Lech – Interview 03
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Lech is a retired NHS salary and wages officer, originally from Poland. He has lived in Africa too, but has been in the UK over 30 years. He is separated and lives on his own. Ethnic Background/nationality: White Polish.
Brief outline:Lech took part in screening for unrecognised heart valve disease. He previously had a heart attack and some angina. The screening showed he had a leaky valve and he was offered a follow up appointment. We spoke to Lech after each of the two appointments he attended.
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The first moment, first moment I say, “I know I have a little bit problem with my heart.” But second, after, I even talked to my sister, because she have also the same letter from the GP. They say anyhow they will check properly and actually, as a matter of fact, they did, because they find that I have now leakage valve, you know, what I never knew this before. That was the first time I knew that. She told me, “It’s nothing serious. A lot of older people have this leakage of heart.” Anyhow, I wasn’t worried and I know some, everybody has to die one day [laughs]. Sometime from this, sometime from something else, you know? That is life.
No, no. They asked me if I volunteer and I say, “Of course I do it.” They asked me a few things, “Can you do this, this?” Whatever they asked I say, “Yes, of course you can do.” Even like you ask me now, I say, “I don’t mind.”
Oh, yes. Definitely.
This can be, actually, because at least a few lines to say - not this letter sent, numbers and this, because this is black magic for me and, but still everybody who knows, wants to know, will go to, I could go to GP and say, “Can you tell me what is this?” Why to bother him if somebody else can tell me? He is busy enough.
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