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Christmas blues

Posted by Oli on Wednesday 26th December, 2007

Hi guys, Kati again – I also wanted to write tonight, just to give my side of the journey, too.  As Oli’s Dad has already said, Oli is back on E ward tonight and looking pretty rough. 

So far since his hospital discharge, Oli and alternating family members have been taking him back to Harefield each morning in order for bloods to be taken to let the docs know what his Tac (the immunosuppressant) levels are.  On Christmas Eve the doc phoned and and said that Oli’s level was 5.something and gave the instruction to effectively double the dose.  As I understand it, the Tac level they are aiming for is around 10, so doubling it makes some kind of sense, I guess.

It didn’t make sense to Oli’s system, from late Christmas Eve Oli began to feel particularly tired and nauseous.  We weren’t too worried, he’d been doing a lot more activity in the previous few days and we were all thinking he’d maybe overdone things. 

Christmas morning started slowly for us which is particularly unusual for me, I am an eternal child and still wake up around 5 eagerly looking to see if Father Christmas has been.  This year, however, I had it on good authority that Father Christmas was not going to visit me but would make up for it next.  Oli woke me on Christmas morning with a cup of tea and a cuddle, that’s worth any Christmas stocking to me – although I did get a stocking as a matter of fact.  It contained a loofah, Father Christmas had apparently had short notice and all the best stocking fillers had gone so he only had a loofah and a few bits ‘n’ pieces left over.  Like I said, he’ll make it up to me next year!

As Christmas Day wore on it became pretty obvious that Oli was struggling.  He felt so tired and so sick and so sad that he couldn’t enjoy the Christmas he’d wished for.  Of course to us, it was just amazing that he was with us, nothing could spoil our day.  By this point I was convinced his body was struggling with the Tac levels, his temperature was fine, his spirometry (lung function) was fine, there were no numbers that were ‘out’.

This morning Oli woke up and was sick before he left for hospital, he was sick on the way to hospital and he was sick at hospital – it was fairly obvious they were going to keep him in.  Later this afternoon his blood results came in.  His Tac level was 39!  No wonder he felt so awful. 

The doc who saw him is fantastic.  She said exactly what I was thinking – other than the effects of the increased Tac, his body was fine.  Of course he was tired and feeling rough – anyone who’s had a morning being ill knows that you’re not at your sparkling best the following afternoon.  They put him on a saline drip to rehydrate him and IVd an anti-sickness drug straight into him as he couldn’t take anything orally.

I’m fairly convinced this won’t be a long stay, it may extend to over the weekend but we are happy that as soon as the Tac is under control Oli will be bouncing back out of those hospital doors and home in a jiffy.

Unfortunately, Oli is also a complete dingbat.  His phone is out of battery at the minute and he’s left the charger at the flat, this would be easily resolved except that his keys are with him in hospital and my keys are in Dazz’s pocket while he hurls himself down the Alps. D’oh.  This means that temporarily he can’t read your comments but I promise that will be rectified by tomorrow, honest injun.

This is 3 dodgy Christmases in a row now, although at least this is now the first of many Christmases that we can spend together, yay!

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful few days x


12 Responses to “Christmas blues”

  1. Bruce said

    I’m just going to be a hideous optimist, because everyone hates an optimist – I know I do.


    Get better you plonker.


  2. Christina said

    Come on Oli you can do this superman! xx

  3. inga longman said

    hi oli and kat
    i have been following your story for a while and have not known what to put.but you are a superman.hope you feel better oli and before you know it you will be back at home with your family and girlfriend seeing in the new yr and also not forgetting the person who has saved your life.i wish you oli all the best and good health for 2008 xxx

  4. Merlin said

    Hi Oli and Kat

    Ok so Oli is having a few teething problems. To be expected in a way. Try and be positive,,easy for me to say,,but by the sound of things Oli is very resilient.
    you will be up and about soon,,you are in good hands.

    Best wishes and kind thoughts

  5. lynn said

    I am sure that you will be home for the New Year.. so that you can be with your family.Everyone is sending positive vibes. I know that I am!

    Best wishes

  6. Katie Hammond said

    Sorry to hear that you are back in, but so glad that you did manage to have Christmas Day at home, even if you were feeling poorly. Hope they get your levels under control quickly, and then you can start looking forward to the New Year.

  7. kevnles said

    Come on super Oli man with your Kati girl you will get through it. Big hugs.

  8. Suze said

    No doubt at all that this is another little hiccup and that you’ll be all sorted to come out again very soon.

    Sorry I didn’t call on Xmas day as promised – I’ve had a hiddious cold but you’ll be plesed to know that I’m nearly snot free and much better now. By the time you’re home again I’ll be totally germ free and banging on the door to take you on at Buzz! (maybe the music version as well so I can actually beat you)

    Love, as always

    Suze xxx

  9. Lizzie83 said

    Hey Oli, sorry to hear your back in but so glad you were at home for xmas day even if you did feel nauseous (argh how on earth do you spell that?!). Hope you had a fabby xmas and manage to get out for new year!
    Lizzie xxxx

  10. Ben said

    Hey buddy,

    Happy Christmas and all that, and sort yourself out ok? You’re such a hypochondriac, I can’t believe it.

    loads of love mate


  11. Jean Hunter said

    Oli – It was so good to speak to you the other day – you sounded so perky – okay you’ve had a little hiccup – but it can be sorted. I’m sure you’ll be home for the New Year with all the family – so Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you in 2008. Lots of love Jean, Christopher and boys xxxx

  12. Jacqui said

    Glad you’re back blogging from home.

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