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Mar. 26.

Waffle Wednesday: Waiting for a Bed

ww-bedthI HATE waiting. Despise it. Yet it is something we all do so often. We wait for buses, trains, for the kettle to boil, or for that phone call, to say a bed is available for you. I do think that is one of the hardest things to wait for though.

A little background first. Last November I was admitted to hospital with an infection, which we found out to be caused by blockages in my kidneys and bladder. 5 weeks, and several procedures later, I was released in time for Christmas, with the thoughts of going back in after 6 weeks to have a stent taken out of one of my kidneys and a couple of tests to check that the blockage had been cleared. Fair enough. I got a few weeks out of Hospital over Christmas, and could relax before going back in to finish the job.

A few weeks later, I got the phone call to say it’ll be a couple of days, but we will call and confirm. They did call, but it was to cancel. Then we tried again. Another phone call, this time to say we’ll call Friday about admission on a Monday. The call on Friday was to ask me to call and check on Monday morning, for an admission that day. Monday came and went, with no bed. And so, I waited, and waited, and… Waited some more. Eventually, I called them, just to remind them that I was here. Finally, this week, I got another phone call. Again, we’ll confirm on Friday for admission on Monday. Again, there’s a weekend in there too, where who knows what will happen. It all sounds a bit Groundhog Day. Just without the Groundhog, really.

It’s not even that I’m impatient. I can be very patient when I need to be. What is getting to me is not being able to plan anything. Not being able to look for work. Missing an event or a night out with friends happens, ans I’m lucky to have such understanding friends. It’s impossible to go to a potential employer though, and say “Hire me! But by the way, I’ll be going into hospital at some point. I don’t know when and I don’t know for how long. But hire me anyway!” I’d just love to be able to get this all sorted, and get on with life, but until I finally get that phone call, I’ll be here, waiting for a bed…

Have you got any good or bad experiences like this? Are you not a big fan of waiting either? Let me know in a comment!

Robyn

Note: This is not a rant about the health service. I am very grateful to the excellent healthcare professionals who took care of me, and who work in the health service. It is not an easy job, and we should all be thankful to those who can do it. It’s simply a way for me to vent.

 

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  • This practice drives me insane. The way the hospitals are run is an absolute joke. Ill cross my fingers and toes that the bed is still there on Monday so that you can get on with your life

    • Hospital management is appalling, but the staff are amazing. I just want to get everything sorted at this stage. Hopefully Monday :-)

  • Im so sorry Robyn, its an absolute disgrace! I hope you get good news soon x

    • I know emergencies take priority, and I understand that, as I was an emergency case in November. I just want and hope everything gets sorted soon!

  • Oh, Robyn, I feel your frustration. I’ve been there a few times over the years. Not being able to make proper plans while to wait for a hospital bed is never fun. I really hope you get seen to soon and can get back to living life properly as opposed to all this waiting.

    • I know there are so many people who can relate to what I’m saying. The health service is quite good when you’re in it. It’s just so frustrating waiting to get into it in the first place!

      • *while waiting, not while to wait. D’oh!

        That’s it exactly. I’ve always received great care once I’m seen, some of it as an emergency case, but the wait for outpatients and non emergency procedures is a massive pain.

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