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Page 2                            Bob Vernon’s Journey

                       •  Firstly, the evening that my          My 13 day stay in Hospital
                          draining tubes were taken             As you all know the Consultant
                          out, I coughed and had an             and/or his Registrar and team
                          excruciating pain in my left          come round to see you every day.
                          side and screamed. Next               On one of these occasions they
                          thing I knew there were               realised that my wound/incision
                          about eight nursing staff             was infected. I also had a chest
                          around my bed. I ended up             infection and this Oral thrush. So
                          going down to have my                 not allowed home until I was fully
                          chest X-rayed about 1am               on the mend and a District Nurse
                          only to be told I was okay,           had been organised to visit me to
                          thankfully.                           change my dressings.
                       •  Secondly, for some
                          unknown reason my lower               This leads me on to my next point.
                          half was really swollen and
                          the Doctor on the ward                Don’t fib about how you feel
                          brought about three different         after your Op
                          people at various times to            The guy in the next bed to me
                          check me out and see what             always said to the team each day
                          was going on. I was given a           that he felt great, no problems,
                          diuretic and eventually the           always walked further than I could
                          swelling went down, and I             but when he was back in bed, to
                          looked okay.                          me he looked bright red in the face
                       •  Thirdly, I poked my tongue            and panting with breath. He said he
                          out at Anne Phillips,                 was told he was a textbook patient
                          because my mouth felt dry             and released from hospital after
                          and horrible, not because I           seven days. I felt I was more
                          was being rude, and she               interesting to the teams because of
                          immediately exclaimed, “Oh            all my problems and side effects.
                          you have oral thrush. I will
                          have to get you some
                          medication and rushed off”.
                                                                                            OOSO Meeting
                                                                                           The Manor Hotel
                   The food                                                              Weston on the Green
                   I am sure we all have different                                           29 June 2019
                   feelings about the food and how it
                   is presented to us. Pureed, I
                   thought was disgusting. Even at
                   home it never tasted the same as
                   normal food, then soft and mashed
                   which was better, slowly getting
                   back to normal. Apart from the
                   Dietician coming to see me on a
                   regular basis the booklets and
                   information on the correct food was
                   extremely good. Oh, and the
                   Vampire, does anyone remember
                   her, she came around every
                   morning to take blood from you. I
                   suppose it was to check your
                   vitamin levels.

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