I had just been discharged from the hospital following a bladder biopsy and got home feeling ‘really tired and sad’. This was expected, I had been in the hospital the whole day (8am -8pm). A usually straightforward biopsy had ended with a catheter and having to give countless urine samples after the catheter was removed. It was a nightmare! The next morning, I woke up and I was still feeling ‘really tired’, it had never taken this long for me to get back to ‘normal’ after a biopsy. I struggled to leave the bed, to shower and get breakfast from downstairs. At this point, I still had pain, but it wasn’t a top priority for me. I made it through day 1, spending most of it in bed (didn’t watch any movies etc) I just laid there. I went to sleep with the hopes that day 2 would be a better day.
“A little pain is a reminder that we’re alive, that we’re mortals” - something I heard when I was younger & it stuck.
My mind is active but my body is tired..
Some of the quotes from the State of Health care and adult Social care in England 2018/19 report and the potential implications for care agencies or care providers.
A few years ago, when I was a university student in Southampton from Newcastle Upon Tyne, I was awaiting results from a biopsy I had a month before. I was given a follow up appointment date, which was to discuss the results from the procedure. This wasn't my first biopsy and I had been with the same urologist/consultant for two years; I believe we had managed to build a good rapport. Unfortunately, I had to travel home (Newcastle) tqo days before my appointment. This meant I could not attend the follow up appointment as planned. If you think getting a GP appointment is hard, getting an appointment with the urologist (at the time) was even harder! I called the urologist's secretary and asked if the face to face appointment could be changed to a telephone appointment. She wasn't sure if this was possible so I left the message with her, to hear back later that day. I got a call from the urologist (on the same day); he too informed me that he wasn't sure if it was 'allowed' to do the review over the phone and he would get back to me after confirming this. The next day, he called me and to my delight, whoever he had to confirm with had agreed to a telephone appointment.