Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Struck Down

Regular readers will have noticed there has been a lack of blog updates in the last couple of weeks. The reason for this is that I have been unexpectedly in hospital. There I was in work on a Friday lunchtime feeling perfectly normal and thinking about the weekend head when a searing pain developed right through my middle, all my colour drained away, I start sweating and my recently eaten lunch put in a reappearance. The pain was excruciating and I was really struggling to breathe. 30 minutes later and I was in hospital being connected up to all sorts of machines and having all kinds of needles and tubes stuck in me.

The diagnosis quickly came back as a severe acute pancreatitis, a very nasty and potentially life threatening condition. Not quite how I had planned to spend the weekend or the following two weeks! Anyway despite being extremely unwell, I am now making good process and was pleased to be sent home a couple of days ago. My brush with the grim reaper has bought home a couple of key points about life. Firstly you should really saviour and make the most of each and every day as you really never know what is lurking around the corner. It will certainly make me appreciate even more those special moments I share with wildlife. Secondly it really doesn't matter what you have in life because without your health you really do have nothing.

So please bare with me and I will returning to normal blogging activities once I have built some strength back up.

Obviously I didn't want to make a post without a couple of images, so here are a couple of Black-headed gulls that I took at the local marine lake in some late afternoon sun before I was 'struck down'.

14 comments:

Little Brown Job said...

Good to hear you're back home and on the road to recovery, all the best for Spring and beyond.

Matt Latham said...

Bloody hell Richard. Get well soon.

TexWisGirl said...

these are gorgeous, rich. i am sorry about your illness, but so glad treatment was quickly administered!

grammie g said...

Hi Rich...Sorry man about your health issue ..sure hope your going to be up an doing what you like best real soon ; ]
These are awesome shots..I don't know how you do it...: }

Feel better
Grace

Torbjørn Wingsternes said...

Great pictures. Well done.

Dianne C., Humano-gaian said...

Beautiful light. Sunshine makes me feel so much better, and I hope it helps you too! Thx for sharing!

Jenne said...

That must have been pretty scary. Glad you're on the road to recovery now. Good to see you blogging again, I missed your posts.
Get fully recovered Richard and enjoy your returning good health :-)

Jenne said...

Glad you're on the road to recovery. That must have been scary. Love these pics. Wish I could get photos like this. X

Sally H said...

Stunning photos. Sorry to hear about your illness and hospital stay.Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you feel strong enough to go out with your camera again soon. Blog land will be here when you are ready to return

Joe Wynn said...

Sorry to hear that Richard. Hope you get better soon! Nice shot too.

AML said...

I'm glad your okay now and starting to face recovery. Hope that your acute pancreatic problem had been solve by doctors.

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, so sorry to hear of your illness. My son has it and has had a few nasty experiences, so you have my sympathy. I hope you do as you're told and recover much more quickly than anticipated. I'll miss your wonderful photography x

Angad Achappa said...

Good to hear your recovering fast!! :) These are lovely images...

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for your get well wishes. Still got a way to go and a barrage of tests to face to try and find a cause. Frustrating that recovery seems painfully (literally) slow but I will get there. I just hope spring doesn't pass me by before I am fit enough to get back behind the camera.

Thanks again for your support.

Rich

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