Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A great big kick up the backside

I'm not feeling very well.

Well to be honest, I haven't been feeling well for a while now. What with colds, flu, sore throats, asthma, bad back, sore knee...it's been one niggling problem after the other.

I kept thinking that I need to do something about improving my health, because I really don't look after myself very well. Then I'd have a cup of tea and a slice of cake and forget about it. As you do.

But now things have got a tiny bit more complicated.

Two weeks ago I had an asthma attack. Then I caught a bad cold. Then last week I started feeling dizzy and nauseous before being diagnosed with labrynthitis (a viral infection, probably residual from the bad cold).

At the end of last week my left leg started to feel sore and over the weekend it started to swell and became very tender. By Monday morning the pain was unbearable and it felt like the veins were going to burst out of my leg, so I went to see the doctor.

He though it might be a deep vein thrombosis, which made me panic ever so slightly.

The next step was to go to hospital and wait 2 hours for an 'emergency' appointment (I wonder how long I would have waited for a non-emergency appointment?) followed by a million questions about my medical history including "Is there a history of clots in your family?" Fnar fnar.

To cut a very long story short and after 3 visits to hospital the news was both good and bad. The good news that it isn't a DVT but the bad news that it is a blood clot but in one of the superficial veins in my leg.

The result is that I now need a 6 week course of daily (DAILY!) injections into my stomach to thin the blood and get rid of the clot.

But the thing is, it could have been much, much worse and that has scared me. Well, more than scared me....it's put the fear of God into me.

And it's more than just a health issue now, it's also a real worry for my daughters - particularly The Teenager who has been very upset by the whole episode.

One thing is certain: I have to make some major lifestyle changes. After years of taking care of my girls and taking my health for granted my body has started letting me down. The fact is, I can't do that anymore, I need to start looking after myself so that I can continue looking after my girls.

In short, I need to get my act together, lose weight and get fit pretty damned fast. The alternative isn't worth thinking about.