Overnight the clocks went forward as British Summer Time begins and Eric felt rough so it was down on the train to Newport to see the doctor on Monday morning. Ben and I went with him and Ben slept under the seat and the journey was uneventful. We'd arranged to stay with daughter Clare, who has a spare bedroom but popped in to visit daughter Lisa and grandaughter Gwen before we went to Clare's house. It was a slow climb up the hill where Clare lives but we got there.
Monday morning Eric went to the doctor's by taxi while Ben and I walked along the Crumlin Arm of the Mon and Brec Canal and along a few roads to walk through Tredegar Park to my dad's house taking nearly two hours.......so Ben had a very good walk! Eric met me there and dad had a surprise as he hadn't expected to see us yet. I cut my dad's hair and later we went back to Clare's house by bus.
On Tuesday we decided to catch the train back to the boat although Eric was still feeling rough after a good night's sleep. The doctor had diagnosed a chest infection and a large dose of antibiotics. We just wanted to get home again, so I took Ben out for a walk before we went to catch the train. Everything was fine, Ben was asleep under the seat, and Eric said he felt sick and went off to the toilet. He was a long time and I was thinking I'd better go and check on him, and he appeared looking rather grey and having a cold sweat as he'd fainted in the toilet. He was cold but complaining of being too hot and very grey, but as he had no pain and didn't have blue tinged lips I knew it wasn't angina.
Anyway to cut a long story short we ended up off the train at Shrewsbury and they called a paramedic who then called an ambulance and we were taken (dog and all) to The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where they did various tests. He had very low blood pressure and was dehydrated and an X ray showed the extent of the chest infection. Ben spent the afternoon tied up outside the hospital with a bowl of water, where the reception staff kept an eye on him for me and he got lots of fuss and attention from anyone who passed by.
As they were keeping him in to do more blood tests, give him antibiotics intravenously and get his BP up with re hydration, I made a move to continue my journey back to Llangollen with Ben the dog. Ben was excellent enduring two taxi rides and the train back to Ruabon. We got back to the boat at half past seven and we'd left Newport at eleven in the morning........what a day!
He rang late last night to say he'll let me know what's going on this morning. Hopefully I can go and get him this afternoon while Ben has a quiet afternoon on the boat. But we'll have to wait and see.
Eric is coming back home (to the boat) this afternoon and the hospital were providing transport to Llangollen but changed their mind at 2pm! He has pneumonia according to one doctor, but the other used the term chest infection- so needs warmth, more antibiotics, rest and TLC!