Still here

Today is the 2nd anniversary of my 2nd discharge from #LewishamHospital. Very glad to be still here (& hopefully for a long while to come!). I am very determined which is how I successfully fought for my survival- but the chance to fight was given to me by the skilled (and kind) doctors, nurses & other carers from A&E, ICU and other wards. As many of you will also know, it wasn’t long after my discharge that the TSA (bastard!) came to close us down. Barry and I joined the eventually victorious fightback along with many other comrades- wonderful old friends & new.

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@harryhatterz “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.” (checking after IT problems)

Dr Seuss

 @harryhatterz “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”

Dr Seuss

Parenthood

“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”

Dr Seuss

Saving me.

 I was first admitted to Lewisham Hospital in January 2012, with a perforated sub-duodenal ulcer. I was very near death and after emergency surgery spent 3 weeks in a coma, and slightly longer on a ventilator.My family, friends and I have talked about this a great deal.

What I talk about less, is that in May the same year, I was re-admitted with  a ‘flu-type illness because my immune system was so impaired, and that during this second admission, I had a stroke. Tomorrow, May 31st, will be a year since then.The main consequence of this was an inability to balance – I could only walk a few paces with a walking aid.  My memory was bad, but that had been the case  since I’d been acutely ill earlier in the year.

 

On both occasions the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants saved my life. Although we’d been together 26 years Barry and I had never married, so we began planning a wedding to celebrate our love and my survival.We married in October and our beautiful daughter was bridesmaid. Already the Hospital was under threat of closure, and my wedding speech included a plea to save it.

 

I am still recovering, but profoundly glad to be able to do so. I will continue to campaign for Lewisham and other hospitals with all the energy I can muster. Never has the NHS faced the threat it does now, from closures and privatisation.

 

I always found this song, by Phil Ochs, and poem, by Robert Frost, inspirational. I do so even  more now that I really understand how precious life is.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-BBVQLnxI

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

 

Robert Frost

 

Whose woods these are I think I know.

 

 His house is in the village though;

 

 He will not see me stopping here

 

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

 

 My little horse must think it queer

 

To stop without a farmhouse near

 

Between the woods and frozen lake

 

The darkest evening of the year.

 

 He gives his harness bells a shake

 

To ask if there is some mistake.

 

 The only other sound’s the sweep

 

 Of the easy wind and downy flake.

 

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

 

 But I have promises to keep,

 

And miles to go before I sleep,

 

And miles to go before I sleep.

Saving me

was first admitted to Lewisham Hospital in January 2012, with a perforated sub-duodenal ulcer. I was very near death and after emergency surgery spent 3 weeks in a coma, and slightly longer on a ventilator.My family, friends and I have talked about this a great deal.

What I talk about less, is that in May the same year, I was re-admitted with  a ‘flu-type illness because my immune system was so impaired, and that during this second admission, I had a stroke. Tomorrow, May 31st, will be a year since then.The main consequence of this was an inability to balance – I could only walk a few paces with a walking aid.  My memory was bad, but that had been the case  since I’d been acutely ill earlier in the year.

 

On both occasions the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants saved my life. Although we’d been together 26 years Barry and I had never married, so we began planning a wedding to celebrate our love and my survival.We married in October and our beautiful daughter was bridesmaid. Already the Hospital was under threat of closure, and my wedding speech included a plea to save it.

 

I am still recovering, but profoundly glad to be able to do so. I will continue to campaign for Lewisham and other hospitals with all the energy I can muster. Never has the NHS faced the threat it does now, from closures and privatisation.

 

I always found this song, by Phil Ochs, and poem, by Robert Frost, inspirational. I do so even  more now that I really understand how precious life is.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-BBVQLnxI

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

 

Robert Frost

 

Whose woods these are I think I know.

 

 His house is in the village though;

 

 He will not see me stopping here

 

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

 

 My little horse must think it queer

 

To stop without a farmhouse near

 

Between the woods and frozen lake

 

The darkest evening of the year.

 

 He gives his harness bells a shake

 

To ask if there is some mistake.

 

 The only other sound’s the sweep

 

 Of the easy wind and downy flake.

 

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

 

 But I have promises to keep,

 

And miles to go before I sleep,

 

And miles to go before I sleep.

 

 

 

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