Luckiest Man Alive our holiday to Thailand 2009 almost
ended in tragedy when I needed lifesaving brain surgery to drain
a blood clot. We were into the third day of our three-week
3-day stay in Pattaya when I felt unwell while lying by the
pool. We went back to our hotel room so I could lie down felt
something go pop in my head followed the most violent headache,
quickly realised something was seriously wrong.
"One minute we were enjoying
ourselves and then the next I nearly died,"
I was diagnosed with a subarachnoid
brain aneurysm and underwent a six-hour operation on Friday night. Surgeons pinned the blood vessel to stop the bleeding and
fitted a tube to drain the blood clot from my head. My wife was
absolutely petrified as the surgeons said it was touch and go
whether I would survive," .
remember nothing being in a semi conscious state but my wife
told me that I was saying my goodbye's to her. It was 7pm
Friday night before they took me to the operating theatre the
operation was to take 6 hours, she said, she did not sleep very
much that night, but semi asleep, she said the phone in her room
rang about 8:30 Saturday morning, she picked it up and said,
Rob is that you, I said yes, Pauline I want to see you, she came
down to intensive care to be with me. This was surreal, it
had only been 8 hour since major brain surgery, and I called her
from my bed in intensive care.
week I was in intensive care is a blur I don't remember
anything about it I was heavily sedated. Drifting in and out of
sleep but I knew that she was with me all the time.
was moved to a private room were my wife could join me I also had
a nurse on 24 hour care to look after me. After about two weeks
in the private room I was given the all clear to travel home I
had to be escorted home by a nurse she came to the hospital to
access my condition, she said, I was the most well looking
sick person she has ever escorted home. This being down to the
excellent medical care from the doctors and nurses at Bangkok
you saved my life.
home I had to retrain my brain, I could walk talk but not
much else, I did not know how to turn the
computer on at first, when I turned it on I just looked at it
had no idea what to do, I had to find a program I could use to
exercise my brain and get it working again the game I found was
solitaire I played non stop for 6 months getting faster and
faster with every game. I have no memory of the 3 weeks in
Thailand only by the hundreds of pictures my wife took.
years later 2011, I was given the all clear to fly, We decide to
go back to Bangkok hospital and visit the ICU unit to say thank
you for what they did for me. It was good to see them all in
more pleasant circumstances, I now needed to find the neuro surgeon.
We were waiting for the lift to my surprise she walked out of
the lift, we had a good chat I thanked her, she told me we were
the first European to return after surgery. meeting her
was the highlight of the holiday. But there was one person we
did not meet that year.
| Something was always on my mind she was
a A&E nurse on duty that day she was the nurse with the
doctor that stabilised me got me ready to be taken to
2012 we went back to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya to find her I remember she changed job moved
to dermatology this was always on my mind. got a taxi to the
hospital he pulled up outside dermatology and surgical
My wife asked receptionist for her she was there we hugged
each other she asked if I was ok said yes. I thanked her for giving me the golden hour
so they could get me to Bangkok, she said was only doing my
job. So humble and modest a beautiful person
It was now time to do something that would challenge me, I decided to create a green eco friendly website.
The Green Planet Advertiser,
that was 2013 this was my final stage in fully recovering, three
years later 2016 fully recovered decided to convert the website
into a business.
The journey has been long and hard its taken me
7 years to
get to where I am now, the website has been created and
uploaded onto the Internet.
The next BIG challenge is to create a successful internet