The paper cut that would cost thousands..

So last week I was reframing some artwork when I cut my thumb. The cut wasn’t that much bigger than a paper cut so besides washing away the blood, I basically ignored it, didn’t put a plaster on then started on the gardening…

By Saturday morning it had started to swell and become painful so I went to the local pharmacy for advice and was told to use Savlon and a plaster… So I continued about my business getting ready for a family trip to the coast on the Monday..

By Monday though, my thumb had swelled in size and throbing with pain so I decided to pop into the train station pharmacy before we jumped on our train to the seaside.

The pharmacist took one look and said I needed medical attention immediately.  Still not thinking it was that serious, I went to the local A&E only to be referred immediately to the plastics team hand specialists at St Thomas’ Hospital Line I  who admitted me straight way and booked surgery for the next morning.  The cut (No bigger than a paper cut!) had become infected and the infection had visible tracked along my vein up my arm and my tendons were at risk… The surgery went fine and I was discharged a couple of days later.

All the doctors and nurses kept saying I had just been unlucky for the cut to get infected… but actually I feel incredibly  lucky that this happened whilst we still have the NHS in the UK.  During my three day stay in hospital I probably racked up a bill of thousands… such a teeny tiny scratch resulted in xrays, A&E, anesthetists, surgeons, nurses, plaster, medication and hospital stay etc… It all mounts up and who could afford to pay that bill?  Maybe Boris Johnson and his millionaire cronies- but not me xx So once again I just want to say thank you to the NHS (and the caring dedicated staff) and I hope that we protect it as much as it serves and protects us! #protecttheNHS

Again thanks for the love and support from my fam and my special visitor 😊and yes I will always put a plaster on no matter how small the cut from now on  😂

TBH xx

7 responses to “The paper cut that would cost thousands..”

  1. Wow! That’s too dramatic for comfort! And a good lesson to all. I envy you your NHS and hope you get to keep it!

    1. I know I am so thankful! This is the second emergency surgery I’ve had in two years and I’m still having physio for the first accident- would have been impossible to pay xx protect the NHS xx

  2. Without the NHS, I would now be without several family members so I am incredibly grateful, and terrified for its future.

    1. I am glad that your family members are well! And as I said to my friend previously… who do you know that wasn’t born on the NHS? I am terrified too!

  3. Wow! You are lucky you caught it when you did! Here in the US, something so simple can cost a fortune. I envy countries who provide healthcare for their people.

    1. Sadly, our current (hopefully temporary ) Prime Minster seems to prefer your systems and is trying to sell it off to the highest bidder whilst blaming its failure on EU and immigrants…. x was scary times for all xx

      1. Yikes…so sorry. Things are a mess!!!

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