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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Brief Encounter


It seems like a month since I spent a weekend in Glasgow 7 days ago. Since then my son has been home from Jakarta, been to Italy, got a new job and I took him to the plane this morning for his trip back to Italy where he will be working on a new-build super-yacht for the next year.

I have visitors whom I met through blogging and whom I feel I've known for ever we are all so comfortable together.

On their first night staying with me I was carted away to hospital at 2am by a couple of paramedics in an emergency ambulance. It must be very strange getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet to be met by a paramedic in the hall. However they took it in their stride and coped for the next day and night until I was deemed fit to be returned to life on the outside of a hospital. The irony is that I actually felt very well despite the fact that a kidney had closed down and my blood pressure had gone through the metaphorical roof. 

Anyway I was released on Sunday morning in time to prepare dinner for five that evening.

So that's why I've been absent from Blogland for a few days.

Talking of my trip to Glasgow, Anna came part of the way home with me (the first 70 miles) to Dunkeld where we had breakfast and then she got the train back to Glasgow to go to a luncheon.

She caught the 1033 train from Dunkeld station.




Hopefully normal service is resumed again.

40 comments:

  1. Yes, you don't want to get one of those attacks again.

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    1. Red, I'm a bit fed up with them after 8 months but, hey ho, I'm still alive and kicking!

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  2. Sorry to hear of your hospitalisation.
    Seven years to get from Dunkeld to Inverness. Take them longer than that to divide the considerations these days.

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  3. Love the station; rubbish in the special container, rather than all around it. A rare sight.

    Good to hear that you are OK again, it sounded rather nasty.

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    1. Cro, it was a bit of a scare but the hospital here in Stornoway is absolutely wonderful.

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  4. You do like to show your visitors an exciting time Graham! Sorry to hear you have been back in hospital again, but glad you are back on the mend again.

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    1. Thanks Serenata. It's just a nuisance and a bit disruptive but I feel okay which is more than many people do so I count my good fortunes.

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  5. Sounds like you took things in stride also, Graham! Glad you got such great care and are much better. The photo of that train station, just lovely! Can't help but think that in 1860's, the railroads here in Georgia were being destroyed in the Civil War.

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    1. Kay, your last point is a very sobering thought. It's hard to think that the Civil War was so recent.

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  6. Goodness... I was still basking in the happy knowledge that you had gotten out of danger and were prancing around the hilltops taking photos again! Sorry to hear about the relapse into the arena of the unwell... hopefully it was just a short detour and you're back on track again.

    P.S. I keep coming across trains lately... everywhere I look, historic trains! I'm jonesing for a ride on the Orient Express...

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    1. P.S. That station platform looks very much like the one they used in "Downton Abbey". Is it?

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    2. That was my instant reaction too Heide, but it appears that the station used in Downton was in West Sussex near the south coast of England.

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    3. Thanks for answering the station question Helen. I love your poetic turn of phrase Mrs S. I shall purloin a few of those. The odd thing is that apart from a short while I actually felt good throughout the incident.

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  7. Gosh, how scary - for all involved! Good to know you felt fine throughout and were deemed fit to leave hospital so soon. I thought you'd seen enough of hospitals by now to last you one or two lifetimes...!
    Like Kay, I think the train station is lovely. I wish the ones I am at nearly every day would be as pretty.

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    1. Meike I have seen enough of hospitals but the reality is that whilst I still have the stent in my kidney I'm going to have to get used to getting it changed every 3 or 6 months. I'm very happy for all the visits associated with the cancer because they keep me alive! I always say that if you have a problem then be grateful for the fact that you are alive to have it.

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  8. Sorry to hear of your unexpected trip to hospital but glad you are shipshape once again.

    Lovely train station, eh wot? Lovely also to read of the Earl of Mansfield as I grew up in Mansfield, not the one in England but the one in Texas, and which was NOT named for the one in England but for the two men who built a grist mill around which grew the town, a Mr. Mann and a Mr. Feild (spelled that way, yes indeed, but the town finally gave up on trying to correct everyone and decided to go with the popular flow). I defy you to diagramme that last sentence.

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    1. Bob there is a Feilding in New Zealand which is constantly misspelt too. I'm still trying to get my head around the verb 'to diagramme'.

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  9. That must have been a nasty experience for you. I hope you are better now, but take care.

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    1. I've had better experiences Jenny but it was relatively short lived so wotthehellarchiewotthehell.

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  10. I am sorry to hear that you have had another health setback Graham but pleased to learn that you have simply dusted yourself down and got back in the saddle.
    P.S. Who the hell was/is The Earl of Mansfield?

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    1. YP I have absolutely no idea. I shall consult the Goddess Wiki.

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  11. Sorry to hear about your most recent trip to hospital. Hope you didn't have to wait long for the ambulance. Glad you had friends in the house at the time and that you're back on your feet again so soon, xx

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    1. Helen the ambulance was here in no time but I felt fine so wasn't particularly concerned until they came and gave me an ECG and said that their machine wasn't sophisticated enough and the 'big' machine wouldn't read me so they carted me off. Ironically the heart wasn't the problem it was just a symptom.

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  12. Jesus!!! That sure would've been a wake-up call you visitors didn't expect or want! And, more importantly, it is one you didn't want or expect. I'm glad you're back on your feet again, Graham....remain there...(You are allowed to sit down and lay down...of course)! :)

    I love the old railway stations...there is a certain "romance" about them...character that is missing from the "modern" stations of today.

    Again...take good care. :)

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    1. There is a romance (as in Brief Encounter' about old railway stations Lee. Thanks, too, for your concern.

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  13. I am sorry to hear of your unwanted stay in hospital but I am glad you're back home now. I love the pictures of the station. Platforms like that always remind me of "Adelstrop."

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    1. Jenny you would not believe that that was originally to be the title until I decided to use Brief Encounter instead and leave Adelstrop to another day for those who don't remember me posting about it in 2012.

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  14. Just when all sounds to be ticking over well and a lack of blog is just a lack of blog, you go and do the 'flashing lights in the middle of the night' job. Aren't our emergency services good. Best wishes.

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    1. Potty, our emergency services are brilliant as are, in my experience, almost all health professionals.

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  15. I was so sorry to hear of your return to hospital, Graham. If you felt well, how did you know there was something wrong? But it sounds scary, and I'm really glad you're home again now.

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    1. Franceis since my last kidney stent was fitted I've been feeling great. I didn't actually know that my kidney had blocked until it unblocked (quite alarmingly) and even then I felt fine. It was when I went to bed at 1am that my BP went absolutely through the roof and scared me somewhat.

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  16. Onwards and upwards, eh?
    It must have been quite disconcerting for your house guests.

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    1. Kylie, I hadn't been able to wake my guests so B, when she came out of the bathroom, was rather bemused to meet a paramedic.

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  17. What a scare, in the middle of the night (for you, and also for your guests)! Good thing you don't live too far away from the hospital, though.
    I like the railway station picture... Any old railway station always reminds me of my dad, and always visiting lots of old railway stations and steam trains on our family holidays, both in Britain and in Sweden... Not sure if we may even have stopped at Dunkeld too when we were in Scotland back in my teens. (Looked it up on the map. We did visit Edinburgh and Inverness, so not impossible.)

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    1. Monica, if you travelled from Edinburgh to Inverness by rail you would have gone through Dunkeld (unless you had gone via Aberdeen which would be a very indirect route). We are fortunate for such a small place in having a first class hospital.

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  18. Graham, we travelled by car. Just visited a lot of railway stations anyway because of dad's special interest:) Especially museum ones with steam trains running. But other stations of interest (to dad!) along our route as well.

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    1. Ah. Thanks for that information Monica.

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  19. oooh I hope you are ok now and your guests weren't too worried. Yes I had wondered where you had disappeared to. Love the railway photos btw, I have family ancestry connections to both Ayrshire and Inverness, in fact when I put together my grandmother's family tree it went quite far back including through half a dozen important Scottish Lairds, mainly through the Dunlop/Graham/Brown/Douglas/Wallace lines.

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    1. Thanks Amy. Everything passed off smoothly in the end I'm glad to say. Coincidentally I have a friend in Dunlop in Ayrshire where I was staying recently when attending Ayr Hospital. Inverness is the nearest city to where I live but is a 50 mile ferry and 60 mile road journey!

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