Strewth – You’ve been where? (In Hospital)

Baz climbing Sweet Dreams, Blue Mountains, Australia

It is often said that 24 hours can be a long time and I’m hearing that loud and clear at present and counting my lucky stars that I managed to do my climb up Sweet Dreams last Sunday without any problem. It might have been so different, but for 12 hours…

 I’ve only managed to be hospitalised three times over the years, and one I’m not really counting as I really shouldn’t have been there, but more on that later. However, there was no doubting this time around, hospital was the best place for me…

Sublime Point, Sweet Dreams – Not the place to get sick!

 The Blue Mountains is about a 90-minute drive from Sydney and after Sunday’s climb up Sweet Dreams I headed for home, ensuring to hydrate well as I drove as it had been quite a warm day out there on the cliff-face and I was beginning to feel quite fatigued…

It was an ominous sign that went unrecognised …

Sunday night I woke up feeling cold and I was starting to shiver despite it being a reasonably warm night, but I didn’t think much of it.

Janet rolled the other way mumbling something about me being hot.

I just said, “I know!” 

By Monday something had taken hold of me and was giving a real good kicking, so I rested in bed, sweating profusely.

Perhaps this is what Janet meant when she called me hot, I thought?

There was a rapid deterioration on Tuesday and our family doctor sent me straight to hospital where I was admitted for assessment and observation. It turns out I had contracted a form of pneumonia called, mycoplasma, the walking pneumonia”.

Well, at least that is how they are treating it…

After 24 hours on an intravenous drip and blood tests showing some improvement, especially in terms of hydration, they elected to send me home for some more rest…

Some rest?

 Crikey, I had to look that term up…

I thought you got to rest when the “big guy” upstairs blows the “full-time whistle” on you…

Anyway, I am well on the way to recovery thanks to the wonderful medical team at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

And I’m back home now and in Janet and TomO’s tender care! The little fella was a bit upset at seeing his Dad all hooked-up to a machine last night, but he gave me a big long-hug and told me to get better soon!

Geez, he was brave, and he made me feel real proud!

And Janet, she winked at the nurses and said don’t worry I’ll make sure he rests, with that look that you never cross! So rest it will be…for a few days anyway!

And how is this for a co-incidence, as the wardman was taking me down for a chest x-ray, I said how lucky I was that it didn’t happen on a climb I was doing on the Sunday.

He said, “Yeah, that’s for sure”

“What were you climbing?” he asked,

“Sweet Dreams”…

Baz – Climbing Sweet Dreams, Blue Mountains, Australia

Awesome was his response, he had climbed it just recently so we were able to share a discussion on the climb while I was getting x-rayed!

But, geez, just how lucky was I that my condition didn’t become acute 12 hours earlier while I was half-way up Sweet Dreams. It has been a good reminder to me that you must always consider your physical well-being at all times when undertaking something like mountaineering and climbing, or any activity that exposes you for that matter…

Not that I didn’t consider my well-being mind you, I felt fine, but it did highlight what might be lurking just around the corner, anywhere, anytime!

And on those other times in hospital?

Well, I did break my “bum” in 2008 in a mid-air incident whilst skydiving, which resulted in doctors’ needing to reattach my hamstring to my right butt and a spell in hospital! And what a great job they did, it just so happens that a local surgeon is world renown for this very type of surgery…

And the one in dispute?

Strewth, I was 5 years old and I feel that I fell victim to a misdiagnosis. Well that is the way I’m calling it.

I threw up mum’s cooking one night and she swore there were “toadstools” amongst the “throw-up”.

A lollipop?

 Stone the flamin’ crows, how would you know what was in that mess I made?

I swear to this day I never ate them on the way home from school, but worn down by the constant questioning I simply said; they just “popped in my mouth” – what else could I say?

It got me a 5-day hospital sleepover whilst under observation!

Crikey, I don’t remember eating them, and maybe that was just the point.

It’s no wonder the Noddy and Big- Ears television show took on a new dimension that afternoon on the tellie…

Anyway, as usual, if all else fails, just remain out of control and see what develops…

Ps: I’m all good!

46 thoughts on “Strewth – You’ve been where? (In Hospital)

  1. GiggsMcGill Jill November 29, 2012 / 3:35 am

    Glad you’re ok! Pneumonia is some awful stuff!! Are you going to be all fine and dandy after a couple days then??


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:31 am

      I’m hoping so Jill…they say 5-10 days…


  2. VVR Fitness November 29, 2012 / 1:30 am

    The “R-word”–something no athlete wants to hear! Glad you’re feeling better. Looking forward to photos of more great climbs!


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:28 am

      Yes…the R word! On another note saw another bunch of our footballers (Aussie Rules) heading your way!


  3. Dan W November 29, 2012 / 1:21 am

    That was a scare, but glad to hear things are working out well now. Take care. You’re in good hands.


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:27 am

      Just came out of the blue!


  4. Shane November 29, 2012 / 12:58 am

    Feel better soon!


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:26 am

      Thankyou Shane, I’m hoping that will be the case!


  5. travellingbag November 28, 2012 / 11:01 pm

    Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better but sometimes we need these eye openers to make us realise that we need to listen to the warning signs our bodies give us. Before you know it you’ll be up and at em again 😉


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:30 am

      And you know, that is the “lesson” I’m taking away from this. If we look there are always lessons to be learned!


  6. Dan November 28, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    Whew, quite a scare. Glad to hear everything turned out well. Time to rest and let Janet and TomO take care of you.


  7. Dan November 28, 2012 / 10:20 pm

    Whew, quite a scare. Glad to hear it is all coming out well. Time to rest and let Janet and TomO take care of you.


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:25 am

      Yes, and they are doing a great job of it!


  8. stephwest November 28, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    No way! You have Amanita muscaria in your post. Ha! You didn’t really eat one of those, did you?


    • The Landy November 29, 2012 / 5:25 am

      No, that’s for sure. I photographed that in the Blue Mountains a few yeas back. There was a whole lot of them near a forrest!


  9. sykose November 28, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Sykose and commented:
    Sorry to hear about the pneumonia. Hope you get better soon.
    Well done on the superb climb tho.


    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you, recovering well. And I’d never have gone had I known, but at a high level, it just shows what you can achieve when the mind is in control, and you’re in control of “the mind”….


  10. AndrewGills November 28, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    Urgh. Hospital is not a good outcome but glad you are getting better.


  11. barbara grandberg November 28, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    soooo glad that you are on the mend…..


    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 6:48 pm

      Getting there slowly BG, off the rower for a few days, a week at least…! Take care, BBB


      • barbara grandberg November 28, 2012 / 6:52 pm

        what are you going to do while resting???do you have any books to read???tv shows to watch???


      • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 6:54 pm

        Um, yes some books, TomO and I have started reading about Sherpa culture…so that might be the go. But I will be resting, I don’t like this feeling, so as soon as I’m rid of it, the better! Baz


      • barbara grandberg November 28, 2012 / 7:17 pm

        imho..resting is hard…off to workout…i’ll row a few meters and do some burpees for you:}


  12. Ranger48 November 28, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    That’s actually a bit scary — a strong, fit guy suddenly ending up in hospital! The unexpected is always lurking just around the corner …

    I trust you have fully recovered by now? Take care!


    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 5:31 pm

      Not quite, but another few days of rest. My doctors parting words were, you’re sick, don’t let your size and fitness fool them, just tell them your sick!

      Actually they were a great bunch and looked after me very well…


  13. desertrose7 November 28, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    Take it easy. I’m sure with some good rest you’ll get your bounce back! I’ve had the walking kind before. Not pleasant.


    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 5:30 pm

      Came like a bolt from no-where! Not pleasant at all….Cheers, Baz


    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 5:03 pm

      Already am, thank you


  14. FITRJo November 28, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    Baz, I’m glad to hear you are on the mend (and that you were able to do Sweet Dreams first). It sounds like you are in the best of hands while you recuperate, too.


    • The Landy November 28, 2012 / 5:03 pm

      Oh. most definitely, Janet has me under strict rest instructions…


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