My Dad’s a Goldfish – trouble with feet update


You may remember the problem we had when the NHS decided the Goldfish was no longer eligible for podiatry care: ‘We are NOT a toenail cutting service’.

Then, when one of his toes started bleeding because the nail was being pulled from its bed he was reinstated and received a very swift – next day – appointment.

I take the Goldfish to the health centre, remove his shoes and socks and point out the bloody toe.  I am assured it’s nothing to worry about. The podiatrist will sort it in a jiffy, which he does. Not only does he sort the dislodged nail, he trims all the Goldfish’s toenails.

Before putting his socks back on, I ask about what appears to be pressure sores on the Goldfish’s heels. His feet are examined from every angle. The pressure sores are of much more concern than his toe nails.

As the Goldfish can’t transfer from his wheelchair to the patient’s chair, which is higher, (and there is no hoist) they have to bring a stool to raise his foot to a height the podiatrist can work at. I wish I have my camera with me, though I probably wouldn’t have the nerve to take a photo. Three members of staff are now in attendance and one of them is actually lying on the floor beneath the Goldfish’s foot. The Goldfish looks only mildly discomfited and rather amused by the performance.

The problem has arisen because when the Goldfish sits for long periods of time in his recliner chair with the footrest raised his heels are pressing into it causing the pressure sores. If he sits with his feet flat on the floor the sores may be prevented from worsening but fluid will collect around his ankles.

The podiatrist says someone will do a home visit once a week to work on the sores – so from being considered no longer eligible to have a three-monthly visit to the podiatrist (to cut NHS costs) the Goldfish now requires a far greater input at a much higher cost.

To ease the pressure on his heels we buy him some very fetching slippers. Check out these bad boys!


Are these not just the bees’ knees? Have to say they were great and the Goldfish rather approved of them.


19 thoughts on “My Dad’s a Goldfish – trouble with feet update

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    There is a great deal in the press at the moment and on Facebook with people facing problems with getting treatment with the NHS.. There appears to be plenty of money at the top end to fire highly paid adminstrators and then hire them back the next day as consultants!! However as Mary Smith has discovered the system can work.. if a little cack handed.

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  2. Definitely the cats whiskers. Like carry cases for gremlins. Lady Gaga would adore them I’m sure. Sometimes it feels like the NHS is just a series of doors, where you have to keep trying them until you find the one that opens for you but no one gives you any clue which it might be.

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    • I love the image of Lady Gaga and my dad sitting together wearing their spiffy slippers. You are so right about the NHS doors – most of the don’t lead anywehre useful but when you do open the right door the care can be pretty amazing.

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  3. Well those slippers look as though they may do the trick. But I was going to suggest if they aren’t handy, to place a roll pillow or roll a big bath towel and place under the calves to rest on the recliner foot part instead of putting pressure on the heels. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Debby. We tried the rolled up towels and various other things to prevent the heels pressing on the recliner part but they didn’t work very well as dad would be uncomfortable and remove them. He had no undertanding of why we were putting rolled up towel under his calves. I was browsing in a catelogue of medical/care aids (surprising how one’s reading preferences change!) and spotted the slippers. I don’t know if it was because they looked so ridiculous or what, but dad rather liked them.

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  4. My dad also had a sore on his heel. He was 89 and clearly not going to be with us much longer. But the doctor announced that he would need an operation to prevent the sore becoming worse and perhaps down the road causing him to lose the foot.

    I said that he didn’t have a “down the road” and his current place in the road did NOT need to include preventive surgery. Not surprisingly, this triggered a huge fight among our ten siblings. I was really shocked to find that some thought he would ‘beat this’ and his health would improve. What I saw as reality, they saw as pessimism.

    The thing is that we were all right, at least in wanting what was best for him. It’s just that the view from my ‘best’ window was only in weeks, while they thought he’d gone 89 years without dying so why should he start in on it now?

    (He never got those spiffy slippers though. )

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    • I can see it would be difficult to reach a consensus with ten siblings, even when each one wanted the best for your dad. I only have one sister and we did tend to be in agreement about dad’s care most of the time. The podiatrist was sure they could sort the sores through weekly visits – and since they’d stopped their toenail clipping service they had plenty of time – and there was no talk of surgery.
      The slippers were rather splendid – there was something rather endearing about dad’s toes peeping out the open fronts.

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  5. I’m glad the bloody toe turned out not to be a big problem. It’s also good to hear that the issue of pressure sores is going to be dealt with too. The economics of the NHS cuts leaves me scratching my head, though. They should just have left things as they were. Incidentally, those slippers look very comfortable. 🙂

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Bun. The economics of the NHS leave us all scratching our heads! The slippers did seem to be comfortable – as long as you didn’t try walking in the them. By the time he was wearing them, dad was no longer walking so we didn’t have that problem.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Hilary. Yeah, sometimes they are a bit slow in developing the things which can make a difference. They would probably have been good for your father-in-law. We found them through the Care Shop catalogue – lots of interesting and useful things in it. We could have had them, and other aids, sooner if someone had told us about the catalogue and online shop. I always felt I was one step behind in finding out what was useful.


      • I understand, you find things out bit by bit as necessity pushes you on. We were always ten steps behind (and this was nine years ago). I could have made his last years so much easier if I had known what I do now. At least my father was the beneficiary of our painfully acquired knowledge – so some good came out of it.

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  6. It’s always the case. Cut things that are necessary and end up with a much bigger need, at the cost of somebody’s health too. Makes one’s blood boil… Take care and love to your Dad. Love the slippers.

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    • Thanks for commenting, Olga. They don’t seem able to take a holistic view when trying to cut costs – or they don’t look at the possible consequences when they make the cuts.
      Slippers are cool, aren’t they!


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