Monday 27th June 2011

27 Jun

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?!

Dad's Kerry / Kim replacements!

Battle of the Favourites!

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! ☺

Old Neb 😦

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 ☺

Mabel

That’s all for now.
Lots of love
Kerry xxx

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4 Responses to “Monday 27th June 2011”

  1. Mum June 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Hi sweetheart.

    I’d just like to say what a brave soldier you were last week, Dad and I are very proud of you. And now – welcome to Mabel – another member of our extending family…

    Lots of love
    Mum x x x

  2. Anonymous June 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Glad you are back.Love “Mabel”.Anything to help you get around.At least you got a look at the local hospital for “minor” ailment!! Hope the heat doesn’t affect you.Keep putting the weight on and get some rest.Hear from you soon.Bill.

  3. Mim July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Kerry Chicken Licken!!

    So sorry I haven’t been in touch with you for a while. And I am glad you are feeling better now and have got your confidence with a new hospital…it makes all the difference and gives you a bit of comfort. It’s brilliant you have Leanne close to your Aunties house…say hi when your next having a girly chat. Wow…with your new wheels, Mabel is just lovely, but I hope the insurance isn’t too high!!! We are all fine here…Zak is being a pickle as usual and has started to put his fingers in his ears when he doesn’t want to listen to me, he is two and a half and I wonder what will he be like when he is a teenager!! He also has a sore nose and a big bruise on his forehead when he fell off the slide trying to get off from the side! I will get back to you very soon Kerry and keep up the good work…your a little soldier and we love you loads. Mim Trev Dylan & Zak xxxxxxxxx

    P.S. – Love your photos 🙂

  4. Anonymous July 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi Kerry,
    Sorry to hear about the hospital excursion, but glad you fought your way out again with characteristic courage. Hope Mabel helps you to get stronger every day and keeps you looking forward!
    Will miss you at Will’s 18th tomorrow,
    Love Jackie and family.

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