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WEDNESDAY! Finished on SUNDAY!
It's been absolutely pouring rain again - all day -
all week really - and very grey and cold. I don't mind it though -
because it's always nice being inside the yacht in the rain - with it falling
down on the deck and roof. But Penny doesn't like it all that much -
actually she hates raindrops.
Taken the other day - but still the same
And this was the rest of the scene - around the
and it's become much windier and rougher
And this shot was taken - right behind me,
So as you can see it's a good day to be inside -
but even so - it's still a great day on the bay.
I had to go to the Medical Centre on Wednesday
for more tests - and apart from that I haven't been feeling crash hot the last
few days - with a persistent chest pain in the region of the heart.
Yes I know - you don't have to tell me - that I should have gone straight
away. So I picked a break in the rain to make the run ashore - which
went OK. But when I got to the medical centre - the Doctor
immediately - put me out on the beds and under the oxygen - and the nurse
stuck all the sensors on me again (you've seen the photos before) and he
did an ECG heart trace.
Now - he wasn't all that happy with the
and I have to admit it does look a bit like a
seismic readout from an earthquake.
All those small squiggly lines are the heart in
rather than what should be, smooth lines and
regular heart bumps.
This is the actual readout - he gave me a
copy to give to the heart specialist.
The nurse said as it was coming out of the machine
- 'Do you have a pacemaker?' I said 'No' She said
'Yet!'. So then the doctor was not happy with these
readouts - and decided we needed to do blood tests - to see if there was any
He then insisted that I should stay - at the clinic
- on the oxygen - and on the bed - for a ffew hours - until the results came back
- or alternatively - go in an ambulance too the hospital for them to do the tests
too. Well neither of these was all that appealing an
I stayed for an hour or so - had some tea and
teacake just like this - and read the paper - sniffing Oxygen.
I then told the doctor that I would like to go back to the
yacht - and phone for the results - and if I needed then to go to the hospital -
I could make some arrangements - and prepare the yacht.
He was not the slightest bit impressed by this
alternate plan - and insisted that if I decided to leave and not go to the
hospital - I would have to sign a 'release' that it was against his
I signed - no problem - and went out into the
pouring rain - feeling somewhat better from 2 hours of oxygen - and blood vessel
dilation spray - under the tongue.
It's absolutely pouring down outside now - and the
yacht is getting quite a good buffeting from the wind - which is about 20 - 30
knots - so all in all - it's pretty aweful outside - and we are staying
in. And that's how it's been from the moment I walked
out of the Clinic. The roads were inundated and flooded - the rain
I went to the Supermarket and bought groceries -
which I thought was a bit of a gamble - under the circumstances - remembering
the last time I went to Hospital - we had to toss all the fridge food
out. Got 25L of petrol for the generator. Came
back to the shipyard - and it was still pouring - and starting to look like the
40 days & 40 nights had really set in.
By the time I finally got back out to the yacht -
in appalling conditions on the bay - with wind and chop and heavy rain - and
unloaded all the stuff onto the yacht - I was like a drowned exhausted rat -
soaked through twice over I think - dripping wet - but still feeling
OK. So when I then immediately rang the clinic - I said 'There can't
be anything wrong - not after the ordeal I've been through getting back here' -
and they said - the tests were all clear - and didn't show anything
wrong. So there you go.
My heart was OK - (although it never
recovered from being broken in 1978)
And I was into that hot shower within 60
I saw the Heart Specialist on Thursday -
which was arranged when I left hospital 2 months ago. And he stopped
a couple of the medications - increased some others - and kept me on the rat
poison - as is. Otherwise we are fine - and I don't need to go back for 6
And now, just finally.
Yesterday morning I captured a pretty good
sunrise you might like to see.
And then just to try it out - I ran it through an
that converts it to an HDR (High Dynamic Range
which can sometimes look good - you tell
Either way - it was a fairly spectacular sunrise
through the stormclouds.
The last couple of days have been pretty much the
same with wind and rain - and it's been raining again this Sunday morning,
steadily - but it's starting to clear up at last, I think.
Bye for now
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