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A lemon

A fine specimen on a potted tree

A fine specimen on a potted tree

The photo represents very well our visit to the hospital today.

Clive was told he had to sign a consent form for anaesthesia even though only light sedation is anticipated for his colonoscopy.

We duly went in today, with the added bonus of Clive being able to meet the oncology consultant for the first time.

However, the anaesthetist had decided, in the short time it took us to get there, that Clive has to undergo a series of tests in a separate visit which of course means the colonoscopy, due Wednesday, has to be postponed.

The anaesthetist visit isn’t till next week and God knows when the colonoscopy will now be put back to.

On second thoughts, lemon is too good a word.

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  1. August 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Gorgeous!

    • August 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      It’s a beautiful lemon but here has a different sense …

  2. jomamahep
    August 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    And honestly, this sort of situation that you have detailed in the last couple of posts is exactly why I was totally against Obamacare here in the U.S. from the start. There is a downside to “free” or subsidized healthcare and this is exactly the sort of situation I envisioned. The free market here in the U.S. needs to be brought under control for pricing (an ER visit for me a couple of months ago, a total of 45 minutes there, was billed to our ins. co. at over $8000–for simple bloodwork, medicine and 5 min. consult with physician). I’ve heard that Italy has wonderful healthcare–if you can actually access it. The last thing you need right now is the stress of trying to get help. Goodness, I sympathize with your frustration!

    • August 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you for your comment. My American grandfather, who was a family doctor, predicted what would happen when Britain’s National Health System started and would have felt his opposition to it was borne out. A lot of Italians go private to avoid the long delays – in some cases it’s almost automatic.

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