Well, 3 doses of Rennies and Gaviscon later, it was no better - plus my arm was aching. Not wanting to scare my hubbie too much, I gently said "I've a touch of indigestion, but it's not going away - I think we should phone someone....."
The rest is a blur, but after a mad dash with the "blues and twos", and running several sets of red traffic lights (so I am informed), we arrived at my nearest Cardiac Unit, where we were met and escorted straight into the "cath lab". Some 60 minutes later, I was half sitting up in bed, now complete with a stent, but at least no longer in excrutiating pain (apart from bruising in the groin area).
I was lucky - very lucky, that it was "caught" at a fairly early stage. My recovery was good, and I was discharged on Friday, complete with a new range of little tablets.
Where would we get a similar service in the private sector - the NHS were outstanding.
MORAL OF THE STORY - don't ignore "indigestion" type pains if they don't quickly fade away - it could easily be a quite different story.........
I had to get off the floor, but I can't do it easily, so on all fours I crept into the main room when I could hold on to things there.
My nose was very swollen, and actually had a cut on it. I have two black eyes, which are slowly getting better. To be positive I think what a good idea it is that we have plastic glasses!
I didn't think it needed a call to the doctor, nor my family, as I just felt pretty grim and didn't want people telling what I should do.. I was shivvering and went to bed early.
Next day I rang the family and they were rather cross that I didn't get the doctor. I feel at our age falling over is a common thing.
However today, a friend told me today that I might be suffering from shock. Heavens. So off I went to Google, but don't think I am suffering from shock either. But everyone was so worried about me that I eventually spoke to the doctor and really there isn't much people can do anhyway.
Let this be a warning.
I have been searching for it, but although there are a lot of them, in people's replies it has been said that some are far too fishy.
The people who made it had a name, I think, beginning with A.
My favourite glasses are light and rimless, but they broke a month or so ago and couldn't be repaired so I have been wearing my second pair, which I really don't like much, they seem stiff and heavy.
On arrival I had the usual 'puff in the eye' glaucoma test, the vision field test (my mother had glaucoma, so I get the full works!), and photographs were taken of my eyes, involving blinding flashes - torture! All was well, so I went in for my vision test. Now I don't know if this happens with anyone else, but when asked "Which is clearer, number one, or" - turning the lens over - "number two?" I turn into a dithering wreck......!
New prescription written and off I went, accompanied by one of the nice Specsavers' ladies, to choose my new glasses (two pairs). Now the real problem starts. How do you choose new glasses if, when you put them on, you can't see what you look like? Does anyone else have this problem? I sometimes wear contact lenses, but it takes me ages to put them in and take them out. The last time I went the optician did it for me, but I forgot to ask him today and he was already seeing the next person. Anyway, I was okay with the first pair, just chose an updated version of my broken glasses, but for the second pair relied very heavily on the advice of two of the nice Specsavers' ladies. I'm sure they'll be fine - they are also rimless, but the arms are pink, with sparkly bits.....well, it is Christmas soon!
A guest blog by Paul Harrison
who has been in the hearing aid industry for 20 years and
whose business is: www.yourhearing.co.uk
In recent years, you have probably noticed that you can’t read about hearing aids without seeing the word ‘wireless’ popping up everywhere. What does this actually mean though? What are you really getting if you purchase a wireless hearing aid?
Well, over the last few years, technology has greatly advanced and today’s hearing aids are capable of doing things that you never would have thought possible.
technology in hearing aids has led to the introduction of what
most manufacturers call binaural features. This means that the
different features work better because the hearing aids work
together. They use a signal similar to the one found in mobile
phones (Bluetooth) and can send information back and forth
between the two hearing aids.
So if you adjust one hearing aid, the other will automatically change to match it meaning there is no messing about trying to get them both at the same level. Binaural microphones also mean that the hearing aids work together to make sure you hear all the sounds around you naturally without having to keep turning your head.
This technology allows you to hear sounds more clearly than ever before without constantly having to make adjustments. Obviously, if you only wear one hearing aid then the benefits of this wireless capability are greatly reduced.
Not only have the improvements in wireless technology improved sound quality, they also allow you to ‘get connected’.
What we mean by this is that today’s wireless hearing aids can be connected to a number of different things that you use regularly. Many hearing aid users have difficulty with certain devices or in certain situations so accessories have been developed to help make your life easier. Although some manufacturers offer devices that will stream sound directly into the hearing aids, many require you to purchase an additional streamer device. These are usually worn around the neck and will transmit the sound from your audio devices into the hearing aids.
Using the Phone
Some wearers find that they have to remove their hearing aids when using the telephone for a number of reasons. This can often make it very difficult to hear the conversation. Some wearers even say that they frequently miss calls because they haven’t heard the phone ringing at all. Well, thanks to improvements in wireless technology, many manufacturers now offer an accessory that can provide the perfect solution to this problem.
These accessories can be connected to a landline or mobile phone and give you a completely hands free listening experience. Firstly, the accessory can be set up so that when it rings, you hear an alert in your hearing aids. This means you never have to worry about missing a call no matter what you are doing or where you are. You can then use a button on your accessory to answer the call so you don’t even have to get up to answer the phone or take your mobile out of your pocket or bag.
Secondly, once connected, the conversation will be streamed directly into your hearing aids without having to hold the phone to your ear. The main benefit of this is that you will hear the conversation in both ears at the same time so you never miss what people are saying.
So we’ve mentioned that you can have an accessory to help with the phone, but what about the other audio devices in your home? Well, most manufacturers have a solution for those too.
If there are other people in your home who don’t wear hearing aids then there is a good chance you have disagreed over the television volume once or twice. Having the sound turned up to high levels can often be uncomfortable for people who don’t suffer with a hearing loss. Have you ever found that the voices still sound muffled even when you do have it turned up really loud?
There is now a small device available that can be connected to your television that can put an end to these disputes and help everyone watch in comfort. Often used with the streamer device we mentioned earlier, these TV accessories will send the sound straight into your hearing aids. It gives the same effect as wearing headphones without feeling uncomfortable or anti-social. The beauty of these devices is that you can then control your own personal volume through the hearing aids while everyone else can watch at their own level.
same way, these accessories can be connected to your stereo or
music player so you can hear clearly and again, adjust your own
volume without it affecting others around you.
Out and About
You have already heard the benefits of the mobile phone accessory which can allow you to hear a conversation wherever you are, but how else can wireless technology help you when you are away from home?
Personal music players such as iPods or mP3 players are becoming increasingly popular in today’s modern world. If you wear hearing aids though, they can be difficult to use. Obviously, you can’t wear earphones and hearing aids at the same time, so what is the solution? New wireless accessories allow you to have the sound from the music player sent straight into the hearing aids. It essentially turns your aids into the earphones. Again, this allows you to easily adjust the volume to a level right for you.
Have you ever declined an invitation to a restaurant or party because you have difficulty hearing conversations in noisy environments? Well, new technology means that you never have to worry about this again. There are new devices known as microphone accessories which are designed to help in exactly this type of situation.
In a one to one conversation, you can attach the microphone to the other person’s clothing and it will pick up their side of the conversation. Their voice will then be sent into your hearing aids so you hear clearly whatever the situation. It further increases your ability to hear as it will suppress all the unwanted background noise, bringing the speech sounds forward.
In group discussions, the microphone can be placed on a table and it will pick up the speakers voice in the same way. This can be useful for dinner parties or even work meetings.
Most wireless hearing aids also offer some form of remote control which allows you to adjust the various features of the hearing aids without having to worry about fiddly little buttons on the aids themselves.
technology has surged forward in the last few years meaning you
can now feel more connected to the rest of the world in so many
different ways. With these continuing advancements it is exciting
to imagine what they are going to be able to do in the
Author Bio: Paul Harrison has been in the hearing aid industry for 20 years and in that time he has worked at both retailer and manufacturer level. Pauls business www.yourhearing.co.uk is a online portal that connects hearing aid audiologists with hearing aid users and if required hearing aids can be supplied a much lower costs than on the high street all with the same aftercare and warranties.
I have dementia, it’s a terminal disease, I am slowly dying and disappearing right in front of my families eyes, bit by bit each and every day. They say a cure could be 10 to 20 years away from now, too late for me. I have dementia but I am not daft!! I lost my Father and wonderful grandmother to this awful disease so I know what my future holds. I wake each and every night, screaming and shouting, fighting enemies who are completely invisible to anybody else.
I hear my mum shout my name, I see and feel my dog (Shane) slide up to me on the settee, and I also have full conversations with my best friend Mark about how things are going! All three have been dead for years!! I’ve seen myself walk out of a lift whilst sitting facing in a cafe, and I have felt myself dying in bed trying to call my “Angel” Elaine’s name to tell her I love her before I do. I look into my children’s eyes and wonder who they are about to become, how they will manage, and who will stand guard over them all as I have done for so many years.
Even after all these years I still come across so called “Friends” who cross the road from me now rather than say hello because they think it might be contagious !! I have to be held by the hand at all times as I have lost all my road sense and would walk straight in front of a car in an instant!! I see the way people look at us when Elaine has to be a little sharp with me so I don’t get knocked down, Elaine sees it also, but what can she do?? I am not a child, and yet she looks after me as if I am, but that’s ok, if she didn’t I would get hurt!!
Most days I disappear into a world of my own. I used to say nothing bad ever happened in my world, now sometimes, it seems totally opposite. I want to scream and shout sometimes, but I know if I do, that people will look at me and think AWWWWW, must be his Dementia!!! The slightest thing that goes wrong and it’s the end of the world as far as I am concerned. Things I used to take in my stride are now totally devastating, and yet???
I smile, we smile, we all smile, through thick and thin we smile. We go out, into the big bad world, every day and try to make people understand why I, and others feel like this and why this disease makes you feel as if you are the loneliest person in the world, even though you are surrounded by love. Why do we smile and go out there every day? Because we are born to fight!! We are genetically made up to fend off all that is thrown at us and make the best of what we have!! Where we get the strength from? Nobody knows, but somehow, we get up in the mornings day after day and face head on whatever is thrown at us!!
WHY DO WE ALL DO THIS DAY AFTER DAY? (Just some more than others)
Because we have hope!! Because we hope one day all will be well or at least be a little better tomorrow than today and that is enough for us to hold onto. That little bit of hope is enough to feed our soul, help us breath, speak our words and have our voices heard, just that little bit of hope can do so much. So please my friends, whatever situation you are in, whatever your health may be like, please hold on tight to that little bit of hope, because, even something so small, that can’t be seen, touched, tasted, heard or smelt, can bring a little happiness to each and every heart in the world!!
All my love, Norrms and family xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
They are having a CQC inspection on the 18th October and the Care Quality Commission want to hear in advance of the inspection the views of the voluntary sector.
We will be holding a focus group for groups to meet the inspectors and feed back their client experiences. What the inspectors hear will then be the basis of the questions they ask the Royal Surrey when they go in and do the inspection a week later. This is the first time the CQC have approached an inspection in this way in the country so this is an experiment for them.
If anyone has any recent experience of using the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford - either as a patient, a carer, a family member or a visitor please message me privately with your views - both positive and negative and I will feed them back to the CQC inspectors.