Hip replacement in a middle of a hospital strike!!

in life •  last year

Hello Steemians!

Over the last three weeks, I have been preparing for and undergoing my final hip relacement. This one was "interesting" to say the least!!

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I had been approved for surgery and had to go to the reception of the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital to be admitted and book a bed.

I was confronted by a crowd of protesting maintenance staff with ululating, drums and "vuvuzelas" a kind of plastic trumpet used by South African soccer spectators. The questions and answers between myself and the admissions clerk consisted mainly of hand signs - but, we got it done!!

Now imagine these samples put together at once in an entrance hall!!
Sample of ululating
Vuvuzela - courtesy of a YouTube
A less noisy version af african drums

It was quieter on the 7th floor where my ward and bed was a welcome sight.

The following day it became evident that the strike had involved nursing staff as well. I was beginning to wonder if surgery would ever take place...at one stage being asked if I have any snacks to eat along with medication as they weren't sure if dinner would be served.....!!

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On the morning of the surgery, and to my surprise, the surgeon himself arrived to wheel my bed down to the operating theatre. We traversed the distance via what looked like a kitchen - dodging piles of rubbish strewn by the protestors..

I was later informed that the route was used to avoid the main elevators which had been disabled by the protestors.

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But, with undying admiration to those of the staff dedicated to their calling, I am at home recovering rapidly and ready to work!!

Till next time! - Love from Junior

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I am so sorry you had to experience this. The violence here is starting to terrify me. Glad you are on the mend.

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Thanks for the comment @luckylie. I enquired about the whole fiasco and one gets to almost understand the frustration among the staff.

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