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Happy Days, Worried Nights

Posted by Oli on Tuesday 11th December, 2007

This post has been a bit slow in coming, am really sorry. Thankfully though, it’s not for bad reasons as Oli is doing really well.

 Oli is now completely wireless, the vas-cath and catheter have now been removed.  This has caused much excitement as today Oli was able to put clothes on and feel more ‘normal’ (there are so many jokes about Oli + normal, you’ll have to think them for yourselves as there isn’t space for me to put them in).

Oli has also had almost all of his pills and potions stopped by his consultantas he wants to see how Oli manages without them.  This makes a big difference to his system as he did have a pharmacy’s worth of various medicines rolling around his insides, much to his kidneys dissatisfaction.

The days have been going brilliantly for Oli but the nights are still difficult.  He is getting increasingly homesick and from 6pm starts to get himself wound up about us leaving him and not wanting to be alone.  It’s completely understandable but it’s also something we really need to try and find a solution to as we don’t know how long it will be before he is home and we don’t want it to remain a problem.  It has crossed my mind that you guys could really help at this point.  Every comment that gets written and posted gets sent through to his phone so that even though he doesn’t read my posts, he sees your comments.  If you think of Oli at some point in the evening after 8pm, please leave a comment telling him just that and then he may not feel so alone.  I don’t know if it will work but it’s worth a try if it will help him feel less lonely.

There’s not really any more news as things are progressing steadily and with a definite upwards curve.  As a very marvellous man said to him yesterday “This isn’t the face of a worried consultant”. Yay!

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36 Responses to “Happy Days, Worried Nights”

  1. Monica & Roger said

    Have been checking all day, waiting for the next instalment!Delighted to hear that you are doing so well. All good wishes, Monica & Roger

  2. hey oli,
    seems ya doing well bud, well done, have you ordered a dominoes pizza yet lol, they deliver right to the room, grab the phone number from reception. I am now 4-5 months after tx, had the same as you and same problems by the sound of it.
    life is so cool now, out all the time, no worries about O2 etc and going shopping and thinking about starting work again after xmas, haven’t got a clue what yet though lol. will be a shock to the system lol.
    Anyway, say james says hello to jason,ratan,the physios, and everyone else, they really are a great bunch in their.
    oh yeh and get the number for league of friends of one of the nursing staff, they do great panini’s there, and better price than canteen. take care bud and chin up, i knows it really really hard work and anyone that hasn’t experianced it cant really understand about how much pain etc you go through but it is sooooo worth it in the end.
    Regards

    James

  3. your welcome to read how i got on in hospital and out at the blog my dad started when i went in, bit slack now as quite busy doing things but it is http://www.ox28.com

  4. rob said

    Hi Oli, its great to hear things are going really well and that you are less reliant on the tubes. We have checked at every opportunity during the day, I have seem to have more time than Liz, to find out how you are and bugged Kati a bit by ringing her at the most inappropriate times so it’s been a welcome sight to see that there is a post to update your avid readers. We really can’t wait to see you and Juliet is desperate to show you her English scores and go to Borders with you and Kati. Looking forward to the next instalment

  5. Jacqui said

    Hey,

    Glad to hear it’s onwards and upwards, and that you’re now free of tubing, wires and other medical gizmos.

    Keep up the good work.
    All the best, Jacqui xx

  6. Aimee said

    glad its all going well for you oli, you really are a star. I know the nights in the hospital are the worst bit .. I sometimes get very grumpy then because I domt like it. Mummy does a special treat time then with little bits and pieces that you can only do when the visitors and drs have gone, stuff like letters from my friends and puzzle books and craft things. We learnt origami during one stay for the ivs!! and its rest time for when you get out and get so busy that you dont get time to lay down and chill or do origami!! big hugs to you xx

  7. Nick and Mel said

    Hi Oli
    I hope you get to read this mate. It was so cool to talk to you yesterday, I spent the whole day telling anyone that would listen and the puzzled looks were quite funny, I forgot to explain the whole story so Nick talking to his bruv in law is not as exiciting as I was making out. If only they knew heh. Then they would be realising what a superman you are
    Try and enjoy your night, and we are looking forward to the next blog
    Love Nick and Mel

  8. Anna and Warren said

    Hi Oli!! I’m so gutted that it’s taken me so long to realise that I can talk to you this way! I can’t believe how well you’re doing, it’s so great to hear. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to seeing you and giving you a big hug. Sending so much love from Anna and Warren x x x

  9. sandy said

    Good to hear you are now fully wireless Oli…. and able to wear your clothes again…. Keep up the hard work you are doing so well! Im so glad your call came and even more pleased with the progress you have made! x

  10. Wanda said

    Just read your blog and saw that you needed a bit of support to get you through the nights, so pleased to hear that you are doing well and hope you continue to make steady progress, great to hear that you are now able to wear normal clothes again but, I am guessing that you will be in your PJs at this time of night!

  11. Emmie said

    Hi lovely Oli, thought I’d just let you know I am thinking about you. I hate night-times in hospital so I can understand why you are finding them so hard. We decorated our Christmas tree today and put up the Xmas decorations, so the living room is looking very festive and sparkly. We are also busy rehersing for our Am Dram pantomime! Sadly Brad and I couldn’t get parts this year as we can’t make one of the production nights (it’s my Birthday and we’ve already booked to see Mama Mia). Anyway, I’ve been given the exciting job of….prompt LOL! Mind you at least I’ve got a lot to do at the moment as people keep forgetting their lines! Brad is in charge of props and with it being Robinson Crusoe, we have to search out eye patches, make treasure maps and string coconuts together..should be fun!

    Missing you lots and looking forward so much to the day you come home – hopefully not too long now. You are doing great, you should be really proud of yourself. Stay warm tonight, it’s -3 degrees here!

    Lots of love xxxxxx

  12. Emmie said

    Hi Oli, Brad here, first off glad you had your chance at a new life so pleased for you, Kati and your family when we heard it was happening!

    Now on to the important stuff, footie!

    Your boys are nicely tucked away in mid table obscurity (i know the feeling)in 11th place. Not sure how up to date you are on things, (and I apologise for ruining your blogg page) but I will give yu a brief run down of results since you have been in hospital!

    10th November lost 5-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday ( I will spare you this match report!)

    Sat 24th Nov won 1-0 at home against Blackpool

    Southampton 1-0 Blackpool
    Jason Euell missed a second-half penalty but Stern John’s strike was enough to clinch a win for Southampton.
    The Saints went ahead 35 minutes in when John slotted home Bradley Wright-Phillips’ pass from close range.

    But they spurned a gilt-edged chance to make it two when Euell’s penalty was saved after 52 minutes following a foul on him by Shaun Barker.

    Blackpool’s best effort came in the first half when Andy Morrell’s shot rebounded off the post.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Southampton boss George Burley:
    “Confidence isn’t particularly high after recent results but we stuck in there and had opportunities to kill the game off which we didn’t take.
    “Everybody has got to work hard together, it’s key we all stick together as I always said this was going to be a tough season having sold our best players in the summer.

    “We’ve got to show character when things aren’t going well and there’s no doubt it’s a difficult time off the field but we’ve all got to battle together.”

    Blackpool manager Simon Grayson:
    “Never mind we were denied just a point, we were totally on top of the game and the goal should have stood and we could have gone on to get the three points.
    “It is hard enough to get results in this division so to have decisions keep going against us is so frustrating.

    “The referee has admitted the mistake but it was a massive error and he just needed to have a bit of patience instead of being too eager to blow his whistle.”

    Tuesday 27th Nov lost 2-0 away at Ipswich

    Ipswich 2-0 Southampton
    Ipswich made it 12 home wins on the spin and moved up to fourth by brushing aside Southampton with Jon Walters and Pablo Counago netting in either half.
    Walters opened the scoring 11 minutes before half-time when he deflected a shot past Saints keeper Kelvin Davis.

    Southampton did put pressure on with Ipswich keeper Neil Alexander saving from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Stevie Hammell hitting the post from 20 yards.

    But Counago made the points safe with a thumping header in the 69th minute.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Ipswich manager Jim Magilton:
    “We were lucky with the first goal and were a little bit nervy. It was a scrappy win but I am delighted with a clean sheet and three points.
    “We had to dig in and we did. In the end we showed that little bit more quality which made the difference.

    “There were times when we were a little bit low but the crowd lifted us and the players appreciated it.”

    Southampton boss George Burley:
    “We have a long list of injuries – we are short at the back with three of our centre-halves and two full-backs ruled out, but that’s life.
    “The first goal was all-important and they scored with a deflection. We had chances at 1-0, but didn’t take them.

    “We passed the ball well at times, but when things are not going well for you you get punished.”

    Saturday 1st Dec won 2-1 at home to Leicester
    Leicester 1-2 Southampton
    Andrew Surman’s contentious second-half penalty condemned Ian Holloway to his first defeat as Leicester manager.
    Stern John volleyed Saints ahead acrobatically but Andy King unleashed a 35-yard rocket just before the break.

    Stephen Clemence headed wide as City resumed well but Clemence was ruled to have handled in the area after a melee.

    Surman netted after home protests were waved away and Bradley Wright-Phillips nearly made it 3-1 before Patrick Kisnorbo headed wide for the Foxes.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Leicester manager Ian Holloway:
    “To say I’m incensed, shocked and bemused is an understatement. I would like anyone on this planet to tell me that was deliberate handball.

    “The ball was spinning viciously and came down and bounced up and hit the player.

    “He (Stephen Clemence) was looking the other way and not one Southampton player appealed for it.”

    Southampton boss George Burley:
    “I’m very pleased with the performance because with Leicester having a new manager it was always going to be a difficult game.

    “We were disappointed not to be in front at half-time but they scored a one in a million wonder goal and you cannot legislate against that.

    “I was pleased with the determination we showed because apart from their goal Leicester didn’t create any chances.”

    Tuesday 4th Dec drew 0-0 at home to (pesky!)Sheff Wednesday

    Southampton 0-0 Sheff Wed
    Lee Grant produced a wonder-save to help Sheffield Wednesday hold out for a goalless draw at Southampton.
    Grant frustrated the hosts when he somehow tipped Bradley Wright-Phillips’ goalbound effort around the post.

    The Owls also threatened, with Burton O’Brien testing Saints keeper Kelvin Davis and Richard Hinds heading over from the resulting corner.

    Adam Hammill shot wide when well placed for Southampton and he was denied again by Grant from 18 yards before the end.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Southampton boss George Burley:
    “It’s disappointing to create so many chances and I felt we deserved to get the three points.

    “Stern John has been magnificent for us recently and has scored some very good goals, but it wasn’t his day.

    “Bradley Wright-Phillips had some great chances to score as did others in the team, but unfortunately we couldn’t take them.”

    Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws on Saints looking for revenge after the Owls’ 5-0 win last month:
    “They are still smarting and I knew they would really come at us.

    “I felt we dealt with that really well and got the ball down and played some nice football at times.

    “We would always take a point from a difficult away trip when you have come so far on a Tuesday night.”

    And Finally Sat 8th Dec won 4-0 at home to Hull

    Southampton 4-0 Hull
    Striker Stern John scored a second-half hat-trick to lead Southampton to an impressive win over Hull at St Mary’s.
    Bradley Wright-Phillips gave the home side the lead when he headed in Adam Hammill’s cross past Boaz Myhill.

    Hammill turned provider again when his his cross was nodded in by John before the forward slotted in Marek Saganowski’s pass.

    John then smashed in a superb volley from distance for his third and ninth goal of the season.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Southampton boss George Burley:
    “It was a great result building on some good recent displays.
    “Lately we have not been scoring as many goals but we have played well all through the season.

    “It is a case of keeping the faith and working hard and was great to see it all coming together.”

    Hull manager Phil Brown:
    “I’m disappointed for the fans who came down.
    “In the first half, we matched them but switched off and conceded the first goal.

    “At 1-0, we gave ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb – but we were still in the game. But the way we conceded in the second half was just not acceptable.”

    Let me know if this is helpfull to you, or if there is anything else you would like to catch up on!

    Take carry buddy, keep on truckin!

    Brad

  13. Sparkley said

    Hiya Oli, just thought I’d say hello. I don’t like night times in hospitals much either. You must be nearly counting down the days until you’re home now and planning the big party you’re going to have!! Well, I hope you have a good day tomorrow, take care! Rosie xx

  14. Amanda said

    Hey Oli,

    Even though u don’t know, i wanted to let you know im thinking of you and hoping you are home real soon, i know oh to well how hospital at night SUCK! Take Care. Keep up the great work.

    Amanda From Sydney Australia.xx

  15. kevnles said

    Hi Oli,
    Its the oldies from Cyprus, always reading your site, keep going mate, big hugs.
    kevin and Lesley

  16. Jean Hunter said

    Hi Oli, Oh boy was Christopher made up with speaking to you – he just couldn’t stop talking about it. He was smiling for the rest of the day; he’s even going in to school to broadcast about it; his Godparent and how fantastic you are. You are a real star, keep up the good work Oli. Sorry I missed you yesterday,
    ie Mrs Hunter ‘Junior’ – don’t worry I catch up with you soon for all my hugs and kisses!!!! xxxxx

  17. Bruce said

    Evenin’, just sendin’ some love.

    x

  18. Liz A-H - Stage door said

    Hi Oli,

    Glad it finally happened. How exciting i am really pleased it couldn’t of happened to a nicer person. Keep up the good work getting better and i will hopefully see you when you get home. I am following your progress everyday, your girlfriend sounds very lovely (sorry am rubbish with names…Doh) look forward to meeting her as well. Shannon send her love.

    Lots of love
    Lizxx

  19. Hi Oli!

    So glad to hear that you are doing so fabulously well! It must be very hard seeing everyone go home at the end of the day, but just keep working so hard at getting better and better, and I’m sure you’ll be home soon.

    I can’t imagine how different you must feel with your new lungs, and I hope that now you’ve got rid of a lot of the drugs (the hospital pharmacy must be chuffed! ;o)) and all the tubes, that you’ll soon be feeling more comfortable.

    Keep your chin up, and remember how far you’ve come!

    Lots of hugs,

    Becky, Seren & Dylan xxx

  20. Jayne said

    Oli,

    ‘K’ writes excellent blogs, she makes me laugh when I shouldn’t.

    I always check your blog to see how you are and your progress puts a smile in my face, which for me sounds very girly, but it is true.

    I also put up my christmas tree, and I thought of you getting better as I shoved a branch up the fairies bottom. I also put on a few chcolate Santas, I’d have saved you one but I was hungry and I had to eat it.

    It sounds like yuo are doing great Oli,I’m so pleased for you.

    Take care.

    Jayne xxx

  21. kevnles said

    Hi Oli,
    Love the blogs from K, always thinking of you and how your days are going.
    Sending you all our Cyprus warmth hugs.
    kevnles

  22. Dubeerie said

    Hi Oli,

    I am so pleased that you are doing so well and have got your drains etc out. I have been praying for you and know what you mean about being left after visiting, I hate it too. Just think about what you have written in your old blogs and think how much better you are now because you can scream and shout (he he).

    Really looking forward to you being back on the blog yourself although K is doing amazing. I am going to shake a virtual stick at you now to keep you truckin’.

    Take care and sleep tight.

    Dubeerie xxx

  23. Sarah said

    Hi Oli,
    You don’t know me, I’m one of the random people who’s discovered your blog and now thinks I know you really well! lol! Just to say chin up, your doing amazingly well and all us random blog readers can’t wait to read you first entry upon your release back into the world – dream some dreams of what you’d like to get up to when the time comes and then work on making them a reality, it won’t take you long now!
    Sarah

  24. Frizzymum said

    Hiya hunny – my turn on the night shift tonight! Did Brad mention that the Tractor Boys beat Leicester 3-1 last night?! That’s 14 home games without defeat now….if only they could manage the same form away.

    Anyway – just to let you know that I’m thinking of you and sending hugs your way tonight. And…just to give you something to think about, my best friend asked after you today. You’ve never met her, you don’t know her name, and you didn’t even know she existed until I just mentioned her…but she knows all about you, she thinks of you often, and cares enough to ask me on an almost daily basis how you’re doing.

    There are more people thinking about you tonight that you can even imagine – so chin up chuck and recharge your batteries for another new day tomorrow!

    Paula x

  25. Pauline said

    Hi Oli, just finished watching Corrie, and thought I’d check out how you’re getting along, seems to me you are doing really well! My PC has been out of action for a few days, so it was a nice surprise to read your own post and know things are getting better for you.

    I know it can be a very scary time after transplant, having been there, done that, so to speak. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and life as you knew it will be no more.

    Best of luck to you, hope you maybe get home for Christmas, wouldn’t that be just the best?

    Take care,

    Pauline 🙂

  26. Audrey said

    Hiya Oli, Hope you’re doing ok in there. You are in a very different position to the one I was in post liver tx – I was in another world and not really aware of very much at all. I know it’s frustrating being hopsital bound, but this rest is vital for you so hang in there as best you can – we are all really excited about the new Oli that will be emerging but we want him fully rested, ready to tackle the world!
    It’s getting very cold and Christmassy on the outside. It’s good to get the warm glow of the news that you are doing so well, Em approaching her year and the rest of us who have been blessed with this amazing gift of life.
    Your girlfriend is a star, and it’s so moving to see things from her perspective. I hope the two of you are properly reunited soon. Sending you big hugs. There are lots and lots of us who have you in our thoughts every day. Stay strong x x x

  27. Aimee said

    Hope that this finds you still doing well and getting bettter every minute xx

  28. Christopher Hunter said

    hi Oli i have had a great day gust been to cubs it was fantastic hope you are doing well.Speak to you soon.
    Lots of love Christopher Hunter
    xxxxxxxx
    PS:hope you are getting stronger xxxxxxxxxxx

  29. Kirri said

    Hi Oli
    Great to hear you’re getting on so well and getting stronger & back to some level of normality (well, Oli-normal at least!) And if you think the fight to get well is tough, I think you’re gonna have an even tougher battle when it comes to reclaiming your blog from K – she’s been doing a great job on it!
    Next week I fly off to Finland to spent Christmas & New Year with my sister, but when I get back, I’m looking forward to getting to see the new & improved Oli in the flesh!
    You take care & keep your spirits up.
    Hugs
    Kirri x

  30. Jen said

    Hey Oli.

    Long-time lurker, first-time commenter here. It’s good to hear how well you’re doing after the transplant – and ‘going wireless’ must be a big relief 🙂

    I really just wanted to say best of luck with your recovery and that you have the most wonderful girlfriend in the world (although I’m sure you already know that!) who’s been keeping us all up to date with your amazing progress.

    Take care and stay positive, and know that everyone is sending positive thoughts your way too.

    Jen

  31. Emma said

    You don’t know me, I’m another random person who clicked on one blog and then another and then another and somehow ended up here. But I’m glad I did. I love reading your blog and the hope and love that is obvious in all of the comments. Best of luck – hope you don’t mind me popping in here occasionally to check up on you! Emma

  32. Emmie said

    Hi Oli, just checking in with another little hello! I’ve just got back from a 2-hour panto rehearsal…reckon they could do with you there to knock them into shape! I’m prompt which is a difficult job for a panto as people are allowed to ad lib so I’m never quite sure when to intervene! The kids are really good in the chorus though and have learnt all their dances really well. So glad you are willing to help out with January publicity – UKT were really keen on having you on board to help and I sang your praises as a media tart LOL. Hope you enjoyed all Brad’s footie results, they seem to have taken up half your comments page. Must go and get some tea now. Hope you have a restful night xxxxxx

  33. Gary said

    Hiya Oli, just at work at present and have been reading your amazing blog! Just thought I would drop you a quick message to let you know that we are thinking about you (As we have been doing since your op)! Looking forward to collecting our cuddle from you very soon.

    Keep strong and remember that you are an inspiration to sooooo many people, me being one of them!

    Can’t wait to see you and catch up properly, might have to tell us to be quiet as you know what Suze and I are like once we get talking…!!

    See you soon ;o) Gary

  34. Nelly said

    Hi Oli, another first time commenter here, though I follow yours and Emily’s blogs regularly, both as brave as each other, and both amazingly strong!! Anyway, just to say that glad youre improving, whether its little or big, still an improvement i bet!! Youll soon bee ready to take up your bro’s challenge AND beat him while youre at it at this rate 😉 Anyway, big hugssssssss

    Nelly

  35. Nicola said

    Hi Oli,

    Since I saw on the boards that you had at last got your tx (yay!!) I have been checking your Blog everyday to keep up to date with your progress.You are doing amazingly well,in fact I was so amazed with how brilliantly you were doing I mentioned this to my Mum,who was also so amazed she mentioned to my Dad and Brother and Gran.They are all asking me for daily updates on how you are lol.

    I hope these comments are helping a little and I’m sending lots of sparkley positive thoughts.

    Take Care
    Nicola xx

  36. suzie said

    Hiya Oli,

    A joke for ya.

    A Russian couple was walking down the street in St. Petersburg the other night, when the man felt a drop hit his nose. “I think it’s raining,” he said to his wife.
    “No, that felt more like snow to me,” she replied.
    “No, I’m sure it was just rain, he said.”Well, as these things go, they were about to have a major argument about whether it was raining or snowing.
    Just then they saw a minor communist party official walking toward them.
    “Let’s not fight about it,” the man said, “let’s ask Comrade Rudolph whether it’s officially raining or snowing.”
    As the official approached, the man said, “Tell us, Comrade Rudolph, is it officially raining or snowing?” “It’s raining, of course,” he answered and walked on.
    But the woman insisted: “I know that felt like snow!”
    To which the man quietly replied: “Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!”

    Best I could find tonight….keep at it chuck, you’re doin brill.

    Much love from all in Chester.
    xxx

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