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Keep on stretching ….

Last week I went to the hospital for my second six monthly visit to the Parkinson’s Nurse. After checking in at Reception I asked about getting an appointment to see the new consultant in a few months. I was told that none of the patients under my previous neurologist had been allocated to a doctor and no-one knew how we could talk to anyone for advice about future appointments, all very unsatisfactory! The poor Receptionist was having to take all the flak for something beyond her control. On seeing the Nurse, relief, she had a letter that had been sent to my promised neurologist who has a specialism in both Parkinson’s and Dystonia. At the end of our meeting, we agreed that I could still manage without medication possibly helped by all the pilates and stretching I have been doing.

..lots of stretching..

..lots of stretching..


Another discussion at Reception followed and now armed with said letter the Receptionist said she would take on the challenge and ring me. We had only been home for ten minutes when she rang having tracked down the agreed consultant and got an appointment sorted out; phew what a relief; what a wonderful lady. The local NHS certainly has issues that need to be resolved.

We have been lucky enough to have enjoyed a beautiful summer and I have felt fine generally. I led a 9 mile walk last week on a sunny day, beautiful wild flowers and butterflies all around us. I am looking forward to a week of walking around St Ives with many of the group in early September and then there is a trip to Italy and the Amalfi Coast to look forward to three weeks later…

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6 thoughts on “Keep on stretching ….

  1. Hi Elspeth

    It was great to see you and Peter recently and you both looked so relaxed and well. It was such a nice evening and what a beautiful venue. Camilla and Mike have a lovely home and wonderful views.

    Lovely to read your recent positive and inspiring update. It is good to hear that your exercise programme and great attitude are having such a positive result. It must have been so frustrating for you all to receive such a negative response when you visited the hospital but it sounds as though the nurse and receptionist really came up trumps when you explained your situation. We really hope that you will now get some very positive help from your Consultant. Hope you had a great time at the recent badminton bbq at Peter Martin’s and the stool ball was fun – what a great idea.

    Well not long now to your St Ives adventure – really hope weather is kind and you all have a great time.

    Love Elizabeth and Ken xx

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Sorry you had to battle for the consultant – hope he is good when you get to see him. I am full of admiration at the distance you can walk. Keep stretching!! You are looking good.

    Love Frances x

  3. Hi Elspeth, there is a group called PAL’s that deal with compliants with the NHS so if anything else goes wrong they are the people to talk to. Glad it got sorted in the end. You are looking so fit.
    See you soon.
    Sue

  4. Chasing the sun then Mum – St Ives and then Italy, and then not long ’til Oz?
    Maybe you should offer to be a Lululemon Ambassador when they properly open in the UK given you’re modelling Lulu head to toe and they would love your pilates story…Lau xx

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