Where have I been???

If you been over to RBCJ-Hub lately, you will have seen a post where I touched briefly about how everything about the site etc has suffered due to ill health.

I thought I would update in more detail as to the situation.

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up struggling to breath, and every time I tried to walk anywhere, I had severe pains in my chest and side causing me to quickly get out of breath.

Panicking, I asked my wife to ring 101. The paramedic arrived and did all the routine checks etc, after about 10 minutes the ambulance crew arrived and after a short conflab with the paramedic, they decided to give me gas and air to relieve the pain, alongside codeine & paracetamol.

The pain subsided enough for me to board the ambulance and be taken to Barnsley General Hospital.
On the way, I asked what the problem could be (as rather stupidly, I left it and left it thinking it was a chest infection, lesson learned!).
Of course, they could only speculate with the symptoms I had described.

Waiting in A&E for what seemed like an eternity with my brother (god bless him for coming and meeting me at hospital) I was told I needed several blood tests.
I can’t really say what I thought, but to put it politely, I thought “Oh dear”.
After 35 years, this was my first ever blood test, and I’m scared of needles…
Now I will just clarify something, I say I am scared of needles and certainly the first thing the doctor said,
“How can you be scared of needles when you have tattoos?”, and simply my reply was, “I was pissed!”

In short, throughout the course of the day, I had 8 needles! (not much to some, but enough for me).
Trying to get blood from my wrists to test blood gases (or something like that) and blood from my arms. The reason I had so many, was, well, in short they couldn’t find a suitable vein lol…

After spending 10 and a half hours in hospital (A&E (Accident and Emergency) and AMU (Acute medical unit)) I was sent home. Yey…or not.

The suspicion of blood clots was believed to be the cause of everything, but they could not confirm this at that moment.
As they suspected blood clots, they had to treat me as such and start treatment right away to get a “head start”. In addition, I had to go to DVT for a daily blood test to monitor my INR (international normalized ratio).
Click here for more information on INR.
My INR was very low, 1.1 in fact, my therapeutic range is between 2-3. My blood was too thick, so I was given a regular (daily) injection into my stomach of Clexane. Great, more needles…

After a week or so of this action being taken, I had to have a scan on my lungs which involved laying flat on a ‘table’ and have a very noisy ‘polo mint’ type machine scan my lungs after they had injected me with a special (radioactive) dye.
The medical staff’s suspicion was confirmed. I have indeed got blood clots on both my lungs and I had suffered a Pulmonary Embolism.

Anyway…Having overcome my fear of needles (and pretty bloody quickly! (no pun intended)), as mentioned, I now have to attend regular blood tests to continue monitoring my INR, and continue on a prescribed anti-coagulant ‘Warfarin’.
So far my INR has fluctuated from 1.1 to 4.0 over the last month, but at least I am only having to go to hospital about once or twice a week now.

So, there you have it. My month in a nutshell…
Despite the seriousness of the condition, I am quite well in myself. I have a few pains and twinges now and again, occasionally I have to walk with a stick to support myself if I get breathless when I’m out and about, but other than that I am fine.

Just as a side note, after 6 months I have to be screened for something called “Factor 5 Leiden“, which is a genetically inherited blood disorder. It basically means, my blood is trying constantly to clot.

Wow, what a month!

So far, September has been quite a busy month, which means yet again, I have got precisely frig all done for anything online!

Well, I do tell a lie :op
I have streamlined the site in relation to cutting down the useless and obsolete plugins.
I’m looking at advertising for volunteers to help run the various parts of RBCSoftware Online so I can get cracking on other things, such as my offline projects like Fetch!

So what else is new?
Well not exactly new, but more of an event. On Sunday the 26th of September, my brother, Ian and I are off to Birmingham for the annual Games Workshop event ‘Games Day’.
Its going to be a retro nostalgia trip for me, I havent been to this event for ages and although I dont follow the Fantasy Role Play gaming scene, its nice to look back.
I will be taking a few snaps which will appear on here in good time.
For those not familiar with Games Workshop and Games Day, visit http://www.games-workshop.co.uk.

Anyway, I’m off to flash my PSP now…toodle pip!

What a nob!

Well, having convinced my brother to setup a personal site, I have manage to registered wrong name, by one letter being incorrect.


Sorry mate.

In other news, I still aint anywhere near completing any of my projects, as I have been distracted my traffic to my site, or lack of.

Why? Because Bravenet, in their infinite wisdom have stopping signing people up on traffic exchange, but by stopping new registrations, what they actually mean, is that existing members a booted off the scheme. Only found out yesterday that this happened some months ago.

Charming! So a bit raspberry flavoured fart goes out to Bravenet. I have now found better traffic exchanges anyway, so ner ner.

Slightly childish, I will admit, but I don’t care, I’m tired, annoyed and frustrated and even worse, it aint the weekend yet!

Back to work blues!

All good things must come to an end, like the Bank Holiday weekend.

On a brighter note, I have made a few changes to the site, for example the addition of Moods.
Not much you might say, but I think its rather nice.

I’ve treated myself today with a PS3 game called Dark Sector. Not sure of what to make of it, but its very addictive. My brother keeps winding me up about the fact I can’t get Fable 2 for PS3, and that hes got it for XBox360 and its great etc (git!)

The other game I got, was from Skeggy (Or SkegVegas, or in simple terms Skegness), it was MotorStorm. Quite a good price too £4.98.
Hey it not GT:Prologue, but still playable.

A note to mention too, is, the site seems to be struggling to be displayed correctly in Internet Explorer 8. Like I didn’t see that coming!

Anyway, I still, and always will recommend Firefox. So get a grip and get over to Mozilla now!

It seems my computer is now very vulnerable to malware attacks of late, christ knows how, because security is one of my main concerns with my own computers. To be fair, this has been remedied, but over all the frequency with which my systems become infected are on the increase.
Bloody internet!

Well, back to work tomorrow, at least its only 4 day week, the weekend again…YIPPEE!

More later…!

Our new addition…

Yup, we have a new addition to our family.
A little girly cat!
There is some dispute at the moment with regards to its name, Babs wants to call it ‘Lucy’ and Caitlin wants to call it ‘Penny’ after my brothers puppy.
As for me, I don’t really care less. I don’t mean that in a nasty way, it’s just that I’ve yet to meet a cat that responds to it’s name being called.
Well, if our old cat ‘Lucky’ was anything to go by, he just responded to anything that sounded like food being put in his dish.

It’s been several hours since we brought her home, and she hasn’t moved a muscle from under the sofa. I hope she adjusts ok. We’ve tried to bribe it with cat treats that we bought, along with all the other stuff, but still no joy.

Dave (aka Gandalf the Grey), the guy we got her off said she doesn’t like cat boxes (the travel ones) as she associates those with going to the vets. I just hope that shes not too distressed with the ordeal of moving homes.

Other news, XPRunnerNG’s site is coming on a treat, a few for days if not weeks, should see the site up and running.
I’ve been busy this evening trying to get all the downloads sorted out. That was a right headache too…bloody WordPress Widgets, “easy to include”, MY ARSE!

Well, March is already upon us, where does the time fly?
Forgot to mention, Babs has got a new job, which is great…
Good luck in it too!!!

Well, gonna drink me brew and get to bed…zzzZZZ

As we continue…

So its snowing…again. Its a good job I’ve booked another holiday day off for Monday again…Yey me!

(Geez, I sound like that slack cow off of that stoopid American kid program now!)

My new Sky broadband should be activated as of the 12th, so no more crappy dongle problems.

Well, I’ve been really busy on the computer front…So far I’ve;

  • Sorted out 90+ CD-ROMs
  • Rigged in a complete wireless home network
  • Connected both PSPs to PS3 (Wireless Remote Play)
  • Started games site
  • Added Legacy to site (All old news etc)
  • Transferred a load of Audio cassettes to CD via PC
  • Started a new club mix…

So there you have it, I’ve been a busy bee…Please I’ve done a major upgrade to XPRunnerNG: Evolution, which should be online soon, along with a new and improved website.

I’ve still got alot to do, but I’m getting there.

Other news, a massive thank you to my Brother, who has very kindly bought me Overlord for the PS3 with expansion, so no doubt I’ll be otherwise engaged for a while!

My little babee has got her picture in the paper again, as part of the “new school starters”. It genuinely brought a tear to my eye, coz my ickle babee is growing up.

To change the conversation on its ass, I’m really annoyed the fact that Comodo Internet Suite (The one with everything, firewall, anti-virus etc) has took 1hr and 13 mins to update it’s database which was only updated 3 days prior to this.

What the hell?
You could blame a slow connection, however, I’m on a 7.2MB connection, so no that’s not it.
You could say their servers may have heavy traffic, yet again, no, as I have tried to update on several occasions through-out today and still the same.

Shame on you Comodo, and to think I recommended you…

Ahh, the rantings of a moron!

Firstly, I would like to state what pure shite Internet explorer really is. Why? Well as I’m writing this crap, a) Normally I don’t have to scroll half way down the page to be able to write my post, and b) Its about as fast as the Eastbourne zimmer frame relay team!

Out with the shite, and in with the new AKA Mozilla Firefox…rarrr..ahem…sorry.

Second part, I received an email today from someone I used to know quite a long time ago, I don’t wish to mention any names, but Jay! well the thing is, he emailed me asking me if I am selling my PS3, well my friend…

Get felt! You low-life, scum sucking, two faced, double crossing, scheming, rectal scrapping piece of monkey vomit.

How dare you even contact me. The next time you even contact me or even visit this site, I will see to it that your “wife” or “slut” which ever you prefer finds out what really happened those many years ago when you were supposidly meant to be in Birmingham, ooops did I say too much, sorry…<bleep>

Anyways, I’ve completed Grand Theft Auto 4 for the PS3 after only 4 days…man I’m good, but sadly, now bored. On a brighter note, for Christmas my dear old brother has purchased Tomb Raider: Under World, cheers bruv!

Christmas, geez, I havent even started shopping yet!

‘Mental note’ – starting Chrimbo shopping in January, ready for the sales!!!

Oh, by the way, eyup Lisa, did you read this through Facebook or direct from the site ;o)

Toodle pip