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Monday, February 14, 2011

From a personal message on Facebook to friends - for you as well. Hope I didn't spoil your Valentine Week end....!

  • This is from a Personal Message I sent to friends 

    Ian Mitchell
    2 minutes ago

    This is from a PM sent to Friends on "Facebook"

    • 14 February 2011
      Good Morning,
      Just a little word to explain briefly the events of the past weekend, and to thank you all for your messages on Facebook and elsewhere.
      In the night Friday/Saturday, I suffered a "minor" event and was obliged to call the emergency number here in France (the "15" - Europe wide). This puts you automatically in touch with a "Duty Doctor" who advises you on the telephone of what possibilities are open to you in the individual circumstances. In my case, and because of suspicions of cardiac problems due to my past history of heart bypass operations, it was decided to send an ambulance to my home to take me to the excellent Cardiac Urgency unit at the "Carameau" CHU, in Nimes, France. Although I was fairly certain that I had no Cardiac problems, I was obliged to accept the advice.
      Within 4 hours, I had been submitted to ALL the controls including the infamous "groin" entry into the heart itself and all arterial and other blood vessels, together with many other tests and controls. This is followed by the torture of 12 hours with a compression bandage and a heavy weight on the incision point in the femure artery with no movement possible of the right leg or side of the body. No liquids, no solids of any type, and of course little or no sleep!
      Finally, it was ascertained that I was suffering from a particularly aggressive type of "Gastroentiritise" and the extremely violent attempts to vomit coupled to the bowel movements had caused extension to the rib cage, causing large pain and requiring a control of the bypass points. You can read more here:
      I was finally allowed to return home at 4.30pm on the Sunday and was very happy to do so after the drips and everything else. I am currently "recuperating".
      I would like to thank you all for your concern and messages of sympathy - I hope you will never be affected by anything of this sort!
      I would particularly like to thank "Wendy" of "Faciletutors" on Facebook, for her invaluable support to Tina Marzocca in the language problem and for contacting me in the emergency rooms by telephone, for her contact with Mr. Phillipe Girard, a close friend here in France who speaks little or no English, but who did come to the hospital to visit me. My thanks to him also, and for her contact with Tina to reassure her on the situation.
      Language is always a problem, the British solve it by saying that "if everyone spoke English there would be no problem" - I think that if everyone spoke everything, there would be no problem either!
      In either case, the problem seems to be known and is being treated - has nothing to do with Cardiac and - as the Specialists in the admirable Central University Hospital (CHU) at Nimes assured me - "You're good for another 100 years" - something I may (secretely) have my doubts upon!
      I thank you all again, all of you, in some manner or other you have all assisted both Tina and myself. On the human side, it may interest you to know that the Specialists were astounded at the "Social Aspect" of an Institution like Facebook particularly in this case.
      Maybe you should all ask Facebook for some kind of publicity award....!
      Thank You.

      Ian W Mitchell.

    • Gastroenteritis (also known as gastric flu or stomach flu, although unrelated to influenza) is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, involving both the stomach and the small intestine and resulting in acute diarrhea and vomiting. It can be transferred by contact with contaminated food and wate

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