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At 0400hrs on the morning of the day I was due to fly .....

At 0400hrs on the morning of the day I was due to fly out of Gallatin Field on my way back to the UK, I awoke in my usual cardiac arrhythmia. You can imagine my thoughts! Thankfully, my initial ones of ignoring it, and flying anyway, gave way to wiser council. Having got up, showered, dressed and packed, I sat wondering what to do hoping that it might revert, but it never does.

At about 0630hrs I rang a friend in Bozeman, who told me off for not contacting her earlier and stated that if I would insist on driving I was to dump my rental car at the airport, where she would pick me. We got to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital at 0830hrs and from that moment on the hugely efficient US medical system worked around me. The staff were outstanding, the assessment began with the nurse who acted as focus and advocate, and ensured that investigations, monitoring, drugs and treatment were all co-ordinated. Moreover, they all listened to me, actually read the notes that I always carry, involved me in discussions, put the options to me and generally treated me as an intelligent human being at the centre of the medical care. The final decision on treatment was theirs, but it was what I knew from past experience to be the most appropriate course of action.

Cindy dropped me off at the Airport at Noon, and apart from holding over Denver for an hour because of an extreme storm, a late take-off for Heathrow and a missed train at Reading it was a painless journey.

Not so sure the NHS would have got me to the plane.
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