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Missed the Cruise Ship (Hospitalised) My Birthday tomorrow.
Today I should have been in Denmark. Instead I am recovering from illness at home. Geoff and myself had booked a Baltic Cruise for my birthday tomorrow (Sunday 13th May) but with just hours before our cruise pick up to take us to our transfer coach, I was taken ill on Wednesday evening and was rushed into hospital by Ambulance. I was admitted to hospital with Kidney problems and spent two nights over the last three days in hospital and was discharged last night. The Cruise ship sailed without us at 4pm Thursday and we had no choice but to cancel our holiday. (we have travel insurance so should be refunded in full) The Dr had said that had I been onboard the Cruise ship then I would have been airlifted off the ship to hospital as I needed very strong intravenous antibiotic drugs to combat the raging problem. The irony was that we had booked our cabin to be near to the Medical room purposely due to our unpredictable health. My White cell count I was told was “an impressive 28” which should have been 4 to 11. I had 7 bags of saline fluid pumped in me which has put 8lb of fluid weight on me! Just when I had worked hard to lose 12lb in the last 12 weeks. I had scans and X-rays and the nursing staff and Drs were brilliant in their response to my serious illness. There was a funny moment while I was half out of it when the Consultant said .. “Well, Alison, it looks like you’ve had a Heart Attack without you knowing it.” Geoff and myself just looked at each other but it would not have surprised me if I had. Then the Consultant asked how long I had being on a certain medication and I looked at him and I said “Have you got the right notes?” to which he replied no. It was the previous patient’s notes who I had literally jumped in her bed the moment she had left and they hadn’t wiped the name board above the bed. It was a relief and a lighter moment. So coincidently as I write this to post on the forum, Celine Dion is singing on the radio ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the film Titanic.. which has brought a little tear to my eye as it has reminded me that our ship is sailing the seas without us on her 12 day voyage to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Tallin. So no photoblog to follow and although I am woolly headed, on Antibiotics and have to take it easy for the next three weeks I am thankful to have missed the boat. It will be a very quiet birthday for me tomorrow and I just might watch the Titanic film.