me in hospital

That's me. Friday 24th April 2015 around 19:30. What a sorry state!

Since the beginning of April, I've been on a serious weight-loss and exercise regime.

My diet plan and exercise plans effectively mean no bread/pasta/rice/sweets/treats, as well as going back to Surrey Fitness Camps three to four times per week (3-4 hours high intensity cardio per week).

As of writing, I have lost 10kgs and 3.1% body fat since I started this journey 20 days ago, but not without some cost it seems.

On Monday 20th April, I started experiencing sporadic tingling in my face and down my left arm, as well as dizziness/temporary loss of vision when I stood up. I called my GP surgery to ask for an appointment, but the earliest I could get was Tuesday 28th April. I figured that was OK, so long as things didn't get any worse.

Half way through the day on Friday 24th April, these symptoms became near-constant. I called the GP surgery to talk to a doctor, but by 18:30, there had been no call. I appreciate GPs are busy, especially on a Friday! I knew I had the option to call 111 (non-emergency NHS line), but was nervous. You don't want to be wasting anyone's time! I spoke to a health advisor, who then passed me onto a duty nurse. She advised me to get myself to A&E to get checked out.

Luckily for me, my mother was able to pick me up from work and my father was running late; he could get off the train at Woking (where I work). Upon getting to hospital, I was told to skip the main waiting room and I would be seen shortly.

Over the next few hours, I had basic questions to check for stroke and heart attack (I think), as well as blood taken for testing. When the A&E doctor came round, he asked, what I'm told, are standard questions (what happened, do you smoke, do you drink etc) and organised a chest x-ray.

Thankfully, blood work came back clean, x-ray was fine, however the doctor had found a heart murmur, which is where "...your heartbeat has an extra, or unusual, sound caused by a disturbed blood flow through the heart" (NHS) which will be investigated through an Echo test. Apparently heart murmurs are quite common, who knew?

He also wanted to get an MRI and for me to see a neurologist, neither of which are available at a weekend. These now have to be booked by the GP. Luckily I still have an appointment on Tuesday.

I was discharged to my own bed - thank god - while I wait for the tests. Clearly not super urgent, which is also nice to know!

A huge thank you to all the medical staff at the Royal Surrey County Hospital for looking after me!

Upcoming tests:

  1. MRI
    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. An MRI scanner is a large tube that contains powerful magnets. You lie inside the tube during the scan. NHS MRI Explanation

  2. Echo test
    An echocardiogram, or echo, is a procedure that can be used to look at the structure of your heart in detail. A pulse of harmless high-frequency sound waves is passed through the chest wall and produces a picture by "bouncing back" from the heart's structures (similar to an ultrasound scan used during pregnancy). NHS Heart Facts

  3. Neurologist visit

The outcome of things I should not do until I have had the above tests:
1. No driving
2. No cooking by myself
3. No bootcamps or high intensity training

I'll keep this updated with what happens, as well as some happier stuff. Until then, if you're thinking about some serious weight-loss or exercise, make sure you're careful and you listen to your body. Don't do too much at once.

Ben