Meg has had a cold and sore throat over the Christmas hol- nothing much to worry about. Just extra blood testing to make sure blood sugar levels don't get too high. Then she started to throw up , not eat or drink and after 24 hours of this and some high blood sugars, I was worried about her have high ketyones so to be safe called the out of hours NHS line. They sent over a paramedic to make sure. The paramedic said he was not too worried but had made an appointment for us to see the out of hours doc at Ipswich hospital. So we made our way there and were told to wait. The place was HEAVING !1 there were at least three doctors working but we still had to wait for two hours to be seen. There were lots of people moaning about the service - I just felt sorry for the staff.
After seeing the doctor- he said there WERE keytones in her urine, we needed to go to the assessment ward in the hospital in case they wanted to run though some fluid to flush her system. We signed in and then waited... They took bloods, Urine and put a line in just in case. A doctor examined her after a couple of hours ( really busy here too). he was concerned that she had a lot of pain in her lower abdomen and wanted her to be seen by a surgeon just in case it was appendicitis. She had an x ray of her chest - I have to say they were very thorough. More waiting.... they took more blood tests and all the other testing. I was worrying the whole time about Dan and Nats being at home alone and my battery was not charged on my phone- i had remembered to bring my external charger but forgot the lead! luckily Meg had her lead so I was able to charge her phone and call Dan every hour to check on them. Still more waiting..... Dex had come straight home from work at about midday to get us to Ipswich, so had not had any sleep. We were moved onto a ward but still hadn't seen a surgeon and had no idea if we had to stay. Meg said she was feeling better and wanted to go home ( the av age of the ladies on the ward was 70). We were all tired and getting hungry now - even Meg.Derek popped out to get us a sandwich and a glucose drink for Meg. The surgeon came and said he was not worried about her , that he did not think she had appendicitis and we could go once the ward doc said we could. We asked a nurse how long this might be and she told us that he was really busy and it would be a few hours. This was at 11pm - but this time I was REALLY worried about Nats anfd Dan, tired and fed up . Meg was complaing about the canunelar in her hand and wanted to go home. So we ended up discharging opurselves at 11.30pm. Meg is fine today- has been sleeping and drinking.
Love Soojay xx