07-May-2011 – 02:30hrs. MAU NEWPORT! Well I’ve Seen The Doctor!

07-May-2011 – 02:30hrs. MAU NEWPORT! Well I’ve Seen The Doctor!
Hi,
well having come in at about 20:00hrs. Finally all tests done cultures etc. and the results are back and FINALLY, although I knew I was doomed to stay, I have JUST seen the Doctor.

02:30hrs. and I have actually seen someone qualified in my field!

They have however finally cleared the waiting room:

A young lass who gave her name as Minna, probable Persian or Arab (actually Iraqi/Pakistanni parents), pleasant and as with all other treatment I have had she was thorough.
I gather my platelets are down to 34 – The Consultant Haematologist has been suitably woken/annoyed ;-).
The action plan is put me onto an anti biotics for the possible infection, seemingly from the mouth/teeth as clearly the imune system is somewhat stuffed and having trouble coping with the normal infections that flourish in the mouth!!!
As for transfusing, since the normal range of platlets is around 150,000 to 300,000 expressed as 150 to 300 and mine are now down to 34 the plan is to leave well alone for the rest of the night (what little exists) keeping a watching brief and then do a full set of bloods in the morning.
Once the new bloods are through then the decisions will be made!!!
Meanwhile back at the ranch and they are trying to find me a bed – that will no doubt keep half a dozen managers occupied! I gather I MAY get a bed but failing that they will put me on a trolley.
This is in the NHS where in Wales the blithering idiots in the so aptly named National ass for Wales have squandered £1Billion of health service money.

I note even the discredited half wits in the Welsh Lib. Dims. stated in their election leaflet:

Labour and Plaid are wasting a staggering £1Billion in our NHS.
They’ve wasted money shuffling bureaucrats around instead of focusing on the real problems.
This money should have been spent on healthcare – wasting it is a disgrace.

Not least of the stupidities has been rebadging The Gwent area NHS from the meaningless Glan Hafran Trust to the even more foolish Aneurin Bevan Trust – rebadging EVERYTHING – so just imagine the cost of that.

They have even produced an entirely new uniform for all the nurses right across Wales – they are ugly beyond belief!

Imagine a nurses uniform top that is firstly too short for the width of all too many of the nurses!
Secondly what idiot would design a nurses uniform that could ONLY be removed over the head!

This of course is prone to destroying any effort they may make to have a hair style, but far more concerning, do the idiots who designed them expect nursing staff to cut their way out and throw them away if they become contaminated with let us say blood, faeces or vomit!

Did anyone do any joined up thinking?
I am also aware that many of the nurses have found the new fabric used causes rashes.
The NHS quite clearly, like so much else in the over blown and over pasi public sector Kleptocracy of QUANGOs needs root and branch pruning reducing the useless levels of management and political nere do wells and apparatchicks by at least 50% to start with.
How can we expect a decent health service when it is dragged to its knees, not by medical requirements but management incompetence and political interferrence.
Oh well I gather I am considered quite unwell – it is astonishing that after 4 hours sleep last night I was awake at about 09:30hrs. And it is 03:00hrs. And still no bed.
The medical side jumps through all the hoops and delivers to the best of the equipment and manpower available.
Yes there ARE more managers feeding off of The NHS than there are beds – it is those excessive managers who believe that the best way to improve the service is to pay ever higher salaries, perks and pensions to managers and fund it by out sourcing basic secretarial services to Indian companies via Irish sub contractors – you couldn’t make it up could you!
OK no bed is likely to be available but they can give me a trolley in the open trolley bay!
I wonder how many wards the managers have closed this weekend to fund their salaries and pension contributions.
We have decided that since bloods will probably be somewhere around 05:00hrs. to 06:00hrs. I’ll stay in this consulting room and if very tired I can doze!
I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
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20-Apr-2011 – THE DAY HAS COME – CHEMO. DAY ONE!!!

20-Apr-2011 – THE DAY HAS COME – CHEMO. DAY ONE!!!

Hi,

well the day has come!

I can’t say I am not concerned but it would be a huge exageration to claim I’m scared of it – I am anything but as chemo may prove to be my very best friend and save my life – despite all the grave warnings of sickness, hair loss, being ill, feeling terrible and the like – all give you a temperature be it a bit high or a bit low failure leaves you COLD!

So this is the first step to recovery, even if due to the sheer incompetence of the National Ass for Wales management of what was once a National Health Service – and was meant to be just that under the Beverrage Plan until the idiot Aneurin Bevan was given the job of implementing the policy which having failed to understand it – in part from inate stupidity but much as a result of his Champagne Socialist prefferences and idiology not to mention the input of his Marxist wife Jenny Lee.

The result has been that The NHS has become an over managed, mismanaged political football surrounded by Political idiologies and acting through its multi layered Kleptocrtatic QUANGOcracy as little more than a sponge to mop up unemployable quasi socialist middle class management of clearly low grade.

How come I find 3 stories of A&E in a pile of cardboard boxes as a permanent potacabin encampment at The Royal Gwent if it were not for missmanagement?

The huddle of cardboard boxes bolted onto the Velindre Hospital as a CDU (where I have my chemo.) with ramped bits of board to join up the levels on uneven ground. I gather this cardboard city was a temporary measure whilst further facilities were built but 3.1/2 years on there is no sign of the building and the ceilings in the cardboard boxes is buckling and breaking up.

One only ever notices ceilings in Hospital Beds and Honey Moon Suites!

This is a product of The Devolved Irresponsibility of The risibly over styled dump for useless space wasting of The Welsh Assembly Government.

A useless QUANGO in itself – merely a means of rubber stamping EU Directives and bribing yet another army of unemployable lick spittles who have, so I am reliably informed in print by The equally idiotic Lib.Dims. have wasted £1Billion of health SERVICE money in the last 12 months!

Sadly I am not surprised – When you note the huge amount of time, effort and investment that has been put into re-badging The Gwent Hospital Trust as ‘The Aneurin Bevan Hospital Trust’ and kitting out all the nurses in new uniforms and re-liverying all the Hospital and Trust vehicles – Did this help a single patient? Did it clean a single filthy ward? Did it save a single life?

I believe you will find that every question gets an emphatic NO.

However for lack of competent management and utter dishonesty and failure to supply the hospital with the requisite CT Scanner or for that matter manage additional shifts to ensure clinical needs were met – I for one may prove in the long run to have been killed by the self serving utter incompetence of Health Care Wales which sees itself as a job creation and marketing organisation designed to display the incompetence and irrelevance of most forms of Consultancy and Administarion, when particularly exempt from accountability as is too often the case in the feather bedded world of The Snivel Cervants.

Well off to Velindre we left with time to spare expecting to arrive at 12:45hrs. for 13:00hrs. – NO SUCH LUCK!

Just before the Coldra Roundabout the traffic ground to a halt – so we phoned to say we would be late but no idea when the CDU was great and just reassured us it would be OK they would fit us in. As a result of some rather ‘rapid’ driving after we passed the single lorry sitting undamaged in the center lane about 5 miles on, we were a mere 20 minutes late!

No problem we gather as Pharmacy is running 1.1/2 hours behind (A Management problem due to lack of allocation of resources in staff numbers to maintain the right output for clinical need) – IS THERE ANY PART OF THE NHS NOT BEING DESTROYED BY ITS OWN USELESS MANAGEMENT?

Well after much time wasting eventually we set off on the treadmill, so to speak.

Bed allocated and then the tedium of signing my life away admitting I knew the risks and knew this was not a cure and knew etc. etc. etc. and now sign this form.

I kept thinking if they can’t manage to keep the ceiling boards up and house the unit in something more solubrious than a glorified packing case wjhat chance they had a clue what they were doing with the medical treatment!!

Anyway medical steps:

01: Place fist and forarm in a bucket of hot/warm water for 5 minutes to relax and open all the veins (that’ll fool them!)

02: Find a suitable vein on the back of the hand and see if you can make it hurt as you insert a cannula needle:

03: Flush the vein for a few minutes with saline.

04: Switch to a bag of chemo that goes in at 999mg an hour so about 40 minutes!
      The first bag was the Gemcitabine which is using a saline carrier – no effects discomfort or pain

05: Flush the vein for a few minutes with saline.

06: Switch to a second bag of chemo that goes in at 999mg an hour so about 40 minutes!
      The second bag was the Carboplatin which uses a glucose carrier base and is in a black bag cover as it is light sensative (I hope I have these two the right way around! More to the point I hope they did!!!!) – no effects discomfort or pain.

07: Flush the vein for a few minutes with saline.

08: remove needles/cannula & tapes and away to go 😉

09: WELL NOT QUITE!
      More ‘debriefing’ this time with a care packet and warnings that I may have all sorts of dire consequences like sickness & heavy periods!! well that’s what the leaflet says! diarrhoea, flue like symptoms, temperature and durance vile!!
So here is a big bag of specialist anti sickness pills and our phone number 24/7 if you have ANY queries.

Well let the lions into the arena and as a gladiator about to do battle salute the Emperor:
‘Those about to die Salute you Caesar’

It was more convincing in The Colosseum than in a cardboard box set up as a Welsh NHS chemo clinic I’m sure!

Well off home expecting to be ill at any moment and shiver and ache with the ague!

Eventually I went to bed at about 04:00hrs. having waited until I was feeling ill so that I could THEN try to sleep on and sleep through it – but no sign of the ill bit, so I gave up and went to bed!

I do feel sorry for Lee – I have no option but enjoin the battle but she has the onerous task of watching and hoping that all will be well, it must be very scarey for her after more than half of her life with me!

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order.
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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01291 – 62 65 62

12-Apr-2011 – DEATH by MANAGEMENT?

12-Apr-2011 – DEATH by MANAGEMENT?

Hi,

early screening is a great idea, as one of the great keys to Cancer survival is early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

It does make me wonder that although I have now had cancer for 13 years this latest TCC (Transitional Cell Carcinoma) was obvious during my bladder op. in December – just look at the Cancer Diary and consider the dates!

For more details on TCC CLICK HERE

Having discovered the tumour in the bladder and aware that it MIGHT be through the bladder wall I can only call the 4.1/2 months of delay utter incompetence on the part of management at some level in the idiotic multi level QUANGOcracy that is Britain’s NHS of today, as a result of the 13 years of obscene misrule and economic illiteracy of our Government.

Had my surgeon in December been able to carry on and do the obvious by removing a cuff or coin around the site and re-establish the integrity of the bladder at the time would I now be facing a potential death sentence? Would cancer have ever had the chance to spread to the lymph glands?

Would I need chemo. with its consequences and far from wonderfull side effects and poor prognosis?

To what extent can it now be argued that due to the incompetence of the multi layered QUANGOcracy that is the modern NHS and the childish doctrinal weenie waggling of NHS Wales, desperately wasting public money on reforms and rebadging etc. – not because it provides a better service but purely because they can to hide their over staffing and inadequacies as managers or even politicians they end up killing patients.

Just what is the value of spending a small fortune on rebadging The NHS Health Care in Monmouthshire after Aneurin Bevan when he was clearly utterly useless, was arguably one of the first champagne socialists – neglected his constituents in The Valleys and although married to an outspoken Communist used his Ministerial income to buy a farm in Surrey or was it Sussex.

Just what did Aneurin Bevan ever do for Health Care in Britain let alone wales – it was he who was charged to implement the decision made by the previous Government and agreed to by Labour and The Liberals to impliment Lord Beverridge’s Plan for a National Health Service and almost all of todays problems in The NHS can be attributed to Aneurin Bevin who seemingly was too stupid to understand The Beverridge Plan and could not resist tampering with it – resulting in it becoming a political football with a massive overstaffing of managers relative to medical staff and medical management – we lack even the ability to train adequate staff hence the huge number of aliens imported from third world countries who can ill afford to loose their most valuable assets!

Surely the cost of rebadging in Monmouthshire would have been far better spent on another CT Scanner and better management of MEDICAL resources – who cares what uniform nurses have or what fatuous badges are on NHS vehicles.

I believe a more available scanner would stand far more chance of having saved my life and ensured that the cancer had not spread than any amount of ego trips for inadequates with what can only be described as non jobs!

Many will find this article of interest CLICK HERE
Which together with this CLICK HERE
indicates it is not just The NHS going off the rails!

We seem not only to have moved into a ‘Post democratic Era’ where Politicians are an entity in their own right but where we have little or no meaningful say as all too much of our lives is clearly founded on NON Science, NON Logic, NON Entities and NON Jobs functioning for their own personal gain at the expense of the society they are paid to serve yet seemingly believe are merely there to ensure their incomes!

When will a death due to this level of self serving indifference be found to be at least manslaughter if not murder by a Coroners’ Court or is that as hopelessly unlikely as a Police Officer being charged with murder when they gun down yet another innocent victim!

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order.
.
Thoughts and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Right Sidebar. You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help.
.
YOU are welcome to call me if you believe I can help in ANY way.
.

Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01291 – 62 65 62