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Dad seems to be getting better. That’s not an officially approved verdict from any consultants or doctors, but my own opinion. He hasn’t spoken yet (he can’t with the ventilator going into his neck, unless they allow him to use the special valve), but he was mouthing words today.
He started off by saying he had tummy pains. So the nurse went to get some morphine to relieve the pain. As the sister began putting it into him, she asked him again if he had pains. He shook his head. So she said had he had pains anywhere at all that morning. He shook his head. Back to being awkward self then!
He also asked:
“when can I go home?” – a good sign as he doesn’t want to be there anymore.
“where am I?” with Mum helpfully replying “in hospital”. Dad scrunches up face in despair.
“How long have I been here?” I check with nurse that it’s ok to tell him. He says I can. So I tell Dad that it’s day 20. “20 DAYS?!” he mouths and his blood pressure goes through the roof.
I’m much happier in general. So long as nothing major happens to take Dad in the wrong direction, I’m heading back to London on Monday and returning to work next Thursday.


Fingers crossed

My last post about being ill seems a bit pathetic now!

After spending Christmas itself at Tom’s parents, the day after Boxing Day we travelled to Worcester to see my family. My parents had the ‘flu, my Dad looking particularly unwell. A paramedic had seen him that morning, and said that he had a strained rib from coughing too much. That evening, Tom and I visited my friends and stayed over the night. The next day, my Dad seemed even worse when we visited on our way to my Grandparents for dinner. When we started to eat, my Mum phoned to say that she’d called an ambulance as she “couldn’t wake him up”. He was taken to hospital as a precaution. We finished the meal before heading off to the hospital. After a quick call to my mum to find out where they were (I assumed A&E), she told me he was in intensive care!

Initially, it was a mystery illness, and we were told he might not make it through the night. It transpired eventually that he had a strain of pneumonia. Since then, it’s been an up-and-down journey. 2 weeks later, he is still critically ill and by no-means out of the woods yet. However, he FINALLY seems to be beating the virus, albeit very slowly.

Twice more since admission he has cheated death – the first time was when a needle had to drain fluid from next to his heart (a procedure done by the consultant “28 times in 30 years”) and a drain attached to his lungs to prevent him drowning from the same fluid.

A slight nick to his liver when swapping a lung drain from one side to the other meant later in the second week, my dad lost 60% of his blood into his stomach and had to have another life saving operation.

We’re now at the stage where the complications so far have been dealt with, we hope there will be no more, and Dad is starting to combat the infection. The doctors are slowly lifting the sedation (he’s been uncoonscious the whole time) and we’re cautiously optimistic, whilst all the time aware that the worst is still a possibilty. But I try not to think about that too much.


Illness to joy

Have been pretty ill the last couple of weeks, had some time off school. Although I did rather foolishly go back in after my first day of absence as it was the children’s Christmas performance. Big mistake: prolonged the illness further! Work and snotty nosed kids are generally behind such ghastly yuckiness. Comes with the territory, I guess. But now I can begin my two weeks off. I hope to enjoy them fully, by sleeping and watching TV a lot. Merry Christmas!


More of a Tweet-y pie

Not as live as CallMeRobbie NOW, but more live than a blog.

Not as live as CallMeRobbie NOW, but more live than a blog.

I’m finding more and more that I prefer using Twitter than scribing these big blog posts. That’s not to say I won’t be using my Blog anymore! Twitter is great for short comments, but a 140 character limit doesn’t allow much for description or comment beyond an instant messaging style conversation with the world. I say Twitter; it’s actually an iPhone app called Twinkle that I normally use. It adds location data as well as what you are saying, as well as allowing you to insert pictures.

Twitter feels more immediate than a blog, and is more interactive. I particularly love following people such as Stephen Fry as they tweet during their far more interesting lives than anything I can come up with.

Anyway, enough blabbing – if you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m on their as RobbieBarnes. Just promise not to try stalking me; Twinkle isn’t that accurate, and you’d only be disappointed if you met me anyway. I’m far uglier in person.


It’s been a while…

…hardly any YouTube videos. No proper ones, in fact. Just waited for 15mins on BlogTV to do a live CallMeRobbie, but no-one turned up. But at least Stephen Fry is following ME on Twitter. Ok, so he follows all of his subscribers – but still.

It’s been a weird few weeks. My Gran died a few weeks back; the funeral was pretty emotional. Feels like ages since I’ve spent quality time with Tom – have had to catch up with the backlog of work since the funeral. Partly because the supply teacher failed to supply teaching as it was needed and I had to repeat tonnes of stuff for the kids! There was the Ofsted inspection, and the car thieves too.

I’ve got a Dell Mini – v cool, v dinky. It’s a netbook – basically a laptop that’s about the same size as a hardback book. It’s just a shame there is no 3G signal at work. (It has an integrated mobile broadband card.) Oh, and the fact that it’s Windows of course. An Apple netbook is still a distant dream, it seems.

Last day of this term tomorrow. I’ll be glad to leave this term behind! And not only because I get a week off.



Experimentalist, originally uploaded by callmerobbie.

Took this photo on London Bridge last night, emailing it to Flickr/
blog to see where it ends up and if it’s geotagged.

///via iPhone 3G///


Via the robbiPhone for the 1st time

On the mobile now, admittedly with my Macbook on my lap but this is just to see if this awesomeness actually works.


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