Frustration #WOTW #R2BC

By | July 24, 2014

Thank goodness it’s nearly Friday! It’s been a week that can be summed up in one word:


And here’s why:

1. Leg, darn leg
I’ve not been well for a week now. Last Thursday I had the (very) familiar aches in my bones and extremes of temperature which said to me that something nasty was on the way. Cellulitis to be precise.

This isn’t cellulite but a horrible skin infection, usually arising from a bite or bacteria and reoccurring without warning at any time.

In my case, it was an series of insect bites in one spot, whilst T was in his first year. At it’s worst (and I’m not kidding), it flared up 6 days before D was born (I’d fallen up our back step and grazed my leg) and they couldn’t give me any anti-biotics until she was born. She arrived early (thankfully) and I was immediately given a course of anti-biotics. I was, at one point, 48 hours away from possible septicaemia and ..well, that could have led on to losing my leg. A bit serious if those really yucky tasting tablets aren’t available.

So, when those all too familiar symptoms started, I knew I needed to take some tablets. I always keep a supply at home, about 3 days worth, enough to start treating it and then it’s a case of getting some more from the doctor.

Then the fun started. Prescription requested on Friday and refused, I only found out this on Monday (by now any tablets I had were used and feeling really rubbish). Doctor’s phone call booked in for Monday/Tuesday which never came, it turned out they didn’t arrive for surgery. I had to chase to found this out. No appointments available. Further telephone call booked for Wednesday.

Unbelievable when you consider that they have access to my records and can see that it’s needed and why. I went in Monday and Tuesday, stood there and asked to see someone. Nothing available. We’re now at Tuesday afternoon and I took the last tablet on Sunday evening.

Wednesday came and finally a doctor phoned. She was lovely. Immediately said she’d get a double dose organised, one to start immediately, one to have at home for next time. Got told it would be available that afternoon.

So, immense relief. Except it wasn’t ready that afternoon. We had to wait. Me, Hubbie and D as T was playing football with his friends.

Finally, we have the slip of paper, off to the pharmacy. And this is where number 2 starts…

2. A complete waste of NHS funds

As we were waiting for my anti-biotics, we knew we could collect D’s next injection at the same time (had been told it was there).

Remember how hot it’s been this week? D’s injection package has to be kept in a fridge, it’s clearly marked as so and has a blooming great big label on it.

Except the pharmacy hadn’t done that. They’d left it on the shelf with her creams in a bag, which is why they couldn’t immediately find it.

Eventually they did and then they had to phone to check if it would be okay, having been out of the fridge for hours. It wasn’t. That’s £100 wasted, we get told exactly how much each injection is worth every time we see the consultant at the hospital. And obviously it’s had to be ordered in again. Another trip to collect tomorrow with my poorly leg.

This “frustration” theme continues…

3. Sensitivity and insensitivity

Both T and D have allergies to the adhesive in plasters. Even the hypoallergenic ones.

It causes horrendous reactions in the form of weeping, oozing blisters where the adhesive has been in contact with skin, these last far longer than any actual original wound.

So, they both had little cases of gauze, medical tape and bandages in school, with instructions that they should not have plasters.

This has worked fine in D’s SN school but T’a mainstream hadn’t been accepting of it, they even told him that they didn’t believe he had an allergy!

Anyway….T had a nasty wound from the playground on Friday and school refused to dress it because there weren’t any plasters in his case. Umm hello?!? So, he spent the last few days at school with a bandage administered at home each morning and, with some TLC, it’s getting better.

Oh, that and the fact that another child has been threatening to punch T on a few occasions and school had done nothing to either defuse the situation or explain to said child that this really wasn’t nice behaviour. It’s not just T, a lot of children were threatened. Even on their last afternoon. Nice way to end primary school isn’t it?

Now, that’s why this week has been a frustrating one, a “good grief, can’t people show some compassion and initiative” kind of one.

We need some Reasons To Be Cheerful now, don’t we?

It would have to be these:


They are horrible to take and there’s always a “you feel worse before you start to feel better”, but I have them and some more for next time.

And it’s the school holidays, no school runs for six weeks. It means that we can do some baking, have cuddles, make some happy memories and just relax a bit. Let me get this leg better first.

What word sums up your week? I’m aiming for a more positive one next week!

The Reading Residence


Facebook Comments


Redpeffer on 25th July 2014 at 7:50 am.

Oh no, that leg sounds really painful. And sometimes people can totally amaze you can’t they, and not in a good way. Hope you have a fab summer (once your leg is better.) xx


Jeannette on 25th July 2014 at 6:53 pm.

Thanks Ioona, yes, I was totally amazed by the lack of initiative and common sense with everything this week. A big “phew” that it’s Friday! X


Looking for Blue Sky on 25th July 2014 at 8:01 am.

Hope things improve now that the holidays and here and you have the antibiotics x


Jeannette on 25th July 2014 at 6:49 pm.

Thanks, we need to get past this “yuck” stage and then we will x


Hannah Clarke on 25th July 2014 at 9:42 am.

I hope your leg clears up soon, and T’s wound, then you can have a lovely summer break together xx #PoCoLo


Jeannette on 25th July 2014 at 6:48 pm.

Thanks Hannah, have a lovely weekend x


Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) on 25th July 2014 at 10:39 am.

Oh my goodness, this all sounds horrendous, and yes, frustrating. I do hope those antibiotics are improving things for you now, and I love how you’ve still managed to round the post off with a few positives. I do hope you can enjoy the holidays when your leg improves x Thanks for sharing with #WotW


Jeannette on 25th July 2014 at 6:48 pm.

Thanks J, still pretty yucky but (thinking positively) at least it happened at the start of the holidays 🙂


Kim Carberry on 25th July 2014 at 11:13 am.

Ohh my! What a rubbish time you’ve had! I hope you are feeling a bit better now!!


Jeannette on 25th July 2014 at 6:47 pm.

Thanks Kim, I’m in the “feeling worse before feeling better” but we’re getting there x


LakesSingleMum on 25th July 2014 at 6:04 pm.

Gosh I am so glad you found some happy things after all that


Jeannette on 25th July 2014 at 6:47 pm.

Thanks lovely, it’s been a heck of a week! X


Merlinda Little on 25th July 2014 at 11:34 pm.

Awww this sounds like a bad week and yes hopefully nest week your #wotw will be more positive. Sending you hugs #pocolo


Jeannette on 4th August 2014 at 4:01 am.

Thanks lovely, very pleased to say that this week’s was much better, huge appreciated! X


xOjox on 26th July 2014 at 5:59 pm.

Well done for finding any positives this week! I do hope your leg gets better very soon and you can enjoy your summer with T and D xx


Jeannette on 4th August 2014 at 4:02 am.

Thanks Jo, I’m glad (I guess) it all happened at the start, all ok now 🙂 xx


Victoria Welton on 26th July 2014 at 9:49 pm.

Crikey, you really have had a week and a half, you poor thing :(( But well done on seeing the positives. Here’s to a better week for you lovely. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x


Jeannette on 4th August 2014 at 4:03 am.

Thanks Vicky x


Faded Seaside Mama on 30th July 2014 at 7:24 pm.

My goodness the ineptitude of supposed professionals never ceases to amaze me. I’m glad things finally got sorted and that now school’s out, things should get easier, but take care in the meantime and rest up.


Jeannette on 4th August 2014 at 4:04 am.

Thank you, it was a very frustrating few days but all good now x


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