Health

This is only here in case any of my variety of friends or family ask about stuff. It gets put together from bits of emails when solicitous folk ask — as, very kind of them, some occasionally do. Rather than hunt through previous emails if someone asks about something someone else has asked about a few years earlier, I put stuff here, and health is like other things: coverage is uneven, haphazard, just what has cropped up.

I have been very lucky with my health all my life. For example I did not, like so many children including some of my siblings, have to go into hospital as a child and lose my tonsils; nor did I ever need anything else done to me.

It is easy to see why, so far (to 2011), I have never been an in-patient anywhere. I have been into hospital as a day-patient going home afterwards only a couple of times, once (in 2000) for a cataract opertion, and once after being rushed in by ambulance after a small fall from a ladder while cutting down a tree, to be checked over (I was apparently turning blue at the mouth when found) before being sent home with some painkillers at 3 a.m. (13th..14th June 2008).

Then in 2015 after the GP who was my NHS chap from July 1983 to some time in 2015 retired, and a new GP took over. Almost the first day she saw me for an annual check-up, she was moved to have some pathology done to try to find the cause of chronic hypertension, and she sent me to Frimley Park Hospital for an appointment in October 2015 with an endocrinology consultant. I saw such a consultant twice more but nothing was identified. Then in November 2017 I was sent to Frimley Park Hospital again to see an acute medicine consultant about what was diagnosed (by different acute medicine consultants) first as heart failure and then as possible Myasthenia gravis. In late December 2017 we are waiting for further investigation to find out why I have lost all the strength in many of my muscles and cannot do ordinary things easily any more. Since September I have been struggling with things like buttoning clothes, tying shoe laces, opening food packets (I have to use pliers; sometimes I cannot even work scissors) and ... just eating. See Heart failure? Health story December 2017

So my life has not been entirely without health problems. I have written notes on some:

Gout
Depression
Heart failure? Health story December 2017
Update 20th December 2017
Update 29th January 2018