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DRAD3
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby DRAD3 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:20 pm

Hi Paul - well done you for looking after yourself. I think we have all learnt that we can't rely on anyone else to do it. I think the whole NHS is so under-resourced that everyone is struggling to do their jobs properly and unfortunately patients are suffering. I don't know what the answer is but I do hope that things improve soon.
Thinking of you and hoping you are OK, all things considered.
love
Deb
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yorkypaul
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby yorkypaul » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:50 pm

Thanks Deb. Today I should have been driving up to be with my love. Instead, I will drive up on Monday to stay in her house with her sons ready for the funeral on Tuesday. I console myself with the thought that her suffering is over but, to be honest, it's not helping me enough. I need to find a way of gaining strength to face the future without her. I haven't decided how the heck I am going to do that yet. Maybe I need to take one step at a time - Tuesday 09:30 is the next milestone.
I learnt a lot about the NHS machine during our fight against this awful disease. I am already 8 months in arrears with whatever it is that is causing my problems due, once again, to GP apathy. My Andrea told me to push like hell to make sure I am not overlooked like she was. Rest assured, having seen how things do not always run smoothly within the NHS machine, I will push and question at every opportunity. I owe it to my Andrea not to fall through the same holes that she did. Hopefully, my results will show nothing of importance.
Fight the corner for your loved one at every opportunity. Best advice I can give, based on our own experience. Stay strong and positive everyone.
Hugs,
Paul x

DRAD3
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby DRAD3 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:41 pm

Hi Paul - you are right - it really is one step at a time, one hurdle at a time and one milestone to reach but reach them you will. You know how strong you are, you have shown that with your ability to cope with everything over recent months and that strength will see you through the coming months too. It will not be easy but you will get there. Keep your focus on remembering your lovely lady, your shared loving moments and remember she will be encouraging you to carry on and take care of yourself now. I will think of you both on Tuesday and send lots of love.
Deb
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yorkypaul
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby yorkypaul » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:53 am

Thanks Deb.
Hugs,

Paul xx

Sueba
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby Sueba » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:28 pm

Paul
Thinking about you tomorrow,sending strength and support

Sue B
Xx

Sammy-Lou
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby Sammy-Lou » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:24 pm

Just wanted to pop on to say I will be thinking of you and Andrea tomorrow and hope you find that strength we all know you have inside you to get through it.
Love and hugs to you and all the family
Sam xx

DRAD3
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby DRAD3 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:42 am

Thinking of your today, Paul.
much love
Deb
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susikus
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby susikus » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:48 am

I am thinking of you today too Paul. One step at a time. You will be able to do this, bit by bit. Big hugs
love
Sue
xxx

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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby laura » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:03 pm

hope things went as you wished today paul, i cannot imagine how you must be feeling, but so hope that slowly you will be able to move forward, safe in the knowledge that anything that needed doing for your wife, YOU DID.
you have been an absolute tower of strength, and i hope now that your strength will once more come into play, and that you will receive similar loving support.
thinking of you, love laura xxx

yorkypaul
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby yorkypaul » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:46 am

Thank you so much my wonderfully supportive forum friends. Yesterday went off ok in spite of the snow (having to wait in falling snow with the flowers at the top of Andrea's street as the hearse and cortege car would not be able to get back up the hill). The minister did a nice service and read out the passage that Andrea had dictated to me and then had been tweaked by her son with her a day or so later. I don't need to tell you how much I was in pieces - you will know that. Andrea's lovely Welsh family had driven up through the bad weather. We all had a meal in Durham at their hotel in the evening. There were more tears of course (not just mine).
Today, my feeling of devastation and loss is indescribable. It's as if I have nothing to cling to now - even though in my brain I knew she had gone forever - I was with her when she went remember. She wanted me to be strong and to keep going. I will try. I have to work as normal today, but God knows how I will be able to focus. Maybe working will help...I don't know.
Big hugs to you all and thanks again,

Paul xx

DRAD3
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby DRAD3 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:01 am

Hi Paul - glad all went OK (as much as these things can) and that the awful weather didn't stop you saying farewell to your lovely Andrea. Work can help but you will feel foggy headed and will find it difficult to concentrate so take things VERY slowly and be kind to yourself. Nothing can prepare you for the loss, even knowing ahead of time. It is a cleche, but time is a great healer and you are at the beginning of a new journey that is bereavement which I know you have travelled before so I don't need to tell you what to expect and you know it is difficult but know you are not alone. Hoping that work is a healthy distraction and that family and friends are supportive. Take care.
love
Deb
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susikus
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby susikus » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:46 am

Oh Paul, you are amazing! I think I was on automatic pilot for a long while with a very foggy brain that is just beginning to lift (some days). Take it gently and look after yourself. Hugs, Sue, xxx

PCUK Nurse Jeni
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby PCUK Nurse Jeni » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:40 pm

Hi Paul,

Glad the funeral went as well as possible.

Would you not be entitled to some compassionate leave after burying your wife?

Do take care,

Jeni.

yorkypaul
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby yorkypaul » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:35 am

Thanks again Deb, Sue, Jeni. I am self employed Jeni so would be able to take time off if I had more of a cash reserve behind me. So, I haven't had a holiday in 6 years, and have only had one day off sick in that time too. Work did keep me focused for some of the time yesterday but, I have to admit, I feel exhausted. I have Andrea's wedding ring. I was going to wear it on a chain around my neck. However, on the night before the funeral, I slipped it on to my wedding finger and it's a perfect fit! It was her mum's ring too. I never got a ring. On the day she was allowed out of the hospital for us to get married, I said I would rather spend time sitting close to her on the sofa than tramping round town to find a ring for me. Every moment with her was so precious and we knew she was only out for 24 hours at that time.
One day at a time. Rollercoaster ride - up and down with emotions.
Hugs to you all,

Paul xx

PCUK Nurse Jeni
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Re: No bed available at hospital for gastric bypass!!!

Postby PCUK Nurse Jeni » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:20 am

Hi Paul,

So sorry Paul to hear that you are not really able to take time off, due to being self-employed. Sorry, I was not thinking along those lines, only thinking of you having some time off! This is a tough one indeed, and I am not surprised that you are exhausted.

Gosh, hard too to think you can't even have a weeks holidays. And not having time off for 6 years, oh goodness, you need some time out Paul? Can you have a bit of time at weekends even? Really hope so, as you will be drained physically and emotionally from all the recent upheavals. Would be concerned about you Paul - will you be able to get any help for even a week, to let you at least have a bit of non-work time?

Do take care Paul - I can't imagine how hard it is for you right now. So lovely that Andreas wedding ring fits you! Very special.

All the very best Paul,

Thinking of you,

Jeni.