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Thursday, 15 July 2004


At least that's over. I took one of my infrequent trips to hospital yesterday, for an investigation into my inexplicable (and inconsistent) night-time abdominal pains. My doctor considered the likelihood of a duodenal ulcer and made me an appointment with the outpatient department for a bit of a poke around with a camera on a stick. I wasn't looking forward to the ordeal, but, with the appointment card, the hospital sent a leaflet explaining what would happen. I opted for sedation, which meant that Beth would have had to drive me home, and I wouldn't have been able even to operate a kettle for 24 hours afterwards.

I was expecting to be awake during the process, but within about four seconds of the sedative being applied, I slept, not waking until over half-an-hour afterwards. When I came to, I didn't feel too bad, but I have had to ask Beth to remind me what I did and said - although I am aware that nothing was found, I still can't recall receiving the paperwork, or even being told.

The worst part of hospital treatment is the waiting, but in this case I was seen about fifteen minutes after the appointment time, which is something to be celebrated. I guess it's quite hit and miss, but somtimes my faith in the health service is boosted by experiences like this. My fear of hospitals, though, is unabated!

So.. back to the drawing board as far as my mysterious tummy discomfort goes. It's not Tietze's syndrome (which was suggested by my previous GP), and it's not an ulcer ... I take one paracetamol before I go to bed occasionally, and that tends to give me a good night's sleep. Puzzling.

Still, it means a couple of days off work, so more time with the children! I've been working with Christopher on his photo gallery - he requested that it should be found at www.christophersgallery.co.uk, so I popped to Simply.com to register it for about ?7.00 for two years. He was very pleased, and has decided on how it should be laid out ('Lego Island' and 'Family Photos') and what photos should be added.

On other matters, I had, until recently, no knowledge of the East India Company whose flag was said to inspire the USA's Stars and Stripes. I'd never even imagined that a company could run a country!

Posted by james at July 15, 2004 9:35 AM

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