By The System We Have Paid For.
OR is, by definition, not a youngster. As we age our anxieties with regard to illness and potential fatal diagnoses increases and our vulnerability to sickness is greater. However the demands on our NHS services have increased way beyond their capability to manage.
The rise of super bug infections, rapid turnover of hospital beds and the subsequent inability to maintain high standards of cleanliness gets ever more impossible. Sure, the staff and medical professionals are superb but they cannot be expected to cope with the tsunami of bodies washing onto our shores.
All of the considerations bubble over the cauldron of being a political ingredient, constantly stirred by politicians able to avoid the consequences of their incompetence, via privilege and wealth. So any desire to improve the lot of the majority is quickly buried in the club membership that an MP's title bestows.
The waiting room picture above is not as far removed from inner city doctors' surgeries today. Here in the sticks is better since, so far, the immediate demand is less than more overcrowded places. Nevertheless we are not immune to National pressures and central diktat. This nowhere more obvious than the dismissal of viral infections as of no significance.
Here I'm getting personal. As I enter the tenth day of sore throat, hacking, dry, painful coughing and debilitating malaise I am beginning to wonder how older, more frail and weak cope with such an infection. I can remember similar bouts from years gone by and do realise that I am less able to fight this bug than I was. I did reluctantly allow Mrs OR to haul me off to the Docs last Monday but as expected, a polite and charming shrug. A peremptory tap of the torso and a brief look over was fine. I felt briefly better just for having gone.
Still, now three nights of discomfort and ever declining mental and physical energy post the doc visit, I'm, literally, hacked off. I'm very lucky to have a super nurse in Mrs OR but for anyone alone this must be a terrible thing to endure. In our modern age it seems viral infections are beyond the wit of our medical researches to cope with. I wonder what treatment is given those picking up viral illnesses in hospitals? Are they just told to sit it out. Wait for it to work through? Is a pat on the arm, it's just a virus, the procedure? What about people recovering from serious operations? Imagine coughing and heaving around a nasty wound.
So, here's a question. Why is there little medical treatment or drug therapy available for countering viral infections? Or, if there are medicines available, why are we denied a relieving cure? AstraZeneca are moaning they have few research programmes running to offer future earnings and having to lay off staff. Seems to me they're missing a trick. A cough medicine that works, a throat lozenge that relieves, not cons and scams that rob millions from us all with false promises of desperately sought relief.
Better still, some kind of holistic, systemic treatment that can wash a virus from the body. After all it is 2012. I suppose there are more significant priorities but right now I feel very sorry for myself and for anybody suffering what some would dismiss as "man flu" but for those enduring it, is a very miserable time.