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Personal Experience

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Language: English
Country: Slovakia
Typology: patients and relatives
1.1 Description of the client by himself My name is František and I am 73 years old, but people often tell me that I look 10 years younger. I used to work as a tourist guide. Sometimes during the communism era I was allowed to go abroad. I never stayed there because I had a family here. I was healthy for all my life but in the last few months it gets worse. I have got diabetes. It started innocently but it gets worse every day. I have got my left big toe amputated but I have to go to the hospital to get my right big toe amputated too. I cannot even walk without a crutch and it is not going to be long before I will need two of them. 1.2 Experience of the client with the service Yesterday morning I came here. First I went through examinations and hoped that everything would be going to be alright, but it was not. I came to our capital city with difficulty, but the operation did not take place because my doctor forgot to put off my medication for hemodilution. Just one mistake and my operation is postponed for two weeks. When I got back here the emergency car had to drive me here because I could not stand up. When I got back to the hospital the doctor asked me where I have been for so long, because the leg looked terrible. That day they removed a sludge from my vein even though it hurt I was relieved. I am angry at my doctor because he forgot to put off that medication, but on the other hand I am worried that it will cause him problems. So I was quiet and did not tell anything. It was not for the first time that they drifted me from one department of the hospital to another: from vascular department to dermatology, from dermatology to geriatrics and then again to vascular department. I spent a lot of time at hospitals and half of it maybe because someone made a mistake somewhere, or forgot something or did not tell me something. If I had not met people who are employed in the health services I would not know anything. A doctor looks at me, examine me, writes something down and I leave hospital without a clue about what is going to happen. I am a person who does not like bothering other people so if they answer to me shortly or they do not answer me at all I do not care because not every day is a good day. But I feel very insecure when I do not know what is wrong with me and it makes me sad. I often forget the dates which need to be adhered. Embolism which they found in my leg does not supposedly cause death. I had three heart attacks and one stroke and I am still alive, but I wish doctors sometimes noticed me. I like my doctor because she asks me things I would not think of on my own, we laugh and she is nice to me. I do not like bothering her but she says I do not bother her and I trust her. But I do not know what is going to happen tomorrow. I have to go to the hospital again and I do not even know why. They mentioned amputation of another toe but they did not say anything for sure. If they told to me as my doctor talks to me and explained to me everything it would be great. But this way ….

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