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Old 9 Aug 2020, 22:10 (Ref:3994307)   #2386
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When you reach an important number on the mortal coil it is customary to mark it with some sort of major undertaking (hopefully no pun) eg when 50, I started racing. For such an event later this month I decided I would cycle the length of the Pilgrims Way (now largely superceded by the North Downs Way) from Winchester to Canterbury, taking a leisurely 3 days offroad on my MTB.



This morning on my regular Sunday ride with a couple of neighbours we used part of the Pilgrims Way near home and set off a bit early to try and beat the forecast heat. We expected it to be deserted but ended up cursing a large number of solo walkers getting in our way every couple of hundred yards until we found they had set off from Farnham at 6am the day before, running and walking the 100 miles to Ashford. They were allowed 30 hours max for the journey, no wonder they were grumpy when we shouted our approach! Much respect!
Bravo Colin and the walkers.

I trust no social distancing rules went unobserved during the exchanges and passes.

On the other hand is it acceptable to abuse an historical monument (of sorts) by overusing it?
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 16:29 (Ref:3994571)   #2387
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Joy at last!

I am pleased to advise that I have finally returned home after three and a half months in hospital, albeit with about a metre less of my internal plumbing. I am now starting on my rehabilitation, with the hope that I will be able to return to hospital to have part of my surgery reversed so that normal human toilet functions can be resumed.

At least my surgeon and I now know what has been causing my medical problems for the last 6 or so years; it came as a complete surprise to the surgeon as it was not one of the 5 suspected ailments that he was expecting.

Onwards and upwards.
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 16:45 (Ref:3994576)   #2388
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Joy at last!

I am pleased to advise that I have finally returned home after three and a half months in hospital, albeit with about a metre less of my internal plumbing. I am now starting on my rehabilitation, with the hope that I will be able to return to hospital to have part of my surgery reversed so that normal human toilet functions can be resumed.

At least my surgeon and I now know what has been causing my medical problems for the last 6 or so years; it came as a complete surprise to the surgeon as it was not one of the 5 suspected ailments that he was expecting.

Onwards and upwards.
Best of luck Mike! Must feel good just to have some light at the end of he tunnel (so to speak!).
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 16:48 (Ref:3994579)   #2389
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Alimentary my dear Watson. Glad things are looking positive Mike.
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 16:51 (Ref:3994582)   #2390
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Hope you have a speedy recovery, Mike.
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 17:13 (Ref:3994589)   #2391
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Looking for photos ... Testing at Brands 31st July

Iain and I were at Brands on 31st July for a test of my Elva Mk5 ... i have been hoping to find some photos ... i realise that Covid restrictions may mean no photographers were there ... but if anyone know someone who was there, or might have been there can they let me know!

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Old 10 Aug 2020, 17:22 (Ref:3994593)   #2392
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Three and a half months my wife tried to self discharge after three days so a big to you.
Here's wishing you a speedy recovery now you're home.
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I believe an inability to self discharge may have contributed to Mike's lengthy stay.
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 18:23 (Ref:3994600)   #2394
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What? You did not contract Covid-19 while in hospital?

Seems like prayers are answered.

Wishing you a speedy return to full engagement on Tenths.
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I believe an inability to self discharge may have contributed to Mike's lengthy stay.

Ah, very good, Peter; I can see what you have done there. Unfortunately for me, it was exactly the opposite.

I was given the opportunity to take a two week break at home at the end of May/beginning of June, but it would have meant isolating totally for that time, and then going through a semi isolation back in the hospital. Also it would possibly led t a further delay in getting the operation performed.

Although my surgeon considered surgery to be urgent, the hospital authorities were, and still are, only permitting emergency theatre use and they needed convincing that my needs met their criteria. It wasn't until the surgeon had opened me up that he realised that it more than met the "emergency" criteria, and he told me after that if I hadn't had the operation that I would have probably spent the rest of my life in hospital having to be fed intravenously to maintain my body condition.

I cannot tell you how grateful that I am to all the hospital staff, whether that be the medics or those that work in the background. I owe it them that I must regain my strength and return to full fitness.
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 19:01 (Ref:3994608)   #2396
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Mike, we don't know each other but I seem to have a vague recollection of seeing you race at Snetterton in the 70's in an anglebox? In any event, wishing you well in your recovery after a pretty long ordeal by the sounds of it.
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Old 10 Aug 2020, 19:35 (Ref:3994615)   #2397
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Alimentary my dear Watson. Glad things are looking positive Mike.
"Alimentary"...that clever
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Alimentary and self discharging aside, Mike, again from one who does not know you beyond our community here at tenths, I wish you all the very best for a full and swift recovery.
Having had a relatively short two week pitstop in Hospital myself last year, albeit without the Covid implications, I was very happy to get home afterwards to continue my rehab. I was happy to be able to move around at home without drips and wires everywhere and machines in tow.
Im sure that feeling would be magnified after a three and a half months laid up.

All the very best.
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PS I too have nothing but praise for the treatment afforded to me under our public system. The staff were magnificent and they left no stone unturned during my stay
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Ah, very good, Peter; I can see what you have done there. Unfortunately for me, it was exactly the opposite.

I was given the opportunity to take a two week break at home at the end of May/beginning of June, but it would have meant isolating totally for that time, and then going through a semi isolation back in the hospital. Also it would possibly led t a further delay in getting the operation performed.

Although my surgeon considered surgery to be urgent, the hospital authorities were, and still are, only permitting emergency theatre use and they needed convincing that my needs met their criteria. It wasn't until the surgeon had opened me up that he realised that it more than met the "emergency" criteria, and he told me after that if I hadn't had the operation that I would have probably spent the rest of my life in hospital having to be fed intravenously to maintain my body condition.


I cannot tell you how grateful that I am to all the hospital staff, whether that be the medics or those that work in the background. I owe it them that I must regain my strength and return to full fitness.
It's always nice to hear a story with a happy ending regarding our hospital system (despite the gruesome things you have had to endure). Welcome 'home' Mike, it too wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to reading even more of your contributions on here.
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