"Stroke and liver"
About: University Hospital (Coventry) University Hospital (Coventry) Coventry CV2 2DX
Posted by Alastair Smith
I went to Warwick hospital on Apr 25. I had a CT scan which diagnosed bleeding on the brain and later my liver was found to be in a fairly bad way (combination of stroke and my former ways). I was shifted to Cov & War because the ordinary War couldn't deal with the seriousness of my situation. I started in the 'one step down' ward and gradually made it down to ward 20, going through several on the way. I had every scan and ultrasound going. I was and am on enough drugs that I rattle like a pill bottle if you shake me. It was fairly tough going, I spent almost two months there and they wanted to keep me in for another two weeks, but I threatened to self discharge myself. I wasn't the easiest patient. My medical condition and medication was making me hallucinate. Several time I tried to escape, but I had lost the use of my legs and just kept falling over. I was on first name terms with the security staff. A big thank you to all the consultants who helped me, one who told me, 'I'm not a betting person, but if I was, I'd have bet against you pulling through' - the consultant wasn't smiling when they said this and later on, my GP confirmed 'that the hospital vas very worried about me'. A big thank you to the nurses, except when one gave me an enema. The lovely nurse (whose name I have forgotten) who pulled out my catheter at 2:00am in the morning and who regularly changed my cannula. And the nurse that signed my discharge sheet who sat at the end of the wards. The food could have a been a bit more exciting, but then you can't have everything and I was in to get better, not to stuff my face. Although when one of the nurses did hand me the food card once, I did say that I would have the lobster thermidor for the main and tiramisu for dessert. To which I got handed the card with a, you've been here long enough to know better, just mark the main and pudding for lunch and dinner tomorrow. I'm happy to put my name to this review, yes, maybe some things could have been better, but on the whole, I was looked after and I got better. There aren't many that can have shrugged off most of the symptoms of a stroke, can be up and about normally with my mental faculties intact.