Through My Eyes

Some people say I talk too much, that I always have a story to tell. I don't know what's round the corner so my blog is about life through my eyes and making every day count.

Private Healthcare or NHS?!

I would say the start of all my health issues was April 2013, from that point when I had my first GP appointment till now seems to have been a long & stressful time and yet I’m nowhere even near the light at the end of the tunnel!

My first frustration was that the cancer cells were only discovered as a result of a separate operation that i had actually been advised not to have but pushed for it.
This left me thinking what would have happened if I had not pushed for this operation? I would have not known I had this condition till it was too late maybe!

From the point I actually got the diagnoses of DCIS and told I needed a mastectomy I started doing research on the Internet. The option of going private was always in my mind as I want the best care, surgery and results. But then I thought no, I work hard and pay my taxes and expect a decent surgeon and operation on the NHS.
One think I did do though was refer myself to another hospital an hour away as this had a specialised cancer centre.

So my first appointment with this expert surgeon was yesterday at but I didn’t get seen till 2.45. Now I appreciate there can be delays but sat on a chair waiting for nearly 4 hours was a nightmare!
Then when I saw this surgeon he wanted to do more tests as there were some key tests hadn’t been done before diagnosing me and telling me I needed this operation. So why has it taken 6 months of appointments and waiting around to now be told I need more tests as some have not been done! And it’s not like I have a cold here or a migraine!
To me this is 6 months spent making errors when I could have started treatment for what could be a life threatening disease!
I am still continuing with the NHS as things seem to be moving quicker one but has still left me wondering if going private would have been the way forward to get things done properly and a lot quicker!!
What annoys me the most is when I have googled DCIS it shows a list of symptoms, I had all of these which is why I first went to my GP. Knowing my symptoms were a big sign of cancer I would have expected a mammogram but only got an ultrasound scan which does not actually show cancer. As a result of that I got told I had inflamed ducts and to leave it for 3 months and to return if it was no better! So I had cancer in me for 3 months, possibly growing and getting worse and the hospital missed this and sent me home for 3 months! Just makes you wonder what we pay our taxes for!!


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