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Thankful for health

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I had some shocking and very upsetting news this week. Alady i work with and who is also a very good friend of mine aged 54 has been having extremely bad pain in her should and back for a few months now. She has been backwards and forwards to the doctors who didn't know what it was being caused by and was giving her powerful painkillers to mask the pain. He never sent her for an x-ray or an mri scan but eventually decided it was a trapped nerve and sent her to a physio last week. On saturday even with the painkillers the pain was so intense she took herself to hospital where they gave her some morphine and she was sent home after 4 hours.
On sunday morning as she tried to get out of bed she realised her body was numb from waist down and she collapsed on the floor. She called for an ambulance and has been in hospital since. It turns out not to be a trapped nerve at all but the vertebrae in the lower part of her back have collapsed and damaged the nerves, She will never regain feeling to her legs again and is now awaiting an operation for the top of her spine to stop it happening to that part.
Seems she may have been suffering from osteoporosis for a long time and had she had an x ray all those months ago it would have shown how thin the bone was becoming and action could have been taken.
She moved her 82 year old mum in with her a year ago to look after and i can only thionk how frightening it must be for her mum too. They have no-one else. I am going to visit her in hospital tomorrow when i get up after my nightshift and although i want to see her just don't know what i am going to say.
I am thankful for my health and should never take it for granted.
Sorry for the rant but i needed to get it off my chest.
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    That is an extremely sad story.I am thankful for my health and sometimes peoples misfortunes encourages us to take greater care of our bodies.
    3777 days ago
    This something thats all UKers should read, so that they can press for XRays and second opinions if they feel they are being fobbed off by the GPs.
    How sad that this could happen in this day and age.
    3818 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Do not worry about what you are going to say. Being there is the very best and she will be so happy to see you. Prayers being sent you way.
    3819 days ago
    Wow, that is so sad. Not much else to say. I am sure she will appreciate you being such a good friend. emoticon
    3820 days ago
    Oh my, so sad. Sometimes the doctors just miss things. (Sometimes worse.) But a complaint of shoulder pain doesn't usually mean severe back problems. I can however, mean neck problems. One of the first x-rays they took of Steve when he hurt his shoulder did show arthritis of the neck.

    3820 days ago
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    Sweetie, indeed you have a lot to be thankful for

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    3820 days ago
    This is what is scary now about our NHS, they try to save money at the expense of the patient. I hope and pray your friend and her mum will get the help they need and be okay to stay in their own home together. A long road ahead I think
    3820 days ago
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    How sad. Yes times like that make you really thankful you have your health.
    3820 days ago
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