250 of Guinness, originally uploaded by magnum_lady.
Yesterday morning we were up at 5am to get the 6am train to Dublin. It was really foggy and icy so took almost double the time to drive to Ballymote railway station as visibilty was so bad. I had to stop Bertie on the way as he kept icing up, poor car isn’t used to that time in the morning.
Anyway we got on the train, it was fairly quiet until we got to Mullingar and then we had someone sitting opposite us…..well this man must have had some kind of sinus problem, he was what I would call a ‘snot-gobbler’ he was snorting and making all kinds of odd noises….and he was vibrating (jiggling up and down like a bugger)!!…Not sure what all that was about!
We had to go to Our Ladys hospital in Crumlin for Jono to see the Spinal consultant. After a lot of tests, talking and a couple of xrays we got to see the main man. He was very kind and told us that Jono’s kyphosis has progressed to 90 degrees (it was 78 degrees in September). So he has recommended a Spinal Fusion…if anyone has any experience of this please let me know. Jono was OK about it until we got home and then it kind of hit him and naturally he’s worried.
To take his mind off the hospital I took him to the Guinness Storehouse. He has wanted to go there for a while…it is seven floors high and has a great view over Dublin. It was quite expensive to get into but it is really well done and you get a pint of Guinness at the end of the tour…except we had 7up instead.
When we came out of the storehouse we met a leprechaun!….and it wasn’t just us seeing things after the 7up or Guinness fumes.
I went to mum and dad’s this morning. Dad’s breathing was really bad, sort of rattling. Mum was waiting for the doctor to arrive and when she did she phone an ambulance and they took dad into hospital. He has had a ecg and is on oxygen, they are taking him for dialysis today to see if they can help his breathing…it’s caused by fluid on his lungs so I really don’t think they can do anything, he is too weak to have the fluid drained…..we’ll have to see what happens.