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Planning an early night tonight; I'm having a lie-in tomorrow and I want to be fresh for it.

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Been a good day today despite still having a runny nose and a bit of a cough (last antibiotic tonight, they have eased it a bit). Met up with a friend from my “yoof” who I havent seen for 40 years or so, just kept in touch with Christmas and birthday cards. Was worried we wouldn’t recognise each other and perhaps had drifted too far apart but as I walked up to the meeting place I recognised her and we had the biggest hug. We haven’t stopped talking for over 4 hours (taking in coffee shop, drink in pub and then meal in pub). It was like we had never been apart and really rolled back the years. So much to talk about and pictures to share. Feel on a right high, I suppose real friendship doesnt really die off no matter how long you are apart. She lives on the bottom of the estate I live on so it will be a regular thing now. There are a couple of other friends who I have lost touch with that I am still searching for and will continue to see if I can find them after this. As I said a good day, makes up for the bad ones when I feel a bit lonely.

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I can't believe that UK medics are still prescribing antibiotics to treat colds (and 'flu).

 

 It's been well known for many years that both colds and 'flu are caused by viruses and that antibiotics are totally ineffective against them.

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1 hour ago, jonab said:

I can't believe that UK medics are still prescribing antibiotics to treat colds (and 'flu).

 

 It's been well known for many years that both colds and 'flu are caused by viruses and that antibiotics are totally ineffective against them.

The last time, many years ago, when I went to the doctors’ for antibiotics for a sore throat I came out with an appointment for a vasectomy. I think he was getting kick back from the surgeon on all the patients he could forward to him!

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1 minute ago, philmayfield said:

The last time, many years ago, when I went to the doctors’ for antibiotics for a sore throat I came out with an appointment for a vasectomy. I think he was getting kick back from the surgeon on all the patients he could forward to him!

The Doc took one look at you Phil and decided that there would no more like you if he had anything to do with it! :biggrin:

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It's the first day since Xmas eave that I am clear of cold and hacking cough. Would not dream of going to the Docs for antibiotics....doubt if I would be referred for a vasectomy....

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1 hour ago, jonab said:

 It's been well known for many years that both colds and 'flu are caused by viruses and that antibiotics are totally ineffective against them.

 

Better to give them something rather than saying 'go home, stay warm and wait it out'  and get a reputation as a poor doctor who does nothing for you..

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5 minutes ago, PeverilPeril said:

The Doc took one look at you Phil and decided that there would no more like you if he had anything to do with it! :biggrin:

Yes, once perfection has been achieved where can you go from there?:biggrin: There are two little Mayfield’s though. - not so little now!

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9 minutes ago, PeverilPeril said:

It's the first day since Xmas eave that I am clear of cold and hacking cough. Would not dream of going to the Docs for antibiotics....doubt if I would be referred for a vasectomy....

It might cure your cough! I remember the nurse saying ‘I’m supposed to be wiping the surgeon’s brow, not yours!

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26 minutes ago, Brew said:

 

Better to give them something rather than saying 'go home, stay warm and wait it out'  and get a reputation as a poor doctor who does nothing for you..

There's more to it than not being effective, there is the ever-increasing danger of antibiotic resistance in normally susceptible organisms following indiscriminate prescribing for normally trivial illnesses.

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It's true  the rise of the superbug is a problem but people expect to come away with some form of treatment from the doctors, not to hear them say 'there's nothing I can do for you'.

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36 minutes ago, Brew said:

It's true  the rise of the superbug is a problem but people expect to come away with some form of treatment from the doctors, not to hear them say 'there's nothing I can do for you'.

 

It's a pity that the doctors are not allowed to tell a patient the truth about self inflicted illnesses.

If they had the time to discuss issues with a patient and the support support to give honest advice there would be a massif reduction in prescribed medication. Patients are often their own worst enemy.

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35 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

When I say ‘we’ obviously I don’t include myself. :biggrin:

Well, there's a blessing!

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After one of my outlaws was discharged from her third hospital internment in two years several months ago, she was told in no uncertain terms that her NEXT cigarette could be her last. Stopped ! No chance. A waste of resources and oxygen.

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You can't help some folk.

 

Our GP surgery does vasectomies without having to go near the hospital. The senior partner performs them but if he's busy, the receptionist has two blue bricks! :blink:

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Nurse I actually said 'remove his spectacles'!

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Oh such a sad day for me !....... I've just scoffed the last mince pie ! 

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Just a footnote, antibiotics were for a chest infection that I was left with after having a heavy cold (sounded a bit like Darth Vader), wouldn’t dream of going to doctors for a cold I just dose myself, lasts 7 days if you do, a week if you don’t.

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This is more ‘How Was My Yesterday’ 

We were in London for a couple of days this week.  Took in a show and a superb dinner with 18 friends  in a private dining room at The Royal Garden Hotel.  All great but we really didn’t have time to do a lot yesterday morning, other than retail therapy, which to be honest I wasn’t fussed about doing.  We decided to get back to St Pancras and check on the cost of changing our rail tickets to a train 2 hours earlier than originally booked. 

Our original tickets cost £98 return for 2 of us.  East Midlands Trains wanted £52 each to change our one-way tickets!  We decided to have a nice lunch for half of that and kill the 2 hours we needed to spend in the station.  Isn’t it a magnificent building though?!  

 

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You should have felt "at home" there Lizzie , surrounded by Mapperley bricks :)

 

"Extensive brickyards existed on Mapperley Hills for several centuries. They ultimately supplied much of the building material for the city and 10 million Mapperley bricks were used to build St Pancras station in London. Nottingham Patent Brick Company"

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1 hour ago, DAVIDW said:

You should have felt "at home" there Lizzie , surrounded by Mapperley bricks :)

 

 

I did think about that David, it’s magnificent. The restaurant we had lunch in was just beautiful, nice and warm too!  

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