Life is a Balance of Holding On and Letting Go
The two weeks I had visualized as a Spring Garden Break did not go according to plan. Instead, I spent four days and nights in hospital.
Last month I shared my experience of symptoms which appeared to be Covid-19 in Thank You for Helping Me to Navigate the Virus
Although significantly better, I continued to experience more frequent bouts of shortness of breath, wheezing and fatigue – symptoms which I have had for 17 years.
I had been scheduled for a chest X-ray in late March, but it had to be cancelled due to the lock down. Following a telephone consultation with my doctor, I was advised that our local community hospital was taking X-ray appointments once again, and I got an X-ray that same day – Thursday 30 April.
The Journey to the Emergency Department
My chest X-ray results and a subsequent ECG warranted a visit to the Accident and Emergency Department, where blood tests also revealed low arterial oxygen levels.
Further investigations were needed, and I was admitted to hospital.
I spent three days and nights in a ward for suspected Covid-19, where I received great care and kindness from nurses, doctors, catering staff, porters, cleaners…
It was very humbling to witness their continuing dedication to others, in these challenging times.
Although, I was isolated in a single room, I had a comfortable bed, an en-suite shower room, great food, a television, a large window with great views…
After two negative Covid-19 tests, I was moved to a different ward for another day and night.
Once again, I was treated with great kindness.
Testing and Medication
During my four days of hospitalization, tests were carried out on both my heart and lungs. These will be followed up in out patients departments over the coming months.
I am now on new medication which has eased my symptoms .
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
I felt a great sense of euphoria when I was told:
“You can go home.”
It was so very good to open my front door, to take a walk around my garden, and sleep in my own bed…
The past fortnight has felt quite surreal at times, and I have had a few weepy moments, but throughout it all I have felt very calm and safe.
I am forever thankful for all the blessings I have witnessed along the way.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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