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Sunday 12 May 2024

Very Disappointing - May,2024

My last blog post was posted two days before my gallbladder removal by keyhole surgery on Friday 26th April. I came home the same day, feeling on top of the world. The next day (Saturday), I was in contact with a few people, expressing my euphoria at the way I was feeling. I had not realised that I'd been so loaded with painkillers, that I was not feeling the true effect. Sadly, by Sunday, the truth set in.

Since then, my condition has steadily deteriorated. I am having real problems sleeping because of the pain, and my appetite is so lacking that I am only managing to eat and drink about a tenth of my usual intake. I am steadily getting weaker and my brain is foggy for most of the time. I have written this, in stages, during my occasional periods of relative clarity. 

After a middle of the night ambulance visit and two five hour visits to hospital, I have now been diagnosed with 'post cholecystemic syndrome'. There is, it seems, not much that they can do about it, and they reckon that, instead of the expected "week or two" to recover to a comfortable position,  it will now be "months".

This is, as I'm sure you can imagine, extremely disappointing news. We are now experiencing excellent weather and the dragonfly season is well under way- and I shall probably be missing much of it. It's a struggle just to take photos in our garden.

However, the main reason for this post is to, regretfully, inform you that I find it difficult to do much on my computer, and what time I can spend is mainly taken up with domestic necessities,  so it might be some time before I feel able to visit your blogs and comment on them. Please rest assured that I will be back as soon as I can.
 
I will try and keep matters up to date via the 'comments' area on this blog post, and if you want to leave a message, please feel free to do so - it's no great difficulty for me to read emails and press the 'publish' button. Who knows? - I might even find the ability to leave a brief reply! 

In the meantime, please take good care of yourselves and Nature  - - - Richard 


 

21 comments:

  1. A sad and realistic tale about the state of your affairs Richard. Please be assured my thoughts and kind regards are sent to you with sincerity, and may I add KT to all of this. I also hope Lindsey is able to cope as well as possible through these tough times.

    Pete.

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  2. Terrible, terrible news, Richard. It seems like everything that could go wrong has, and I doubt that Lindsay is yet in full mobile mode to help you. I was so heartened when I heard of your impending surgery because Miriam had it and her recovery was complete and virtually instant. Rest assured we will be thinking of you. Best wishes to you both and earnest hopes for a rapidly improving situation. David

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  3. Hello Richard,
    I didn't want to read something like that but rather that things are going uphill for you, sad to hear that exactly the opposite has happened. I wish you the very best and that you get through this miserable situation well. Don't let it get you down, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
    Greetings Frank

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  4. Hola Richard, deseo que pronto estés recuperado, es una operación sencilla, pero todas tienen sus contratiempos y te ha tocado, seguro que pronto estaras bien. Hace una semana me operaron de la prótesis de rodilla ,hoy empecé la rehabilitación y aquí estoy toda dolorida, tu esposa supongo que sigue mejorando. Abrazos.

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  5. This is awful news, I am so.so sorry Richard. I was so happy to hear you were doing well on your return home. My thoughts are with you both as if you have not had enough problems recently. Please take care and I pray that you will both be in good health in the very near future. D xx

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  6. Gini and I continue to hold you and Lindsay in our thoughts.

    The main thing for you is to concentrate on recuperation. Birds, bugs and blogging will all wait patiently for you to heal properly.

    Stop reading this! You're supposed to be resting!

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  7. Hello Richard, I think it has all been said. I can only wish that you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Good luck and best wishes.
    Mike.

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  8. Dear Richard, I am so sorry to read that you have to strugle with this pain and discomfort after your operation. You always hope to come out better after a operation and most of the time it is so. All I can wish for you is that you will recover as soon as possible. I am thinking of you and sorry for my late response. Get well soon.
    With warm regards from me,
    Roos

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  9. Really sad to read this Richard. Does not sound like a pleasant experience at all. I have everything crossed for you for the coming weeks and to make a speedy full recovery. Take care

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  10. Dear Richard, I'm on a break from blogging, but came over to see how you were getting on after your surgery. What awful news. Not only is the pain insufferable but your holiday plans have had to be put on hold until you feel well enough to travel. I am so sorry this has happened, and send you a sympathetic hug and many good wishes for you to recover as soon as possible.
    All the best
    Sonjia.

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  11. UPDATE:-
    I am still suffering from an inability to sleep and eat due to pain in my stomach which is greatly aggravated by a constant build-up of gas. The result is that I’m only relatively lucid and physically able for one or two hours each day. This time is filled with trying to perform some of the necessities of life. Sadly, even garden observations and photography have gone by the board.
    On Tuesday, 21st May, I was back in hospital for two days, and on the Wednesday they informed Lindsay and I that they’d found that my gall bladder had been cancerous. The concern now is as to whether cancer cells may have transferred to the liver where they’d had to prise the gallbladder away from it. In about two weeks’ time, I have an appointment with the consultant who performed the operation. What the outcome will be, I do not know, but it will possibly include further surgery to remove the at-risk part of the liver.
    In the meantime, I have to endure the pain, and am trying to find a regime that works for me.
    Lindsay is being wonderfully supportive, and is looking after me beautifully, in spite of her own problems.
    Hoping to get back to blogging sometime in the not too distant future. In the meantime, please take good care of yourselves and Nature - - - Richard

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    1. Dear Richard, I am thinking of you and hoping for you it all will be ok. Wishing you all the best and strenght with the next operation and for Lindsay ofcourse courage.
      Hugs from Belgium,
      Roos

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  12. SO SORRY! I meant to say thank you to you all for your very kind words of support. They are helping to keep me going and are very much appreciated.

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  13. Dear Richard, :)
    Bad news indeed! Please don't let the shock of this new discovery affect you in a negative way. Keep optimistic and gather all the strength you can muster for the challenge which lies ahead. I know that with Lindsay's care, and your courage all will be well. I'm so very sorry about the pain and lack of sleep, but better days lie ahead. I will be thinking of you Richard and wishing you well.
    All the best
    Sonjia.

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  14. Dear Richard, I hope this comment finds you in better shape, even if it is not tomorrow that you will be able to run after the dragonflies calling them: "a portrait? A portrait? please?" . Don't laugh! your you are going to hurt yourself, but keep your spirits up, Richard, keep your spirits up, we are with you wholeheartedly. I have a small pond where a few shubunkins were swimming, unfortunately an accident happened and the fish died. I had to change all the water. Now I only have beautiful dragonflies but they are late this year, they may be waiting for you too. On the other hand, the number of Asian hornets is increasing and that worries me. Take your time to feel better and see you soon.

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  15. Dear Richard, I haven't been able to read your blog for a few weeks as my baby requires a lot of attention, and I didn't expect to find this post today. I am very sorry that you cannot go out into nature, just be patient and that moment will come sooner than you think. I wish you a very fast recovery, your blog is one of my favourites so I hope you can enjoy the great outdoors very soon.
    Best wishes.
    Guillermo

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  16. Hello Richard, I am saddened by your news and I hope you recover as soon as possible. I send you a lot of energy from here so that soon you can be observing birds and dragonflies in the middle of nature. A big hug full of energy for my British friend.

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  17. Hello Richard,
    I wanted to ask again about your health, I hope there is some improvement in sight..
    I wish you lots of strength and all the best
    Greetings Frank

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  18. Dear Richard, I am thinking of you all the time and hoping for a good result after your second operation you mentioned earlier. Sending lots of good wishes to you and also to lindsay. Stay strong. Roos

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  19. Hi Folks. I guess it's time that I gave you an update. After six days in hospital it has been decided that I need some serious surgery. They intend to remove part of my liver and all my bile duct, and replace the bile duct with a tube to my bowel - if I understood correctly. There is a problem, however, in that I am too weak to withstand such surgery, which is scheduled for two weeks time. They are, therefore, going to try and build me up vy inserting a feeding tube into my nose. Sadly, if this doesn't work, it seems my chances are a bit slim.

    I've asked Lindsay to keep you updated via this comments column.

    Thank you for all your kind support. Hoping that this is not "goodbye" - Richard

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  20. Dear Richard, I hope you are not in too much pain. The removal of part of the liver is often done and I have an aunt in my family who underwent this about ten years ago, now she is 88 years old and doing well. I wish you a good outcome of this operation and that you come back to us in good shape with beautiful photos; Kisses to both of you.

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