6th of June is the Swedish national day .. and an extra red day – that means that the ER at Landskrona is closed!
After breakfast I start washing up – do that manual and done so most of my life … the phone rings and after the call I was going to continue – was aware about that my juice glass was there in the soapy water – got the glass up, but dropped it. Normal the sound tells you when something breaks, but nothing like that all – put down my hand to pick up the glass again – then the drama happen – cut myself on the outside of right hand – a deep cut and wide too. 11.10 am this happen.
So where shall I turn for help – blood everywhere – got some bath towels out, it was clear that this I couldn’t be able to fix myself.
Sat me down to be able to think clear, then I phoned 112 – a nice man took me call and passed me on to nurse, his name was Anders. He told me that he will send a team around to have a look and help me to bandage the “damage” – now 11.30 am – still blood everywhere. Our ambulance service here in Skåne are Danish owned, Falck.
After talking to nurse Anders – very nice man – I remember what to do, have basic medical training from my years with Stena Line. Got one of my incontinence towels on to the cut and a tea towel around the hand and hold the arm up high.
11.45 am the ambulance girls came – then I had stopped bleeding – they had a look at the damage, took blood pressure, pulse and temperature. They told me that I have to get some stitches and could either make my way into Lund’s or Helsingborg’s ER.
They tidy me up – and put a pressure bandage on and reported in my case.
30 min later was I on my own again … still not dressed – no shower and no teeth brushed, so that had to be done – except the shower – did a “Liverpool wash”
Called for my hospital transport 01.10pm – got a taxi 35 min later, they have special taxis for hospital transports.
Arrived Helsingborg’s ER 20 min later – left with 4 stitches richer 40 min after that and without local anesthesia and the whole experience cost me 450SEK/£40.25/€50.00/$62.30 – everything included ambulance team, taxi, hospital and train journey home – cheaper than my sandals I bought yesterday. Had a really great experience from that I called 112 until I was back home.
My doctor, Sven – where transferred to the orthopedic ER – a real charmer – a nurse asked him if he had light enough for sawing the stitches – she will bring a lamp, because I say laying on a stretcher in the corridor and was fine with that … and his answer was: No, thanks! No need. Viveka here are lighting up my day.
Could have got a taxi as transport home too – but I walked to the station and took the train, back in “blood every where apartment”, 04.20pm with only a plaster on as bandage. Now to the leftovers *smile
By the way do you know that it’s the same emergency services number inside the whole of EU – 112 !!!!
Photos provided by and thanks to; stockholmgamlastan.se/trelleborgsallehand.se/sverigesradio.se/sosalarm.se