Sunday Music, Monday Edition

For the first time since ages I voluntarily called in sick. Whatever this is, what kind of bazillovirus (I have no clue about these things), it hit me fast & hard. Yesterday morning I coughed for the first time, it did not get better, but the hacking was still avoidable. This morning I found it difficult to breathe without cough. I should not have been doing the morning drive, but on so a short notice it is not possible to conjure an ersatz out of the hat. I did my job, stumbled into the doc’s office, drove to the yard and handed my yellow sick note to my boss, who held a reasonable distance when he saw me, did not ask questions ; then I went home, directly into bed.
I wanna go places and do things, but not this week. Here in the version of Sam LANIN (Ger., Eng.). I hope you enjoy the music. Be careful & avoid coughing people.



8 thoughts on “Sunday Music, Monday Edition

  1. Oh, dear. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    [cough, cough]

    There is something like that going on around here. This one seems to not last long. I only have some coughing now, but otherwise feeling much better.

  2. Yes, yes, sick, not breathing, godzillavirus etc etc… What I’m very interested in is that you appear to be able to go straight in to see a doctor and get a sick note pretty much immediately. Where are the interminable queues? The hours spent ringing them up trying to get an appointment? This can’t possibly be a free service like our National Health Service, can it? CAN IT?!?!

    Oh. Get well soon, and all that ;)

  3. I think they all have the same name Ponita, something like “damn little basted” or so.

    What are you talking about IDV ? I went to my Hausarzt, the doctor medicinae who is near me and whom I use regularly. They know me, keep my file.
    The waiting room was full, but when I asked they said that there’s nothing to worry, I’d not wait for an hour as I suggested. And they were correct. I looked through a journal, read an article and was called into room 4 after 40 minutes.
    Doc Eisenbarth and me joked a bit around, while I coughed a little serenade. He handed me the yellow docket and saied something like “don’t go near children and leave my office now !”. Oh yes, he looked into my mouth and listened to sounds in my chest, all in all after 15 minutes I was out.
    For the annual check I make an appointment for two dates, a) when they draw blood by the liter, pumping me white, and b) when the results are in and there is the inspection of my body via ultra-sound, monitoring of the heart etc including the terrible bicycle, ended & summarised in a conversation with doc Eisenbarth. All this takes a bit longer, but works routinely. Usually I forget to make an appointment, but when I visit the office for a prescription (I have to use a certain medicamentation daily, so need regular prescriptions) the lady at the computer tells me when it is time to look for a date.
    Can’t complain. Absolutely no need to. And I am not a “private” but a bog standard run of the mill patient.
    It may be different when you go to an emergency room in a hospital – thankfully it is years ago that I had to do that. This place may be overcrowded and you may find yourself in a long queue, simply because people go there nowadays with scratches and a cold – really ! Some even become nasty when they are told to leave after they received their plaster clogging the pipeline for people seriously ill. But all in all this works too.
    What needs to change drastically is the payment for all in nursing & care, the wage is too low – and the hours have to change : the work load is too heavy ! There is a limit, and this limit is transcended, too many people burn out.
    It is not that there is not enough money in the system, but pharma industries & those who operate hospitals as businesses earn too much, respectively take too much out for themselves so that not enough comes to those who really work it, who deal with ill persons. And if “managers” decide that there must be more cost “effectivity” they usually cut out positions, but not in management or higher ranks of the doctors.
    People who work in health care & nursing can not go on strike – you can not step aside and let people die or neglect them ; I can not see a strong union that would press their rightful demands through – and politicians are simply looking into another direction when it comes to this. Especially in times of electoral campaigning.
    All in all the system works, but on the back of those who are working in it. This goes on for too long now, there will be more problems, blunders. But it is not because of a fawlty design of the system, it is because the whole thing is not used in a correct way, but for the advantage of some “stake holders” at the cost of those working in it, who pay with their own mental & physical health !

  4. I personally hold the German healthcare system in the highest regard.

    During my 2011 stay in Berlin, I had to visit the Emergency Room. Tourists are apparently covered, so after a short time in the waiting room, I was treated when it was my turn. The staff, sister nurse, and doctor were all very helpful and kind. I only had to pay a modest fee and fill out some paperwork for the office visit, lab, and medication.

  5. I hope you feel much better soon, Mr Mags…. rub some Vicks on your chest, that’ll sort you. Meanwhile, Mr Devine is correct, we have to wait days for an appointment and spread wheezes and diseases in stuffy waiting rooms. Your acquisition of a sick note is impressive.

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