a reply to: WalkInSilence
, and also to Sheye, Night and LightSD, and anyone else who's been keeping up with this.
Well, I am now in hospital. This was not planned but it was a "I have no choice" situation.
As I mentioned in my last post a couple or three days ago, with things like spinal damage it's important to keep watch for any sudden changes that
might be linked to the problem.
On Saturday afternoon, out of nowhere, I suddenly started feeling nauseous. "Spinning head" as they call it here. Shortly after I had a vomiting
episode. But the weird thing was, I had NO other symptoms of eg an infection or a stomach bug. No fever, no trots, nothing. And after that episode I
soon felt okay again.
Until about twenty minutes later, when I had another "episode". Then half an hour later, and then another just under an hour after that. Before that
one all I'd had was half a glass of water and I couldn't even keep that down for ten minutes. I'd not eaten anything unusual, had not had a drop of
alcohol, and only taken my prescribed doses of tablets. So...
Also, my lower back was really hurting. More than it had before. Well, it looked like something had gone badly wrong, and my own doc had warned me:
"Never mind what you are doing, if you get new symptoms, you call an ambulance immediately
I knew what he meant: a rapid change can lead to permanent and very serious problems. So, I called the ambulance.
They got there pretty quickly and just a few minutes later I was on the way to one of the major regional hospitals. At pretty high speed, with the
blue lights going the whole way. (They only turned on the sirens when they really had to.)
The paramedic sent data through while we were en route and was told it was an "urgent admission" and to bring me straight through as soon as they
arrived. So they drove right up to the doors of the place. Not kidding!
A couple of younger docs saw me first and then they took me off and did some CTs. The senior doctor on duty last night in the emergency neurology dept
-- who is also head of the dept and a neurosurgeon -- then told me the scans showed deterioration since the last ones, done about two weeks ago. So,
he wanted to admit me and have me stay there. I'd be safer than at home, and they could get my surgery organized even faster.
Long story short, I explained the situation with my wife. I literally had to get our nighbour over at a minute's notice and just leave her to care for
my wife. She's done it before, but it was planned and well arranged. And not with a "I don't know when I'll be coming home again" kind of situation
into the bargain.
I was worried, of course. But the doc really understood. He arranged for my wife to be brought in by ambulance, booked her in as a patient in the same
ward (as she qualifies with her condition) and gave us a 2-bed room to share!
It's just a temp arrangement to get us through the weekend, so she is also safe and cared for 24/7. Tomorrow, they will make arrangements to move her
to a longer-term specialist care facility, likely the one near where we live, which she was going to enter on Nov 12.
Meanwhile, I'm safe and ok. At least, I am in the best possible place if things get any worse.
Thank you all for your support. I'm very grateful. And if my wife Dada could understand what is going on, she'd thank you as well.
28/10/18 by JustMike because: I fixed some typos, but eye tink maybee I meesed sum.