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Hello everyone, just wanted to say I'm back in the land of the living :) It's been an eventful 10 days starting a week ago last monday.

I thought my alveolitis was playing up as I was getting very breathless. About 3pm I was so ill my hubby called an ambulance. A paramedic and my gp turned up and put me on oxygen which really helped a lot. My gp decided I needed to be checked out at hospital though and ordered me an ambulance.

 

I was taken to the local infirmary's casualty dept and it was so busy I was sitting in a corridor for ages. My oxygen ran out twice which was pretty scary :( I was eventually taken to recuss and given various tests which didn't show anything dramatic. I spent the night in critical care and the following day I was sent to the infectious diseases unit, they were wondering if maybe I had caught something from a parrot lol. Anyway the consultant ordered a ct scan and this showed a massive clot on my lungs. It was straddling both lungs and had almost blocked the entire blood supply to them. I was immediately rushed to another hospital which specialises in these things.

 

It was about 3am on weds at this point, I had an echo gram of my heart which showed it was under strain from the clot and told if the clot dislodged I would be dead and if it stayed where it was then it would get bigger and also kill me. The only treatment at this point was something called thrombolisis which they informed me could also kill me by making me bleed into my brain. Not really a lot of choice so I phoned my hubby and parents who came straight to the hospital while I had the treatment. It was then a scary couple of days in high dependancy to see if I would bleed which thank god I didn't.

 

I finally got home today, many staff have been up to tell me how lucky I am. They were all amazed that I hadn't been in total agony, I'm covered in bruises and have an infection in my arm but it's a small price to pay. There's so many reports of the NHS being bad but they have been absolutely amazing to me. I really am incredibly lucky and thought I would share my own little christmas miracle with you :) xx

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oh my word how scary must that have been for you and your family, im guessing they still have you on anticoagulants which will account for why the bruises are so bad. such good news though now relax and get yourself better and thats an order.

lost of people moan about the nhs until they actually need it particularly in an emergency get well soon

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OH my goodness, such a stressful encounter I can only imagine.

Thank goodness for those hubby's we knew they would be handy every now and then :lol:

Being home now I bet you will enjoy Christmas allot more.

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OH my- I bet you were scared senseless... What a horrific thing to have gone through... I'm glad you are back home and well though- Hope you make a speedy recovery and remain well for the next few years at least- You've had more than your fair share xx

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Thanks everyone :-) Yup it was scary as hell but I think it was actually worse for my family. I'm on warfarin for 6 months to start with and then they are going to do some more tests to see what's going on. My lungs got a detailed scan and on the plus side.. the scarring from the alveolitis is tiny. I love birds so much but I was in a ward with a couple of guys with advanced alveolitis and it really was an eye opener. The closest I will be getting to any featheries is in the garden!

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I am so pleased you are home and on the road to recovery.I agree it must have been very scary for your family.Good news about the scaring on your lungs.Take your time to get well have a good christmas

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aww bless karen really glad your ok but i can imagine how scarey it must of been for you like you say the nhs are not always that bad infact excellent in your case

take your time and rest well the cold weather dosent need you outside

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Hi ya Kez, good to see you back hun xx

 

What a scary expereience and thank goodness you was looked after so well, now all you have to do is make sure you do still get lots of rest hun, as you have been incredibly lucky and your body will need time to get over the shock.

 

Dont wanna hear that you have been back in hospital hun when I get back from holiday, so just lots of rest and cuddles with Willow and Hubby xxx

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OMG I cannot believe you werent in total agony, I thought I was having a heart attack the other day and it was just indegestion.... blimmin agonising it was!

 

So glad your ok now , and home for christmas, lovely to hear from you x x x

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Welcome back to the land of the living hun, so pleased to see you about again, i have been telling Chi all about it and how worried we were, sorry to say he didnt seem to be that worried.

Look after yourself now and stay well, tell Darren he is a star for getting yout the help that you needed so quickly, probably knew that he would have to answer to us if he didnt lol.

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Well helloo you fancy scaring us all like that, seriously soo glad you are home and on the mend take care of yourself plenty of rest keep the feet up and do nothing, love to Darren too because I know he was worried senseless it is awful watching a loved one be so ill and not be able to do anything, love and hugs to both , Jenny and kisses from Sage xxx

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Just to update this, Kerenza is back in the hospital again, the cellulitus in her arm is getting worse and the antibiotics are not holding it so she is back in for more treatment. She just wanted to let you all know

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Hi all, back again!! My god the last 4 days have been pretty grim. It was a different hospital and lets just say.. it was the pits. I've now been in 3 hospitals in 3 weeks and this 1 was awful. I saw elderly people being virtually ignored, left for almost an hr with nothing on because the helper "forgot" to come back to help her dress. Just this morning a lady had to wait 1 1/2 hrs for someone to take her to the toilet, another lady was left in the shower room pressing the buzzer for 40 minutes and I had to find a nurse to get the lady next to me off the commode after waiting for half an hr. I know staff are busy, they were in the other 2 hospitals too but I never saw anything happening like this. Also the way they were spoken to was appalling. I was spoken to like dirt just the once and my dad went to complain, oddly enough I was treated ok after :-/

 

Phew,mini rant over. I do feel very sorry for the staff who are overworked but everyone deserves their dignity. To have an old lady say she was afraid to ask for another jug of water made me want to cry!

My infection is on the mend, still on a huge dose of antibiotics for the next 10 days at least but fingers crossed it's finally under control. I've been warned if it flares up to go to my gp or if it's out of hours to A&E, I sure won't be going back to the general though no matter what happens :-/ Thanks for all your good wishes,the cuddle is much appreciated and much needed at the moment Flakey xxxx

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