‘Happy’ New Year… 2017

Happy New Year everyone…

I hope that you all have a peaceful and happy one… I certainly hope that my start to the new year doesn’t begin as it ended over the last few weeks!

My Mam was rushed into A&E about three weeks before Christmas with pneumonia… I rushed to the hospital to be with her, forgetting to take my own meds and was there over 12 hours with her, before my stepsister came to bring us back home… She was released home under the care of the staff at her carehome, otherwise they were going to keep her in hospital but heavily sedate her because of her advanced Alzheimer’s Disease – it was an easy decision for me to make to let her go back home, as I believe that she would’ve died in hospital under sedation, trying to clear her airways of  the infection.

About a week later, I started to feel unwell… I shrugged it off as a heavy cold at first because that is what it just felt like – but then a few days before Christmas I was having to be laid up in bed, not being able to move and totally feeling as if I wasn’t in my body at all… I felt awful. I shrugged it off after a few days because Christmas was coming and I went to my nephew’s house to be with the kids for the festive holidays – feeling dreadful, but a bit more functional than I had felt for a few days.

However, a couple of days before New Year’s Eve, I went to the shop and when I got in again, I passed out and when I came round my nephew had come and somehow managed to get me into bed… It is a good job he was coming that day otherwise how long I would’ve been on the floor, no one knows!

He managed to get me an emergency appointment at my GP surgery on 30 December, and my GP said that I had pneumonia and had had a flu virus, and that I should’ve gone to have seen him much before I did (which is contradictory at my GP surgery as you have to be dead usually for a fortnight before you get an appointment 😉 ).

Anyway. I have been put on two lots of antibiotics and have got to have an ECG and full blood tests next week, as it has had an affect on my heart with all the fluid (which I thought was just snotty cold lol).

Hopefully I will be on the mend soon…

Take care, Daryl x

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Daryl2510

My name is Daryl and I was born in October 1965. I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease in June 2011, and I was put on medication, which I believe is helping keep the worst of the condition at bay. In November 2012 I was also diagnosed with the first stages of Parkinson's Disease and I am now two lots of medication for this illness as well. I live in a secure bungalow in an elderly complex in my hometown of Sutton-in-Ashfield and I have support from the social services and a support worker who visits six hours per week to help me live my life as independently as possible. Visit me on my Facebook page... I love life now, and the people in it - so show your support for me and the organisations that support dementia and Parkinson's disease - let's make this small world of ours a much more pleasant place to live in by caring for those that need that little bit more help in life! My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daryl.lees Alzheimer's Society: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ Parkinson's: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

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