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.

Exciting perhaps…

Over the last couple of months a lot has changed.
Through my own choice, I am now a stay at home dad having quit work to support my wife. As my wife is her fathers full time carer, its made it an extra strain, and so with that followed my resignation.
Sad to leave, but family come first.
Of course this also means I will be attempting to update my sites quicker and more often, although, my luck in this area has been a little less than “nothing”.
However, we shall see over the coming months…

I’m still here…

Yes, I am actually here…
Over the past couple of months or so I have been battling with depression again and so much so that I am now on anti-depressants.

Read more I’m still here…

Update

I’m currently developing a “portal” to all things related to what I do or enjoy.
I’m using a totally new and very much alien CMS (Content Management System), so I’m still learning at the moment and getting a grip with all the new features and functions.

I’ve already added some sections like ‘image of the day’ and ‘quizzes’ but there’s more to come.
Eventually, a downloads section will be there with all my legacy software which I’ve wrote over the years.
I really do have some big plans which I really do hope, takes off.
Thanks for visiting as usual and thanks for your support.

Things to do, oh so busy!

After much thinking, I have decided to axe several parts to my site and indeed my life. Regards parts of my site, they will be archived and put into legacy, nevermore being updated or discussed. In addition, my life revolving around DJing, is something I am no longer proceeding with. Also, my software development days are at an end, and again my software will be eventually archived, but support will no longer be given.
This is not something that’s been decided on a whim, and certainly has nothing to do with thenone believers” out there who joy upon bringing others down.
In the coming months, possibly at the end of 2011, the RBCSoftware domain and all sub domains will be taken offline.

This, again, has been much thought over and is saddening to report that this is going to happen.

Until I post again, adieu my friends

Updates

Hi guys,
Just a post to say, as you may or may not have noticed, download central along with other parts of the site are closed.
This is the case and will be so until further notice.
I’m currently planning major overhaul of each and every part of RBCSoftware, both on and offline.
Over the coming weeks the galleries and photo albums will be gradually updated alongside download central.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The blog will be open as usual, but may have some short outages due to essential maintenance work.
Thanks for your continued support.

Updates

RBCSoftware is pleased to announce the launch of our support page.
The site is powered via OSTickets, which is an online support system.

Basically, if you have an issue with say, one of my applications, you can request a support ticket. You will be asked for a valid email so we can update accordingly, and you can also check the progress of any ticket by entering your ticket ID and email address.

Keep tuned for an update and step-by-step guide. Also, anyone wishing to lend a hand, and become part of RBCSoftware’s “Staff” and become a support team member, please email me @
webmaster@rbcsoftware.me.uk

Cheers

Roy

Where does the time fly…?

Strange, no matter how long you have a holiday for, you still could do with a week more.
I certainly ain’t no stranger to this!

So far, project wise, I have done diddly squat.

One of my goals in this holiday, was to get Fetch’s website up and running…this still sits in maintenance mode!

Although, to be fair, I have made a lot of progress into the Fetch project itself, and although that the Alpha release is about 1 month overdue, (surprise, surprise) the whole application is looking good.

Also, a major thing (hopefully) about to change, is my employer.
I’ve been wanting to get into support work, and work with adults with complex needs and learning disabilities, and finally a break has come my way and (fingers crossed) I should hear something about it soon.

For now, I am hungry, so I’m going to feed!

I’m back…

No, I’ve not been on holiday or anything like that.
We have had no phone line for the last 10 days.

Apparently some “travellers” decided to steal some wiring, that knocked out 1600 homes of their phone line.
That was the initial rumour anyway, personally I really don’t give a toss how it happened, just the fact I’m glad we’re back on.

So that’s it, we’ve been offline and I haven’t had chance to update the site or anything.

Work I have been able to get on with is my software project, Fetch!
The bad news is, a pre-alpha version was being worked on, to be released early April.
However, due to a few problems here and there, this looks as though this is going to be delayed slightly.
To make matters worse, with not being online, I have now got to catch up and a number of tasks, to the point I can’t remember in which order to do them in.
D’oh.

You may have noticed now I have a support request page, in other words, if you are having any problems with software (not just our own), hardware or just a general issue with your system, you can request a support ticket.
This enables me to track requests in a logical order and still provide answers you need that I can resolve online rather than visiting your home (for those people was I go to their homes and resolve issues etc)

So, if you have a problem, just pop it on a support ticket (At the top of the site, marked “Support Request” (What could be simpler?)), and I’ll see to it as soon as I can.

More later…

I’m on my new Broadband! Yey!

Yey!, Talk talk now active.
Sky can kiss my arse!
Time for sarcasm…
“Oh Mr Jones, I’m Mr TalkAlotofBollox from Sky Broadband, your line will not support speeds over 1.6mb without bending you over and screwing you senseless, whilst charging you £17.00 a month for a fictitious line upgrade, and even then your line will only support 1.6mb anyway”

Guess what, I get 6months free (£6.99 thereafter) with line supporting 3.2mb speed, with 40gb bandwidth limit (more than enough for me)!
So to Sky, I bless you for trying, but I would formally ask you to pukka-up, and kiss my furry fat arse!
God night god bless and don’t forget to tip your waitress!