When you work for yourself you can think you are invincible. There isn’t time to take a break or go and have that rest you really need! Later, or you’ll give yourself a holiday at some point, but NOT NOW! You take on bookings because you don’t know when you’ll get the next one, think you’ve got it all covered.
So John is three score years and ten in a few days … a year ago we planned a holiday with the family. We would go to Pembrokeshire, where he used to have childhood holidays – we’d all go and reminisce with him and see how the place had changed!
We arrived on Wednesday 2nd October at our holiday destination – St Brides Castle, a stunning location, not far from Haverford West and St David’s. I was really looking forward to a good explore! Lots of walking and of course lots of history in the area.
On the Thursday we went to Melin Tregwint, well there had to be something wooly in the holiday! Although I have to say we were very disappointed with the mill. They have a waterwheel – but it does nothing, and could be supplying their electricity. There is a weaving room, but the looms are all super modern and the staff aren’t very keen on coming forward to talk to the visitors, although to be fair, the lady we finally called over was helpful. That really was it. There is a modern artists exhibition that did absolutely nothing for me at all.
The cafe on the other hand was lovely and they had cakes to die for … which leads me on to:
For the past few weeks I’ve found myself getting very breathless when walking or carrying things. kept saying to people “I must get fit, I’m obviously not walking enough” In Haverford West and Milford Haven I was terrible, a bit of a hill and I had to stop several times. This is silly, not right and not me!!!
On the Friday the family were going to arrive, so we got back to our appartment at lunchtime and waited for the first ones, so we could have lunch. In the meantime I tried to take my own pulse – and couldn’t find it, so John told me I was being stupid and then proceeded to find my pulse and count it – 32 beats per minute. Hmmmm that’s a bit slow – perhaps phone NHS direct to ask for some advice. They suggested we call into A & E in Haverford West that afternoon, so after lunch we wandered in.
Our NHS service is amazing – I cannot express how fantastic the staff at Withybush Hospital were from that moment on. I was taken straight into resuss hooked up to a monitor and then taken to the ACCU ward and put under the care of “Doctor Nick”.
Initially they thought I had contracted Lyme Disease from one of our trips abroad, which can cause Heart block, but after an Echo cardiogram they decided that basically my heart was pretty dickie of it’s own accord. I was put on the waiting list for a pacemaker at Swansea hospital, and then monitored continuously at Withybush for the time I was with them. All the nurses and auxiliary staff were amazing. So helpful and friendly and CALM!!!
Last Thursday I was taken by ambulance down to Morriston hospital, accompanied by Gigi, one of the nurses on the ACCU ward and handed over to the care of CCU in Swansea. By 5 pm I had had a Biventricular Pacemaker fitted and was in recovery in Dan Danino ward. So seamless, so efficient.
It felt an interminable time, my brain said I should be doing things, the staff knew how poorly I was and just kept me monitored, the reason I have been so quiet on facebook etc is, this – but what do you say, what can you say?
So what I really want to say now is THANK YOU! to Doctor Nick, and all the staff at Withybush for my week with you in ACCU, and a second THANK YOU to Dr Chase and all the staff in CCU at Morriston, a new lease of life has been given to me by you!
To customers and friends please note that I now have a 6 – 8 week recovery time, so sadly I will not have much new stock for TORM, although we will of course be there, any commissions will have to wait til the recovery time is over. I am not allowed to lift anything heavier than a cup with my left arm to allow the pacemaker to heal and settle, so dyeing is pretty much out of the question! (good job I can still type!)
To friends and colleagues who are self employed, please take note and start giving yourselves breaks and rests before it gets too late, you may not get this second chance!