Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Friday, 21 April 2017

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As some may know I have recently spent six days in The Acute Surgical Receiving Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee being discharged on Wednesday evening.

I have said elsewhere (mainly commenting on Sir Hugh's blog - conradwalks.blogspot.co.uk) that from the moment I arrived at the Unit until I left, the care and kindness received from everyone - and I do mean everyone - was exceptional. The NHS at its absolute best.

Many thanks to Conrad (Sir Hugh - see above for blog address), MartinB (phreerunner.blogspot.co.uk) and AlanS (alansloman.blogspot.co.uk) for their good wishes. While in hospital I was following Sir Hugh as best I could on his long walk from Berwick to Somerset, drooling over his description of his meals at various places while I was 'nil by mouth' for three days, when disaster struck him and he broke his arm. Good luck with the op Conrad and may you quickly be back in action.

For me, thoughts are now turning to the soothing balm of the hills:



13 comments:

  1. We followed your little holiday via Conrad. Glad your home and ok. Fresh air and short walks must now be the order of the day.

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  2. I won't be re-booking if I can possibly help it Alan. Short walks for sure because the hill in the pic would a bit beyond me for the moment I think!

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    1. You'll be back there, or others like it, Gibson. You should probably treat yourself to some new gear, purely for its therapeutic value!

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  3. Pleased to hear that you've succeeded in a bid for freedom, even if you can't rush about too much. Your problems and Conrad's encourage me to take my ongoing root canal treatment and shoulder pain with a sense of relief that it's nothing worse!

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    1. Good to hear you feeling stronger. Yes, root canals are a 'known problem' when it comes to any pain. My dentist has actually suggested that I take some earphones and listen to some music on my phone, but I thing I'll stick with his Classic FM tomorrow. At least it's a known quantity - three one hour sessions regarding the current miscreant tooth.

      The shoulder pain doesn't seriously affect anything other than sleeping, so I'm hopeful it won't stop me doing the Challenge (which is all a bit last minute as I was in standby position 80). It's just a nagging pain that gets me down until I hear of people like you and Conrad with more serious problems...
      I was with a former runner today who has had to give that up due to back and other problems, and he was envious that I could look forward to the Saturday morning parkruns, which have become a social gathering as much as a means of good exercise.
      Be thankful for small mercies...

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  4. Hi Dave. I hope you mean I'll be back on a hill again rather than a surgical unit Dave! As for new gear, I do have a birthday in the next few days so maybe someone seated not far from me will treat me.

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    1. Hi Gibson, I definitely meant back on the hill; and planning the outings is half the fun. In fact some days - usually after a good soaking - I wonder if the planning and the food stops weren't the best bits

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    2. I do have a little anaesthetic for root canal treatment Gibson, but not for routine fillings etc as most of my teeth have 'lost their nerves'. Not surprising when I'm told "you have a heavy bite"!

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  5. Sorry to hear you were in Ninewells but echo your care comments, my Dad was admitted last Tuesday night and is full of praise for the hospital. And coming from him that is something! Hope you will be out and about soon but it will be a gradual build up again. Regards to Lynne - I know she will look after you well.

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    1. Hello Nigel. It's good to learn that your Dad has also had excellent care at Ninewells and I hope he is or soon will be on his way to a full recovery. I'm feeling pretty much like my old self now although I haven't been doing anything which needs much effort. Next week maybe.

      Thanks for dropping by Nigel and all the best.

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  6. It's good to hear you're home, Gibson. No matter how excellent a hospital can be, there's nothing better than your own settee.
    Martin - this shoulder pain thing - I've had that for the last few weeks. It's a real swine as it's almost impossible to get any sleep. Mine seems to be in the centre of my shoulder, but then I can prod it all the way to my neck.
    When you find out how to sort it, let me know. I'm currently high on paracetamol.
    :-(

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  7. I'll email you Alan. Hope you make a speedy recovery, Gibson.

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  8. Thanks Alan. There's no place like home especially since I have my own nurse here flitting about ministering to my every need - and she doesn't constantly want to stick needles in me :-)

    As far as shoulder injuries go, every physio I saw told me my shoulder problem originated in the neck so I'm not surprised by what you say. Hope it resolves itself soon.

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