Well, to say that this summer has been a bit strange so far would be somewhat of an understatement. I sowed all my seedlings at the end of April with a spring in my step and hope in my heart. I was especially excited about growing chilli plants for the first time. As the first nascent shoots appeared I was thrilled at the prospect of what lay ahead and excited to plant up the allotment.
Sadly, my health had other ideas. I had had niggling back pain since my birthday in early spring but I didn’t think much about it as I have often had back pain being tall and having had scoliosis as a teenager. I ploughed on and went down to the allotment and planted all my leeks. I was chuffed but I was also in pain, it had really hurt to do it. The following night I paid the price as I was awake all night with terrible back pain, it was agony. It hurt so much I decided I had to see the doctor and I am someone who avoids the doctor as much as possible. The following day I saw a GP who checked me out and told me to take paracetamol and co-codamol and do some back exercises and to come back if there were any problems. I felt reassured after this, however, I noticed that afternoon that I was starting to have cramping in my right thigh that was really painful. I had never experienced that before. That night the cramping got so severe that I had to jump out of bed at one point and I immediately started to black out because I was in so much pain. I managed to lie down until my vision cleared and I came round and then I rang my sister, a doctor, because I felt pretty scared.
The rest of that week I stayed with my sister and brother-in-law and they really looked after me. Unfortunately the pain continued to increase though and by the Friday (I had seen the GP on Monday) the pain was so severe that I couldn’t actually stand up. I would cry out in pain if I tried to put any weight on my right leg. At this point, my sister decided enough was enough and called an ambulance. I cannot praise Steve and Paul the ambulance men enough. They were so kind and funny and helped so much when I was frightened and in pain. They gave me gas and air to take my mind off the pain as they got me into the ambulance and drove me to Manchester Royal Infirmary. The doctors at the hospital were amazing. So kind and thorough and they put me on some stronger medications. They kept me in overnight as they wouldn’t let me leave when I was still in so much pain. The following morning, the new much stronger pain killers had kicked in and I was able to go home, which was wonderful.