Thursday, 5 May 2011
Even the best made plans
This is the route between home and the North Manchester hospital where my liver surgeon sees me once every 6 months. Part of the drive is through busy built up areas chokka block with traffic most of the day, so it can take up to 2 hours despite the AArouteplanner optimistically estimating 38 minutes!
Normal clinic procedure would be the patient returning to NM hospital about a week prior to clinic for a CT scan and bloods, so that the surgeon gets to see them before pronouncing his verdict on my health face to face.
Due to kind hearted Macmillan Nurse Clare, the team decided O'Blimey's buddy Dr S, my GI at Macclesfield, could be trusted to organize the CT and the bloods. As you see from the map the distance between the word 'Macclesfield' and the green flag of home is conveniently tiny. So tiny that I'm fine to get myself there and back for the CT without needing support. The IV part of the procedure tends to leave me a bit shaky and certainly not up to a 2 hour drive on my own. The results of the CT and bloods to then be sent electronically/by courier/by carrier pigeon *(delete as applicable) to NM hospital.
Dr S was highly organized and carefully booked my CT for 3rd March - PLENTY of time - 2 months - to get the resulting image and report snail-mailed 26.8miles??
At least I'd taken a copy of the summarized report. And a copy of my AFP blood test result. I almost offered to hole punch them and file them in my file!
So he asked how I was and I said the results suggested I was fine thanks and he said bye see you in 6 months. About 5 minutes out of the 5 hours (including the late running of the clinic).