Good morning everyone,
Some good news to start the day, on the 23rd of the month I'm off to Norfolk for the weekend for a Sandbag Bash that I didn't think I was going to make.
We will going to the Norfolk Tank Museum which is being opened especially for us, there is a micro brewery coming along to the campsite as well, all in all it should be a good weekend.
Missy will be looked after by Carolyn Hinton and Jon Sandford.
I've also had to jugle a hospital appointment as it is very unlikely that we will be back in time for it.
Other news: photographs I have taken of known memorials (to the IWM) should be starting to appear on War Memorial Register this week along with other peoples images, they will now start working through the new memorials...
Back from hospital late tonight, a long day, anyway I have an infection in my foot again, please don't ask I've no idea...
On the plus side Neil "Chuck" Berryman has arrived with a wedge of post for me, in it was a letter from the council about noise, for thoee that have only recently followed me, on the odd occasion that I have stayed at my flat there have been problems with excessive noise etc, its obviously still a problem, I could post on here what I would like to do but I'd get in trouble...
I have now started the ball rolling to get rid of the flat, I'm throwing money down the drain without drinking it thirst
Good morning everyone,
Here in the Forest of Dean it is a glorious morning, Missy woke me just before eight wanting to play, I obliged for the next three-quarters of an hour :)
Last week was a slow week until Friday, that seemed to be none stop! I had an assessment with Combat Stress, I won't know anything on that for two to three months, I was supposed to have a hospital appointment at 0900hrs in Gloucester Royal, that wasn't going to happen due to a little bit of snow and me being on top of a hill, I did try ringing but couldn't get an answer. Tom from the British Limbless Ex-Servicemans Association (BLESMA) contacted me for an appointment and then the hospital rung about sorting a new appointment out!
Anyway, the rest of the time I was able to crack on with admin for the War Memorial database, I'm about a quarter of the way through the Counties of Britain, I can't remember if I have explained what the idea is, currently all the memorials have an address, grid reference etc even if they are in the same church for example, of those memorials they could all have different data! One of my pet hates I'm afraid. So my idea is you have a Town, all the memorials are then listed by location so that you will have a church with four memorials listed below it, the Town Hall with two memorials listed below it and so on, well its logical to me...
Next week is looking busy, hospital Monday, it also looks like Neil “Chuck” Berryman is coming to stay on the caravan site Monday and Tuesday night. Tuesday I've got to see Social Services at the doctors surgery, no idea what to expect from this. Thursday Tom from BLESMA is coming to see me and then on Saturday and Sunday Abigail and Carolyn Hinton, Jon Sandford and myself (possibly Missy as well) and others are collecting in Debenhams in Gloucester for Help for Heroes, its a national collection weekend for the charity, we would like to run a tombola stand, if anyone has any bits for us that would be brilliant!
Hopefully I'll be able to post some photos etc :)
Happy Saint David's Day everyone,
Well it was a cold night last night, the GPS recording -10c from the sensor on my scooter as I went to bed, I went to bed fully clothed just to help keep warm! Missy spent all night in the sleeping bag, I spent the night waking reguarly, hot one time and then cold the next. I stayed in my pit until late staying as warm as I could for as long as I could, I did have snow in the trailer getting in at the edges of the door. Carolyn Hinton kindly dropped off a quilt this morning whilst I was in my pit, Missy is currently enjoying that.
I have managed to have a hot meal at lunchtime, an all day breakfast, couldn't manage it all, my eyes were biggar than my belly!
The snow started here early this morning and is fine and drifting, the wind is blowing well as well which is a pain as the windchill is horrendous.
I'll hopefully post another update tomorrow, I suspect I'm not going to make my hospital appointment in the morning...
On Wednesday evening when I visited Mark his foot was connected to a device to remove any poisonous fluid . He wasn't allowed to walk around. Thursday was his birthday and the device was removed from his foot.
Friday morning the Dr decided he was going to discharge Mark . The Nurses tried to talk to the Dr to allow Mark to be transferred to a local hospital as they were aware of the circumstances around Mark and his living arrangement.
He was discharged out into the freezing cold with no coat , a back pack and two carrier bags . He wasn't offered any transport from the hospital bearing in mind his existing disability also that fact that he had his little toe and part of his foot removed . He had to catch two different buses to get back to the forest and I went and picked him up from local cafe as unfortunately my car was unavailable to me until later on in the day. He was removed off antibiotics and has no follow up appointment .
Not very happy with how he was treated yesterday at all.
Good evening everyone,
Well this is my first update for a few weeks due to my minor health problem.
It all started on the weekend of the 9th February, I had an appointment at Gloucester Royal Hospital to have my feet dressed, whilst there I commented on the fact my infected foot wasn't looking good. I headed back after all done and visited Abigail, I was soon asleep, I woke sweating like an idiot and covered with a duvet, it felt as though I was starting with a bad cold or possibly flu...
I spent the next sixty or so hours in my pit only stirring to feed Missy, on the Sunday morning I realised that I was severely dehydrated, my kidneys were extremely painful and I was feeling cold and yet sweating profusely! I messaged Abigail to see if she could get me some water urgently, she was ill, Carolyn her mother arrived with bottles of water for me, I drank as much as could as quick as I could...
By 2200hrs my kidneys were starting to hurt, well hurt more than they had since I'd loaded with water, I decided to ring NHS 111, for me to do this I must have felt rather poorly, never done it before! I was soon put through to a doctor who went through a series of questions and decided to send out a doctor. I need to say there is no way I would ring 999 but I am extremely impressed by the NHS 111 system.
Due to my location I had to listen out for the doctors car and flash a torch so they could find me. The doctor arrived wrapped up against the cold, it was in the minus figures, steam was coming off me! He ran some tests, blood pressure, temperature (39.7) etc., he wasn't impressed in how I was living and instead of calling for an ambulance decided to take me in to Accident and Emergency himself! One of his comments on arriving at A and E was I was not to be released until I was fit due to how I lived.
Thank you everyone who sent me Get Well and Birthday cards and to all of you who posted on Facebook your good wishes for both as well.
Thank you Chris Hill for your donation to the Tea Fund, I saved it for last night and myself and Abi had a couple of drinks in Jolters :)
The rest is pretty much documented by Abigail with the exception of Wednesday 14th, due to the amount of times I have been in hospital over the last twenty six years I have become difficult to cannulate, I've had so many of them my veins are a mess, I'd had a cannula fail, I was was on five different intravenous antibiotic's five times a day, I wasn't feeling very well, my temperature hit 40.3 and my blood pressure was at 212, all I wanted to do was sleep, I couldn't see straight, I ended up sending Abigail a voice message, all I will say is thank you, she rushed in to the hospital and “kicked me up the backside”, it was what I needed, before long we were cracking jokes and I was feeling better.
Abigail and Carolyn (Abi's mum) were also able to see me a couple of times whilst I was in Cheltenham General Hospital and thank you Carolyn for looking after Missy whilst I was malingering ;)
I have a lot of very good mates and I'm glad to say Abigail is at the top of the list for everything she has done for me over the last few months, this includes keeping me alive when I've been at my lowest during the Christmas and New Year period, I'm going to miss her when I am able to start travelling again...
Mark has had surgery and is out and bombarding me with all the TOE related nursery rhymes and jokes etc so I can say he is minus a toe but still definitely not lost his dark sense of humour.
Mark is due to have surgery tomorrow to have his little toe on his bad leg and part of his foot removed as the little toe is no longer viable and the infection has gone into the bone of the foot so the infected area will be removed as well.
Missy is being looked after by my mum still and is doing well.
Mark has been pretty poorly to say the least and is keeping the Drs and nurses on their toes.... talking of toes it's not looking good for his little toe on his bad leg (right) it may have to come off.
He has been a little warm (slight understatement) he's got a rather high temperature.
There has been a few issues with IV lines and he now has it in his wrist. Hopefully that one will hold up.
He is in ok spirits considering everything (he finds no trouble throwing me a few insults) 😊 which means he must not be doing too bad.
He now has a bed by the window so he can get a bit of a breeze and has a pretty good view out which pleases him.
Will update again soon.
Right, another thank you, this one a big one, Gareth Pugh at https://www.g-host.co.uk/ has just sorted out the web hosting that I lost over the weekend, it will take me a short while to get everything back up and running, well unless I'm stuck in hospital inwhich case I'll have all the time in the world as long as I have internet access