Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Miscellany


Good morning Byters.

I mentioned on Saturday that I had been discharged from hospital but that I didn’t know where my phone charger lead was to enable me to download some hospital pics. I have now found the lead, here are the photos that go with the reports, I believe that they may be of interest . . .

Mobile x-ray machine

There, I fixed it.

I mentioned Hospital in the Home, whereby I have a PICC line ( a peripherally inserted central catheter) inserted in my arm that connects to a bottle which contains a tube with antibiotics and a pressure pump that is controlled by aortic pressure of the body.  Above is the bottle with full tube and pump.

Nearly empty tube.  The bottle is replaced in the home by a community nurse.

Thanks to the Byters who sent me get well etc messages. I have not gone through all my emails yet so there may be other messages that I have not yet seen. Here are some . . . 

Take care my friend
Life is fragile
Paul B

Hi Otto
Wonderful to hear that you’re now at home and that the hospital deems you well enough to be there. So glad too that you’ve been obeying hospital orders (and I’m sure will continue to!) Hospitals are strange places, aren’t they, but I greatly admire how well most of those people do their jobs – and especially the warm, kind ones like Kathleen. I hope you can really rest up and let your body recover. It’ll be the best thing in the long run (and you won’t worry the daylights out of your wife or the rest of your family!) We hope to hear more good news of you soon.
Pip, Peter and Mim 

Glad you are on the mend Otto! Hopefully it's all up hill from here.
Will drop in when your back in office with some hummus.
In the meantime, hope you get plenty of rest.

Dear Otto,
Great to hear you’re back at home resting 
Hope you get well soon.
Cheers Steve A

Hi Otto,
Mum said to say that she hopes you're feeling better and dad said get out of bed and stop being a malingerer :-)
Brett B (the Australian one)

So glad you're home. It's the only way you're going to get some rest which you need for healing.
Also happy it was nothing more serious!

Hi Otto
Wonderful to learn you are back home even if not 100% recovered at this stage. Take it easy and no need to advise you to comply with doctor's and nurses directions. You are no doubt in most capable hands with Kate and Elliot. We see so much bad press about our hospitals but I for one reckon that in the vast majority of cases they do a magnificent job in face of all manner of obstacles. 
On the subject of nurses the attached image is of our rotty George guarding a crook chook which we had to separate from the others.
Look forward to progress reports 
Kindest Regards
Robyn T

Oh Otto, you poor thing-that sounds like a nightmare! Thanks for the details, being hospitalized is no picnic-but it can be interesting, and I see you’re making lemonade…” Go and thin no more” cracked me up-you haven’t lost your sense of humor! Warm Wishes that all will be well soon-keep us posted. Regards, Tobye P

... we are very happy to say
All the very best
Enid & Philip

That's the most realistic Bytes I've read, Otto, as it relates to someone we know well and care about. Not many patients would keep such detailed records of their time in hospital. Recover well and soon, Otto. Vince C


An item of interest about RPA:

Royal Prince Alfred is one of the oldest hospitals in NSW, having been founded in 1882. The funds were raised by public subscription to make a monument to commemorate the assassination attempt on Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh by Henry James O'Farrell in 1868. O’Farrell was the first person to attempt a political assassination in Australia when he shot and wounded HRH The Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria. The wound was serious, but not fatal. The Prince was hospitalised for two weeks, and cared for by six nurses trained by Florence Nightingale, who had arrived in Australia that February under Matron Lucy Osburn. O’Farrell was found guilty and hanged in the Darlinghurst Gaol at the age of 35, notwithstanding Prince Alfred’s intercession to try to spare him the death penalty.

Prince Alfred

Henry O'Farrell

O'Farrell being captured after the attempted assassination of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh at Clontarf in 1868.

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