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…

It’s been a while…

Yeah, it has really
With everything going on in my life at the moment, I haven’t had time to scratch my arse let alone update anything

However, RBCJ Hub is being prepped for a major update. From the 1st of December 2012 phase 1 will begin, which means the site will be offline for a while.
Updates and messages will appear on the main page and certainly any pertinent news and updates will appear on here.
I have no idea as yet as to the timescale the hub will be offline, but hopefully as part of phase 1, I should have some clearer idea during this time.

That’s all the news I have for today folks.
Thanks for visiting and as usual, please keep coming back for more updates and offerings.

Roy

All in good time

This new pace of work life is going to take it’s toll as far as site & software development goes. That’s just life unfortunately.

I have, sort of, planned my time around my family (as they will always come first), so updates may be thin on the ground until we can weed out bits and pieces.
I mainly update and develop of an evening or when it’s feasible to do so, ie when Jack is asleep on his day naps etc, but as tiredness is my main enemy sometimes the best laid plans are disrupted by the dreaded zzz factor :0)

Anyway, at least if there is a gap between updates there would be more content in single posts instead of multiple little posts.

Speaking of the zzz factor, it’s ganged up on me now, so nite nite. x0/

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.

Long time, no speaky & no writey

Well, I’ve been working on a new project. This time it is in relation to Defiance, Barnsley’s number one Hard Dance event.

Basically, I offered my services as there was an issue with the original site, and I offered to help, sort of my contribution to the scene.

The link is: http://www.rbcsoftware.me.uk/defiance247

Initially, the site is up and running as before, with some new features in there. New stuff will be added gradually as I liaise with the Owner and Promoter of Defiance Shane, AKA MC Genius.

That is about that really. I’ve spent so much time editing images, rewritting CSS scripts etc, that I have hardly had anytime to update much else.

Other than that, is everyone ready for Christmas?

I’m almost ready! Sick of spending money though!!!

Still, to see my daughter’s face when she opens her presents on Christmas Day will make it all worth while.

More soon, but for now…tat ta

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…

Site Maintenance!!!

Just a quick message to say;

Due to essential routine work being conducted on RBCSoftware.me.uk, the site will be unavailable over the next week.
Services and certain parts of the site may appear to be working, but full functionality will not be available during this time.

The reason for this, RBCSoftware is having a restructure and many parts of the site will be relocated.

As soon as the site is fully available, I will post an update.

Thank you for your continued support.

Roy

RBCSoftware Team.

OMG!

Seeing as I have just spent the best part of two hours trying to get Download Central and this main blog back online, I have very little time to update people on important things.

Needless to say, the main project I have been working on, XPRunnerNG: Evolution has major breaking news.

As it is now passed my bedtime, I shall update within the next couple of days.

Many thanks for your patients, and to all those querying XPRunnerNG, again, many thanks for your emails, and an announcement for this will be up soon.

Cheers
Roy

PS – In the meantime Download Central has now been placed in maintenance mode until further notice, as somewhere along the lines of doing a critical update, things went drastically wrong. So until I can established what caused this, downloads will be unavailable from Download Central.