Not relating to me directly but my cousin…
43 yrs old, had some friends over for a takeaway and told them that she nearly cancelled the evening because she had been feeling unwell in the week. She had felt much better on Saturday so kept the date in the diary - She is a single mother of 2 children (10 and 7 I think) with no underlying health issues whatsoever.
During the night she started talking nonsense and commenting on things that were not relevant so her friends got worried about her and got her a glass of water. Within seconds she stood up, started talking words with no meaning and fell to the floor, fitting.
To cut a long story short, she is into her 10th day of being in an induced coma with almost certain brain damage and is currently fighting off an infection that means the next 48 hrs are critical.
The ambulance arrived at her house 6 minutes after being called, had her into the hospital and on ventilator within 40 mins. She is now in the critical care unit at Kings College Hospital which I visited this weekend – wow!!! There are about 15 beds in the ward, all being expertly monitored by about 5 staff per bed, not one of the patients is conscious.
The way these medical professionals go about their business is unbelievable – no sign of rushing, no sign of panic, just experts doing there job as best they can. My eyes were opened massively after that visit on Saturday and I know that she is in the safest possible place she can be – it’s 50/50 whether she ever wakes up and if she does it will be with some degree of brain damage.
Live every single day folks, you really don’t know what is round the corner and to all of the “immigrants” who are looking after my cousin and other patients – Thank you