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.
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