|Oli with one of his friends (not our Xmas trout, I hasten to add!)|
To cut a long story short I ended up going to my GP when I was left with a feeling of discomfort in my right ear and some tinnitus, indicating that it was an inner disorder after all. Eventually, when the symptoms didn't go away - and I still have them - I was referred to an ENT specialist, who after several visits to him, still can't see anything wrong with my ear, hence the MRI scan to have a look more closely and make sure it isn't something else causing it. I'm hoping and optimistically expecting they will not find anything, but at least my mind will be put at rest and I will not have to worry.
The scan will not be straightforward for me though, as it is a magnetic resonance imaging scan and I am not allowed to wear anything metal on my body. This poses a problem with my pump for my intravenous drugs that can't be disconnected and I cannot take it off during the scan, as it will be life threatening. Papworth are therefore now involved and are liaising with my local hospital and the consultant. The specialist nurse has told me they will have to use a catheter long enough to go outside the room and because of that they will have to recalculate and alter the pump flow rate to ensure I am receiving the correct drug dosage through the lengthened catheter to keep me safe. I am hoping if I have to have this done, Papworth will do it for me , as it is going to take some skill, and the local radiography department will not have this expertise. I am hoping they will say they can do whatever they need by CT scan and then there won't need to be all this fuss and I can get some reassurance. At the moment I am still waiting to hear news on what will happen.
www.bbc.co.uk/food/ham. Rose and I had made some mince pies together earlier, just before my rush to hospital, which we had for dessert and Oli and Sarah brought some ingredients for the starter, with Oli preparing it. So it was a lovely family meal and joint effort by us all, which seemed to make it all the more special, I didn't even have to do anything as my bit had already been done earlier!
Oli's starter was a bit of a special one as he brought round a whole smoked trout, the trout he had caught himself as he is a fanatical fisherman and his friend, who owns the land where he fishes had let him use his smokehouse to smoke it for us. Oli made a delicious starter for six using about half of the trout he had prepared.