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Friday, 21 February 2014

Sorry I have been missing but there has been a very good reason

A couple of weeks ago I managed to get a chest infection which resulted in me having a week off work to try and knock said infection on the head.  It was anticipated that I would return to work on the following Monday.  OH went off to work I was up going to get my breakfast, get myself ready for work and I do not remember too much after that until late afternoon when my Personnel manager came looking for me as they had not heard anything from me which in itself was unusual.  I groggily answered the door covered in blood whereupon she called the Ambulance to me and thereon in things are a bit vague but needless to say I ended up in hospital for three days.

It would appear that I had had a grand mal epileptic fit (I have had epilesy since I was about seven years old, but during the past 8 years or so not on medication) and during the collapse had fallen on a glass and brass candle lamp which glass shade had cut and lodged itself in my arm causing a three inch gash by three inch in depth wound.  The hospital think that the collapse was caused by the chest infection which in turn had given me an extremely high temperature.  Unfortunately my system does not cope with high temperature and my body's response tends to be to close down when in such situations i.e. when I have a high temperature.

I underwent emergency surgery under general anaesthesia on the Tuesday morning to wash out the wound, re-stitch and ascertain what the damage was. It would appear that whilst I was in Theatre I reacted to medication that they gave me In the circumstances I consider myself extremely fortunate in the circumstances specially as I have also as a result of this injury ascertained that I have an extremely rare blood group - and the hospital did not have any of my blood in and have subsequently ordered said supplies in from the National Blood Centre.  I was looked after by a bunch of lovely young people in the Short Stay Ward at Peterborough City Hospital most of whom were Forces Personnel and I must say I have had the most excellent care whilst I was resident. I was popped on an antibiotic drip for the chest infection and then given a further prescription of oral antibiotics as well and have lots of bruises, and puncture marks from where they have had gadgets in or have tried to take blood; my veins tend to collapse in fright (they are deep anyway). Everything is a bit vague as I was not firing on all cylinders but I have been  bit more with it since Wednesday of this week.  My arm is sore but is healing well.  However I have had a lot of back pain and bruising coming out since then, although I am getting more comfortable day by day.

As a result of this incident I have had to go back on to anti-epileptic medication more as a precaution than anything else and although not totally happy about it I accept that it is probably safer and wiser in the short term.  The added bonus being that the newer medication will be far better for my system than the ones I was on previously.  I also have to go and see the Consultant Neurologist at the hospital in due course as well.

Epilepsy tends to be a hidden condition one that people do not understand and they relate it to mental illness or instability when in reality it is a freak electrical surge within the brain which literally short-circuits everything.  We all have brains and therefore have the capacity to develop this condition it can happen to anyone it is not choosy.  Fortunately I have always been brought up to work within the boundaries of the medical conditions I have, but that does not mean to say that they dictate what I do and don't do.  I try things and see.

I have been extremely lucky in the circumstances but could I please ask each one of you reading this post if you would familiarise yourself with the following procedure in the event of someone sustaining an epileptic attack.  Reading this could help and make all the difference to someone and can help limit the damage.


Thank you for reading.

I am one of the lucky ones and am looking forward to returning to work.

Love and Light

Pattypan

x

27 comments:

  1. Oh Tricia, what a terrible series of events. I'm so glad to hear that you are recovering. An ex-colleague's daughter developed epilepsy in her teens. Her first seizure happened while she was in the local swimming pool and she had to be rescued by the lifeguard.
    Take care and ensure you're fully recovered before you go back to work. x

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  2. Hi Scarlett, thank you for your kind words. I am a lot better than I have been and these things happen - are sent to try us. I have been taking things slowly especially with being on the new medication. I have the hospital for the Rheumatology Clinic this week in any event and my back problem is part of that. Its been two years since they gave me an injection to help with the discomfort (I have disc in my lower back out of alignment which at the moment they cannot do anything with). Thanks for popping by and enjoy playing with that fabric. Take care

    Pattypan

    x

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  3. Get well soon, Patty Pan and look after yourself, and only go back to work when you are totally ready. Love Linda xx

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes. I have clearance from the Doctor to go back ( I have been off work for three weeks) and I will take things gently.


      Thank you for your good wishes.

      Love and light

      Pattypan

      x

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  4. Only go back to work when you feel totally better. Get well soon, love Linda xx

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  5. I'm so sorry that you've been so ill. Do hope that the new meds do the trick and that you recover quickly. You certainly should not go back to work until you are a lot better.
    Best wishes
    Judith

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    1. Hi Judith

      Thank you for your good wishes. Will have been on the meds two weeks this Tuesday coming and I am back with the Doctor on Thursday when I believe my meds will be increased pending everything being okay. I am taking things steadily I promise. Thanks for popping by.

      Love and light

      Pattypan

      x

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  6. Good grief Tricia, you don't do things by halves do you?! I'm sorry you ended up in Hospital, but obviously it was the best place for you at the time and you have everything sorted out now, which is a blessing.

    Please don't try and rush back to work, but make sure you are completely healed again. I hope you aren't on your epilepsy drugs for too long, but good that the new ones suit you better Love, Jennie xx

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    1. Hi BB,

      These things are sent to try us and we just have to deal with things as they happen. I have been extremely lucky though and I think my Guardian Angel was looking after me on that day.

      Love and light

      Pattypan

      x

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  7. Get well soon! love and blessings xx

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    1. Thank you Angela

      Love and light to you too

      Pattypan

      x

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  8. Goodness me you have had an awful time of it and so lucky to be still with us! make sure you are fully recovered before you go back to work!

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    1. Hi Welsh Poppy

      Perhaps one of the more daunting episodes to do with the epilepsy but on the positive side I did not bite my tongue this time. You have to think of the positives. Thank you for your good wishes.

      Love and light

      Pattypan

      x

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  9. Hope you are feeling better each and every day.
    Patricia

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    1. Hi Patricia

      I am a lot better than I was which is the main thing. Thank you for your good wishes.

      Love and light

      Pattypan

      x

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  10. Just found this post and was shocked to hear that, hope things are getting sorted out for you.
    Bright blessings, Richard.

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    1. Hi Richard

      Things are getting back to normal - well normal for me and the sunshine being out today has made a difference too. Lightens the spirit and gives you so much to look forward to.

      Love and Light

      Pattypan

      x

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  11. Oh Trishia, I'm so sorry to read what a trial you've been having, but I'm relieved that you were found and sorted out properly. Take it easy even though you've been given the all clear.
    I have read the link you gave for epilectic seizures to reminded myself what to do - I had remembered correctly.
    I remember when I was in the infants school one of my classmates suffered with seizures - alarmingly for us all one of the male teaches would grab him by the ankles and lift him in the air and another teacher would try and prise his mouth open to put a spoon in to stop poor Martin 'swallowing his tongue' :o( Thank goodness this barbaric attitude has changed.
    Sending {{Hugs}} hope you continue to feel better.
    Rose H
    xx

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    1. Rose,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to renew your knowledge of the procedure. It might help someone somewhere.

      Love and Light

      Pattypan

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  12. Just getting caught up with blogland, so bringing up the tail end here!

    I do hope that you're feeling better now and that you are taking it a bit easy until you feel back up to speed {H}

    x

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    1. Hi sweetheart, today has been the best day so far and I feel a lot more compus mentis! I am extraordinarily lucky. Thank you for your good wishes

      Love and Light

      Pattypan

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  13. I often read your wonderful recipes but don't often comment, so i shall rectify that right now by wishing you a speedy recovery and thanking you for your past recipes that I have tried
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hi Briony

      Thank you for your good wishes. Glad you like the recipes and hopefully will be back into the swing of things shortly.

      Love and Light

      Pattypan

      x

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  14. Oh my word Tricia, how dreadful. I am glad you ended up where you could be looked after and your arm etc tended. How horrible to go through that experience. Hope you are on the road to recovery - take care.

    ( I thought I had commented the day you posted this up - but Blogger seems to have eaten it )

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    1. Hi CW thank you for your good wishes. Am getting better slowly although am still very stiff; it is easing gradually day by day but after three weeks of no exercise and no walking my body is complaining. I am not giving in though. Hope you and your's are keeping well. Blogger posts things when it feels like it the times I pop posts up and then it does not register on Bloglovin until the following day so I always go through and check the blogs I follow manually.

      Take care

      Pattypan

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