A near miss to end the year

When I wrote earlier this month December (2010) The UKs last as Free Men little did I know that for me at least it could literally have been my last December ever.

We all suffer from the ailments of living, knocks, bumps, scrapes, cold’s, flu and the occasional snuffles, but for me this month was different. There had been a general exhaustion and tiredness setting in for some time which I just put down to the crazy hours that I spend researching some of the articles I put together, but I also seemed to suffer from a lack of concentration, broken sleep, annoying tickley little coughs which would come and go, and some days even physical exhaustion after the most menial of tasks such as putting out the rubbish bins.

I had promised myself that I would get to see my doctor in the New Year and attend a Well Man clinic session, a kind of physical MOT which we are all advised to take at least once a year.

Christmas however brought things to a head, making necessary that which I had only thought about previously. On Christmas day I came down with one strain or another of this years batch of winter flu.

Now I have had the flu before, but never ever like this one. By Boxing day every muscle in my body not only ached, but was physically painful, my joints and ribs gave me a kind of bone pain when touched that I have rarely experienced, I was short of breath, and what breathing there was was gurgling. I could not stay awake more than a couple of hours at a time and even in my sleep was coughing up volumes of unwanted ‘stuff’.

I spent my time awake stuffing myself full of Lemsips, Paracetamol, hot fruit juices mixed with honey, and alcohol with my coffee which seemed to arrest the worst of the symptoms, for a while.

By Wednesday it had travelled onto the chest, I could not stop coughing and after a really bad night MrsPJ said enough, the usual remedies are not working, its time for the doctor.

My Doctor was visited yesterday morning, who was it seems inundated with similar patients, so I initially though it would just be a case of another one in the queue, antibiotics, come back in a week if nothing changes.

Usual tests, stethoscope, blood pressure and that little tag on the end of your finger. Hmm she said, lets try this on another finger.  Not reading right? said I, no its not she replied. Lets try it on the other hand as well.

By 11am I was in the Emergency Assessment Unit at the local hospital. My blood/gas levels had set off alarm bells with my doctor. More tests, blood pressure, finger tab, x-ray, ECG, blood from an artery buried deep in my wrist, normal bloods from the inside of the elbow, and so covered in little balls of cotton wool and sticky tabs in case they needed to test again endless hours upon hours of waiting.

Unknown to me the introduction into my body of the winter flu with what had been a longer term onset of a chest infection and bronchial pneumonia which had caused the drop in 02/blood/gas distribution could have been fatal, but I was lucky, I had already passed the critical stage with the flu now under control.

The doctors at the hospital would have liked to keep me in for observation, but there were no beds, others were much more needing and therefore deserving than me and I had no particular desire to stay anyway. I was over the worst, but make sure you keep taking those tablets came the warning from the Consultant, Doctor, MrsPJ and a good friend. I think I shall take their warning seriously, I have realised my own vulnerabilities.

Finally I got home about 6pm, with boxes of antibiotics the effects of which have kicked in already. I had the best sleep last night for a month but lets wait and see where this leaves me at the end of the course.

I don’t do new year resolutions, but perhaps it is time for me to take a little more care, more sensible hours, regular sleep and more physical exercise. My own personal health battle seems to have been won this time, and I intend to be around for a long time yet for there are bigger battles to fight, battles that are far more important than me. 2011 will see the new Battle for Britain and I intend to play my part in it.

Before I go, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses for all the help that I received yesterday. I know they are fighting their own uphill battle but they coped with the increase in volumes at this time of year with cases such as mine with calm and professionalism. I can only admire them.

As front line staff they are under the greatest of pressure to deliver, and despite those pressures, deliver they do. They appear to be hampered only by the sheer volumes of paperwork that they are required to complete creating those endless hours of waiting for the patients and sapping valuable clinical time for the staff.

I have to ask why, after all the £billions invested in new IT within the NHS, the people at the sharp end are still having to cope with a manual, paper driven, bureaucratic system that keeps so many paper pushing non-jobs alive draining the NHS of the vital resources that these front line staff so desperately need. A reflection on the priorities at the NHS are desperately needed.

But that’s another post, for me 2010 comes to an end and I’m still here, for that I am grateful. I look forward to 2011 with relish for there is much to be done, we have giants to fight and dragons to slay.

Finally, I would like to wish you all Health, Happiness and A Prosperous New Year.

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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23 Responses to A near miss to end the year

  1. WitteringsfromWitney says:

    Dont you dare ‘bugger off’ yet! Seriously, very pleased you are on the mend and thankful that Mrs PJ intends to rule with a rod of iron!

  2. Jacobite says:

    Glad you are recovering and will be back in the fight in the new year
    All the best.

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  4. vervet says:

    Very glad you are still with us IPJ … I too feel that your work will be ever more vital this year. Stay well !

  5. Vicky says:

    Ian when nursing, a smile and warm touch said more than words.
    Get well soon, don’t ignore your own health for the sake of other’s even though we have come to depend on you!!

    Sending you a warm touch and smile via the net!!

    Happy New Year To You And Your’s..xxx

  6. Sackerson says:

    Get well soon, and a happy New Year to you.

  7. What they all said.

    You’re no good to us in a sickbed, so get well soon!

    All the very best for 2011. It should be fun!

    CR.

  8. The Man With Many Chins says:

    Get well soon, Ian, and a Happy New Year to you!
    Regards

  9. BJ says:

    Selfish as we are for your information, you’re no good to us ill.

    Take care – 2011 is going to be very interesting, I feel.

  10. Ray says:

    Get well soon, glad you got it treated in time. Stay warm and take it easy until you feel better!

  11. Glad to hear you’re over the worst of it, Ian, get well soon and have a Happy New Year. 😉

  12. Subrosa says:

    Now Ian, you’ll have to acquire a taste for Scotch. Hot toddies cure all. 🙂

    Pleased to know your wife has lots of common sense. Pneumonia kills far more of us than we realise and the symptoms aren’t necessarily severe.

    A guid New Year to you and yours.

  13. jameshigham says:

    Clear case of taking on too much, Ian. Rest up, man.

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  15. Thank you all for your kind comments. They are much appreciated.

    Am off to get some much needed rest now, so signing off till next year…

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  17. Ian, glad to hear that you’re on the mend, happy new year to you and I hope you have a good 2011

  18. EDDIE G says:

    Glad your well ian and many thanks for all the work you have and will continue to do, happy new year to you and all who believe in you, 2011 is our year and its time to take back whats rightfully ours its time to show the world we are the land of hope and glory, let the the fight begin!

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