Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Not One but Two. arrived in Night’s Darkness

 

Here in NZ we have a most wonderful St John Ambulance Service. The older vehicles are slowly being replaced with these new ones. a new design, interior fittings  streamlined to a superior standard,  yellow and green instead of white. Photos courtesy of the internet.

St John, Yellow Ambulance Shoot, Mt Wellington, Thursday 8th August 2013. Photo: Shane Wenzlick St John Ambulance #2

Hugh has had back pain, usually called , for want of a better term “ Sciatica”. Over the last 6 months we have had doctor’s visit, hospital visits, trips by ambulance, and each time have been told, you are on the waiting list, this is “ non-urgent”, you can walk with crutches, you are discharged.

Saturday evening, the pain escalated beyond the scale of “  Where is it from 1 to 10?”, Way past 10, so another call to the medics on wheels, David, at least I think that was his name, duly arrived,  lots of pain  relief, I phoned a close friend, as I realised we needed more than 2 of us to move him to a stretcher. Next thing, more flashing lights and Ambulance #2 arrived, 3 paramedics, so  off we went, David was directed to another emergency some 2 hours away, , 2 lovely ladies in the back with Hugh, one super careful driver up front. A long night, and at last, those wonderful words, “ you will be admitted”. This was decided about 11.45, we went to the ward about 2.15.

Tomorrow ( Monday ) will be a MRI, if it can be squeezed in, and X-Rays.  Another night on the Lazy-Boy chair, I am so grateful for this, caring staff ready to provide tea, coffee, or Milo  at any hour, and  they  asked if I would like some breakfast this morning about 7.30.

Kevin, with his silver chariot, arrived at 11.30 to bring me home.

My comments might be few and  far between, ( Don’t worry, I’ll still find time to read all news from  NZ  and abroad) as I fit in visits, and all else that goes with this.Hugh will be there for several days, and we are hoping for not only a diagnosis, but for this to be dealt with.I am hoping he will be able to come home free from pain.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Build a fence at the top of the cliff, or place an ambulance below”

Greetings from Jean

18 comments:

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hey Jean, maybe he has to get hip replacement. That's more or less the problem I had.

Cottage Tails said...

you are both having a rough time of it. I hope the Dr's can get to the bottom of Hughes pain.
Love Leanne

Julie Fukuda said...

That sciatic nerve is a bugger, just waiting around for any little pinch to let you know of it's objections. For a while I was getting injections directly into the spine but they only wore off all too soon. I hope Hugh can get some relief.

Jenny said...

Hugs all round for the pair of you as you go through another trying time. Do hope the docs finally get to the bottom of all this pain, so something can be done.
Best wishes from Jenny and Robin

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear, dear Jean ~ I do hope Hugh gets some relief soon. I pray that you will feel love and peace surrounding you both.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear that this is going on! Poor Hugh and you too! What a time! Nancy, I'm so happy I found you blog again! For some reason it was not on my blog roll! Don't ask, lol!
Take care~
Nancy

The Furry Gnome said...

Good luck with all this!

Georgia said...

Praying that you get good answers to Hugh's problem, whatever it truly is, and that the remedy is soon coming.
G

Kat said...

Oh, my friend, I am sorry he has still been in so much pain. Glad he was finally admitted and will pray for answers and long-term relief for this pain. My mother has suffered with the same and I know it is terrible. I will keep my eyes here for updates and will send love, ladybug hugs and prayers to you both. Xoxoxo, Kat

TexWisGirl said...

i am sorry for his long ordeal (and yours with him). i hope they can find something that can be corrected to relieve his pain!

Carol Mattingly said...

I have pain occasionally with my sciatica but never near that. I will pray. I know your jubilation at being admitted. Now comes mystery solved and hopefully a better quality of life. God Bless.

eileeninmd said...

I am sorry Hugh is in pain again. I hope the doctors are able to give him some relief. Take care and I wish Hugh well.

Barb said...

Thinking of you both, Jean and Hugh! So difficult to live with the excruciating pain. Fingers crossed that the medical people can provide answers and relief.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hope you will be well soon. Hugs Majsan//

KB Bear said...

I hope that Hugh's pain is finally diagnosed and resolved. I am so sorry for all that both of you have been through. Sending lots of love to you.

Nicky said...

You are having a right time of it aren't you Jean, at least he is in the right place to get some action. Sending you hug s and positive thoughts from down South xx

Michaele said...

Wow! I didn't know sciatica could be this bad. I do hope that they find the cause. I always worry about how hard it may be to get off pain killers. Praying hard for you.

Nancy J said...

Thank you all from my heart for caring, loving words from near and far, this wonderful blog family truly shows how close we are in spirit and mind at times like this. I am reading all your posts, and so enjoy them, my comments will return in a few days when life is easier, fondest from Jean