It’s an occupational hazard…

… being 6’7″ (202cm)!

When I was in Germany recently I gave myself a clout on the noggin when I got up out of a patio chair.

The cause was a very solid sun awning.

At the time I just put it down to experience (I bang my head quite a lot). But back in Blighty almost a week later, last Tuesday, with no apparent sign of the ensuing headache disappearing, I sought out my GP. Diagnosis: concussion. Tablets prescribed.

Next day a ghastly rash started to appear on my forehead and right eyelid. By Thursday one half of my forehead was covered in painful blisters and my right eye so puffy that I couldn’t open it easily.

Another visit to GP. Diagnosis: shingles. More medication.

Saturday: looked as though related to Quasimodo! Admitted to Southampton General Hospital’s acute medical ward where, thankfully, I can duly report that I appear to be getting better very slowly (indeed).

Well, put it like this I can see out of my right eye this evening, but my family antecedents remain questionable!

Am bored stiff in isolation room with no tv or radio. Room service not fantastic either!

Updated 29.09.2009, 19:05: discharged from hospital this afternoon, damage to eyes has been averted and I’m no longer infectious but I’ll have horribly disfiguring scabs on my forehead/scalp for some weeks to come. Β They should, hopefully, clear completely (but this is not guaranteed).

12 thoughts on “It’s an occupational hazard…

  1. you poor thing: I had shingles on the right side of my face in 1999: Lost all my hair on the same side;plus I lost 4/10ths of my sight in my right eye: I wore sunglasses to go out for about four months even though it was chucking down with rain; Then the tiredness and feeling drained—: yup,its a s****y thing

  2. KC takes a dim view of being second, but had he ever met the adorable Edward he would understand why… Glad you’re home, Fx. My mother had shingles in her eyes and scalp, too, but the scars faded over time. She was very pale-skinned, so they showed up more strongly on her. Keep taking the tablets πŸ™‚ and good luck.

  3. I hope it wasn’t the taking of the waters that brought this on, Mister FourexπŸ˜€
    Purrlease do try to avoid any more medical nasties. You mustn’t become a sacrificial anode for the rest of us!

  4. Now discharged (see comment above in main text). Once again, thank you to everyone for your good wishes which were much appreciated at the time of their being written, believe me!

  5. Poor you, Mr Fx! Shingles is awful. You do seem to be a magnet for misfortune πŸ™‚
    I hope you feel better soon and will be released back to the care of TSM and the loving attention of beautiful Molly and the gorgeous Edward.

  6. It took me 36 hours to feel sufficiently human to write a blog post. Then I rembered I have an iPod on my iPhone! Entertainment issue now somewhat alleviated…

    Thanks to all for your good wishes.

  7. My utter sympathies mate…hope they can patch you up and ship you out pronto. Get someone to bring you in food, otherwise your gonna starve..oh and soe form of entertainment too, keep your pecker up. I hope this isnt a ploy to escape the return of Auchenblog, or was it the shock of my return;)

  8. So sorry to hear that you are under the weather. Isolation sounds awful. I would go nuts without some noise. I think a little tv or radio would help take your mind off of things, especially if you are in a lot of pain. I do hope you are feeling better very soon!!

  9. The eyes have it (as it were)! Fear not, I’m doing everything I’m told πŸ™‚

    TSM has been the perfect Florence Nightingale over the past few days before I was admitted.

  10. So glad to hear from you, though sorry to hear of your problems. I do hope your stay in hospital is not too lengthy but you will have to follow orders. Shingles is nasty, especially around the eyes. You’ll need lots of relaxation & TLC. Hope the boredom isn’t terminal!! Jo

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