"Caring for a chronically ill husband"
About: Central Lancashire PCT / Community nursing Central Lancashire PCT Community nursing
Posted by Lin (as ),
After six years of mental and physical illnesses of my husband, we welcomed a letter from our GP informing us of a Community Matron Service.
One Sunday morning my husband suffered yet again some sort of collapse. He was cold clammy and sweating. I rang the emergency surgery and a GP did call and check him over. Although he could not now weight bear, she said that she could not find anything seriously wrong.
Throughout the day he suffered several bouts of diarrhoea. So on the Monday morning I rang the number of the Community Matron, apparently our designated Matron was on leave. Within the hour another Matron had called, taken bloods, and generally been very helpful. She also called the next day, he was now managing to stand. She offered advice on diet because of the continuing diarrhoea.
After that our 'own' Matron was back off leave. She came to see us the next day, and took more bloods because of the results of the previous ones.
We are now 'on her books' and I feel more confident that I can contact someone, on any day, who knows all about us, and is there for us.