OOSO Meeting
29 June 2019
The Manor Hotel
Weston on the Green

Gorgeous Grounds

In addition to its stunning facade, as illustrated above the hotel has ample space for walking and several alfresco areas for quiet dining. Afternoon tea anyone?

It was noted that there was little evidence on show about the history of The Manor. For those who are interested there's a narrative here.

Upcoming Events

At the start of the meeting Matt Carter gave an introduction including a reminder about forthcoming events

16-19 Walk with OOSO

  • If you would like to sponsor one of the walkers please contact them to get the link to their Sponsorship Page
  • If you just want to sponsor the event, go to the OOSO Charity Checkout Page (https://ooso.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/ICUBeds) and click on a DONATE button.
    Note that this page illustrates the “shopping list” of items that the medical team has asked for help with funding from OOSO.

07 September
Summer BBQ hosted by Ann’s Munchies

  • As usual the BBQ will be held at Wytham Woods starting in the afternoon.

  • The OOSO Meeting will be held in the morning at The Churchill Hospital

The Main Event

Bob Vernon gave an interactive presentation of his experiences both pre and post-operative. He observed that the medical team describe the cut that was made to get to his internal organs as an incision. As he said, from his perspective someone took a knife and wounded him.

On the serious side, Bob emphasised the value of being as fit as possible before the operation because that is a huge help towards a speedy recovery. He also advocates a healthy exercise regime following discharge from hospital as that too accelerates the rate of recovery from the effects of the operation.

He also had some advice having witnessed another patient while Bob was on the ward. His advice is to be honest with the medical staff regarding how you feel. The patient who Bob observed consistently claimed he was “fine”. In fact, that patient was hiding some symptoms and consequently has had a very slow rate of recovery and has been readmitted to the hospital more than once.

Matters Arising

  • It was observed that attending an OOSO Meeting prior to the operation was a great help because it provided an opportunity for the newly diagnosed to talk with other patients.
    • Does OOSO have a list of people who are pre-op and who could be invited to the next OOSO Meeting?
  • One patient declared that he still gets tired and hungry at the same time. Through trial and error, he has discovered that if he satisfies the hunger first, he suffers quite severe reflux. However, if he “has a nap” before eating then there is no reflux.
    • He asked if he is alone with this experience. Several people confirmed that he is not alone.
    • He then asked if the medical team are aware of this condition and if they have any “professional” advice to offer.
  • Another observation was made about the visibility of OOSO, especially before the operation. In this case the patient had not been admitted to the ward and only became aware of OOSO by word of mouth.
    • OOSO confirmed that action is in place to make the charity more visible on the ward.
    • Can something be done specifically for people who are pre-op?
We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for what was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. And we would urge all of you who couldn’t make it this time to come along next year.  We will revert back to holding our summer lunch in early June, which will suit more people, avoiding commitments that typically crop up from mid season onwards.

Those in attendance were pleased with the venue. Those who stayed for the lunch enjoyed the cuisine, and the portion sizes! As Goldilocks said, "Not too big, not too small. They were just right."

See you soon. Stay well.

Kind regards

Jackie Beaumont
Founder & CEO
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.