False start…

I hate having to say this as a big supporter of the NHS but today has been a wee bit shambolic.

I was booked to come into today to Ward 8 at the Western almost two weeks ago.

To be fair, I was warned that a bed might not be immediately available but I should call first thing to see when I should head in.

I was expecting to get my bone marrow testing and to start my chemo in earnest.

But I’m writing this almost seven hours after being told to come in, sitting in a wee side examination room, having not long been told that we’re too late to do the bone marrow stuff today. I was told a few hours back that the chemo also wouldn’t happen today.

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Those who know me will hopefully agree I’m quite a relaxed and laid back sort. Maybe it’s my resilience training?

Truth is I’m still pretty chilled out and when I look around the ward I know there are lots of folk with far greater needs than mine.

And the staff I’ve been in contact with throughout the afternoon have been great, attentive and reassuring.

What gets me though are two things.

First, in retrospect I could probably have stayed at home today with louise and the kids having only had some bloods taken and filled in a pile of forms.

Second, what if I’d been someone highly anxious or scared on their first visit to the chemo ward?

I’ll put this down to a systems glitch (and they did remember to give me dinner even hidden in my wee side room!)

I’m sure things will pick up from here, and I remain highly confident that I’ll get the best possible treatment from the NHS in the weeks and months ahead.

If anything I feel like I’ve let you down, dear readers! Waiting for the gory details of my “apple corer” long needle test!

But like I’ve had to do, you’ll just have to show a little patience and tune in again tomorrow for a medical update ( I hope!).

Meantime I wonder if me and my cannula can nip out of here for a swift pint or two in Stockbridge before anyone notices we’ve gone! 🍺🍺🍺

A x

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About Andrew Slorance

Husband, father, son, brother, cyclist, pen pusher, pedant, contrarian , fights Mantle Cell Lymphoma in my spare time.
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9 Responses to False start…

  1. murraymeikle says:

    What did they give you for dinner Sloppy? Any cherry tomatoes?

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  2. Resilience training or not realising your own emotions? One for you to ponder Drew. I on the other hand am a heart of the sleeve king of gal… hurt, disappointed and angry are just some of the emotions I have gone through today. I feel disappointed that the NHS, so admired in our country, failed Andrew today, hurt seeing the effect today’s shambles has had on my young children and F***ing angry that this second delay in Andrew ‘ s treatment is likely to mean my children won’t have their daddy at home for Christmas day…

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  3. Niki says:

    Hope all goes more to plan today Andrew stay positive I admire your strength xx

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  4. Jacqui Semple says:

    Loving the blogs, and your wit and humour! A pint or two, for medicinal purposes should be allowed! Jx

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  5. Resilience training or not realising your own emotions? One for you to ponder Drew? I on the other hand am a heart on the sleeve kind of gal… hurt, disappointed and angry are just some of the emotions I have gone through today. I feel disappointed that the NHS, so admired in our country, failed Andrew today, hurt seeing the effect today’s shambles has had on my young children and F***ing angry that this second delay in Andrew ‘ s treatment is likely to mean my children won’t have their daddy at home for Christmas day…

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  6. Edith says:

    Andrew well done on the way you have handled the situation today, and Louise, I feel your pain and frustrations, let’s hope you both have a better day tomorrow. Thinking of you x

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  7. Jane Russell says:

    Hoping your treatment gets started today Andrew and fingers crossed that you will manage home for Christmas with the family! 🙂

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  8. Carolyn.Rae2@gov.scot says:

    Oh no…..what a stressful day you must have had…

    I hope everything gets started today.

    Carolyn

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  9. barbara says:

    I agree with your wife!

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