Wednesday… How’s my PET?

Off for PET scan number 22! (I had to go back over some previous posts to check – and they were interesting – and scary – reading!) Sadly Margaret, the centre manager, was away, but the procedure is pretty routine – injection of the tracer, rest for 90 minutes, then under the scanner. One thing I did notice was that I was unable to lift my arms up over my head which is the usual ‘pose’ for the scan. This was tangible proof of some loss of mobility, however having my arms by my side was a lot more comfortable.

I have been suffering from a bit of a cold and a sore throat, so before the scan I rang the day unit at Guy’s to see if I should go over. However my notes are at St Thomas’s at the moment, so I was advised to go up to the day unit at St Thomas’s. It was quite pleasant going back as all my initial treatment was there, and I saw Debbie, one of the nurses who looked after me on Samaritan ward. Sadly all haemotolgy is moving to Guy’s and the day unit will be closing. It isn’t in a very good location as it is surrounded by laboratories, and the consulting facilities are limited – but the views are good! I was seen by a new (to me) Doctor, Jenny, who pronounced my lungs clear, but prescribed some Co-Amoxiclav (an antibiotic) as a precaution.

So a quick trip to pharmacy and I was on my way home. Now I have left the Navy, I pay all my travel and prescription costs – so first thing this morning I was buying a railcard, and I am looking at the pre-payment certificates for medicines!

I expect to get the results on my next routine visit – unless there is anything untoward, when I expect i will get a phone call!

But in the best traditions… Onwards and Upwards!

4 Responses to “Wednesday… How’s my PET?”

  1. Richard on 02 Oct 2008 at 11:25 am #

    The pre-payment system works well guidance is :

    “People who have to pay for more than 3 prescription items in 3 months, or 14 items in 12 months, could save money by buying a PPC. From 1 April 2008, the charge for a single prescription item is £7.10, whereas a 3-month PPC will cost you £27.85 and a 12-month PPC £102.50. The most convenient way to pay for your 12 month PPC is by Direct Debit meaning you can spread the yearly cost over 10 monthly instalments ”

    Until I hit the magic age for a bus pass I used one for several years and I think you can claim back charges once you have applied even if you have not yet got the certificate (like a bank card)

    Crossing again for the results.


  2. Peter on 02 Oct 2008 at 11:46 am #

    Yes indeed – and as I have regular prescriptions for three drugs, I shall be doing that – although the Navy did supply me with 2 months worth of the three, so on balance… probably better to pay for this one, then get the certificate in a couple of months time!

  3. Liz on 03 Oct 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    Well, it won’t only be prescription charges you have to pay for, but dental treatment too. We Service pensioners don’t have it easy!

    I’ll be keeping everything crossed for good results for you too.

    Have a great weekend!

    Lots of love,

  4. Sam on 06 Oct 2008 at 10:32 am #

    Its good to here that generally things are going well.

    Hope the job pans out & it leads to greater things.

    My mum gets a yearly prescription & it works out so much cheaper.

    Best wishes


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