Had to go into A&E again today with heart rhythm problem - I have never seen such chaos. Right hand not knowing what left hand is doing.
And the clerk and nurses in the unit I was in were not wearing masks and coughing all over the place - a higher nurse came in and told them to put them on - which they did, until this nurse left, then they all took them off again.
I think they were reading the wrong notes when they saw me - talked about a knee x-ray which I have never had; and said they have no record of me having AF - I have been in their coronary care unit with it in the past! - and am on blood thinners for it! And they could not find my recent echocardiogram result - which I had in the same hospital!
I said it might be better if I left as the problem had settled - as it often does. But I had had a heart rate between 130 and 160 for several hours when I rang 111; and I had a long AF episode 3 weeks ago, so I wanted to get it settled this time. But I could not go unless I discharged myself and did not want that on my notes.
A local friend from the village was in there - she has had sepsis and only recently discharged after months in hospital and finishing up with a permanent colostomy. She is still on high dose antibiotics to try and prevent the sepsis returning. She is being looked after by district nurse who did a blood test and found she was seriously anaemic and arranged for her to come in for a blood transfusion today. When I arrived she had been waiting several hours - and by the time I left several more hours later she still had not had the transfusion - and had been told she must not take her antibiotics (which are vital in her case - she nearly died several times of her sepsis) as they would have to get the pharmacy to prescribe it for her even though she was only in as a day case. The district nurse has told her to take them in with her and take them on time.
There was so much more chaos that is indescribable. What a dreadful mess it all is.
I am trying to get some proper advice as to how to manage this arrythmia in the long term but getting an appointment with a GP round here is virtually impossible. I have a phone appointment booked for next week 5 weeks after I rang and asked for it.
It is all so sad.
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