Some of you may have noticed noticed that my presence in Bloggerland and Twitter has been a bit thin on the ground of late. This is largely because I have not enjoyed good health for much of this summer.
At the end of March I started a chest infection which I'm now told was probably pneumonia. To cut a long story short it seems that this progressed through pneumonia to what is commonly called pleurisy, being knocked back a couple of times on the way by antibiotics. However, after an evening visit on Friday 12th July to photograph butterflies and orchids on our local bypass, during which I was feeling somewhat groggy, I developed extremely severe chest pains and by mid-day Saturday I was on my way to hospital in an ambulance (a lifetime 1st for me!).
I got out of hospital late in the evening of Friday 26th July, not cured, but self medicating with more antibiotics for a couple of weeks. The future is a little uncertain at the moment as I will have a review with the pleurisic team and then the thoracic surgery team in a couple of weeks time, when they will decide whether or not I should have surgery. In any case I have been advised that it will probably be months rather than weeks before I'm fully functioning again.
I am, sorry to say that I have not found the ability to visit blogs and Twitter accounts of many of my friends during the past couple of weeks or so, which I very much regret as I get great inspiration from these. As I cannot sit at my PC for long at the moment, it is unlikely that the situation will change in the near future and, with apologies, I am not going to be able to retrospectively visit your past posts for a while. I will, however, try to reply to all comments, as I can do that with relative ease from my tablet.
The image is of a crochet nurse, made by our wonderful daughter, and brought to my bedside to guard over me.
My apologies, again - I hope to be able to catch up with you in the not-too-distant future.