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I know an elderly chap who suffers from problems arising out of low sodium levels. Lovely fellow but he has been hospitalized on several occasions due to the confusion and personality changes caused by this condition. Scary really because you'd think in this day and age we all ingest too much salt. I never put salt on my food and try not to eat processed meals because, to me, it just tastes like pure salt!

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Blood chemistry in the elderly can be complex. 

 

Low sodium levels is not always a lack of salt in the diet, but the kidneys doing strange things. It is almost always correctable. Again a bag of chips is not going to do any harm. 

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I don't think I've exactly kept secret that I've recently had a few 'wobbles' which I mentioned to the Doc.

 

He referred me for a load of Cardiology tests.

 

So far I've had a 24 hour ECG, an Echocardiogram, yet more 'bloods' and a couple of cardi scans both with and without a 'heart stressing' drug.

 

Anyway.. a letter today from the Doc's asking me to make a 'routine-non urgent' appointment with the Doc to discuss results.

 

Which is encouraging....  :)

 

Col

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On May 9, 2017 at 5:59 AM, carni said:

I am with you on that benj. I have had a lot of dealings with hospitals this last few years and I truly believe the attitude of the Doctors and Nurses can actually make you feel worse especially if you are frightened or concerned about something as your young son was at the time. Great to see that all turned out OK for him in the end.

 

On May 9, 2017 at 6:18 AM, benjamin1945 said:

thanks for that Carnie.......yes me lad turned out good in all ways.......he's single got good job and his own swish Apartment.........he likes the Ladies and as a great sense of humor,its always a pleasure to see him..........I think Doctors ought to have a sense of humor too,.........must admit where I go now I see a different one nearly every time (locums) and by and large they are all great.........my favourite is/was a Latvian bloke,and he told you it how it was mostly with a chuckle,a proper mans man,you could tell him owt...........And as you say Carnie their attitude does make a difference.

                           Even the Lady ones I get you can joke with..........one recently gave me an Examination (rubber glove' you know) and while she was down there,i did mention that 'we had not been properly introduced,..........and she came back with 'doesn't matter' I now know you quite well.........

I work in a hospital and in 2 specialties were I typically see patients at their worst, I am a passionate advocate for patients and their families, I look after them the same way I'd hope my own family would be cared for, no less. My job is not to just to do my job, it's to go above and beyond if it is in my power to do so and to be present & sincere.

 

Sometimes people forget to look after the patient, the person, not just the ailment... like making up a gift bag of bubble bath, tea bags, and smellys for the wife of a patient who is so consumed with looking after her husband, she feels guilty looking after herself. Or running out before my shift starts to buy denture adhesive and the morning paper for a lovely old gent who's wife lives miles away and can barely get around herself, let alone visit him in the hospital.

I frequently have a good ol laugh with my patients, to the point that colleagues ask if we know each other, especially when it's a fellow Brit and we get bantering!

 

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That's very reassuring ABA. I'm sure many of us and certainly myself have had negative experiences when elderly relatives are in hospital. For some years I volunteered as an advocate for the elderly through Age Concern and was often horrified at the way their needs were ignored. We'll all be old one day if we live long enough and no one wants to be treated like that. Long may your work continue! :rolleyes:

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I am once again in the middle of a scarey health time. I wont go into detail but as you all know only to well by now (Cos i'm mardy and keep tellin' yer) I have a heart problem. 

I now have another that has reared its ugly head in another part of the bod. I received the dreaded letter last week and have been called back in on Thursday for more tests and examinations. True to form; I have gone totally to pieces all ready. Hence the reason I am not posting much, my sense of humour seems to have took flight. You know  Tony Hancock in 'The Blood Donor' That is how I feel now, mardy s.d am I.

Anyway reading ABAs post reminded me of the thread I started once 'That friendly smile' I think it's called that, and I truly hope I get looked after by people with ABAs attitude, because it means so much to us scaredy cats and being permanently in the state of 'Flight or Fight' just now, I could do with lots of ABAs around on Thursday. :)

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Sad but true, Jill, I have heard many stories of elderly mistreatment, it's terrible isn't it? 

I have always considered it a privilege to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. I have never understood the mindset that to care and act on it somehow how leaves one in a deficit... far from it, it's life's greatest reward.

Good for you for volunteering with Age Concern!

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#876

 

I don't know you, carni, and you don't know me.. but I read a number of your posts prior to joining and you sound to me like a lovely women with a great heart (where it matters most) and a stellar sense of humor.

All I know is this, that having courage does not mean not being afraid, no ma'am. I have seen people be big scaredy cats and still be the bravest people I ever met. Being vunerable is not a weakness, it's takes a strong person to be in that place... You'll be in my thoughts on Thursday.

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#876

 

Really sorry to hear of your new health problems, Carni. There should be a society for us scaredy cats...I could be its president because they don't come any worse than me! :wacko:

 

I think you're a very brave lady, Carni. Look at what you've endured, whereas I'd have skidaddled and hidden in the nearest cupboard! I'm already foaming at the mouth because the surgery will want some more of my life blood in August to see what my dicky thyroid is up to! 

 

We're all thinking of you, Carni, and wishing you well. There's a monster of a cream cake waiting for you somewhere!  :rolleyes:

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Sorry about your new health scare carnie, its ok being a scaredy cat,i am one, but like my dad always told me if you are scared but still do it then you are brave,,,,,if you see what i mean 

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#880. Benji, I think your dad had a premonition that his son would one day wear a liberty bodice in adult life, and instilled the bravery mantra into your head.

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carni, I have every confidence that you will appear at the next meet-up, and you'll be wondering what all the fuss was about  ;)

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#881

 

There's nowt wrong with liberty bodices, young Chulla! The nicest of people wore them. 2' 11d from Ford's! :rolleyes:

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#876.

You'll be fine carni, afterwards you will wonder what all the fuss was about & be celebrating with a chocolate bar & cream cake !! One in each hand. smile2

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#876. Gerra  fag on, gel; the best nerve-calmer known to man (and woman). If you remember, they will only cost you 1/6 for ten.

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Nellie bisbys chulla,sold single fags to us kids 2d each,and 1d for a go on her slot machine,,,,

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#886, I hope I didn't detect an inference to a double entendre !

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Carni.. sorry to hear you're under the weather.  I'm sure you'll be fine. 

Col X

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Carni, my thoughts and prayers are with you just keep on being positive and KNOW that all will be OK. 

Good job you're off the Parkies now, you don't need them mi duck!

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Thanks  for your support again everyone. It means a lot. I do know that there are a few of you Nottstalgians out there going through  ordeals of their own and and manage to get by without adding to this thread. Those of you that I know about are all still in my thoughts.

I never talk about my health issues to people face to face, other than close family, and find my release in tapping away my troubles on this thread on my Laptop; I know that those of you that read my posts are doing it by choice as we have the option of reading the posts we choose. I thank you for that. Please don't think I am walking about feeling ill, because that is far from true. 

 

Cakes are on order as we speak.:biggrin:

 

 

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I know I started this topic, and I'm sorry to say that in my wildest dreams, I never expected the overwhelming responses. 

I'm normally quite cold and unsympathetic towards other people's ailments, but have become far more aware of other people's woes. There are some people on here that I really feel for, and I don't always express my feelings towards them as others do.

However, after having lost three brothers in law over the last three years, (one my age, and two very much younger) and currently other serious ailments amongst friends and  family, I have become far more receptive of their outpourings.

Anyway Carni, and all others on here with ailments, get well soon, and let's have some good news for a change, and hopefully this topic can be confined to the annals of Nottstalgia !

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Thinking of you Carni, hope all goes well for you on Thursday me duck x

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