Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Playing the waiting game

I have a simple problem: my left ear is clogged up. I assume it is wax (rather than a small piece of lego or a peanut) but it does now mean that everything I do echoes through my body. Walking back from school I could hear every step resound up into my head as big thuds. When speaking I feel like I am shouting in my own private cathedral, all the sound reverberating in a large, echoey chamber.

This has happened occasionally before. I know what to do: put ear drops in for a few days then go to the nurse and get it syringed.

Being a new patient to the practice (I sent the small rainforest of forms in last Friday) I know I need a 'new patient medical' so I ring the surgery for an appointment, thinking I can kill two birds with one stone.

"I'm a new patient in the practice. Can I arrange an appointment with the nurse for an initial medical?"

"I can fit you in next Wednesday."

Over a week away!

"I'm sorry, but I can't wait that long to have my ear syringed: I can't hear anything on one side." There is a hint of restrained anger. Only a hint, mind.

"I'm afraid you have to make an appointment with a nurse to see if it needs syringing first."

And thus I go quietly mad. Or rather, echoey, head-hurtingly mad. I must now wait for an appointment with someone who will tell me what I already know, and then have to wait for an appointment with her (presumably a further week later) to resolve the problem. Meanwhile I can't hear much except my own ringing ear.

When the NHS works it is brilliant; when it doesn't it is the most frustrating thing in the world.


Ladybird World Mother said...

Grrrr! Oh, CAN YOU HEAR ME??!
No, seriously, most irritating. Son had horrible 'thing' on foot and doctor couldn't see him for a week. Madness.
Hope your nurse will get on with it and that you can hear again. Such a pain not to be able to.

Working Mum said...

How close to me do you live? I think you've registered at my GP's surgery! The restrained anger sounds familiar.

Maternal Tales said...

Are you sure it's not a small piece of Lego? I said 'ARE YOU SURE IT'S NOT A SMALL PIECE OF LEGO????'

Catharine Withenay said...

Thanks, everyone, for talking SO LOUD AND CLEARLY!

I got a cancelled appointment, so the schedule has been brought forward a week ... then next week I go to a special Ear Syringe Clinic. What a miserable job, eh, just to have a clinic for clearing out people's ears!

Sparx said...

a 'special ear syringe clinic'? Madness. Have you tried buying one of those little ear bulbs and having a go at home? I feel your frustration!

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