Firstly, I need to say a big thank you to everyone for all the messages of concern and support that I’ve been inundated with.
I can honestly say you really never do know what’s around the corner, I can not believe that I left London just over a week ago and now I’m typing this blog from dry land.
For those that have been following me you’ll know that I made fairly quick progress from Tower Bridge around Margate and onto Dover, where the weather turned pretty nasty. This wasn’t a problem as I was taking shelter behind the harbour wall and had the boat just sitting on an anchor holding my position.
On Thursday evening I started feeling very weak and could not stop being sick. I also noticed that my urine was almost black. I was very taken aback by this as I was drinking what I thought was plenty of fluids. I thought that a good night’s sleep might sort things out but I couldn’t sleep and continued feeling awful. After seeing blood in my vomit and hardly having the energy to even sit up in the boat, I decided I need to get some medical attention.
I described my symptoms to Dover Port over the VHF radio and they called an ambulance for me. A few minutes later a pilot boat came along side me and I made the transition. A short moment later I was on my way to hospital. Twelve hours later I was diagnosed with a urine infection that was affecting my kidneys. I now at least knew why I was feeling so awful.
I am now at home resting and will be here for a little while to come. I am still in shock as to how this has happened and, as one would imagine, a feeling of absolute disappointment is constantly hammering away at me.
However, this is not the end and I will continue, although the project is going to take a slightly different form.
I set out to raise money and awareness for a fantastic charity, Over The Wall and that has not changed. More details as to what’s happening moving forward will come, but I am just focusing on feeling better at the moment.
In the meantime you can donate here http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/overthewall/roundbritainrow
Out for now