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.

Ever wondered?

Ever wondered….

  1. If a cowboy got the sack, would he be de-ranged?
  2. If a pig lost is voice would it be disgruntled?
  3. Why a bank charges you more of the thing you don’t have?
  4. Why does slow up and slow down mean the same thing?
  5. How the A-Team manage to make some weird and wonderful device, in a garden shed?
  6. If a fly lost both its wings, would it be a “walk”?
  7. If two 2s are called twenty two, why isn’t two ones called one-ty one?
  8. If its women and children first in the event of an accident, where do transvestites come?
  9. If a lesbians use an imitation penis, are they really a lesbian?
  10. Why is “Dyslexia” so hard to spell?
  11. When a man talks dirty to a woman its sexual harassment, but when a woman talks dirty to a man its £1.50 a minute?
  12. Is the person who invented the word “Lisp” cruel?
  13. Why does a 24 hour/365 days a year garage have locks on the doors?
  14. Who determins if Santa Claus has been good enough to get a present at Christmas?
  15. Why do dogs get angry when you blow their face, yet they stick their head out of a car going 40mph?
  16. Why don’t sheep shrink in the rain?
  17. Is it possible to dig half a hole?
  18. If its called a Doctor’s Practice, wouldn’t you get a little nervous?
  19. If a tortoise loses its shell, is it homeless?
  20. If someone’s suffers from a multiple personality syndrome and threatens to kill themselves, is it a hostage situation?
  21. Is it considered “group sex” if you have intercourse with a person suffering from schizophrenia?
  22. Why are they called stairs on the inside, but steps on the outside?
  23. Why does a gynecologist leave the room for a woman to undress?
  24. Why does bottles of spring water that has flowed through mountains and volcanoes for centuries have a
    sell-by-date on?
  25. Why is it glamorous and erotic for a women to use a sex aids, yet if a man uses them, its pathetic?
  26. If you farted in space, would it smell?
  27. How come flys dodge so quick when you try to splat them, yet they see a car wide screen and fly right at it?
  28. If the 1980s were the 80s, and 1990s called the 90s, what do we call 2000, the naughties?
  29. Shouldn’t a tele-phone have a tv screen?
  30. If its cutting edge technology, how comes its obsolete in a few months?
  31. If a parsley farmer lost his job, would they garnish his wages?
  32. Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  33. Why do the make sure they use a sterile needle for the lethal injection?
  34. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
  35. If you choked a smurf, what color would it go?
  36. If olive oil is made from olives, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, where does baby oil come from?
  37. If a space craft is traveling at the speed of light, what happens when you turn the lights on?
  38. If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?
  39. If the black box is indestructable, why don’t they make the whole plane out of the same stuff?
  40. Why is it still called “Kidnap” when it happens to adults?
  41. In wrestling, why is it called a “ring” when its clearly a square?
  42. Why do toasters always have a setting that burns your bread?
  43. Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of its container?
  44. When the French swear, do they say “Pardon my English”?
  45. Why is it, that no matter what color your bubble bath, the bubbles are always white?
  46. Would a Jewish person be in contempt of court because he can’t swear in the bible?
  47. If someone is addicted to counselling, how do you treat them?
  48. Why does noone ever say “a boat” when asked, what three things would you take on a desert island?
  49. If a person had one eye, are they blinking or winking?
  50. Can fish cry?