Wednesday, 28 March 2007

BLOGGING ON!

"Well", as Sam Gamgee says, "I'm back?"

I had intended to begin the first blog after Shutdown Day by asking whether any one else shut down and, if so, what did you do with all those extra hours reclaimed from computerdom?

But it all seems so long ago that it’s hardly worth the effort.

I must say, I hadn’t expected that titling a post ‘Blogging Off!’ would have turned out to be quite so prophetic…

But there I was in the small hours of Saturday morning with a violent stabbing pain in my chest and having great difficulty in breathing. Eventually the pain passed off but by Saturday morning when I had a tingling in my left hand and a feeling like a tight belt around my chest I decided to ring 999 (the emergency telephone number in the UK) and ask for help…

After that it was the ambulance trip hooked up to various machines followed by eight-and-a-half hours of examinations by A&E doctors and then medical-team doctors, ECG tests every hour or so, blood tests, chest x-rays and the eventually decision to keep me in for further observation and more tests…


The concern: was it a heart attack or, perhaps, a clot on the lung? More doctors, registrars and professors ordered injections of drugs and extractions of blood followed by a Doppler Scan and a CT Scan which involved inhaling radioactive air and being injected with radioactive gallium so that I now respond noisily to any Geiger counters I come across!

Then yesterday afternoon, after four days and three nights in Kings College Hospital (which is, I have to say, a really good place in which to be ill!) came the much-desired release and the return home knowing that I am pretty much positively OK - but with still some more tests and a referal to cardiac specialist at a future date.

I emerged from my hospitalisation with some benefits from the enforced rest (such as much lower blood-pressure) and a reinforced belief that the nursing profession are woefully underpaid for a demanding, exhausting and often messily unglamorous job.

Anyway, very many thanks for all the expressions of concern on and off the blog. And now, here we go again…

9 comments:

Pete Emslie said...

Glad to hear you're back home resting comfortably, Brian. You were wise to check yourself into the hospital, though - chest pains are something you should never ignore. Let's hope the tests prove it to have been an anomaly.

Scrooge said...

Glad you are back with us Mr B.Now everyone is back on the computer again, we need a reason for being there !

Suzanne said...

Good to see you back and hopefully in good health! I have to confess my computer was on all day Saturday... but I had two teenagers in the house, so I think I'm excused...

Brian Sibley said...

Thanks everyone and here's a thought: if the hospital where I was taken on Saturday had been observing Shutdown Day, I could have been in very serious trouble...

Qenny said...

Delighted to hear that you're out and about again. We missed you on Monday night.

Silly Billy said...

Brian, its great to hear you are ok!

David Weeks said...

So glad you are back. I don't think that I was up to task of daily blogging on your behalf!

Brian Sibley said...

Not sure I'm up to the task either!!!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Hey Brian,sorry to hear about this. Hope all is well with you now !?