24th February 2018
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...