This is a blog about my observations of what goes on in a hospital ward, made during my time in hospital, and my experiences living with Lymphoma both in and out of hospital.
I am about to spend a lot of time over the coming months in hospital. Previous experience has shown me a lot of interesting, funny and depressing things happen every day in a hospital ward, and I thought writing about these (in a light hearted, tongue in cheek manner) things while in hospital might make for intriguing reading, and just as importantly, help me pass some time.
Unfortunately I have become a bit of an expert when it comes to being an inpatient. Since I was sixteen years old my health has been less than ideal, as detailed below.
- In the late 90s when I was a teenager, I suffered acute liver failure which resulted in me undergoing a liver transplant. (few days in intensive care and over 1 month in hospital)
- 2002, after suffering a seizure while driving it was discovered I had an Astrocytoma (type of brain tumor). Fortunatly this was completely removed and I made a full recovery (couple of weeks in hospital)
- In 2009 I underwent an operation to repair a tightening in a bile duct due to scar tissue where my own bile duct joined that of the donated liver. (week in hospital)
- 2009 – 2010 various tests and biopsies to determine reason for enlarged spleen
- In 2010 I underwent a Splenectomy to remove my Spleen has it had grown to around the size of a rugby ball (few days in intensive care, couple of weeks in hospital.
- 2010, got pneumonia after Splenectomy along with other complications (10 days in hospital)
- 2010, results of tests done on spleen showed that I was suffering from Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD). To my understanding this may have been caused by the immunosuppressive drug I have to take as a result of the liver transplant to stop my immune system attacking the foreign liver.
Makes for pretty grim reading doesn’t it. As you can see, I have spent more than my fair share of time in hospital. So I think I am pretty well placed to pass comment on what goes on in them.
This takes us up to my current condition. PTLD is a type of lymphoma, which in turn is a type of cancer.
So there you have it, you now know why I will be spending much time over the coming months in hospital.
I will never post names or images of any stuff or patients or reveal which hospital I am in. This is to protect their privacy and avoid any un-intended embarasment.