She was adamant that I could stay in bed and not worry about fighting the traffic trying to get to the hospital and then the nightmare that is trying to find somewhere to park.
Her appointment was at 11.30 in the Hand Clinic. Just as I was walking in the entrance I lifted the phone to my ear after dialling her number and at the exact moment received a text telling me she was already there waiting.
These are the moments when you think "Wow. We are so in-tune. We think as one.We are one".
This is the moment when the cynics start to go a little green around the gills prompting one Mary Little to write
"A youth with his first cigar makes himself sick. A youth with his first girl makes everyone sick".
Made my way to the first floor and there she was reading a magazine.(DL, and not Mary Little, if you were getting confused. I have looked on the Internet and can find no details for Mary Little.)
Say what you like about the NHS. It is not perfect but I have yet to see anything that betters it and it should be protected and cherished.
11.30 on the dot and the physio arrived, ushered us in to his clinic and had a good poke around at the DL's hand.
He asked a few relevant questions and replaced the splint with a tiny bit of elasticated bandage and that was it. We were free!
She is now able to resume the gym and we are going skating together this Sunday so she can try the skates that Santa bought her at Xmas.
Her hand has healed sufficiently so she can fall down if she wants to. Although I would imagine if anyone is going to do any falling down it will be me.
She has to massage the finger regularly with cream and do various finger exercises and hopefully shortly it will be back to normal. It may take a while for the feeling to come back as the nerve was severed but they, she and I are very pleased with the result and the care and treatment. I suggested that as it was one finger she could do the massaging with my help rather than enlisting the help of a tall Scandinavian masseur called Sven.
It is a shame that only the NHS horror stories make the headlines. It must be very demoralising to all those Doctors, Nurses and ancillary workers to open a newspaper in the morning and find yet another article attacking them.
It must feel a bit like working for the BBC
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