switched the lights on and off in the evenings and took their car out for half an hour once a week. We already had a rental apartment so we sub-let that and one way and another we were quids-in (OK dollars-in as we were in the US).
Calling 111 at about 7:30 this morning because the severe pain in my leg hadn’t improved since the weekend. Sensible questions then the said they’d forward their report to my GP who would be in contact “sometime during the morning”.
Less than half an hour later they called me and arranged an appointment for 10:40 this morning. By 11:30 I’d left with a diagnosis (sciatica) and a box of co codamol, which are proving very effective.
So it wasn’t a trapped nerve, she had the appt with my brothers neighbour and a specialist. They took one look at her hand which was blue, looked very worried and suspect it’s a blocked artery rather than trapped nerve. He passed his notes on to her GP who then phoned her and said he suspects the pain is due to arthritis and not a blocked artery.
Yesterday she had an appt with the GP (that he had requested as they had forgotten to schedule her cancer bone scan due last year) where he said “right what are you here for” so she said you asked me to come in. Once again he said the pain in her arm is down to arthritis.
Last night she had a TIA, ambulance arrived within 15mins, gave her an aspirin and said they won’t take her to hospital as it had passed and she would be waiting hours to be seen.
Dad phoned the GP this morning to get a referral to the stroke unit for her. Ambulance service had sent the notes to him and his response was “yes I’ve got them but don’t really understand what they are saying” following lots of waffling my dad got fed up. Phoned my brothers neighbour and within 30mins he had her booked in for this Thursday.
From the NHS website that the GP could have quite easily just googled.
If a TIA is suspected, you should be offered aspirin to take straight away. This helps to prevent a stroke.
Even if the symptoms disappear while you’re waiting for an ambulance to arrive, you still need to be assessed in hospital.
You should be referred to see a specialist within 24 hours of the onset of your symptoms.
Trying to resist the urge to throttle the GP at the moment.