So then on Friday morning when I woke up, my husband goes to work quite early, so my Mother in law came in, and I said, “Could you call the doctor?” I said, “There’s no way I can get to the doctor’s but it really, really hurts.” And the doctor couldn’t come out so they spoke to me on the phone. And they said the same thing. They said, “Well it could be, either that I had a clot or a chest infection.” But I was outside of the prime ten days after the caesarean operation, so to leave it 24 hours and if it hurt that much, I still had the drugs that they’d given me when I was discharged from hospital for the caesarean, just to take the drugs. Because I said it felt like I’d badly pulled a muscle at first, but it had got worse. So he said, take the diclofenac and the co-codamol if I needed to, to relieve the pain and to call them if it hadn’t got better in 24 hours. And it hadn’t. I could barely move on the Friday at all.
So on Saturday we called them, and the duty doctor did come out and he said, that again he couldn’t tell what was going on, so he wanted to send me into hospital just to rule out a chest infection and so I was actually in by the doctor to A & E on the Saturday. So, and I had to take the drugs to get to the hospital because I found it really hard to actually get into the car and make the journey, and then when I got to hospital I felt a lot better, and I was in A & E for quite a long time and I could hear the conversations behind the curtain [laughs] and it was because they didn’t know what to do with me.
The scan team aren’t in on a weekend and they’ll only come in for a real emergency. So I was given Fragmin just in case and they took some different things to try and rule out the chest infection as well, but they didn’t know where to put me, because the main ward had, there was something going on at the time, and I’m not sure if it was MRSA or something else. It was a nasty hospital bug. So, they didn’t want, because I was feeding my baby she had to come in with me and they didn’t want to put the baby on the main ward. It was a Saturday night so they didn’t want to leave me in the A & E side wards, because one of the nurses was very honest and said you don’t want all the Saturday night drunks coming in. [laughs]. And they didn’t want to put me back on maternity in case I did have a chest infection. And in the end they found a side private room on maternity, so we were put back on the maternity ward, but in a side room to ourselves.
And we just kind of sat there for the next four days [laughs] and the maternity staff came in and weren’t quite sure what to do, because the baby wasn’t a new born. So they had their standard list of things they check, and they kept checking her, and so they kept checking that she was going to the toilet, that she was being fed, and they did all the normal newborn checks on her each time. So they could fill in there things, and then I had the normal checks for blood pressure and these sorts of things and somebody did come back and see me on the Sunday and I was being given Fragmin just in case.
And I think by Sunday evening they’d ruled out that it wasn’t a chest infection, so then the next most likely candidate was the pulmonary embolism. And then they said, I’d be scanned Monday to say whether that was yes or no, when the scan team came back on duty as normal.
But on Monday there’d been a bit of backlog from the weekend, so I wasn’t scanned until the Tuesday, by which stage the clot busting stuff had really done its work, so they said, they couldn’t say, because there wasn’t a clot there anymore,