Update, Down But Not Out!

4th July 2016by James Ketchell5

Hi Guys,

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

Captain Ketch

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James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.

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