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Oct 05 2011

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12 Nights

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After being discharged after a 14 hour stay in hospital and returning within 10 minutes I was about to face 12 nights in Medical Short Stay, a ward that normally has a 72 hour limit.

During the 12 night stay I had further pain attacks during the nights, further chest x-rays and ultra-sound.  With the further chest x-rays it revealed I had developed around 1 litre of fluid on my lung and my lung was partially collasped.

This then meant I had to under go a procedure to drain my lung, not once but three times over the next few days. Entering through my rib cage with a large needle from my back they drained 200ml of partially blood stained fluid the first time, nothing in the second and a good 300 or more the third time. This was clearly not in all but they stopped and sent it away for testing. 

I’ve now been out of hospital for 5 days taking warfarin for the DVT and PE plus 8 day antibiotics for the inflammed and possibly infected remaining fluid on my lung. Overall a very stressful time but glad to be out on the mend and now concentrating on my ATR recovery.

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Oct 04 2011

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Didn’t even make the front entrance

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After being discharged I walked out using my crutches but only made it half way down the corridor before having another pain attack similar to the three I had early morning at home. My wife rushed back to get a doctor and I was put back in bed with an ECG machine and oxygen. The recovery time was about an hour and my wife had never seen me look so ill. My Mum and Dad who had left just before me to get the car returned to my bedside with my wife and looked pretty concerned as my breathing was deteriotating and only the oxygen could stablise me.

This was to be the first of a twelve night hospital stay.

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Oct 04 2011

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Needles, Scans, Tests and Drugs

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Day one in EAU I had more needles, drugs and tests than hot dinners. I had blood removed from various parts of my body, injections for blood thinning and pain killing.

I was rigged up to an ECG machine several times, had chest x-rays, a CT scan, an echo scan on my heart all done within a few hours of being there. Several doctors spoke with me and confirmed I had a DVT and that this had climbed into my right lung. My right lung had a forest of clots known as a Pulmonary Embolism.

Eventually at 1800 I was told I could go home but first had to see another doctor about my medication I would be taking for the next 6 months. Another couple of hours passed and I was given a yellow book and an explaination on the drug Warfarin. I then waited a further hour for my discharge paperwork and eventually walked out at 2200.

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Oct 04 2011

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Scary Setback

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Just under three weeks ago I had a very scary setback with my ATR injury. During the early hours of Thursday morning whilst sleeping I woke up three times with massive stabbing pains in my chest and right side. The pains lasted for around 20 minutes each time and were extremely painful. I rang NHS Direct who advised me to call an emergency doctor or 999 but I held out to the morning.

First thing as soon as my Doctors opened I walked in for an appointment. I had to wait an hour but soon the doctor concluded I had DVT and the blood clot had travelled to my right lung. The blood test was positive and I was rushed into hospital. Luckily because I had seen the doctor I was booked straight into EAU (Emergency Assessment Unit). At this point I was becoming very concerned and my wife was in tears - I think we both realised this was pretty serious.

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