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Viagra samples Lets start on the 30th March, viagra samples when I was looking forward to seeing Dogs (a new band I like) who were playing Mean Fiddler in London. Viagra samples I was looking forward to going out, viagra samples getting very drunk and having fun. Viagra samples However about 9pm my chest started hurting a little, viagra samples nothing too bad, viagra samples but I laid off the booze a little and carried on enjoying the music, viagra samples the pain got a little worse so I moved out the crowds and stood to the side for the rest of the gig.
Viagra samples After the gig, viagra samples While everyone decided where they were going, viagra samples I made an exit and decided that since I have a history of pneumothorax, viagra samples I’d pop into Homerton Hospital when I got back home and just make sure it wasn’t a pneumothorax again. Viagra samples So I got to Stratford, viagra samples picked up Claire and we went off to hospital. Viagra samples Where after an x-ray everything was apparently fine and it is probably just a bit of an infection following the cold I had…
Viagra samples So that was that then. Viagra samples Normal service resumed. Viagra samples Despite some pain I went to the Science Museum, viagra samples saw a few good exhibitions, viagra samples notably the Spitfire and History of Medicine exhibits. Viagra samples I must also return to see “Health Matters”. Viagra samples Apt.
Viagra samples Sunday however the pain was even worse so after a discussion with NHS direct who thought it might be some thoracic infection or something and told me to go back to Homerton that day. Viagra samples So I went back and after an hour or so finally saw a doctor, viagra samples who sent me for another x-ray, viagra samples however this time the results were rather different from the last time, viagra samples showing a massive pneumothorax of my left lung. Viagra samples Again.
Viagra samples You can see the lung has collapsed by the comparing both sides, viagra samples where there appear to be little vessels (lung) all over the left but complete black on the right, viagra samples and a larger white mass near the heart in the centre.
Viagra samples A pneumothorax in brief:
Viagra samples The lungs are lined with a double layer of membrane (the pleura) separating them from the wall of the chest. Viagra samples If air gets in between these two layers, viagra samples called a pneumo (air) thorax (chest wall), viagra samples this makes the lung collapse causing chest pain and making breathing difficult.
Viagra samples From BBC Health – http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/pneumothorax1.shtml
Viagra samples So anyway, viagra samples now that the doctors finally knew what was wrong with me, viagra samples it should have been a fairly straight forward few days. Viagra samples Not so for me though. Viagra samples First things first though, viagra samples and on with the treatment.
Viagra samples After diagnosing the problem I was suddenly high on the A&E staff “to do list” and was rushed to “resus” to have a chest drain, viagra samples or tube thoracostomy inserted into my left pleural space to relieve the pressure on my lung, viagra samples empty the air and hopefully allow the lung to re-inflate itself.
Viagra samples My chest drain involved using local anaesthetic to numb an area below my left arm, viagra samples deep into the muscle as well as the skin area. Viagra samples An incision into the skin and muscle is then made down to near the thoracic wall, viagra samples and then using a metal guide, viagra samples a tube is pushed through (with great force and a lot of pain!) until they actually burst through into my chest cavity. Viagra samples Ouch. Viagra samples Then a massive gush of air escaped from my pleural space, viagra samples it was slightly easier to breathe and the tube was positioned, viagra samples stured in place and dressed. Viagra samples I’ve a photo of the wound and tube on my phone, viagra samples but can’t get it right now, viagra samples I’ll try to add it soon.
Viagra samples So then followed a few uncomfortable days in Homerton Hospital, viagra samples made only better my mother coming down and plenty of visits from friends and footballers alike.
Viagra samples However on Wednesday or Thursday the drain seemed to stop working, viagra samples no more bubbles, viagra samples and more pain. Viagra samples I was woken on Thursday morning by nurses with a temperature and obvious pain. Viagra samples The doctor on duty immediately called the London Chest Hospital and arranged asap transfer there for an operation to cure me. Viagra samples The chest drain appears to have become infected and caused the halt in recovery and pain and a fever, viagra samples so later Thursday, viagra samples the drain was removed (the most painful ordeal of the whole stay, viagra samples this was way more painful than it should have been and was enough to never want a drain ever again) and I was transferred to the London Chest Hospital at Bethnal Green.
Viagra samples The London Chest Hospital was quieter than Homerton and I soon settled down, viagra samples however soon the doctors came round and I found that it might not be Tuesday before I can be operated on, viagra samples and during that wait I needed a chest drain. Viagra samples Bugger. Viagra samples So the drain was inserted, viagra samples with a bit of drama when they struggled to get through my chest wall, viagra samples but when they did, viagra samples it exploded releasing a lot of fluid and blood and stuff. Viagra samples Tasty.
Viagra samples However later on after some x-rays and so on, viagra samples I was told they would operate on Good Friday, viagra samples the following day. Viagra samples That was a relief.
Viagra samples So after a final painful night of a chest drain (or so I thought) and a lot of pain, viagra samples I was ready for the op. Viagra samples And after a while waiting, viagra samples finding out I would wake with 2 chest drains, viagra samples not just one and other assorted pre-op preparations I went off to the theatres, viagra samples was knocked right out and the surgery began.
Viagra samples The surgery performed was a left pleurectomy, viagra samples where I believe the surgeons opened me up on my back, viagra samples and inserted a camera to assess the damage, viagra samples then they aggravated the chest wall, viagra samples resulting in the chest wall and lung sticking together much better and hopefully stopping any recurrence of a pneumothorax before re-inflating my lung, viagra samples and stitching my up. Viagra samples I was also given 2 chest drains to get rid of any air or fluids left or building up after the operation. Viagra samples I can’t actually be sure what happened though – as I was asleep at the time.
Viagra samples After surgery I woke to mother and Claire, viagra samples very out of it and not feeling great. Viagra samples A couple of days in the High Dependency Unit with an epidural for pain control, viagra samples many drugs, viagra samples anitbiotics and so on before I was transferred back to the normal ward, viagra samples even getting my own room this time! Here I got through the days with pain killers, viagra samples books and a little TV before finally, viagra samples on Monday, viagra samples 9th April 2007, viagra samples the two chest drains were removed and I was discharged from the London Chest Hospital.
Viagra samples So I am now recovering at home, viagra samples for a while, viagra samples hopefully not too long, viagra samples before getting back to work and shortly after that, viagra samples getting back to football and cycling. Viagra samples Wish me luck, viagra samples because I’ll probably need it!