Hello everybody….. I’m back!! Sorry for the lack of information, it’s been a mixed week or so.
I will start with carrying on from my last post- had a lovely weekend with Tom (who bought Mum’s car over) and Phil here and even enjoyed an outing to a garden centre. Now we have a car here hopefully there’ll be more of these!
Other news this week, Dad has replaced Kim and I with two new “daughters” named Dot and Lu who have even had the privilege of going to work with him- wonder if they asked for endless coke and crisps from the shop like we used to?!
My favourite nebuliser died without warning- that was sad and a bit inconvenient but I do have a less efficient spare one and managed to replace it within a few days, kindly financed by the bank of mum and dad! ☺
Another added bonus of my new home is being so close to my good friend Leanne, it’s so lovely to see here regularly. I’ve also enjoyed two nice visits from Grandma this week.
Now for the main event of the week; I woke up on Monday with a nasty pain in my side, saw the GP, got some medicine and hoped it would get better. It didn’t. It got worse, until Thursday evening, when I was really feeling quite poorly and had my first UK ambulance experience and was admitted to hospital. I was put in the Medical High Dependency Unit, which is part of the specialised chest ward in St Peters Hospital, Chertsey (conveniently, where Aunty Jane works!)
They diagnosed chest infection and I was dehydrated etc. I had one more worrying night where they threatened and tried me on the bi-pap machine. For those of you who don’t know, this is called a non-invasive ventilator and is the last resort before full ventilation- I hate this for 2 reasons 1) because it makes you scared (as you’re at the stage of needing it!) 2) it feels like you’re being suffocated and the mask is so tight and claustrophobic. The idea behind it is it forces the air in and out of the lungs for you and gives you a break. All good in theory, but on Thursday night I was not tolerating it. Luckily, my blood gases sorted themselves out without further intervention.
The hospital and the staff were all so lovely and very knowledgeable, feel very happy to be living close to this hospital now and glad to have made the links with them. They could have been better at taking blood though- my arms are really bruised in quite a few different places!
I came home yesterday and it’s good to be back and now I am enjoying a visit from Kim. Unfortunately I will not be seeing Edgar, as planned later in the week, as he has germs. Phil will be back on Thursday night.
So it’s a quiet week ahead for me, got a way to go to build myself up again and have strict exercises for everyday. The good news is I have not lost weight and I am 38.7kg today.
Finally, I need to introduce my new assistant, Kim and I have called her ‘Mabel’. She is not in the slightest bit fun or attractive but does make walking a fair amount easier! And no teasing please ☺
That’s all for now.
Lots of love