Sunday, 6 March 2016

Hospital and Pneumonia

So I haven't returned with flowers in my hair. Neither do I have a spring in my step. Last weekend I landed up in hospital with pneumonia and acute sinusitis. I was sent home with strong antibiotics, liquid morphine and strict instructions to do absolutely nothing for at least two weeks.

My temperature had shot up. I had such a severe pain in my head that I could neither open my eyes nor speak. A taxi took me to the hospital walk-in clinic. I arrived with the clothes I stood up in. Within half an hour I had been admitted to A&E, had a cannula in my arm with saline drip, antibiotics and liquid painkillers rushing into my blood stream. From there I was moved to an acute infections ward.

Everything they say about Leicester's Royal Infirmary is true. There are too many patients and too few members of staff but the treatment I received was rapid and precise and that's all you need in circumstances like that. That no one had time to get me a nightie or a pillow for many hours is not important.

The meds have kicked in enough now for me to be able to focus my eyes on this screen, at least for a little while at a time. As for doing nothing for two weeks, yes, I know it sounds attractive... if only I didn't feel so ill.

12 comments:

  1. It's always easier for doctors to say "do nothing' than it is to put into practice! Hope you can at least take things easy while you recover x

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  2. Hi Ros - just got back from Stratford and was mentioning all your work with the Jewish archive .. we were in Birmingham having a look at the Jewellery quarter ... so I've been thinking of you.

    However - when you don't post .. I wonder - I am so glad to read you're out and all is improving .. and do just what the doctor orders - rest up ... sleep and drink lots of water!

    Take care and all the very best for a healthy and full recovery .. not a good way to end up in A+E ... with thoughts and a healthy hug .. Hilary xoxo

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  3. I am sending you virtual chicken soup by the truckload. It is awful to get ill.....just rest...try to take it a day at a time...thinking of you (((hug)). Now, eat your chicken soup - I want to see an empty bowl when I return.

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  4. Oh Ros - what a dreadful time you've had. I hope you rest, and rest, and rest - till you feel properly better.

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  5. Wishing you refuah shelamah.

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  6. Oh Ros I'm sorry to hear this you've had it for ages. I'm so glad you eventually got the care you needed. I think we sometimes struggle on too long on our own not realizing how I dangerous flu can be. Sending you virtual hugs and wishing you a more speedy recovery. Take it easy!

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  7. Oh Ros, how terrible. I had no idea you were so ill. That flu just got worse and worse! Take good care of yourself, do as the doctor says and rest completely. I'm so glad you are slowly mending. As Anne says, flu can be very dangerous. Hugs flying your way!

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  8. Wishing you all the best with your recovery Ros, I hope you are able to rest, it's easier said than done I know, but very necessary. Take it easy with some audio books, plenty of sleep and Carol's chicken soup!

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  9. So sorry to hear about this - sounded like your "flu" got out of hand quickly. Very scary. But glad they could treat you, get you hydrated and stable. Wow. Take good care and rest. Please know I'm wishing you well from across the pond. Sunshine is on the way

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  10. Oh no! I do hope that you are now on the road to recovery. I will keep a check on here and Twitter, so keep us informed.

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  11. Not a pleasant experience, to say the least! Hope you're feeling better now.

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  12. I had a pneumonia in October of last year, and your brief description reminds me of the excruciating pain I had to endure. The guys at work all poked fun because I took nearly three weeks off, but they don't know how bad it was! Everything will be easier when you've recovered!

    Leonardo @ U.S. Healthworks Medical Group

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