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  1. 37 points
    So I'm just waiting on the paperwork for my discharge and thinking about the things I've seen and endured over the past few weeks. Firstly, loss and specifically the death of my mother. It's very easy to say you'd swap places with a terminal loved one but I actually did that. I spent over 14 hours with my mam at the very end of her life, knowing full well that I was over 95% to catch covid myself. I knew that, I embraced that and I did it. Nobody should ever be left to die alone, certainly not your mother, but when push came to shove I was there. As for my own subsequent fight with the covid, well that will go on for some months yet. The really peculiar thing though was just how close to death I was (nurses told me I was probably within 60 seconds of dying), but just how inconsequential it truly felt and still feels. I know now that I'm not afraid of death, and it's also true about just how seemless the transition from life into death is, simple, painless, frighteningly easy. They say that death is just a door that opens and you step through it like walking into a different room. I 100% identify with this now, it's the strangest feeling. And finally I guess, just be excellent to each other, be tolerant and kind and thoughtful. Love conquers all if you give it the chance. Look after each other everybody and thanks again for all your incredible support. Carvalho out
  2. 36 points
    My own wonderful mum passed away three days after Jurgen's. I'd happily walk in front of a train right now. I'm done. I have no idea how he's functioned this past month but there's no way he should be left to manage as normal. The club needs to give him exceptional support, someone else needs to do the media duties, and the players need to show their support really publicly - not because it will help him, it won't, but because they owe him.
  3. 35 points
    I lost my mum to the virus yesterday. She was 86 and had been in a care home for just coming up to six years suffering from alzheimers. The care home seemed to be keeping the virus at bay up until a couple of weeks ago and then my mum tested positive around ten days ago. She seemed to be doing ok but then in a space of less than 24 hrs she deteriorated quickly. We got a call from them saying she was really poorly so we hurried up there and myself, dad and brother were allowed in separately for 15 mins to say our goodbyes. Within a couple of hours she had passed away :(
  4. 33 points
    Argh, my own thread. Ya big bunch of soft lads haha. Seriously, thanks for the kind comments. Its fun making the gifs up and posting them up here for you guys. Hopefully we'll see a few gifs of the lads with some silverware at the end of the season.
  5. 30 points
  6. 29 points
    Just had a call from the hospital and it's some good news, my ma is fighting back, she better than yesterday when they said she couldn't eat, drink or speak, she's still confused due to the bowel infection but she's talking in sentences . All her veins had collapsed but they've finally managed to get a drip into her for the first time in around 5 days and they're giving her intravenous antibiotics trying to fight the pneumonia. Yesterday they said that my mother's left lung had been completely filled with infection. The bad news is that those antibiotics will kill the good enzymes in my mam's bowel and enable the CDIF infection to run wild, but given the covid implications it's far more urgent that my mam's lungs are as clear as possible. The CDIF bowel infection will have to be attacked later. Because of the delirium caused by that CDUF infection my mam has been spitting out the steroidal medication though. She's also managed to eat half a bowel of porridge. I was told not to get my hopes up though because it's quite common that when a patient hits rock bottom that they suddenly perk up and improve only to go back downhill again quickly thereafter. All we can do is pray / keep our fingers crossed. I was also told that many younger people have died with the level of covid infection which my mam currently has and she has confounded doctors thus far, but she is still a long way from being out of the woods.
  7. 29 points
    He was mates with our local butcher in Huyton when I was growing up. I was in there with my mum one day, I was about 7 and remember just standing there while Ray was behind the counter talking. He came out and started talking to me but I was dead shy. Next time we went in Ronnie (the butcher) said Clem had been back and left a present for me. He’d bought me an autograph book and the first two pages were filled with all the autographs of the 1971/72 first team squad. One of my most treasured possessions. Hope it works out for you Clem.
  8. 27 points
  9. 27 points
    From 11pm last night, my dad started to deteriorate. His heart rate is going haywire, he has a blood clot on his lung and has sepsis. Waiting for the nurse to call my mum this afternoon, and the consultant this evening.
  10. 27 points
    At 3:28am this morning my beautiful little Ma passed away. I was at her bedside. I am broken beyond repair. No more suffering, no more struggling, no more pain. Rest In Peace my little mother, you leave a hole in me which can never be refilled. x
  11. 26 points
    Deserves his own thread, does a tremendous job with the goal and highlights gifs. Thanks fella. Caramac on any given match thread.
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  13. 26 points
    I'm home. Had 2 hours of the best sleep ever, a home cooked meal. I've just sat down and fucking BLASTED this in my hifi... Singing along at the top of my lungs, tears absolutely streaming down my face from God knows where. I don't care, I'm just so happy and so incredibly lucky. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, sincerely. Loads of love at you and wishing each of you the most wonderful Christmas time ever.
  14. 26 points
    What a shit illness. It really does make you go through the ringer. My dad has flipped between looking like he was getting better and then getting poorly again. They stuck him on an intubator last week to do his breathing for him. I come to terms with that being it for him. Was gutted that he was in an induced coma and just wanted him to go out able to dream weirdly. Was gutted that you werent able to dream in this induced coma and thought, from his perspective anyway, that was his life done. Then they woke him up and was doing well and was made up for him. The nurses said he was doing better but then they said today that they cannot keep giving him oxygen indefinitely and may have to stop. Thinking about a tracheotomy for him to clear mucus and making a decision tomorrow. Apparently he is up in the bed now giving the nurses the thumbs up and that but they dunno if they can do anything. Heart breaking that he seems to be trying to convince them he is ok. He must be terified. Part of me wishes he stayed in the coma now. Absolutely shite illness.
  15. 25 points
    Hanging in there but nearly died in the early hours when my oxygen saturation plummeted to 33, only the ventilator and a great nurse brought me back. I've had a good day, dropped oxygen levels slightly on the ventilator because my saturation level has been stable. Long way to go yet though.
  16. 24 points
    At the age of 35, and having suffered from ulcerative colitis for 15 years, I've been told I've reached the end of the road with medical treatment. I've had a rough two years of trying different new medicines but ultimately none of them have worked, leading me to have many courses of steroids and to being hospitalised. Over the last 6 months I've been in discussion with my incredible healthcare team and we've decided that the best option is for me to have surgery. So, current pressures permitting, at some point in the next 2-4 months I'll be having my entire large intestine removed. This is effectively a cure for my condition but it's pretty scary (albeit fairly routine). The hope is that in a year's time my overall health will have improved but, more importantly, my long term way of life will be better, life expectancy longer and the significant risk of bowel cancer will be pretty much removed. They'll be rebuilding my insides so that I don't need an external stoma bag but if I don't take to it then it can be reversed to give me the stoma. Hopefully the new insides will work!
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  18. 24 points
    If nothing else, it’s impressive that he’s still finding new excuses to miss international friendlies.
  19. 23 points
    Yesterday, my dad had a cardiac arrest. They managed to resuscitate him but his heart is still very erratic. They dispersed the blood clot on his lung. He is critical but relatively stable.
  20. 23 points
    My oxygen consumption rates / the amount of oxygen the ventilator is usi g to pump into my lungs, just like this very second, have been getting constantly dialled back because my body is accepting and holding onto oxygen molecular much better and my O2 saturation is holding. Feeling much stronger, still gonna be several days though, touch wood.
  21. 23 points
    I got ambulanced nto hospital, full breathing gear, I'm really shitting myself
  22. 22 points
  23. 22 points
    Not sure if I’ve told this one here before (I probably have), but a few years back when I was involved in a charity in El Salvador we brought some Salvadoran lads over to Anfield. It was a surprise for them, they only knew they were coming to the city, but we brought them to the ground on matchday. Long and short of it, the one who was the biggest fan went with my pal into the ground to see the game, and was blown away. The other lad came with me to the pub to watch it on the telly, and spent the whole time with his jaw on the floor, chatting to all & sundry, etc. At full time we hung around outside the stadium, as the guys just wanted to soak it up for as long as they could. And sure enough, an hour or so after the match ended, Brendan came out. He headed straight to his car, but we approached him and asked if he’d have a quick chat with the Salvadorans. And he was an absolute gent, chatted away in Spanish for a good five or ten minutes. They were delighted. For that, he gets away with a large amount of knobbery. He could have easily just smiled, shaken their hands, and done one, but he really made an effort and it meant the world to them. As a man he’s alright by me.
  24. 22 points
  25. 22 points
    Just heard from my lad. Both him and his partner are much better today, still a bit breathless if they try to do too much, but better and improving all the time.Sent My Grandson seems to have flown right through it after the initial panic. He has hurdle after hurdle in front of him but he just carries on doing things they say he would have difficulty doing. A real little fighter. This being a huge relief is an understatement. Thank you all for your concern and best wishes. As I said in an earlier post, it was very much appreciated. This place and the people in it are just brilliant.