When the Icelandic volcano erupted 4 weeks ago causing the cancellation of my trip to Nottingham, I left a comment on my blog saying, “Knowing my luck, the volcano will erupt just before I’m due to travel next month and all flights will be cancelled again”.
The volcanic ash cloud moved back over Ireland and the UK yesterday causing the cancellation of my early morning flight today. As luck would have it, flights resumed again at noon but this was of no help to me. With only one daytime flight daily to Nottingham, there was no way I could get to my appointment with the surgeon today.
When the surgeon heard that I’d been ‘volcanoed’ again, he joked about it saying, “It’s a conspiracy!”.
But you know what? He might be right 😯
From now on, no-one’s allowed to mention the ‘V’ word!!!
A new health warning has been issued in Ireland. Public information leaflets and posters have been distributed to ports and airports. You have an important role to play in stopping the agenda of privatisation and for-profit medicine. Stop the spread of this pandemic disease now.
Radical health reform, in terms of creating a universal system of healthcare which offers equality and accessibility, is one of the greatest challenges facing Ireland today. Play your part.
An 80-year-old widow was living with her married daughter and family. Following a job promotion, the family moved house to a quieter area. Shortly after the move, the old lady needed to get her prescriptions renewed so an appointment was made for her at the local surgery. She was asked to bring along a list of all the medicines that had been previously prescribed for her, for the new doctor to review.
As the young doctor looked through the list, his eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for birth control pills.
“Mrs. Byrne, do you realize these are BIRTH CONTROL pills?!?”
“Yes, they help me sleep at night.”
“Mrs. Byrne, I assure you there is absolutely NOTHING in these that could possibly help you sleep!”
The old lady reached out and patted the young doctor’s knee…
“Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old grand daughter drinks …and believe me, it helps me sleep at night!”
Those of you who have been reading this blog for far too long 😉 will remember that I had a run-in with a certain consultant doctor over his arrogant behaviour. I have consulted more specialists than I care to remember but never before had I come across such blatant arrogance. On principle, I refused to pay for the consultation when leaving the doctor’s surgery and instead wrote to the doctor the following day, to express my dissatisfaction. Three weeks later, I received a bullying phone call from the doctor himself which did nothing to improve our stand-off. Last week, he sent me another bill for the outstanding account. It gave me a great laugh.
I decided not to waste my time writing to this doctor again. Instead, I picked up the phone and spoke to his receptionist. She sounded very young and innocent so I was very gentle. I told her politely that I had already stated in writing why I was unhappy with the charge and then added, that I hoped her employer didn’t treat his staff as rudely as he did his patients. She apologised profusely and promised to look into the error!
Now, I’m dying to know what will happen next. Will the receptionist relay my message to her employer and face the consequences or will she decide to quietly ‘lose’ the bill? Will the doctor try to threaten me with legal action? I suppose I should feel sorry for him. He must have hit hard times in this economic downturn. The consultation took place in 2007.