04h SWMBO fell ill after her flu jab.
So I had three choices.
Chuck her into the car and drive to the local A&E (17 minutes away)
Call 999 the emergency line (which never gets you help so is a bit pointless)
Call 111 the NHS help/advice line. (our usual first port of call)
There are no other out of hours options in the UK as GP’s don’t do emergency calls to your home anymore. Except in some really rural locations where old school GP’s still do house calls.
Yet that decision needed to be backed up with basic first aid.
So, can you run a basic set of observations?
Temperature, respiration, blood pressure, assess pain, consciousness.
Plus get a history?
(Feel free to jump in at any time shtfprepper, you’re the expert not me).
So the fever strip had SWMBO running a slight temperature at 37.5
Respiration was sort of OK, not labored at 20 BPM
As for that pain, central mass high, crushing. Not spreading, localized. scoring 7/10
Conscious, fully awake, interactive, vocal and hurting.
Pulse steady, not thready, and not erratic.
Blood pressure. I cheat. ON went the cuff and purrrrrr went the little box.
178/78 which for her was a bit high the pulse was 60 and we’ve got a neat little feature on ours that detects erratic rhythm. Nope, not flashing.
My money was on indigestion of the hurting type caused by that jab but I phoned for advice. Within a minute SWMBO was chewing on an aspirin and an ambulance dispatched to us. So I helped her to get the basics on and prepared the overnight bag.
Ambulance arrived (30 minutes) not bad for around us and she was all hooked up. Good accuracy check of what I’d done and the ECG was normal.
End result, SWMBO went to hospital for a check up.
1hr and 2o minutes away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGH!
I was told to phone up in 4 hours as the tests would be done by then.
Shrug, SWMBO was in safe hands, I had a fretting dog to think about so kissy, kissy, and away she went.
Later to be told that on the van she had increasing pain so she was given a fix of joy juice aka morphine. Er she doesn’t do anything more powerful than Aspirin so I can imagine just what she was like after that. One word: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
At hospital, bloods, x-rays, and then a wait, a longer wait, 4 hours later another longer wait.
Then she called me just as I had got to sleep. Darn it!
All tests normal but they were running MORE tests and she was OK and in HDU.
HDU, high dependence unit!?! OK, I just may have freaked a tiny bit.
HELL NO, I WENT BLOODY BALLISTIC!
Still I spoke to her calmly (she still a little bit away with the fairies), hung up and phoned the hospital, And got some snot gobbling tart who wouldn’t tell me a thing about what was going on.
I kinda don’t appreciate that only to discover she was the nurse in charge.
So no point me kicking up a further fuss I drove “in a sedate, careful, controlled, never broke the speed limit once (sort of)” up to the hospital to see what was happening. As I arrived she was phoning me. Neat trick as I don’t own a mobile but ho hum.
Bottom line we came home within 10 minutes of my arrival and she’s on a months worth of pills.
diagnosis, not an allergic reaction to flu jab, just wind. BOLLOCKS, if that was the case why the meds for acute acid reflux caused by an allergic reaction?
End of adventure, but I HATED the hospital she was taken to.
Ahole un-friendly staff, dirty and, me being VERY not PC, the nurses were all white and speaking English but as for the doctors? Well it looked more like the UN than a hospital.
Quite frankly I couldn’t wait to drive off.
End of adventure, SWMBO happy, me happy, dog ecstatic, and we all fell asleep in our chairs for the best bit of 4 hours!
No more flu jabs, ever, I mean NEVER EVER AGAIN!
That and trust my instincts i.e next time:
A sedate, careful, controlled,
calm drive to the nearest A&E.