Happy Xmas Eve, I have had a lot happen in the last few days. Thank goodness the PM got to me in time, amazing how the political focus slips when life and death rear their head and toss it around like a black stallion with a long silky hair-main in a Meatloaf or Ferarri advert.
Story goes a little like this………Sunday night woke up 3am with temp up too high, a bit delirious and very hard to breath with lots of pain in chest around coughs. Elizabeth managed me through this as I took a bit more morphine to enable me to breath and can’t remember much more than struggling with suffocation. At least I know now, how hard that is.
Monday Morning we went to emergency and stayed all day. They did X-ray, bloods, CT scan and it was clearly pneumonia and oxygen in lung intake around 80. They want 90 and close to 100 normal. This all led to a discussion around the view was I should be admitted for 3-5 days and take a dose of intravenous stuff combined with with pills for 10 days to get on top of the pneumonia. The very clever ER doctor and mine however combined to decided going home was an even better and I could do so on their Hospital home service. Nurse daily to administer observations and intravenous top up and doctor at another point daily to talk, check and generally assist. Oncall for emergencies. Amazing service and why we should all be up for full health care insurance before buying booze and fags. I don’t smoke by the way! We then got to go home and I was home in bed at about 5pm Monday, very tired, a little unsure and somewhat apprehensive. Is this the start of Niagara falls?
Monday night very difficult mix of coughing, pain, morphine and low level suffocation events. Morphine and staying calm gets things under control but the journey is scary and one that can only be managed by learning.
Tuesday doctor and nurse came round. Did the bits we needed, discussed the difficulties of the prior night and learnt a bit more. Was a pretty long and tiring day and the first one for 5 years spent entirely in bed. This is certainly not a good thing to do from a physical or mental point of view, and to me feels like giving up. It also cause’s pneumonia phlegm to build up and become more problematic. This was evidenced by more coughing, lots of blood tainted flem, cleverly spat into a red bucket, well it is XMAS! and some short busts of nausea. The drugs to hit the pneumonia however kicked in over the day so last night though difficult, was better. Tonight fingers crossed I don’t spit blood at Santa, red suit…no!
That brings us up to this morning. I awoke feeling pretty average but got up, and generally participated in a bit of normal activity, Jeremy filming bits, drop over of a few people for xmas cuppa, one all the way from New York who I have not seen for 15 mths, doctor and nurse came at different times but both found me up and about and I think I have dodged what was about to become a big constipation issue which is good. Morphine and codeine require a plan around constipation so go Movicol as a minumum. All this may be a bit graphic but the ideas is to let people know more so maybe it will help someone somewhere over the rainbow who knows Dorothea.
Game from here and ? are.
1. Can we knock over the pneumonia and regain strength. Yes and in 5-7 days
2. Does it change anything, thoughts etc. Yes it sure makes suffocation a scarier thing. Also I continue to be impressed by the hospital system I am in and people who are in it they are phenomenal
3. Have I made up my mind around taking my own life or going the natural causes way? No I have not but can see the Choice option offers timing dilemmas that will be an interesting part of what decision is taken so maybe it is not as linear process as I had thought
4. How are Mitch and Elizabeth? Both huge support for me in my unit of 3, and they seem strong as a uint of 2. Both teams are in pretty good shape. Should put up a mean Xmas day srrum, I think thats a sports term that applies, let me know if I am wrong.
Finally the Prime minister asked me about my pain score at 0/10 and assumed, as it is counter logical to the others, I must be in great pain. As of today pain is to be read as all the rest, 10 is fantastic and 0 is not good at all.
Hope this update does the job. It is one of the major reasons I created this initially so I am getting great bang for my blog so to speak. Have a great evening and day tomorrow, I will:)
Pain 9/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 5/10 Life Enjoyment 9/10