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No better advice was ever given than W.C. Fields prescription for healing: "Rest and exercise, rest and exercise!" Of course it goes without saying, that was in addition to copious amounts of alcohol.

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...but never anything stronger than gin before breakfast. 

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I just read through this topic over two months later. It seems like something that happened to someone else, but I read about or saw the movie..

 

I know I moaned about the food and I suppose they do have patients with sodium related issues and cut back the seasoning. The nurses were utter stars as they always are. I have not been sick often, but had one frightening experience over 30 years ago where I nearly died. The British National Health Service and the most wonderful nurses kept my alive. I won't get into politics other than to say both the NHS and the nurses are treated shamefully.  I love them all. I did have a couple of odd experiences in Chinese hospitals many years ago, but remember absolutely nothing about the food. In retrospect, those visits (2005 and 1997) seem amusing. Perhaps this year's will do the same some day.

 

Less sure about some of the doctors. Some were nice, but the guy in charge of my case was an arrogant prick, who misdiagnosed several times and actually told my daughter in London (indirectly) that I had heart failure! My ailment was not in the slightest bit heart-related. Naturally, my daughter completely freaked, booked her ticket from London to China to take back my remains before I was able to tell her I was fine, but starving!

 

It did take a few weeks to get back to full strength and regain the weight that I lost. I'm a skinny thing at the best of times, despite my eating habits. One Chinese colleague once told me that "All the female staff want your body!" I told him to tell them to queue up outside my apartment door and I'd see what I could do! To my great disappointment he only meant they wanted to lose weight.

I just want to say now, that  the hospital nursing staff were a delight and also all the eG people who wished me well and hoped for my speedy return to normality really helped in the darkest times. Thank you. I also want to thank my two dear friends, the first of whom took me to the hospital in the first place and stayed with me all night despite having a busy work schedule the next day. And also my dear friend J, who was away on business during my hospital time, but looked after me when I got home. Love them both.

 

OK, before this sounds like an Oscar acceptance speech, I will just say again. Thank you.


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I'll admit when I saw this topic pop up again I had a sharp intake of breath, thinking you were back in hospital.

I'm thankful that you are not and that now you can look back it all, the good nd the bad with gratitude and humor.

 

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Glad you are well.

One of the saddest sentences from your post:  

"Less sure about some of the doctors. Some were nice, but the guy in charge of my case was an arrogant prick, who misdiagnosed several times".

Because of my own physical ailments...what the heck!  I'm 76...I've joined 3 major forums in the past two years...two for getting off medications and one for ahem...women's problems.  The same thing I read over and over and over and over...you get my drift...is the horrible, arrogant, condescending, uneducated, lacking in ethical standards, lacking in intellectual curiosity...oh I could go on and on and on.   Was it always like this?  I don't seem to recall the doctors of my youth being like that...but then I was a youth.   And we really didn't expect to live forever without pain and discomfort.   It is just about the worst part of being ill.  I could bore you with my own journey  but that's the one thing which keeps on being brought home to me.  Oh, and I forget to damn the pharmaceutical industry which has lately been called, with good reason, the equivalent of the mafia.  

Rant over.

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53 minutes ago, lindag said:

 

I'll admit when I saw this topic pop up again I had a sharp intake of breath

 

 

 My apologies. I did foresee this problem, but couldn't think how to get round it.

 

 

3 minutes ago, Darienne said:

Rant over.

 

 No need to apologise. We are being held hostage. 

Although most of the doctors were OK.

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