Ok, so we went to Edinburgh for a fun-fulled Halloween weekend. We had a great hotel that I will give a full review (Ten Hill Place). We booked the "Ghost and Gouls" tour with Mercat Tours. It was quite cold, windy, and a bit rainy. The witch who was our guide was a great storyteller. Here's abit about the tour:
By day Edinburgh is a bustling metropolis ��" but at night the old buildings and narrow closes take on a more sinister air…A long history of murder, torture, hangings and plague has left a haunting legacy on the city's Old Town and ghostly apparitions now walk its streets.Enter the underground vaults whose walls, it is said, have absorbed the memories of those who once lived and worked there.
This part of the tour is not for the faint-hearted. Cling tightly to the person beside you: we try to leave with the same number as we had on going in!
My scary stay at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh established in 1729. I am all hooked up for my first of 2 echocardiograms.
We had a scream!!! It was dark and damp, what better backdrop for ghost stories. I highly reccomend the tour, especially around Halloween. The stories are great and the storyteller makes the most of the settings.
Ok, here's where it really get's scary. When I went to bed, I had a dull ache in my upper back on the right side. During the night the pain worstened. Around 6am I awakend in great pain and in trying to get comfortable, I laid on my back on to have the pain become like an electrical and in time with my hearbeat. I moved on my left side to only have the strength of the pain continue. I became a bit worried as to what was going on.
Along the Royal Mile at sunset.
I just couldn't find a position that wasn't painful. Rob wanted to go to the emergency room. but, I could not even move with out unbearable pain. The pain increased with every breath and seemed to worsten as I breathe in and breathe out. I couldn't get out of bed. He asked the reception about a possible house call or other option for medical assitance. They gave him a number for a 24 hour nurse hotline with the NHS. She gave him the name of two painkillers to get from the pharmacy, so that I would be able to get out of bed and to the hospital. She made an appointment for us at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Within an hour of taking the pain killers I was, atleast, able to get up and get dressed to go the hospital. We had a cab come to the hotel and went to the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, we were seen within 10 minutes.
A little local flavor.
The doctor asked many questions about my history and how I was feeling. She decided that given my history and the facts about the pain that It might be heart or lung related. She performed an EKG and it was found to be irregular. She decided to send me for an escalation of the assessment. The next doctor did a chest x-ray. Then he did a second EKG. It showed irregular, again. He requested a CAT scan of my chest, next. Then took ALOT of blood for tests. All of this had been done without an explanation of what they were concerned about. So, Rob pressed for imformation. They were concerned I might have a torn aorta, a pulmonary embolism, paricarditis, or even an advancement of my mytral valve prolapse. All of the tests looked ok, which just meant that they were inconclusive. They didn't have a diagnosis.
Typical picturesque Scotland.
The possibility that it was muscular was considered but, there was no area of tenderness .....anywhere. So, they decided to keep me for observation. So, I stayed night in the Royal infirmary. Rob had to leave around 8pm and go sleep alone at the hotel. I had an uneventful night. Painkillers and sleeping pills allowed me to sleep. The next morning the x-ray technician's written evaluation was ready. Nothing stood out as a cause. I was still in pain but, it was being managed by medication. With a letter to my physician, they released me from their care. Ok, all of this was done without cost to us. They never even asked for any type of identification. They just cared for me. I think healthcare everywhere should be this way. They didnt worry about paperwork....they just helped me....imagine that!
We left the Royal Infirmary and went back to the hotel for a much needed shower and to check out.
Rob with the old town in the background.
We went to David Bann, which is a wonderful vegitarian resteraunt in the heart of Edinburgh full of creative recipies and fabulous flavors. What a wonderful meal.
After lunch, we walked to Holyrood Palace, along the Royal Mile, and visited Edinburgh Castle. It was a quick viewing of the beautiful city of Edinburgh. I hope to return soon and explore at a more leisurely pace. It was definitely eventful.....and memorable.
Thanks to the kind people of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for taking care of me.
I am at home now, obviously, and giving things a couple of days to ......get better, I hope. I'm taking the pain meds to be comfortable. If things do not improve, I will go see a doctor on Wednesday.