Thursday, 31 March 2016

Scare

I had a bit of a scare with the farmer this morning when I found it impossible to wake him up.   He got up normally and brought me a drink to bed.   He said he didn't feel well enough to get breakfast so I began to get it and realised he had fallen asleep in the chair.   I tried to wake him and couldn't do so however hard I tried.

I phoned friend W who advised me to call emergency services, which I did.  They turned out in force.   First friend W came round (what a good friend in a time of need)., closely followed by the Paramedic, closely followed by the Ambulance.   As friend W came through the door Tess barked and the farmer opened his eyes but was very disorientated.   The emergency services completely checked him over and could find nothing untoward apart from a slow heart rate.   They gave us the option of either going to hospital or going to our local GP, where they would manage to get an immediate appointment - we chose the latter.

He got another good check up there and the GP is sure it is a bad dose of some kind of bug/flu.   He was also concerned that the farmer was not drinking enough.   So we are home, 
the farmer is drinking two litres of water a day (I am measuring it) and I must say that by this evening there is an improvement - although he is still not at all well and he is complaining also that his head is in a muddle (a sure sign of flu in my book).

At least he has had a jolly good check up.   The GP found that his heart rate had returned to normal, which is a good thing.   He has had a bit of a scare all round and realised that he cannot do what he used to do.   I am just hoping that things now settle down and he begins to shake off the malaise soon.

In the meantime thank you for your support.

41 comments:

Midmarsh John said...

More than a bit of a scary time for a while. Glad that the Farmer came through the checks OK. The older we get the longer it takes to recover from a bad infection so no doubt he will continue to steadily progress.

Dawn McHugh said...

Oh my what a scare, I hope it is just flu and now he is taking in plenty of fluid he starts to recover

Joanne Noragon said...

Oh, how scary to be muddled. It seems an awful case of the flu bug, and he may circulate through the hospital before he's fit for duty. Keep those fluids flowing! Get well, Mr. Farmer.

donna baker said...

Pat, if there are more episodes like that take him to the hospital. As I posted about my husband's battle with an infectious disease that no one diagnosed for four years, sometimes it is prudent for more thorough exams than the local doctors can perform. I wish him well soon.

Sue in Suffolk said...

What a worrying time for you both. I hope that the doctors are right and it's just a virus. They do say that a lot of people who end up in hospital poorly are worse because of being dehydrated, so keep up those fluids. Col sends best wishes to the farmer too.

Heather said...

What a fright. Flu can be very spiteful and not easy to shake off. I hope the farmer will soon be feeling better and will allow himself to recover fully. Men seem to think they will be seen as weak if they 'give in' to an illness, but a dose of flu can lay the toughest tough guy out. Hope your heart rate has returned to normal too! xx

Bovey Belle said...

What a fright! I hope that the liquids help, and also that it isn't going to be full blown Flu, which is a horrid thing to have. I hope you don't come down with it next or you'll be in a proper pickle there.

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh, poor Weave and poor Farmer. I wish you both all the best, and I am hoping that this little scare will all be over soon. XXX

Frances said...

Today's incident must has been very frightening for you. It's good to have had such prompt response to your calls for help. Also good that the Farmer is feeling better.

I do agree with Donna's comment above, though. xo

angryparsnip said...

What a scare for you and the Farmer.
I hope by tomorrow he will be feeling better.
I so agree with Donna.
With my autoimmune problems doctors years ago just popooed the idea I was ill. Till I found the one doctor who really listened to me. Now I know what I have (can't be cured) at least I can understand them.

cheers, parsnip

Terry and Linda said...

OH! MY GOODNESS!!! I am so glad it wasn't his heart or a stroke!!! It's so hard to realize we (those of us 'up there') really can't do what we used to do. The mind is willing but the body not so much.

Prayers for both of you!

Linda

Gwil W said...

If it happens again get a second opinion. Maybe more extensive checks at the hospital. Good luck and best wishes.

the veg artist said...

I'm with the 'more tests' brigade - just in case. Take care - both of you!

John Gray said...

If this happens again pat
HOSPITAL !

Morning's Minion said...

It is daunting when we begin to realize that we don't have the stamina of--say--even our early 60's--we don't shake off illness or over-exertion as we used to do.I'm sure you are keeping a very close watch on your farmer and will haul him off for tests if that seems to be indicated.

Mac n' Janet said...

How scary for you, I don't know what I'd do in similar circumstances. My husband refuses to slow down and it scares me.
Hope the farmer is well soon.

Cro Magnon said...

When my wife and I were ill recently (not flu), we both felt incredibly tired, and still do. I wonder if it has something to do with this present virus that's doing the rounds?

Jennifer said...

I sure hope everything is ok. I would have more tests run and I agree with John....the hospital next time!! (Hopefully ythere won't be one, but if there is....)

Mary said...

I've often thought of your wonderful farmer working very hard in the fields, and admired his energy doing what are extremely strenuous farming chores. I know this was a terrible scare for you my dear and am thankful the services arrived quickly and assisted. I have to agree though that if something such as this (and hopefully it doesn't) happens again - you insist he is taken to the hospital first and foremost.

Take care of him and yourself - these unexpected medical emergencies are really stressful on both the patient and the carer.
Hugs - Mary

Librarian said...

Your description of how you were unable to wake the Farmer brought it all back to me, how I found my husband on the floor in our living room when I came home from work that fateful Thursday afternoon of Nov. 5th, 2009... Only that he wasn't just asleep and exhausted from a bout of flu or other virus, but he was dead after there had been no warning sign whatsoever, no illness before...
Weaver, that IS very, very scary and not to be taken lightly! Please do tell your husband of how I lost my husband when he was only 41 years old. Such things do happen, and he better get all the checks and medical attention he can, and make sure to get proper rest and plenty of it before he attempts any strenuous work again.

Maria said...

What a scare! I agree with John G, next time hospital. I hope all gets back to normality again as soon as possible. My best wishes to you both. Greetings Maria x

Jenny said...

That must have been so stressful, I am sorry the Farmer is still not so well. Just tell him my farmer brother retired last year age 65, gave up his tenancy after 5 generations, sold everything and we were all was so worried about him. He has never looked back, still does a bit of contracting and odd jobs for friends when he wants to but the pressure is off. I'm sure this is not something your Farmer wants to hear just now but worth remembering, meantime good wishes to you both for a prompt return to full health.

Rachel said...

I hope the farmer soon feels better Weave.

Penny said...

I hope all is back to normal soon Pat, all a bit worrying.

Derek Faulkner said...

Well I think everybody else has just about covered what I was thinking, so there's not much more that I can add. I'm 69 in July and it's bloody hard accepting that you can't put in a whole day at the coal face like you used to, or that taking a rest during the day isn't a sign of weakness. In particular you should take note of what The Librarian has said. Good luck.

The Cranky said...

What a fright you've had! Please follow John's advice and go to hospital if this happens again... in the meantime, take good care of yourself; you getting sick will do no one any good. Will be thinking of you.

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

Goodness Weave. What a a scare. Sending positive thoughts your way. Look after yourselves.
Gill

Minigranny said...

How awful for you both! It sounds very much like the Flu virus my daughter had.She is only 35 but it made her feel disoriented and she is taking a long time to regain her strength. Hope all goes well with you both. Sheila

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

That must have been scary! This sounds like an incredibly tough flu virus. I also agree with others who suggested he get to a hospital if it happens again. Better safe than sorry. -Jenn

Elizabeth said...

Robert and I send our love to you both.
How very very upsetting.
It does sound as if he has a really nasty case of the flu which is lingering
but, as everyone suggests, it's worth taking advantage of everything the modern arsenal of medicine has to offer.
Hoping he feels better soon.x

thelma said...

Please take care both of you, and get the farmer to rest for a good long while, your trip should help.
xxx

Colette said...

Best wishes to both of you. I look forward to reading that he is on the mend.

Wilma said...

I hope the Farmer is back to his usual alert self by now and that you can relax a bit. Dehydration can certainly wreak havoc with your mental status and is not something to take lightly. Thinking of you both and wising you the best. John Gray is wise man.

The Broad said...

How terrifying for you. So important to remember how important are the intake of liquids. But be sure to heed John's advice if it happens again...

The Weaver of Grass said...

I can only thank you all and report that after drinking two litres of water yesterday
- as well as the usual cups of tea - and the same again today - he is remarkably on the way to recovery. We are not there yet - he is weak and a bit muddled. But for the first time for a week he has eaten three small wholesome meals, drunk all day, and also came with me to the feed merchants - I drove. Now he is watching the news and has just agreed that at last he feels he is beating the wretched bug. It has given him a scare - but I feel he is winning through.

Virginia said...

Golly! That would have been very scary! I"m so glad the fluids (and time) are improving the situation. It may take longer than he is used to before he is really recovered - it was obviously a pretty serious bug. I hope he can control him impatience to get back to work - which will at least be a sign he is recovered!!

Robin Mac said...

Thank goodness the farmer is on the mend now, but tat must have bee a really frightening event. It is hard to accept that we can no longer do all rhe things we used to. I imagine once the fatrmer is recovered he will be wanting to go back to doing most of what he has always done! Ihave had that same argument with my husband.

Coppa's girl said...

Wishing the farmer a very speedy recovery - and take care yourself too. It's so easy to dismiss the stress caused when a partner is ill.

Gwil W said...

I had to smile when you said he had "drunk all day". If he's "drunk all day" again, tell them to send him home :).

KitKatCot said...

I have been through exactly this kind of thing with Himself. Please go to your GP and ask if the Farmer could be referred to the 'tilt room' at the RVI at Newcastle. It's called the 'Falls and Syncope' Service.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

How scary for you! I'm thrilled to read he is doing better now.
Take care of him, and don't you catch it!
Much love your way,
pamela