I’m A Tad Grumpy

31 Oct

No TV cop shows were spoiled in the making of this post.

English: Stepping Hill Hospital Viewed from th...

English: Stepping Hill Hospital Viewed from the railway bridge on Bramhall Moor Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia  © Gerald England)


The dreaded ‘T’ word has been deployed – I think you know that means I’m seriously put out.

I sat at the computer for all of five minutes this morning.  The stupid chair and rotten cramped desk made my legs ache just by looking at them.  I decided to catch up with one of my favourite cop shows instead.  A character I like died saving a character I dislike.  Great.

By this time it was nine o’clock so the doctor’s surgery was open.  I waited all day yesterday and heard nothing.  No wonder my legs ache – they’ve been supporting an over-extended bladder for 24 hours.

I phoned.  Scary Receptionist wasn’t there but she had passed the details on to Uninterested Assistant Practice Manager, who ‘hadn’t gotten around to phoning’ me yet.  UAPM told me it was the Trust’s fault: they changed the ‘boundaries’ of who could have the flu jab so, even though the NHS literature says everyone with a neurological condition can have it, they mean everyone with a neurological condition who the local Trust says can have it.  I can try phoning again in early December to see if they’ve got any jabs left, but I’m not holding my breath (except to count to ten while I remember I’m supposed to love everyone, even those who work at my local doctor’s surgery).

My only comfort is that the Hub will get the flu which, because of his weak nervous system, will turn to pneumonia, causing him to be hospitalised, ruining our Christmas and costing the NHS a thousand times more in ICU fees than it would have if they’d given him the absolutely vital flu jab in the first place.

Strangely, the Hub doesn’t find that the least bit comforting, but what does he know?  He’s sick.  He is still not fully recovered from his bug and it’s been more than two weeks.  He is weak and has hardly been out of bed, never mind the house.  He went out on Sunday for thirty minutes and that knocked him flat. He’s thinking about trying to get up again today.

All joking aside, if that’s what a bug can do to him, imagine how the flu could affect him.  No wonder I’m grumpy.  I don’t want Christmas ruined.

After the waste of time that was my phone call to the doctor’s, I tried going back onto the computer to complain about it to you.  No internet for over an hour.

‘Tad’ doesn’t even begin to describe my mood today.  Well, it wouldn’t, would it? It’s a noun, not an adjective.

I would like to make one thing clear: I might complain and the Hub might get really sick but the NHS is still wonderful and one of the best healthcare systems in the world – and free, most of the time.  If the Hub does get pneumonia, they will care for him and it will cost us nothing.  So it won’t bite into my Christmas Present Budget.  There’s always a silver lining.

We have an excellent hospital in Stockport.  You may have heard of it, it was in the news: many patients were poisoned last year by a member of staff.

50 Responses to “I’m A Tad Grumpy”

  1. idiosyncratic eye October 31, 2012 at 11:53 #

    Plenty of vitamin C and probiotics. 🙂


  2. misswhiplashmisswhiplash October 31, 2012 at 12:04 #

    oh my word…come to Bulgaria ..it is so easy to get what you need


  3. Katharine Trauger October 31, 2012 at 12:20 #

    Does your excellent health care plan force you to use this exellent hospital, or may you choose a different one if you wish? I think you have given us a glimpse at what awaits us over here if we don’t wisen up. So sorry you’ve had all this trouble.


    • faydanamyjake October 31, 2012 at 14:00 #

      Hi it’s not a care plan but an institution, we are able to use any hospital we like though most ppl want the one close to home. The nhs is something to aspire to as everyone gets care not just those who can afford it.


      • Katharine Trauger October 31, 2012 at 14:18 #

        Everyone but Tilly’s hub when he needs a shot?


        • faydanamyjake October 31, 2012 at 15:01 #

          a flu shots cost £12.99 at the chemist. everyone in the whole country can’t be given one for free there would be no money left for anything else. No system is perfect. no one wants to pay 100% taxes. but the choice is yours. I enjoy sleeping at night not worrying about people.


          • Katharine Trauger October 31, 2012 at 15:40 #

            Oh. Didn’t know that about how inexpensive they are. I thought there was a gov. mix up in his case. Ah well.


            • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 1, 2012 at 12:51 #

              It is actually an excellent hospital. My Dad was treated there for cancer. I don’t blame them for the actions of a sick mind.

              I have a sick sense of humour, however; I have to blame myself for that 🙂


  4. sharechair October 31, 2012 at 12:25 #

    Health care makes me very grumpy too. It’s so broken. I hope your Hub feels better, soon.


  5. jmgoyder October 31, 2012 at 13:06 #

    Now I am really worried about you – yikes!


  6. faydanamyjake October 31, 2012 at 13:57 #

    That’s the trouble, it’s free but choices have to be made. Have you tried going via his doctor who knows his situation? Or buying the jab yourself. Am I dreaming I saw it offered reasonably at a high street chemist last year?


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 1, 2012 at 12:54 #

      He went to his doctor last year, after a similar rigmarole. He gave it to him. If he can get an appointment, he’ll do it again.

      I didn’t know you could buy it yourself. If he can’t get an appointment, that’s what he’ll do. It will be money well spent.


  7. faydanamyjake October 31, 2012 at 14:03 #

    http://www.boots.com/en/Winter-Flu-Jab-Service_1282215/ cheer up, it’s 12.99 at boots 🙂


  8. adinparadise October 31, 2012 at 14:38 #

    Lots of flu shots on offer at every pharmacy both here and in South Africa. I wish I could send you one over. Hope hubby steers clear of the flu.


  9. vivinfrance October 31, 2012 at 15:37 #

    6 euros here. I wouldn’t have had to pay for mine, but the free one fell out of my pocket en route for the clinic! Why don’t you ring your local health authority and complain? Or ask to speak to the doctor instead of to scary receptionists? This is too important to let go. As one who has experienced NHS and the French system, where we pay and get re-imbursed, where for chronic conditions we don’t pay anything, the French system works way better than UK.


  10. laurieanichols October 31, 2012 at 15:38 #

    Your wit is so bitingly fabulous. On a serious note, the flu virus is nasty. So the best defense against it is wash, wash, wash, your hands. And don’t sneeze or cough on the Hub. What does happen here in the States is that they pick one flu virus to innoculate against and in actuality, it is a completely different flu virus that comes to sicken us. I hope that the Hub gets better and doesn’t get the flu and for that matter neither you nor the boys.


  11. gigihawaii October 31, 2012 at 15:58 #

    Oh my gosh, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, Tilly. How awful for your hubby. My thoughts and prayers are with him today. Hope he recovers soon. We leave for India on Nov 1. Can’t wait. I am bringing my laptop so will try to read your blog every day. God bless!


  12. robincoyle October 31, 2012 at 16:39 #

    You have every right to be EXTREMELY grumpy. The word “tad” is too gentle and friendly-like.


  13. Grannymar October 31, 2012 at 17:02 #

    I’d talk to the GP, very often they never what transpires in those phonecalls.


  14. terry1954 October 31, 2012 at 17:51 #

    great blog and easy to understand where u r coming from!!


  15. slpmartin October 31, 2012 at 20:24 #

    Hmm…remind me not to get ill in Stockport..but I do hope you workout the flu shot issue before he has to go to the hospital.


  16. benzeknees October 31, 2012 at 21:14 #

    I think it’s time to change tactics here – grab Hub & march down to the physician’s office, demand his jab & don’t leave till you get it! Pneumonia is not something to be toyed with.


  17. vastlycurious.com November 1, 2012 at 01:34 #

    I completely identify with having a bad day today..Maybe the night will be better?


  18. Three Well Beings November 2, 2012 at 07:44 #

    I have a number of friends just completely freaked out over the thought of our national health system-to-be…I’d better be sure they don’t read this! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 2, 2012 at 11:56 #

      Tell your friends not to worry. It’s like marriage. You moan and moan about them but you love them really and can’t live without them 🙂


  19. brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR) November 5, 2012 at 16:34 #

    Isn’t it true to keep health as our #1 priority? What do we have without health? It’s sad that receptionists do have the power of life and death. They decide if your call is important or not to address with the doctor or to schedule you an appointment. Many people are far to sick to argue or be assertive with the receptionist.

    Everyone needs an advocate when they are not well. If someone would benefit from a flu shot, get one and prevent complications so it doesn’t become deadly. Sounds like your health care system is effective and provides everyone with healthcare. Everyone is entitled to care and health.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 6, 2012 at 22:44 #

      They are. Or they should be. It makes sense to give as many people as possible a flu jab, because the cost to society if everyone gets sick will be much higher than the cost to stop it happening in the first place. An ounce of prevention and all that.


  20. idiosyncratic eye November 27, 2012 at 21:31 #

    Here’s a cheerful press release for you to delight in: http://www.actionforme.org.uk/get-informed/news/our-news/seasonal-flu-jab-advice-from-the-cmo. Thought of your battles when I saw the headline for it. 😉


  21. gerald December 30, 2012 at 11:07 #

    Cheers for crediting my copyright to the photograph.



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