As I mentioned before, I had not been well for some time and for the past two weeks I had had a really bad cough (I had not slept well for almost two weeks). Because of my lung condition I know how to recognise the symptoms of a lung infection and I was sure there was no infection present.
On Monday 28th February I was due to catch a night train from Nattavaara – Arlanda from where I would be flying to England to visit my parents. On Thursday the 24th February I started having severe pains in the right side of my chest when I breathed and initially thought I had cracked my ribs again because I was coughing so much, but I was also coughing up small amounts of blood and sweating a lot. So on Friday morning I decided to visit the hospital to find out what was going on and whether I required antibiotics. They did a series of tests and were very concerned about the results. The results showed that I had severe bacterial pneumonia. How severe?…..well a bacterial blood count that shows 50 is high and cause for concern, but mine was 140!! and for that reason I was immediately admitted and given introveinus antibiotics
Fortunately I had a fantastic view from my bed to the Dundret mountain
The staff were very helpful and determined that I would be fit enough to catch my train and flight to England. After three and a half days of introveinus antibiotics and strong pain killers, my bacterial count level had dropped sufficiently that they decided to let me leave at 12:30 (my train was due to leave at 13:50) with more antibiotics and pain killers.
I stood on the station platform waiting for the train, but it never came! A phone call to the train operator informed me that the train had driven over some Reindeer near Kiruna and there as now a two hour delay. True to their word exactly two hours later the train finally arrived and I was on my way.
As I write this I am sitting at Arlanda airport awaiting the departure of my flight, dosed up on pain killers and antibiotics. I hope the rest of my trip and my stay in England are relatively uneventful…..I will let you know.