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Saturday, January 10, 2009

A close brush with death

I'm sorry again for another extended absence from this blog.

This time I have a better excuse than the dog ate my blog post. I was in hospital, in the cardiac ward, after an unfortunate incident earlier this week.

I was rushed to hospital by ambulance by a crew which arrived almost instantly they were called, ushered me quickly but professionally into the ambulance and rallied me safely to A+E.

In A+E, I was triaged instantly and moved to the resuscitation area (though I was conscious at the time.) That's where I had my first brush with death. As I was receiving morphine and being examined, the person in the cubicle next to me (an elderly lady who'd been found in her nursing home room unconscious) failed to recover and passed away.

Later, as I recovered in the cardiac area of casualty, two more elderly patients who had suffered cardiac incidents failed to make it.

I was in the hospital for two days, and I saw up close and personal the tremendous dedication and ability of our frontline medical staff. From consultant cardiologists to porters, and all the student doctors, nurse practitioners and other staff in between, I couldn't fault the professionalism, patience or ability of anyone of them.

These people work in a literally hellish environment. Like the rings of Inferno, the wails of the ill pervade.

In some cases, the patients just do not stop fucking moaning. Sure, they're unwell and they're in hospital. But why add to a difficult situation by moaning your hole off all the time? Especially when the staff are performing superhuman efforts in almost impossible circumstances?

Anyway, my case ended up not being anywhere near as serious as it first appeared, thank goodness. I'm fine and dandy now, and after witnessing the deaths of three people this week, I'm very thankful and grateful to be so.

And it is the staff of our beleaguered health service I have to thank for that. I owe them all a great deal of gratitude.

And on their behalf and on behalf of all patients languishing on trolleys in casualty wards across Ireland tonight, may I just add, I hope Mary Harney dies alone in absolute untreatable agony with alsatians chewing her bloated carcass while she still lives, the fat evil bitch.


Rua said...

I think the RSPCA may have something to say about that

boro said...

fuck me, hope you are feeling better!

Twenty Major said...

All clear now?

JC Skinner said...

Mostly clear now.
Cheers for asking.

Peter Slattery said...

Glad it turned out not to be as bad as it sounded! Nasty scare!

JC Skinner said...

Not half as glad as I am, Peter! Thanks for the kind words, everyone. It appears to be pericarditis, which is painful, but not serious, thank goodness.

Missing Neighbour said...

Glad to hear you are feeling much better. I sent you a text messge last night. Did you get it?

JC Skinner said...

I did. I assumed if you'd read this piece, you'd know I was okay. I should have rang you back though. That was rude of me. Sorry.

mellobiafra said...

Scarey dude, you're the second healthiest person I know (after the Missing Neighbour!)! What's that say about our healths ehhh?

But I hope you're OK! Just take it easy!