Monday, 24 September 2012

Hi long time no see

Here are a couple of wedding cards made over the last couple of days.

I've been in hospital for MORE THAN 5 MONTHS!!

It's a very long started 12th April when I felt unwell, I thought it was flu coming on!!!

How wrong could I be??
The following day I had what I thought was an abscess on my btm, went to the GP who on the 17th referred me to our local large hospital in Dorchester.

Next day, I went for an operation and woke up with a HUGE hole in my btm and attached to a vacuum machine to aid healing, also had to have a catheter and a stoma bag in case of infection.
I still at this moment, and for many months to come thought I had some sort of abscess!!

Eventually I was transferred to our small community hospital here in Bridport.
After almost 5 months I just happened to be given a pile of magazines to read and in amongst the magazines was an article of someone with symptoms very similar to those I had. The more I read it, the more I was convinced it was the same.
It was something called Necrotizing fasciitis which is in fact a flesh eating bug, and has an 80% mortality rate!!!!

The consultant was visiting soon and I made my mind up I would ask him.
At the time of the operation he hadn't said too much about it, just to say it would be a very very long haul, and I was to keep very positive. I'm not one to ask a lot of questions but I am a very positive person which I think has helped me through this.

When I asked Mr Lewis (the consultant) he said yes that is what I had and I had been very lucky.
It was not the most virulent type, lucky for me. But he did add he'd treated two people for this, this year and the other person didn't make it!!!!

Let me add it is very rare, they don't know where the bug comes from, just that it gets into your bloodstream from a scratch or a bite and attacks the tissue. I was lucky I am overweight and it attacked my btm where the tissue was a plenty!!!!!!

I am not out of the woods yet. I am home on a few hours release from hospital as I am waiting now for a skin graft. Then I will have to have a stoma reversal in time.

 It's going to be a long time until I am back to my beloved crafting with a vengeance. Missing it like couldn't wait to get into my craft room in the last couple of days to have a go.