Vauvert, France. 8 November 2005.
Boy and Girls, ladies and gentlemen, gay and straight, literate or illiterate, here is the latest update, as promised, only on the Marquis.
As you can see from the warning window, certain files can be useful, certain can be destructive! Well, this one is a little on the destructive side for me, but not for you!
“After long consultations with the local Doctor, who has finally been obliged to accept the extreme limitations on the French National Health System procedures, it has been agreed by all and sundry (myself being sundry) that no further action except “danger limitation medicaments” will be taken until the dossier containing ALL matters appertaining to Mr. le Marquis is finalized and accepted by all.
This means that the demands made by the representatives of Mr. le Marquis that he be accorded the right of “taken in charge at 100%” are to be accepted by the public authorities, and as such, a hospitalization may follow when ALL tests, examinations,
etc will be done over a period of time, within the same clinic/hospital, and decisions upon further surgical/medical can be taken together with the patient and his advisors. At the request of the patient, and due to the period required by the authorities to pronounce this acceptance of “in charge at 100%” the probable start date (should no urgent situation present itself in the meantime) of these tests and/or treatment will be January 2006. Until then, medicaments and controls of a “damage limitation nature” will be prescribed and taken.”
All of this means that finally, I don’t have to mess around with bus trips, individual tests, return trips for the results and more tests at the same time. Everything will eventually be done, over the period of time required, within the walls of a specialized clinic or hospital, starting from the New Year of 2006. This excepts any dramatic urgencies which may arise of course.
At the beginning, I had wanted to avoid this, due to the problems of arranging the affairs of the flat, the cat, the car etc., but after my one and only visit to the “day examination centre” at Nimes (some 30km away) and the subsequent telephone calls from this centre, informing me that they had found this and that and the other, but weren’t sure – could I come back again with/for a new urine sample/blood test/etc, etc…. it rapidly became obvious that my time and money and health would be taken up with this centre, and no actual treatment would take place! Even after (had it ever finished) I could only be advised, by this Examination centre to either/or not enter a hospital, where all the tests would be repeated, before treatment could commence!
My own Doctor finally accepted that what I had said about the French System did have a lot of truth in it, and (to his credit) immediately got on the phone and sorted the lot out!
The procedure of being “prise en charge a 100%” can only be demanded by a Doctor, is rarely (if ever) refused, and means that everything, from transport to and from, the stay in, and the tests/treatment done within the clinic/hospital are assumed and paid for by the Health System, with no advance by myself.
The drawback is that it takes around a month of paper-work etc to get through!
This brought us up to around the start of the pre-Christmas period, and I had no intention of spending Christmas and New Year in Hospital, if I could help it, so I asked that the procedure should start in January 2006. Well – we’ll see.
I have the full intention to pass this years Festive Season as usual mainly on my own, but unusually with EVERYTHING I want, and that is bad for me!
Further updates will only follow within the pages of this Blog, when there is really something to report!
Mr le Marquis du Galipot. November 2005.