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watermeadow Sat 24-Apr-21 18:59:08

I’m fed up with the Plague and Lockdowns, I want to get back to Normal but everything I need to do is on a waiting list.
45 minutes for the doctor’s receptionist to answer the phone.
3 weeks wait to speak to a doctor or have a blood test.
16 weeks between Covid jabs 1 and 2.
5 weeks wait for a optician’s appointment - I need new glasses after 6 months of problems and 2 operations.
6 weeks wait for my new cooker, which arrived faulty.
3 months waiting for a new hedge to show any signs of life.
Most of 2 months without rain.
Is life as frustrating for everyone, apart from those who have enjoyed 13 months of total isolation, spraying their shopping with anti bacterial spray?

Lucca Sat 24-Apr-21 19:28:53

3 weeks to,speak to,a doctor ? Surely not. Same day here.

BlueBelle Sat 24-Apr-21 19:30:32

I haven’t enjoyed any of the 14 months but made the best of it and kept to normality as much as possible but I m fairly pragmatic and just keep plodding on and not getting too uptight about it all
Wish my seedlings would go a bit faster though
Going through your list for my GP you send an email get an answer next day
Had both my jabs
Buying a new cooker tomorrow hopefully I ll let you know but what will be will be
I m back at work, seeing my friends, will soon be going inside restaurants and cinemas so apart from flying and wearing masks life is as good as

MayBee70 Sat 24-Apr-21 19:34:17

Why the sarcastic comment about people shielding and disinfecting their shopping ie me? Are we to blame for lockdowns and the covid pandemic? Should we have just followed the wonderful example set by Sweden ? Who are now in a big mess infection wise?

welbeck Sat 24-Apr-21 19:38:28

sounds like one of those on the protest march.
not for me.

Gingster Sat 24-Apr-21 19:47:25

Same here trying to get through to doctors. DH needs an appointment to see a doctor. Can’t get through on the phone , gave up after 40 mins two days running.
He had a blood test 4 weeks ago and still has not got the results.

Gingster Sat 24-Apr-21 19:48:25

E mails are not being delivered

MayBee70 Sat 24-Apr-21 19:52:51

Can I ask if the OP is anti lockdown?

Marydoll Sat 24-Apr-21 20:12:04

watermeadow, Is life as frustrating for everyone, apart from those who have enjoyed 13 months of total isolation,, I do hope that remark is meant to be tongue in cheek, otherwise it is very insensitive. sad
I certainly have NOT enjoyed over thirteen months of shielding. All treatment, scans and face to face hospital appointments cancelled.

As for waiting, of course I have been waiting:
A two year wait for an orthopaedic appointment for a new hip.
Thirteen month wait for regular, monthly blood monitoring.
Alendronic acid infusion now nineteen months overdue.
Dexa scan now 21 months overdue.
Six month delay for urgent RA treatment
RA hospital appointment eighteen months overdue
..etc...etc...etc.

Jaxjacky Sat 24-Apr-21 20:21:47

Suggest you change surgery OP
At least we’re getting Covid jabs
Spec savers/Asda/Boots for an opticians appointments, readily available
Buy a cooker elsewhere, or secondhand (greener)
Nature takes its course in the garden and with the weather
Never sprayed shopping and not total isolation here as we have friends and family to phone/FaceTime/zoom
Chin up, others are far worse off.

Greeneyedgirl Sat 24-Apr-21 20:23:02

It can be frustrating and 3 weeks does seem to be a long time to speak to a GP. Ours will respond same day if urgent. I have come to the conclusion that so much is out of my control and I don’t want to spend much of what is left of life wishing for it to be different, so I have resolved to enjoy things as they are. Life is so short.

Savvy Sat 24-Apr-21 20:51:18

As a disabled person, lockdown life was as my life has been for over 5 years now. I can't get out most of the year due to mobility and health issues and I can't see my life changing much once the restrictions are lifted.

But in some ways it has been easier, telephone consultations are a Godsend for people in my position and weren't readily available before.

I know it's been awful for a lot of people, but for some, it's business as normal.

Doodledog Sat 24-Apr-21 21:05:10

Gingster

E mails are not being delivered

What do you mean?

2020convert Sat 24-Apr-21 21:20:08

Jaxjacky

Suggest you change surgery OP
At least we’re getting Covid jabs
Spec savers/Asda/Boots for an opticians appointments, readily available
Buy a cooker elsewhere, or secondhand (greener)
Nature takes its course in the garden and with the weather
Never sprayed shopping and not total isolation here as we have friends and family to phone/FaceTime/zoom
Chin up, others are far worse off.

Agree wholeheartedly

2020convert Sat 24-Apr-21 21:27:42

Personally I want a new normal. Haven’t we learned anything? I hope we have. I’m going out again now, but very cautiously and am conscientiously choosing what I feel safe and happy with. I just hope idiots don’t spoil things for the few. I feel tremendously sorry for those people who have had to give up a year off their lif when they haven’t got that year to live again (ie the elderly or ill - who through no fault of their own have not been able to fulfil their dreams. I have a son and grandchildren abroad, have missed his wedding, and don’t know if I’ll ever get to visit them again, but at least I know they are safe and have their lives to live and enjoy. That’s what matters to me.

Blossoming Sat 24-Apr-21 22:08:15

Savvy yes! This is life for many disabled people 🙂

MayBee70 Sat 24-Apr-21 22:29:49

2020convert: Well said.

Greeneyedgirl Sun 25-Apr-21 15:15:41

Yes Savvy thank you for reminding that we are all in diverse situations, and the pandemic has affected us differently.

I feel so grateful that I don’t need to worry about work or money, or housing, or how to get medical help or groceries.

I agree 2020convert about a new normal. I don’t believe anything will be the same again, and we just have to move on and do our best to sensibly adapt, instead of wishing for how things used to be.

dragonfly46 Sun 25-Apr-21 15:23:48

On the upside - our surgery has many more appointments over the phone and are easily contactable.

It took half the time to register my Mum's death than my Dad's as everything is done over the phone. I could also apply for Probate without any hassle online.

My DC have 4 extra hours in their days as they are not commuting to work.

The roads are much quieter and the people around here much friendlier when we meet on walks.

timetogo2016 Sun 25-Apr-21 15:54:39

You can write toyour GP and request a phone call off them.
I did and my GP phoned me within 3 days.

grannysyb Sun 25-Apr-21 17:22:22

Write a letter to the practice manager telling them what you have told us, surgeries are very busy, at one point I was getting the engaged tone when I rang mine! However, life is slowly getting better, we went out last night for a meal in a pub garden.

Jaxjacky Sun 25-Apr-21 18:03:52

Notice OP has not returned.....

Shelflife Sun 25-Apr-21 22:56:16

Yes life is very different but we are now becoming familiar with the changes. The vaccine roll out has been amazing in this country - we have much to be thankful for! We can an secure a phone appointment with GP, in fact I have done that recently. Within 10 days I had blood tests , cardiograph and MRI head scan !! Had a message asking me to contact GP asap for results of blood tests and cardiograph, will do the in the morning. Head scan was done yesterday so will have to wait for results of that. So I have had a speedy and efficient response from my GP. fingers crossed for positive results. We all miss our previous lives, friends and family but remaining positive is so important!!! Sending good wishes to everyone, keep smiling 😊 things are getting better!

watermeadow Mon 26-Apr-21 12:35:40

Of course I know some people are seriously ill and can’t risk going out but many others seem to have embraced isolation and will still not go out or meet family in their garden.
I’m lucky to have never felt unsafe in the past 13 months.
I’m unlucky to live somewhere with one medical practice, which is appallingly useless.

MayBee70 Mon 26-Apr-21 14:05:33

Doesn’t seeing the footage from India worry you water meadow? Part of their problem was complacency.