A short update as there hasn't been that much happening. I've been a tad poorly and am now starting to feel a bit better.
Yesterday things started to gather pace with my discharge, agencies this time have got involved and are sorting out somewhere for me to go. The other side of my health has also been taken into account, the mental health teams have got involved, mainly because of an incident last week, they are again coming to see me today. Because of the problems with my head at times I've intentionally stayed off Facebook, apologies for not reading any messages you may have posted, I will get round to them.
This next bit some people won't like!
Part of my healing has involved putting maggots on the wound, these break down the rotton/infected tissue and help clean the wound, sounds gross but it works.
16th April 2018
Good evening everyone,
Well its finally caught up with me again, I'm being readmitted to hospital, annoying in away, the weather is warming and the flowers are bursting out!
Once I know what is going on I'll update you again...
11th April 2018
Good evening everyone,
Well I posted an update on Friday and very shortly I was in bed and sleeping for the best part of thirty-six hours! The symtoms were the start of what I had in February and hospitalised me. Remembering this I started pilling water in to me everytime I woke, this managed me to stay out of hospital. Today, Wednesday I'm feeling a tiny bit better, still sleeping lots, feeling cold and shivery and keeping an eye to make sure I don't end up dehydrated again.
Monday I had to stire myself for a War Pensions medical, luckily the doctor was coming to me. Once I had described where I was he told me he saw me in the summer of 2014 in Fowey in Cornwall when he was on holiday.
Today I had a meeting with Help for Heroes, just wanted to make sure I was ok, bits of help offered, being a bloke was none commital, I'm told the real word is stubborn...
I've had the dressings changed on the right foot today, not looking good, bloods and urine taken to be sure, a needle for one not the other, I'm not divulging which way round it was :)
Friday I have another dressing change then its hospital on Monday for a major check up...
6th April 2018
Good evening everyone,
I'll start with the note so godd news.
I've had a mixed week this week, problems with my head and my legs. Tuesday I was supposed to be in hospital for a dressing change, I'm afraid I couldn't face the kids on the bus if they started to get loud, in fact I turned my phone off so that wouldn't be disturbed...
I turned the phone on yesterday to a raft of messages on WhatsApp and SMS!
I thought my leg was heading in the right direction, I was wrong, the infection is spreading and I now have a secondary infection, also my kidneys are starting to twinge, I should imagine I'll be back in hospital soon, I've also been sleeping alot today and finding it cold even whilst lying in a quilted jacket and in the sun in the caravan :(
Right the good news.
The last two days have brightened up wonderfully, I'm sure someone locally opened a box of butterflies, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell were every where! I'm sure I saw a Peacock as well. On the bird front I saw my first Swallow on Wednesday afternoon, six days earlier than normal. There has also been a large fall of Chiffchaffs, singing everywhere, even on the drive, Missy was just out of range :)
Most days now I'm seeing Munjac Deer in the wood next to the caravan, I've also seen Roe and Fallow deer here. I've been trying to find somewhere to put the remote camera out, no luck yet...
For those on Facebook that may wonder what I've been posting about, Going Postal and an anthromorpic personification on a horse called Binky, its Terry Pratchett's Discworld, I'm going to be watching the Hogfarther tonight...
1st April 2018
Happy Easter everyone,
Its been a quiet week workwise, I've nearly finished part one of the IWM data, I'm hoping the next phases don't take as long though I am not going to hold my breath!
For those on Facebook this is old news. A bit of a downside on Friday was getting a leak in the caravan roof that resulted in my bedding getting wet and I didn't know until I was making the bed! It was an uncomfortable night. Saturday morning, search the internet, find a builders merchantand phone, luckly the locl merchants had one, a bit oversized but it will do. I struggled to fit it but it is done and being tested tonight as the rain has started again! Hopefully we can stay a bit drier!
On the plus side it would appear that my bad leg is heading in the right direction :)
27th March 2018
Good evening everyone,
Well its been a thouroughly tiring, enjoyable and at times extremly funny weekend, oh and it didn't end as you would expect...
Neil Berryman arrived on Thursday afternoon, I wasn't having a good day, I was having problems with my head! it started a few days earlier, I was supposed to have an appointment in the hospital 1330hrs in Gloucester Royal, checked buses, it looked like I could get one at 1130hrs or there abouts, if I missed that, midday. I waited for three-quarters of an hour before I looked at the timetable on the bus stop, the only busses were 1030hrs and 1430hrs! This did me know favours at all head wise! I started to panic a little bit, I needed the dressings changed and damage checked. The doctors surgery is right by the bus stop, went there to see if they could do it, closed for training! Decided there and then, the rest of the day is cancelled due to lack of interest and went back to the caravan and slept until Neil arrived, it was then drink tea and other things ;)
Friday morning we headed off to the Norfolk Tank Museum so that we could
Imbibe some low alcohol drinks
Play on some big boys toys
Pictures of the big boys toys is here: http://aroundbritain.org.uk/index.php/pictures-and-images/sandbag-bash, there are just a few too many to display on hereit was again nice catching up with mates, some of them I haven't seen for 27 years! There was much reminiscing and micky tacking, this really helped lift my spirits and clear the head a bit :)
A bonus for me was having a ride in a CVR(T), it took four men, a hoist, a six foot wrecking bar and a lot of grease to get me in the gunners seat, damn, it was worth the pain and discomfort to take me back what felt like a week away :D
There also some videos from the weekend, I need to process these and upload them, I'll post a link to these when I've done them.
A little bit of a bonus for me was finding a Shoulder-stripped Moth (Earophila badiata), my first one ever, another little thing that made smile a little was hearing a Yellowhammer singing at first light...
Shoulder-striped Moth (Earophila badiata)
We headed home on Monday, I had an appointment in the Gloucester Royal at 1500hrs, I had warned them that I may be slightly late due to traffic, it ended up being forty minutes, I let them know a rough time as we got closer. Anyway two and a half hours later I'm heading out with mixed news to find a bus, I get a phone call within two minutes, "I'm 16 minutes away", Neil Berryman had dropped the caravan off and returned to get me! There are some things in life you can't buy, bloody good mates like Neil Berryman, Abigail Hinton, Andy Wedge, Peter Finn and many of you out there! Thank you all of you for keeping me going :)
We got back to the campsite, dropped off my stuff, let Missy out and had food, we settled down, TV on had a natter about the weekend, Neil decided to nip to the loo, being as mobile as me he was going to use my scooter to get there, on arriving back he "rushed", wishful thinking for us, in to the caravan, "get back to your caravan, there are fire engines there!", I thought the sirens were on the TV, we were also in a mobile/wi-fi not spot, I rushed at eight mile an hour back to find the building close to me on fire, Abigail and Carolyn Hinton had already checked Missy and she was fine! A wait off my shoulders! It was then a case of being useful, find the hydrant, ferry hoses as it was nearly 500m away, once done, high vis jacket on and stop traffic trying to get through, luckily only a couple of cars came up the road.
The pressure wasn't good enough to get to the tenders, by this time three and a car were there. I was given a tip off there was a hydrant closer and up hill of the tenders, found, directed and then went on to transport hoses back to the engines, me dragging them on the scooter, Abigail and Carolyn putting them n their cars, anything to help and make the fire fighters job a bit easier!
The fire was eventally extinguished and the fire fighters started packing up and damping down, it was around 0200hrs I think when the finally packed up and went, I was so shattered I didn't even look at the time. Missy went out before this looking for things to kill in all of this, only slightly phased by the smell of smoke I think.
I was woken by a messgae on the phone, its the kind of message everyone likes to recieve, "kettles on", up, feed Missy, head to Neil's caravan for a much welcome cuppa, I was shattered, dirty and in need of a strip wash, that would have to wait, I had a cuppa and headed back to let Missy out for a spell, as I pulled up I realised how dirty the caravan was with ash from the fire, luckly it rained and washed it all off later.
This afternoon I received a parcel from Liscombe Ltd in Newport, new boots, jacket, trousers and sunglasses, much needed as some of my kit was starting to disintegrate, after four years abuse its done brilliantly! Thank you for keeping me warm and decent :D
20th March 2018
Good afternoon everyone,
Two bits of news, the Imperial War Museum is now displaying images submitted by myself and others
I've managed to get my war memorial website back online, there is still a lot of work to do but its getting there
19th March 2018
Good evening everyone,
Well the last week was a busy one, Neil Berryman from my Regiment came up and stayed on the caravan site on Monday and Tuesday, we had a good natter and a couple of shandies **cough**!
I was also in hospital again on Monday afternoon, the infection has returned in my foot, I don't think it ever went away, by Thursday, it was looking a mess and very smelly! Thursday was also the day that Tom from BLESMA visited me and we talked about getting my leg amputated above the knee, some people think I'm rushing in to this, no, I've spoken and thought about it for the last 26 years, it was spoken about in RAF Wroughton about getting rid of it before I left the Army. When your young you can cope with changes in your life easier, as you get older it gets harder and the amount of problems I've gone through in the last two years just reinforce the decision. Its a big decission and one hell of a way to win slimmer of the world ;)
Myself, Abigail, Carolyn, Jon and a few others spent Saturday collecting in Debenhams in Gloucester for Help for Heroes, the threat of snow kept people away and it was quiet, we ran a tombola stall, thank you to Debenhams, Tesco Quedgeley, Drybrook Memorial hall and all the other people that gave us donations for the stall. We were supposed to be there Sunday but we ended up snowed in.
This week should be a quieter week, Hospital Thursday and then off to Norfolk on Friday.
14th March 2018
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...
13th March 2018
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
7th March 2018
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!