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.

About me – The unofficial paperback version

I suppose its customary to include a ‘about me’ section so he’s my section.
I think I’ll start from when I was 18, because that was when major changes occurred in my life.
I left home at 18 to live with my girlfriend and her son.
Career wise, I was working part-time with a small computer company, who maintained and upgraded servers overnight.

I learnt quite a bit there, but having no direct involvement, meant hands-on experience was very limited.By day, I was a student, enrolled on an open college network course in computing.
There I studied all the usual, spreadsheets, databases and word processing etc, and as part of my course I got involved in programming, having long since developed a taste for it.

At first I started with Pascal which I never really liked, I felt it was similar in the dynamics to what I had previously learnt on our home computer, and I wanted something more ‘meaty’.
I tried a different avenue, and so from there I moved onto Visual Basic 4.
Most of the applications I wrote were…well, I admit it…crap!

At the time, I held a steady weekend job DJing, playing mainly Trance, Happy Hardcore, Dance you know the stuff.

That was one of my high points of my life, entertaining people and getting paid for it.

At one stage, I did think of making a real go for it, but I had a major set-back as all my equipment was stolen.

My life from there started on its steady decline, my programming took a back seat, my DJing career was shattered and the company I worked for sold up, and as I thought things couldn’t get any worse…they inevitably did and I split from my girlfriend. At that stage, I was pretty low and my self-esteem was non-existent.

After around 8 months or so later I enrolled on a Diploma Course at Northern College, where I was a residential student for a year. This is where I met my partner and future wife, Babs. Who of course I love dearly and with all my heart.

Anywhooo….

As part of my Diploma, I successfully completed;

  • Database Design
  • Presenting and integrating information
  • Hardware design
  • Software Development (Basic level and distinction)

It was at Northern College that Destiny Creations was formed, which later changed in 2004 to RBCSoftware.

What is RBCSoftware and what is it all about?

After being homeless with my partner (well, sharing a living room floor with Babs at her friends home!), we finally managed to get the house we needed to make our life together.

I started work at one of the biggest electrical retailers in the UK, and stayed there for around 3 years before moving onto a better job, working for a firm who is nationally recognized for providing heating and energy saving solutions, EAGA.

The next biggest step in our lives was the birth of our beloved daughter Caitlin Mary, who was born on the 23rd of June 2004. 18 months later, I left my position at EAGA to support my partner, after it was identified that she was suffering from post-natal depression.

Since then, its not all doom and gloom, life has got better, and I feel more involved with Caitlin and her up-bringing, but of course this don’t pay the bills!

At the time of writing, I am currently looking for work and continuing my computer studies, self teaching PHP, MYSQL, Dark Basic and expanding on Visual Basic and .NET.

Some Further Reading

Further Education

1996/97

G.N.V.Q Health and Social Care (Foundation)

Pass (credit) – (Unit 2) Understanding personal development and relationships

Pass (credit) – (Unit 3) Investigating work in health and social care

Pass (credit) – Introduction to child and adult psychology

Pass – St.Johns Ambulance Emergency First Aid (Adult & Child)

1997/98

Pass – Arts and Craft Portfolio Building

1998/2000

Pass – City & Guilds Word Processing, Spreadsheets & Databases

RSA Typing Level 3

Visual Basic programming (Self taught)

Web Development (Self taught)

C++ (Developer Studio)

2000/01

National Dimploma

Pass (Distinction) – Visual Basic Software Development

Pass – Database design

Pass – Presenting and integrating information

Pass – Hardware and operation

Work History

1999

Local College *Not mentioning names for obvious reasons*

I.T Teacher

“Teaching basic computing to a varied age group, covering Microsoft products and the internet.”

1998/2001

Various locations

DJ

“No not a radio DJ or a crumby ‘wedding/birthday’ DJ, a Hardcore DJ!!! Playing varied styles such as ‘Happy Hardcore’, ‘Gabber’, ‘Progressive’ and ‘Hard style’, not doing it anymore as the equipment I had collected was stolen by a cheap, low life, leech on society ‘mo fo’ !!! ”

2001/2002

National Electrical Retailer *Again, not mentioning for obvious reasons*

Sales Advisor/Warehouse Manager

“Explains itself really, sell people electric goods, but believe me, its harder than it sounds, making people part with money. Even more so when your trying to convince them that the extended warrenty is ‘such good value’ even thought its £200 more than the product they wanted.

Truth is, I was quite good at it too…but alas, the company was failing me in so many ways…”

2005/2006

Insulation company for and on behalf of EAGA*Sorry, no more details as above :o)*

Surveyor Coordinator

“Its my job to tell the surveyors where to go!!! Not in a bad way :o) I liase with customers from all over the country, but mainly with clients from the South of Wales and the West Midlands/Staffordshire/Leicestershire and Warwickshire areas. It is my job to see that they get the service we all would want, and I’m very, very good at customer service…even if I say so myself…which I do…so I must be right…

2007/Present

General Enquiries Customer Service Agent

I now work for a large energy provider on the nation-wide general enquiries hotline. In other words, I work in a call centre!!!

Useless facts about me

01) I (did) have a cat called “Lucky”

02) I have been coding since the age of 9

03) I have had (to date) exactly 46 mobile phones in 4 years (currently).

04) I seem to have more cuddly toys then anything else (why I dont know!)

05) I live 8 houses away from my mum, 10 houses away from my Auntie & Uncle, and I live next door to my other Auntie.

06) I shave once a day (usually)

07) On average I talk rubbish 7 out of 10 conversations.

08) I have a tattoo of an alien on my left thigh.

09) I have a tattoo of a devil on my left arm.

10) I have a tattoo of a angel on my right arm.

11) I have five piercings, three in left ear, one in right and one in nose.

12) I have fluff in my belly button most days :o/

13) I can sleep during designated work hours.

14) I am not strange just socially challenged.

15) My beanie duck is watching me as I type.

16) I have a level 42 Necromancer on Diablo II – Lord of Destruction.

17) My hair used to be so long, it was down passed the small of my back.

18) I have the ability to bore people in approximatly 5.43 seconds.

19) I have an unhealthy facination with “The Simpsons” (If you think I’m bad, you should hear my daughter on that subject!)

20) I quite enjoy a spot of Bullseye too.

21) I goto bed on average about 2.45am each morning (even when I’m due at work at 8am!)

Dumb Stuff

“Over the years, whilst being on the net, I’ve had some really dumb questions asked.

Here are some of the more stupid ones

These are genuine, and have been collected over the years from various message boards, usergroups, personal emails and polls I have replied to.

01. How big is your penis

REPLY. Small enough to fit in my pocket, and big enough to do the job.

02. How old are you?

REPLY. Varies from year to year

03. Where are you from originally?

REPLY. My mothers stomach.

04. Are you always a stupid or did you train for it?

REPLY. I studied.

05. I can code better than you, what you got to say about that?

REPLY. And?!

06. Do you want to cyber?

REPLY. No, the harsh reality is that typing sexual acts based upon your own sexual proclivities, is by far boring and rather odd.

Get a life you sad people.

07. Your so funny you make me laugh….Not

REPLY. Excellent.

08. Can I have your e-mail address?

REPLY. NO! Get your own.

09. Your site is crap!

REPLY. Never-the-less, your ‘re still here reading this!

10. I’m going to find out where you live and kill you.

REPLY. Take a ticket and get in the queue.

11. There’s a rumor going around on the internet you got a 12″ Penis, is it true?.

REPLY. It should be, I started it!.

12. What annoys you the most?.

REPLY. People asking me “What annoys you the most?”

13. Are you really a DJ?

REPLY. Yes, well used to be between 1998-2002.

14. Who do you work for?

REPLY. British Non-intelligence.

15. What’s your ideal girl?

REPLY. The ones that says “YES”.

16. What’s your favorite drink?

REPLY. Liquid.

17. Can you send me an e-mail?

REPLY. Eventually.

18. Can I have your babies?

REPLY. For the day or an hour???.

19. Do you have any good jokes?

REPLY. You!.

20. Are you gay?

REPLY. There’s nothing wrong with listening to “Spandau Ballet”.

(Just kidding!)

21. What computer do you have?

REPLY. My own, what you heard?, I got receipts, who’s been saying…….

22. I’m going to send you a virus

REPLY. Beechams on standby.

23. Would you ever use Viagra?

REPLY. No, mind you on saying that, I did once, got stuck in my throat, had a stiff neck for days :o)

24. What is the square root of 3,532,210?

REPLY. Why the hell would someone even ask that?

25. You have a very aggressive personality which I find most offensive!

REPLY. Yeah! and your ugly!

26. How would you recommend getting 3 in a bed?

REPLY. Buy a schizophrenic a drink.

27. I bet your a sad, bedroom programmer, am I right?

REPLY. Yes [Sniffle].

28. You sound like a cool guy, can we meet up?

REPLY. WHAT!?!?!

29. What scares you the most?

REPLY. Fear

30. What do you like most in the whole wide world?

REPLY. ME!!!

31. You fat, bearded git!

REPLY. GOOD LOOKING fat, bearded git to you

32. Why do you never answer your e-mails?

REPLY. Because I’m too busy usually, if you are desperate for a response mark the e-mail as urgent

Well, that’s me in a nutshell.

Of course, I haven’t had chance to mention or go into detail about my partner and I, and how we have lived in nearly every village within a 10 mile radius, or how we coped with various personal struggles. But thats better left unsaid :o)

I thank you for taking time to read this, and I hope that it has given you some insight into the guy that brought you RBCSoftware. Check our more of me with the tests I have taken online

Kindest Regards

Roy