My hospital stay

Well, it all started from being very sore on Tuesday night, I thought I had bad wind, food poisoning or the stomach bug that was going around, but on Wednesday I was fine.
On Thursday from 3 pm, my stomach was really starting to play up, I had dinner as normal, It was homemade Potatoes wedges.
But dinner didn’t help the pain ( as it normally might), it made it worse this time, I was in terrible pain from about 10 pm onwards.
My wife was on the phone to friends (she is not normally) who she hadn’t spoken to in ages, catching up and discussing our wedding plans.
From 11:00 pm-ish we went to the local 24 hrs after, hours A&E clinic in the city. I was assessed there first, the doctor was not happy with my condition, I was looking green and she wanted to admit me to the hospital straight away.

I went on an ambulance ride to the hospital about $80 later…

Where I was admitted to the emergency department with abdominal pains, bloating and green colouring.
At this point, it’s waiting for hours and they gave me pain medication.

I was in a lot of pain, all the pain relief they started to give me didn’t work. While in hospital you have to be very patient and it is just a waiting game.  My wife stayed the night there from Thursday night to Friday afternoon with me.  I was drugged up on pain medication and antibiotics (I was displaying signs of an infection being present) from A&E and all my stay while there.  The pain didn’t want to go away they kept asking me on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most painful pain I could tolerate and hurting all the time) I said mostly 9’s, it wasn’t until they gave me liquid paracetamol intravenous one time, then the pain went down.  
I had a cat scan on Friday around Midday, then more waiting and more waiting.
My wife left in the afternoon to pick up her kids and bring them back to the hospital to be with me until 5.30pm.
I had to wait to get a diagnosis (I was bored) and play on my cell phone and sleep.
The Surgery team come by in the morning on Friday and said they could book surgery for the Thursday following and that my pain would go down, but that didn’t happen my temperature spiked, more about that later.
On Saturday my wife and kids and our close friend come by around 3.30 pm to visit which was nice. Her daughter brought in me some daffodils but it turns out you are not allowed fresh flowers in that ward, so she took them home again.

(Fresh flowers will NOT be accepted in ward – 10,11, 15,16,17,18,19,20,25,26,28,30,CHOC,Bone Marrow Unit, TW Unit and ICU Unit at Christchurch Public Hospital) source https://www.citywideflorist.co.nz

They left just at 4.30pm, on Saturday morning I had breakfast, which it turned out I wasn’t supposed to have because I was going to have an MRI scan, which was planned for the early afternoon. Which was then postponed till Sunday afternoon, so I had to wait.
I had a sandwich for a late dinner, as they didn’t decide till late in the afternoon that my MRI scan would be Sunday morning.
Around 11:30 pm I got moved up to 4 room in Ward 11, floor 3.
There is a lot of waiting around at the hospital due to short staff causing lots of business and hold-ups.
On Sunday morning no breakfast or lunch was allowed, then at about 12 noon, the surgeon told me that an MRI scan would happen this afternoon. I then had the MRI scan within half an hour. My wife arrived not long after I had the MRI scan at about 2pm , the surgeon then told me that I was going straight into surgery, I went into surgery at around 3.30pm.
My wife was there at the right time, as she saw me going in, it was supposed to take about 30-45 minutes, but it about 2 hours instead.
Before the surgery I went through all the checks, with more questions and signing of the permission forms, then I was taken into operating theatre number 8.
I was then knocked out with a general atheistic, and then I woke up sometime around 7:00 PM and taken up to my room at 7.30pm.
I was in the recovery area until about 7:30 pm and I remember waking up to beeps and a nurse saying do you want me to ring your wife, I think mumbled yes.

I got moved into a room still ward 11 room 6, a room by myself!!!! I didn’t even ask for a private room! So during my recovery, the room had an amazing view which I didn’t see until Monday morning.

My wife and her kids arrived later in the evening around 7pm I prayed with them before they left at about 8pm.
I had an early night with a nurse checking my obs and giving me medicine.
Tuesday morning came, I got breakfast after 7:30 am, I was allowed to Porridge, Soy milk and fruit, it was yum, my first decent meal since Saturday.

Breakfast
Finished breakfast Monday morning


On Tuesday morning a doctor comes in with about 2 other doctors, not like the day before when there were about 10 people and the doctor in my room, all dressed in suits. I felt overwhelmed on Monday morning with the number of people in my small private room.

I asked the female doctor some questions about my medical Certificate, how much weight I was allowed to lift and what I was allowed to eat. Then I had another blood test ordered for the morning, just to check on the infection.
It was a long waiting game to get discharged, I had to wait for the blood test results to come back. And then finally, I got discharged and meet my wife and my stepdaughter outside at the main entrance, there is no parking at the hospital. For the rest of the week, I rested at home, I took one week off to recover before going back to Yooubee and work, I could have had longer but I needed to back into it.

My bed for the last 2 days of my hospital stay.

I would like to thank all the Nurses, Doctors and ambulance people, my close friends and my family (especially my lovely wife) who looked after me and got me back to being healthy.


Yoobee is now in CBD

Yoobee

Yoobee is now in town now. It moved to its new site back in July

Now is on 573 Colombo street. Just north of South City mall
Stuff article click here

Stuff article No 2 Click here

It’s a brand refit for the building. Very close in town, lots of food places around

Yoobee

So far it’s very enjoyable. Just car parking is hard to find

2018 48 Hour Film Festival

Team Salt & Light 2018

Team Salt & Light 2018

We did it  again!  2 years ago I entered in a team called ‘Team Salt & Light’
This was our last entry into called Blood Ties‘  2016

So we are got together another team and this time we got
Time travel Movie

Team Salt & Light
Team Salt & Light 2018

We had fun and it was a big learning curve!

In the end, we were about 30 seconds late!

I would like to thank the people who sponsored us through Boosted

The next one I am helping Produce is for Mad Scientist on Dec 6 to 11th through Film Racing 100 hours

I will be posting our 48 hours entry after my birthday of June 16th

Raymond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bristlecone at the Canterbury Museum

Since last year in November, my portrait has been hanging in the museum with 23 other men who have survived.

Started November

It finished on Easter Monday 2nd April

I would like to thank the Canterbury Museum for hosting it.
Also, like to thank people who saw it over the last 4 months


Arron Wilson and Nicole Galpin

Phil, Fiona Sisson,  James Woodlock & Kat Picillo

Steve Davis and Friend

  • Chris Wordsworth and Megan Park
  • Deborah Gray

The people who come on Saturday 31st April

  • E-group leaders Paul & Louisa Belcher
  • Justin Heintz
  • Phil Sisson
  • Keagan Hopper
  • Woody Wu
  • Janine plus children

If you want to see me in colour and more about story click here

The black and White is here 

Thank you all who came again.

 

 

 

New year 2018

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy New year 2018.
My goals for the year

  • Get fit
  • Finish my course at Yoobee – in Animation and film

Sword Productions Goals

  • Finish editing my script and shooting it
  • Keep working the documentary about Chinese miners Shot it in Central Otago

I do have other goals.  Above is an outline.

What are your New year resolutions?

Moving on from my current job

I am leaving my current job and going back to full time study next year.
You may ask what is my current job.  I can’t tell you because I am still working there and until I leave I can not say on social media (on a post) where I work.
I can tell you in person just not on social media.
Current job
Logistics working night shift.  My body is confused about night and day.
Money is OK but my health is way more important than money.
Future
No the government is not paying for my study (if you are asking) due to the fact I have studied before.
I AM REALLY looking forward to leaving!!! There’s a lot I’d really like to say about the company I work for but that will be in a blog for another day in about a years time (If I still want to vent by then).
During my time there
  • I had to go on high blood pressure pills,
  • My sleep patterns are all over the place,
  • I have requested 2 to 3 times to go onto day shift.  No reply!
 I have two options to try, will keep you posted later on what I will do.
As of right now I have 54 calendar days to go and 28 working days to go.
My course starts 12 February.  I finish up on Sunday 4th February at 6am (or there about)
Currently on one more day shift then the rest of my time is nights 😣😥😢😠

3rd South South Institute Conference

Last week (5th Nov to 10th Nov) I helped out at the South South Institute Conference on sexual violence perpetrated against men and boys.
There were a lot of key talks at the conference. I helped by providing audio and visual support.

The Sunday before the conference was a guys only workshop, then afterwards, those of us who were a part of the Bristlecone Project went to the Canterbury Museum to preview the exhibition.

My picture at Museum

My picture was giant!

 

 

 

 

On the second day I met former FBI agent and writer/producer of Criminals minds, Jim Clemente. I got his autograph and a souvenir FBI badge. A very nice guy, I hope to see him in LA one day.

Selfie with Jim Clemente

The 5 days went really fast.

Paul says

Paul Belcher - Satisfied Customer
Paul Belcher
Satisfied Customer

“I am writing to say how impressed I was with the service and quality of the work from Sword Productions. Raymond was commissioned to video my wife’s 40th birthday party and produce a short video. The video was edited very well and captured all the key moments and people. I would recommend using him for any video requirements.”

Waitaki Candidacy for General Election

I ran as a candidate for Waitaki In the 2017 General election. The position is currently held by Jacqui Dean.

I came second to last with 157 votes, click here for my results.

I entered into this as a learning experience, it was fun and interesting. During my campaign I attended one public meeting, in Waimate.

I want to do Toast Masters next year to improve on my public speaking.

Below are pictures from my election night party.

Bring on Election 2020!