Tuesday, September 03, 2013

24hrs on the NHS



29th August;
24 hours bed and breakfast on the NHS








tachypnoeic,
tachycardic,
and
desaturating.
febrile
with nasal flare,
tracheal tug,
subcostal recession,
and intercostal too.
coughing.
vomiting.
quiet 
and
listless.

A&E
triage:
nurses,
doctors,
radiographers,
auxillaries,
porters and
patients galore.

observations,
x-rays,
swabs,
antipyretics,
antibiotics
with 
oxygen 
prn.

parental worry,
fear and concern;
palpable 
anger
and
sadness.

a family together;
a daughter,
a daddy
and a mummy
needing each other,
human contact,
a friendly face.

and all for 
"a bit 
of
consolidation
and
collapse
of the 
lower lobe
right lung"

a chest infection;
atypical
- like Eilidh! -
with the added
complication 
of
SMA.









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