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Order viagra Lets start on the 30th March, order viagra when I was looking forward to seeing Dogs (a new band I like) who were playing Mean Fiddler in London. Order viagra I was looking forward to going out, order viagra getting very drunk and having fun. Order viagra However about 9pm my chest started hurting a little, order viagra nothing too bad, order viagra but I laid off the booze a little and carried on enjoying the music, order viagra the pain got a little worse so I moved out the crowds and stood to the side for the rest of the gig.
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Order viagra 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. Order viagra So I went back and after an hour or so finally saw a doctor, order viagra who sent me for another x-ray, order viagra however this time the results were rather different from the last time, order viagra showing a massive pneumothorax of my left lung. Order viagra Again.
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Order viagra A pneumothorax in brief:
Order viagra The lungs are lined with a double layer of membrane (the pleura) separating them from the wall of the chest. Order viagra If air gets in between these two layers, order viagra called a pneumo (air) thorax (chest wall), order viagra this makes the lung collapse causing chest pain and making breathing difficult.
Order viagra From BBC Health – http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/pneumothorax1.shtml
Order viagra So anyway, order viagra now that the doctors finally knew what was wrong with me, order viagra it should have been a fairly straight forward few days. Order viagra Not so for me though. Order viagra First things first though, order viagra and on with the treatment.
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Order viagra My chest drain involved using local anaesthetic to numb an area below my left arm, order viagra deep into the muscle as well as the skin area. Order viagra An incision into the skin and muscle is then made down to near the thoracic wall, order viagra and then using a metal guide, order viagra a tube is pushed through (with great force and a lot of pain!) until they actually burst through into my chest cavity. Order viagra Ouch. Order viagra Then a massive gush of air escaped from my pleural space, order viagra it was slightly easier to breathe and the tube was positioned, order viagra stured in place and dressed. Order viagra I’ve a photo of the wound and tube on my phone, order viagra but can’t get it right now, order viagra I’ll try to add it soon.
Order viagra So then followed a few uncomfortable days in Homerton Hospital, order viagra made only better my mother coming down and plenty of visits from friends and footballers alike.
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Order viagra However later on after some x-rays and so on, order viagra I was told they would operate on Good Friday, order viagra the following day. Order viagra That was a relief.
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Order viagra After surgery I woke to mother and Claire, order viagra very out of it and not feeling great. Order viagra A couple of days in the High Dependency Unit with an epidural for pain control, order viagra many drugs, order viagra anitbiotics and so on before I was transferred back to the normal ward, order viagra even getting my own room this time! Here I got through the days with pain killers, order viagra books and a little TV before finally, order viagra on Monday, order viagra 9th April 2007, order viagra the two chest drains were removed and I was discharged from the London Chest Hospital.
Order viagra So I am now recovering at home, order viagra for a while, order viagra hopefully not too long, order viagra before getting back to work and shortly after that, order viagra getting back to football and cycling. Order viagra Wish me luck, order viagra because I’ll probably need it!
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