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September 21, 2017

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September 21, 2017

So, I had my gall bladder removed this morning. Had it done on the NHS in a private hospital. Superb treatment and care, I chose my surgeon, who I knew, and HE carried out the procedure himself. Private room rather  than a 'day bed' which is usually an extending armchair. Now, it would be easy to draw comparisons and be critical of NHS hospitals. But; the staff where I had my operation were all happy and smiling, they were well paid, no one was rushed off their feet, they had time to attend to their allocated patients and they obviously felt content in their employment. No 7 year 1% pay rise cap, no short staffing, running out of essentials, missed meals because of staffing shortages, none of the  negatives are overstretched  NHS staff face. My granddaughter is an NHS Staff Nurse, she is just on the 3rd of 4 in a row night shifts 1900- 0730, in charge of a ward barely one year out of uni! Anyway, I'm sore, swollen and tired so I'm going to sleep, off to the coast tomorrow for a few days we had planned away before my surgery date came through. Not driving in case anyone wondered!'

 

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2017

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September 21, 2017

Ouch - sounds painful David, although it seems a quick "in & out" job if you're able to go away tomorrow ! Is Veronika driving the Merc to the coast, or are you squeezing your pained body into her wee car !?! John (JKW) PS Keep taking the pills, you'll soon be "not sore" !!

September 21, 2017

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September 21, 2017

Thanks John, the miracle of keyhole surgery means I just have four holes in my abdomen. I know the surgeon from when I worked in the NHS, very good pair of hands and they pulled strings to get me done in the private hospital he also practices in. Not taking our car(s) at all John, my eldest granddaughter and her husband are coming with us so he is taking us in his car, a mid range Volvo.. We are staying in his parents' new mobile holiday home in Hornsea,  on the coast, about an hour or so from where we live. V hasn't really driven the Merc yet, she wants to do so when I'm not there, says I make her nervous and I will only moan if she doesn't know what all the technology does. I told her she only has to put the key in her pocket, press the start button, engage Drive and go, the handbrake automatically disengages, the mirrors unfold electronically and her seat and mirror  positions are stored on the memory. No, she wants to drive it in HER good time without me! Truth be told it's probably for the best albeit she is a very good driver. How are Carol and your children doing? Are you grandparents?  I seem to remember you had 2 children. Your daughter is a nurse I think? My granddaughters are both planning to have children in the next couple of years, not sure I'm ready to be a great grandpa quite yet. Anyway pass on our regards to your family, we had some good times in Sennelager didn't we, especially when you gave HQ Sqn the drill competition trophy for the first time ever Lol.Take care John and thanks for the post.David.

September 22, 2017

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September 22, 2017

Gallbladders run my wife's family,her mother old fashioned way feckin big scar ,herself key whole in and out in 36 hours,and my daughter same thing the last 2 in Rochdale. Easy peasy you think ,just take the rosey hint off this procedure,5 % of all gallbladder ops end up with a fatality ,30 % end up with complications and my wife had that ( snipped the bile duct) caused months of hospital visits. The other warning is that they us staples which can damage other organs/pipes etc ,SO David take it steady ,my other half went jogging 5 days afterward and then suffered for a whole year ,bile duct etc .

September 24, 2017

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September 24, 2017

I was home 4 hours after the op , Bob. The 'snipped duct issue' is a quite common  risk in this operation, my surgeon has a record of 4000 procedures, nil bile duct issues, that said always a first time I suppose. Just back from a few days at the coast, one of my laparoscopic wounds is leaking a bit but otherwise I'm great, still a bit sore but I get excellent care at home from a granddaughter who is a staff nurse. Thanks for your concern, Bob.

September 24, 2017

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September 24, 2017

honestly , the gall of the man, still on a lighter note, you will be able to peruse the outcome of several political happenings David, firstly the further two years of payments of £10 billion a year and staying under the EU cosh so too speak, it does not sit right with me, secondly, I see Corbyns tactic of having most of the questions  coming from the so called grass roots has backfired, with them asking him to reverse his so called support for Brexit, and his refusal, some very upset faces in the Militant,  Oh sorry, the Momentum part of his supporters.Thirdly, I watched the Andrew Marr show this morning, with Nick Clegg bringing out another way that Brexit sic, can be stopped at the vote in 2018 by MPs voting against it. Corbyn is saying at the moment that will not happen,  HMMM, lastly it would seem that Angela Merkel has taken a leaf out of TMs book and dropped from 42% of the vote to 32%, also letting in the hard right with it getting 13.5% beating the FDP into 4th place, and the SDP leader Martin Schulz has ruled out going back into coalition with the CDU fun and games ahead. On a more important note you are only 25 in your head not your body, take some time out and recuperate, best wishes.

September 25, 2017

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September 25, 2017

Answers to the points you make Bob;

  • 1. I always knew there would be a hefty bill, I never doubted for a moment that we wouldn't give in and agree a large exit fee. I simply don't know enough about the actual legal and contractual details of the membership rules to criticise those payments, rules that may well have been signed, sealed and delivered by UK Governments  long before this one. The 90 million euro payment Barnier was speaking of is clearly a ludicrous attempt at setting the benchmark very high in the hope of achieving a lot more than is actually due.
  • 2. Corbyn. I am not convinced Corbyn won't do another u-turn. The fact is he can't afford to lose the support of the far left or the unions. The centre ground of his party are already at his throat. I once thought he was a slightly dotty, left wing evangelist, harmless and inconsequential. I was very wrong. He is a snake in the grass and he is as lustful for power as once Clegg was and equally as prepared to employ treachery to gain it.
  • 3. Theoretically the Brexit issue could be stopped by a vote in Parliament at any time. Nothing new there, Clegg is a straw clutcher, yesterday's man telling yesterday's news. I am 100% convinced any such vote would be in favour of Brexit, were it to take place, I think Barnier and Juncker between them have guaranteed that.
  • 4. Auntie Angela. She has paid the price for her mad, bad and sad open door policy to immigrants. Germany has long had a multi party coalition Government with the Greens featuring far more prominently there than they do here in the UK. Governing the Bundestag will be no easy matter in the coming months, the loss of the Social Democrats will be a difficult cross to bear. The relative success of the AfP, the newish far right political party won't translate into that many seats in the Bundestag. The Germans have a very complicated system of translating votes into actual parliamentary seats and Merkel has several coalition  options open to her to form a new Government. This will be her 4th term of office, many Germans see her as a safe pair of hands, despite the immigration debacle. Her dream of a federalised Europe, a pseudo United States Of Europe, is unlikely to come to fruition during her time in parliament but seems to be an ever increasing probability in the longer term.
  • 5. Apropos your last point. After my op on Thursday we went to the coast the next day, returning last evening. It had been planned long before my surgery date was set. We did some gentle but reasonably long walks, took in some wonderfully refreshing sea air, ate out and had a great time. Today I have been banished to bed, one of my operation wounds is a bit unhappy with me I think, so my granddaughter, a staff nurse, is coming after work to clean it and re-dress it.i will therefore follow your kind advice and take things easy for a little while. Best wishes to you too Bob.

September 25, 2017

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September 25, 2017

David, I wish you all the very best for your recovery and continued good health, where would we be without you and your balanced reports? Tom

September 25, 2017

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September 25, 2017

Tom, thank you for your kind words, where would we be without YOUR sense of humour and wit which we read too little of these days. I truly hope you are well and happy old chum. David.

September 30, 2017

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September 30, 2017

Delayed reply to David (been away, Llandudno & L'pool) ; Carole & I are both in (relatively !) great health, eldest daughter Sandra married & working for HSBC, youngest daughter Angela is in the NHS, working as a Community Nursing Sister & runs the local team(might come in handy eh !?!). Both long  married, but no kids of their own & no plans to have any either !  Yes, great times in Sennelager, I look back fondly to those periods of my service, being there for 7 years was ideal; lovely MQ's, a decent standard of living, some fabulous Mess life, even the "work" was good mostly (!), and living in BAOR at that time was to be in a clean, settled & peaceful environment - we were lucky, even blessed, to be there at that time, and boy, did we have some great laughs along the way ! Hope you're now in full "recovery phase" after your op, Carole & I  wish you & Veronika continued good health. John (JKW)

September 30, 2017

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September 30, 2017

Really glad you and your family are well John, thank you both for your good wishes which we reciprocate. All is well on the post operation front, clips out Tuesday then back on my bike!!

October 2, 2017

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October 2, 2017

David, thanks for your support, I think that my laptop is female, cos it is only happy when it interferes with my texting!!!! That explains my lack of input lately, but at least it works perfectly while who used to be her  indoors is playing golf.....That is me in doghouse again....


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