Not wood working related, so sue me.
Yesterday evening I was minding my own business when a sharp chest pain hit me. It spread through to the back. This felt like a heart attack. As far as I knew anyway. Finally I found Sue and told her I didn’t want to worry her but….
Well we phoned the on-call doctors who immediately sent around an ambulance (no pic’s I was a bit preoccupied).
Within minutes I was on my way to the local hospital, already being checked on their ECG. All seemed good. Just these incredibly sharp pains when I bent back or forward. The gas was good (Nitrous oxide), keeping the pain down and me happy. Sats, also measured en-route were fine too. They also gave me pain killers.
When I arrived at the hospital it all ran like clockwork. 2nd ECG, Sats, blood tests and chest X-ray. One of the junior doctors, a rather efficient yet pleasent (human) young German guy asked me questions and wrote down the whole story.
By this time Sue arrived having packed an overnight bag for me before she left. Seems that I was going to be in for an overnight stay as they wanted to do more bloods at 4 am. I was sort of comfortable but the occasional shooting pain and definitely one when I moved. I don’t think I’ve kept still for so long for a while.
The consultant came in went through a few questions and prodded my chest all over. When he hit the spot where it hurt most I nearly hit the roof. He pronounced Costochondritis, an inflammation of the ligaments joining the ribs to the sternum. Relief, of a sort. No overnight stay. They dosed me up with Diclofenac (inflammation and pain relief) and diazapam (yum) and waited a decent time to see if it worked. After forty minutes (12:30 am) I was asked how I feel. When I said significantly better my young German friend said OK you can go. I have to take the week off, keep taking the Diclofenac and no shop time (they can make you drowsy). I’ll have to do some more design work or I’ll go crazy.
Overall I am relieved, as is Sue, and I can say that the thing I love about the NHS (National Health Service) is that, as a public health service paid for through our taxes, its free at point of use (they don’t ask for credit cards or health insurance).
For emergencies and the majority of non-urgent treatment they are always there when you need them. I don’t live in a town but the service is immediate and effective. I also don’t, now, have to think about how I am going to pay for this.
Recently I have been worried about a lot of things. The same things we all worry about. Today, after having gone through this experience, I’m not worried about a whole lot. Apart from a week with no woodworking that is.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com