World sepsis day

Sepsis aware poster

Every 3.5 seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis. In the UK alone, 44,000 people lose their lives to sepsis every year. This is more than breast, bowel & prostate cancer combined. Today is World sepsis day please spread the symptoms of sepsis far and wide.

Friday 7th September. Home.

Well, I’ve been out of the hospital for a week now and have been staying at my daughter’s, although I’m hoping to go home to my house next week.

Dad and daughter
Garry just about to leave hospital with his daughter Vicky

I have a nurse that comes round each day to administer my antibiotics, which have to be given intravenously and also to check my stats, which have all been more or less okay since I’ve been home!

I exercise my right hip/leg every day, although maybe not as much as I should, I find it all a bit painful and too exhausting!

I’ve now worked out or rather I’ve been told about my stay in hospital!

I was taken to the A&E department at St Richard’s Hospital Chichester by ambulance on the Saturday night/Sunday morning. Over the next four days, I was moved from ward to ward, with nobody knowing what was wrong with me!

Man having a manicure
Vicky giving her dad a manicure while he was sedated

Eventually, after a couple of nights on the emergency floor, (I wasn’t actually on the floor it’s a name of the ward!) They told me that if I didn’t pass any water, they were going to put a catheter in me! Not wanting that I immediately asked for a jug of water which I downed straight away! That was quickly followed by three more, which didn’t work either! My last memory was of me dragging a chair across the ward for support to the toilet, with my sister telling my brother-in-law Pat to go with me!

what happened

Everything from here on until my last few days in intensive care is what people have told me happened!

After another day or so of confusion on my part, not knowing who I was, where I was or who anybody else was they then realised that I had sepsis and transferred me to the intensive care unit.

After a day or two in intensive care, things weren’t getting better, and my kidneys stopped working! Soon after my kidneys stopped working my lungs and heart started to pack up! It was then that they sedated me! And put me on life support to give my body a chance to recover!

Garry McGivern on life support
Garry sedated and hooked up to life support

I was sedated for six days before they revived me, and I stayed in intensive care for another 3-weeks, which I don’t remember either!

While in intensive care they discovered that I had two abscesses on my right hip, my bad one.

After draining the two abscesses, they told me that they were going to remove the hip and put a temporary spacer in until they were sure that all the infection had gone! So I’ve now got this temporary spacer, which will stay in until they decide to replace my hip properly, which from what they were saying is unlikely to be this year!

Man in hospital eating
Enjoying some fish and chips that the family bought in

The only downside to having this spacer and it’s a really big downside, I’m not allowed to ride my bike at all, in any way shape or form until I get my new hip! So that’s no cycling until next year! Must try not to get to down about it! Think I may need to lock my bikes up and throw away the keys, then I won’t be able to ride them! That’s if my daughters not already done that!

After four weeks in intensive care, they discharged me to the orthopaedic ward, where I spent another two weeks before being discharged home.

I’ve not gone home I’m staying at my daughter’s, so as you can imagine I’m spoilt rotten!

It wasn’t until I’d heard all this from different people that I realise how ill I was and just how lucky I am to be here!

Thank you

I can’t praise or thank the staff at St Richard’s enough, who let’s face it without them I wouldn’t be here now!

Visiting in hospital
Julie and her daughter Hayley pay Garry a visit

I’d also like to thank my family and friends for all the support they’ve given me and are continuing to, particularly my daughter Vicky, who worries about me at the best of times, so god knows what she’s been going through!

Turkish barbers
Garry finally managing to get a haircut and shave

Also, thank you for all the comments I’ve received via my website and social media, many from people I don’t know and many from people that I’ve only met once while on my travels! Thank you all I appreciated everybody’s kind words and thoughts!

Saturday 25th August. St Richard’s Hospital Chichester.

Now I don’t what everybody knows or doesn’t! So please forgive me if I repeat! I don’t know too much myself!

I was admitted to St Richard’s hospital on the 22nd July in a lot of pain and no idea what was causing it!

Garry in ITU

After spending a few days in hospital being passed from ward to ward! The ugly truth of what was actually wrong with me reared its head! I had sepsis and organs on my body were rapidly starting to shut down!

Apparently I was then put on a respirator for a week!

Not that I remember any of that it’s just what I’ve been told! But apparently I’m lucky to still be here!

But that’s all in the past and obviously I survived!

I’ve now got months of recovery to look forward to both in hospital and at home!

Man on a bike
Garry in Italy in 2010

So it could be a while before I’m back on the bike, but never fear I will return at some point! And please don’t think I’m ignoring you if you’ve sent me a message, I will reply, it’s just I’m finding everything hard work at the moment!

Tuesday 24th July. St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.Still here!

They got me standing again today, all by upper body strength and not my legs! They also got me to have a go at walking, that was so painful and they could see it! I couldn’t move my left leg at all! So they gave up, thankfully!

I think it was after that, they decided send me for CT scan, which never really showed anything up!

CT scanner
CT scanner

After that scan I was moved to the Emergency floor, which was a lot cooler and also had windows! That last ward had know windows at all and no air!

They’re now on about an MRI scan!

I’m also on nil by mouth from midnight tonight!

I’ve had a temperature on and off since I arrived in a&e at the weekend! Today it was 39°! I’m constantly sweating, the bed in the morning was soaked through! And had to be changed every morning!

Apologies if these posts don’t make a lot of sense! I’m pretty spaced out most times, what with my fever and the extra oramorth! They’ve been giving me!