St-Richards-Hospital 31st July 2021

St-Richards-Hospital 31st July 2021. Well if it wasn’t a long enough day anyway! This morning I got woken up at 4am by the intravenous driver machine thing going off! Apparently the battery was flat and it needed charging!

Person on chair on lawn
I don’t care where I am, I’m having a coffee and cigarette

They stopped my tummy injections last night. They give them as standard after an operation to thin the blood. To stop blood clots. Mine have been stopped! To speed up the healing of my wound. Which after 72hrs of pumping, doesn’t look any different!

Man and girl
Indya and Paul come to vist

Indya came to the prison, I mean hospital today. But wasn’t allowed in, so Paul her dad bought her to the grass below my window. The window, because of health and safety, or maybe to stop any escapees! Doesn’t open more than a couple of inches! I think Indya was confused more than anything, just seeing a hand waving. They didn’t stop long and made a hasty exit before the guards came and chased them off!

Nothing really happens in here at the weekends, apart from maybe a new prisoner/patient coming in. I did manage to watch the F1 qualifying, which passed an hour or two. And Vicky also came over. It’s definitely starting to get a bit boring now!

St-Richards-Hospital 30th July 2021

St-Richards-Hospital 30th July 2021. Well its been a pretty boring day, with nothing really happening.

A seagull outside

The doctor visited this morning and said it was a shame we couldn’t get you home for the weekend! But with your wound still weeping, it wouldn’t be a good idea!

Man at desk
In some respects it just like being at home

I asked her about my infection markers, and that if they’re coming down, why is my wound still weeping? She said it’s probably my body’s own defence, pushing out the infection. Just like a spot that’s full of pus! It made sense to me.

I got a little bored yesterday, so I made a short YouTube video. Which you can be viewed below.

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St-Richards-Hospital 29th July 2021

St-Richards-Hospital 29th July 2021. Well my new pump was going all night and still seems to be drawing blood! And as the doctor said to me yesterday “what looks bad to us is nothing to what the consultants see, and I know they know what they’re doing.”

Man on Zimmer frame
I’m off for a walk with my Zimmer frame

I’m sure they do, and as long as I don’t bleed to death, I’m happy! I said.

Untidy corridor
Nice tidy corridor

My consultant visited this morning and looked at my pump. We can leave this going for another week he said. As long as your infection markers are coming down! But if they’re not, well best we don’t go there!

I had a blood test this morning. And from what I can see my markers are coming down. They are now at 125 still way over what they should be, but at least they’re heading in the right direction. Let’s hope it’s enough!

Two men at work
Men at work rodding the drains

I went for a walk down the ward earlier this morning and saw that there was a whole bay empty. Which I thought was good. Until I later learned that they had to evacuate in the middle of the night, due to a water leak! Which seems to have got worse as the day has gone on!

St-Richards-Hospital 28th July 2021

St-Richards-Hospital 28th July 2021. Haha! Yesterday’s woes continued into the night! With my new level of comfort, I was quite happy to sit up, (sit up in bed that is) and watch TV. It was about 11.30pm and the film I’d been watching had just finished. As I knew I had some more antibiotics to come at midnight I decided to wait for them before rolling over and going to sleep. While I was waiting I thought I’d check out the box on my suction bandage. It was flashing, saying it was full! So rather than call the nurse immediately I waited until she arrived with my antibiotics.

Light panel
My Pico 7 flashing full

When she arrived and took a look, she said “oh my god, it seems to have exploded!” There was blood everywhere! I never noticed it, but it had obviously been leaking for a while! As the bed, my pants and gown were all soaked through!

Pigeon in bush
My new friend

After the nurse changed the dressing and my bed, I changed myself. I’m a big boy now! And settled down to sleep.

Come this morning my new dressing had also filled up! And at £250 per dressing, the nurse said she’d leave it to the doctors to decide what to do next! They’re supposed to last a week she said!

Two horses
Thought this was apt

The doctor looked at my leaking bandage and said she would contact the on-call consultant. It came back that this is all pretty normal and nothing to worry about! But we’ll try a more powerful type, one that will suck out any blood that oozes out!

Pump between legs
My new bigger pump