Dear Jeremy Hunt - The Difference a Week Makes

I'm sorry I haven't posted here regularly Jeremy, I'm sure you've been wondering where I got to. Last week, for the first time since December, Dave and I had some good news. Last Friday, we went to see Dave's Impossibly Elegant Oncologist. 

Have I told you about Dave's oncologist? He was the first one to give it to us straight. No hedging, no soft words. Bad news, delivered gently. You have no idea how much I adore this man. He is gentle, straightforward and has a very cheeky sense of humour. We trust him. He is also the first consultant I have ever seen borrow a pen from a nurse and go out of his way to return it! Jeremy, would you ever return an underling's pen? Their normal, note-taking biro? I've had to rifle through my manager's desk many-a-time to retrieve my pens that they'd absent-mindedly picked up when hovering over me and walked off with. You have no idea how much that used to piss me off. 

Anyway, Dave's Impossibly Elegant Oncologist asked how he was coping with the treatments and then gave us the results of the CT scan. The primary tumour has shrunk from 20mm to 5mm, the secondary tumours on the lymph nodes can't be seen! 

This Jeremy means that the treatment is working. As Dave goes through Cycle 3 and the cumulative effects start to grip, this news makes it all worthwhile. 

This means that perhaps we can have Christmas dinner this year without fear.

It may mean a few more birthdays to celebrate.

This is the gift of time. 

We don't know how long and I can't think of that yet, but it means Dave will be cooking a turkey dinner for us and I will eat every morsel with gratitude. 

Jeremy you seem to have painted yourself into a bit of a corner. It seems you have no right to impose such an unfair, unethical and unsafe contract on the Junior Doctors. You my man, are on very shaky political ground. The legal challenge to this contract is going ahead and has a huge amount of support from the BMA and the public. I think it's beginning to dawn on you that you've been a complete and utter cockwomble (damn, I love that) and because of your antagonist rhetoric, you haven't left yourself a way out of this mess. You are going to have to accept you won't save face and it's your own doing. I am going to try hard to feel sympathy for you, but I think I'm not that good a person. 

You have ground down good people for your own political means. Good people whose daily working lives provide enough of a grind.

Dave's treatment had to be postponed. We got to the ward on time. Dave had his kidney function test, but the oncologist and the nursing staff had to deal with a difficult patient who was kicking off and was kicking off in such a spectacular fashion and created so much drama, that the test results and treatment could not be reviewed before the end of shift. 

The oncology ward is staffed by specialist doctors and they work twelve hour shifts. The night shift has specialist nurses on hand to administer the chemotherapy over night, but given Dave's reaction to the first regime, they wanted a doctor on hand, in case anything untoward happened. This meant Dave was there for 72 hours, rather than 24. 

Have you ever been bullied? The behaviour of the patient, kicking off was truly appalling. He was a man who was accustomed to having his own way. Life it seemed, revolved around him and he wasn't going to have some youngster tell him otherwise. The doctor who dealt with the patient, was polite and firm. At no point did he rise to the veiled insults and threats. He remained calm and professional throughout. And this wasn't just a one-off, five minute confrontation. This drama played out over the afternoon and early evening. I wanted to hug that doctor, I really did. His concern throughout, no matter what that awful man said, remained with the patient's best interests. The nursing staff did what they could to de-escalate the situation, but he was having none of it. Eventually, the situation was resolved, but time had disappeared, wasted on needless drama.

That's what this fight with the Junior Doctors has been Jeremy, needless drama. As a politician you've shown yourself to be incompetent. Smarter politicians would know you catch more bees with sugar, than with vinegar.. Instead of working with, you've worked against and history will forget you as just another rabble rouser who was faced down with professionalism that has the welfare of the NHS on their side. 

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  1. Wonderful and heart-warming as ever. Love and peace

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    1. Thank you darling.

      Love & peace to you too.
      xxx

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  2. Congrats on the treatment progress.

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    1. Thank you sweetie.
      xx

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    2. I'm full of admiration for those doctors and nurses who deal with difficult patients day in and day out (and on 12 hour shifts) with such calm professionalism. Those patients who create such a fuss really should catch themselves on and realise how lucky they are to be treated so brilliantly.

      Glad the chemo seems to be working so well. Best of luck for the future.

      Jeremy Hunt is a stupid arsehole.

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    3. I don't know how they do it, I really don't. But they do and do it so well.

      The thing is, paying for your healthcare doesn't bring any better service/treatment.

      And thanks hon. x

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  3. Oh that endless drama... all too familiar with it. I'm so glad Dave is responding so well to treatment!! xoxoxo

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    1. Yeah, I bet. I'm sure you don't even think about it much anymore. Bless.

      You rock! xxx

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  4. I am very glad to hear of the promising results. I will continue to send y'all good thoughts & good wishes, & wish y'all good health, much strength, & peace.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. You give us an important view of how patients & their families are cared for by excellent, caring professionals. And you do a wonderful, inspiring job of defending those hardworking healthcare providers.

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    1. All I have are my words.

      My gratitude for everything they do for us, goes so deep, words aren't enough.

      And thank you honey. It's good here too.
      xx

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  5. Oh, and what good news! Long may it continue x

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    1. I know, right?!

      And YES PLEASE!

      At this rate, I might even start thinking about next Xmas (though that feels a bit scary).

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  6. Excellent news!!! So pleased to read it!!!
    Pity they couldn't get a psyche nurse for the unruly patient.... but they are even thinner on the ground :-(
    Sxxx

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    1. I don't think a psyche nurse could have helped. He was suffering from Entitlement Issues and believed the world moved around his whims.

      Thanks honey. xxx

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  7. Very good news ! Now lets hope they kill the bastard off. You better get used to the turkey !

    I would not have the patience for such a thing, I'd loose it pretty soon. I fear in some respect I am just an outdated authoritative fossile.

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    1. I can only take it one Xmas at a time, I'm afraid. There's still too much that can go wrong between now and the end of his chemo.

      Don't look at me, I'd have swung for the guy after 10 minutes.

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  8. Very pleased the scales have tipped in Dave's favour.Stuff it, Dave!(The turkey, dear, the turkey)
    And may I borrow your "cockwomble"? It's the best word I've heard in yonks! I promise not to wear it out.
    The me me me patient sounds rather like a Tory back bencher.Of course, I'm sorry the poor sod has a rotten illness, but he hasn't a right to bad behaviour.

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    1. Please do borrow "cockwomble". I read it in relation to Donald Trump and have loved it ever since. I've been using it at every opportunity.

      No, he didn't have the right to bad behaviour, especially since the clinical team were so worried about his health. But there you go.

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  9. May the 4th be with you!

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