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I have been in hospital for just over a week but am home now. About 3 weeks ago, I woke up with great pains in my chest and I thought I was having a heart attack. The doctor quickly decided it wasn't my heart but probably an infection of the lung. As well as a cupboard full of tablets he sent me for an x-ray. At lunch time on the Tuesday after Easter I had a phone call from the doctor to say that I needed to go into hospital ASAP. The x-ray had revealed that there was an air pocket between my lung and rib and it was crushing my lung. They inserted a tube into my chest to let the air out and I had to walk around with a bucket attached to my chest. I feel a lot better now but have to take things easy for a little while.

This is how I should be relaxing!

I know mrswollybill loves pictures of meekatts Wink

Brand:PENTAX Corporation
Camera:Pentax K110D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 May 2009 - 1:35 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Shutter Speed:1/180sec
Exposure Comp:-1/2
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:On, Red-eye reduction
White Balance:Manual
Title:Such a Hard Life
Username:lonely_oryx lonely_oryx
Uploaded:11 Apr 2013 - 10:03 AM
Tags:Meerkat, Pets / captive animals
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Suzicoo  3464 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 - 10:05 AM

Hope you are as relaxed as the meerkat!

leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
11 Apr 2013 - 10:07 AM

They are so cute. Looks like they are relaxing.

NDODS Plus Member 44299 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:27 AM


Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:45 AM

Those expressions! Absolutely love this image.

So glad you have made your escape and are back home. Sounds like a very hard 3 weeks and I hope you start feeling 100% better soon.


AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:48 AM

What a shock for you and I hope you'll be up and running around again soon! Smile Love your chilled out meerkats - that's the way to relax!

Hermanus  3 South Africa
11 Apr 2013 - 10:55 AM

What a bad time you have been through John !! I am glad you are better and trust you will be up and running full speed again soon Smile I love this image !! Totally excellent and a great title too !!

richmowil Plus Member 6307 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:59 AM

Wonderful, Humourous with a great title!!

Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
11 Apr 2013 - 11:24 AM

Super image John, pleased to hear you are feeling a bit better,

helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 11:38 AM

What a shock to the system - glad you are home and improving - love the laid back feel here - all that's missing for now is the sunshine SmileSmile

11 Apr 2013 - 11:49 AM

Superb shoot Smile Sorry to hear you have been unwell,, but glad your home and improving


jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
11 Apr 2013 - 11:58 AM

What a cool pose I hope that you get well soon

NaturesHaven Plus Member 3281 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 12:04 PM

Get better soon.....I'm sure when the sun comes out you can relax just like the meerkat...........GrinGrinGrinGrin

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51389 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 12:11 PM

Relax... simples. Not easy with a bucket on your chest though!! Smile


CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 12:19 PM

Was wondering where you had disappeared to, John, sorry to hear it was in hospital, but great news that they have sorted you out and you are back at home now. Take things easy, and hopefully you will be back to normal again very shortly. Carol

sweetpea62 Plus Member 5sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 12:44 PM

This made me smile,great capture John,sorry to hear your news,get better soon..Lin

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 1:05 PM

big smile here from this wonderful image....
Take care .....

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 1:20 PM

Wow, that was a scary week for you. Do as these lovely meercats do, and take it easy for a while.......Sandy

johnke  2223 forum posts South Africa15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 2:16 PM

I did wonder where you were, but I am happy that your on the road to recovery, do as these Meercats are doing and relax John, get well soon...John

CaroleS  5255 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 2:39 PM

A delightful image, totally chilling out! Sorry to hear you have been unwell, hope you continue to improve.

TyChee Plus Member 10260 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 4:09 PM

Love this image! I hope you are on the road to a speedy recovery.

danbrann Plus Member 10543 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 4:23 PM

I hope mrs WB sees them John. I do believe she is away for a couple of days.So sorry to here you have been unwell. Take it easy.

Last Modified By danbrann at 11 Apr 2013 - 4:24 PM
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 5:41 PM

Love 'em! Smile You and me both, having been spending time in hospital Sad Hope you're soon feeling better - I'm a bit lethargic and tired with the tablets I've been put on.
Trev Smile

gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 7:03 PM

Now this really is what you call being laid back. - gary

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 7:05 PM

That was a good Dr's call!! do hope that this is
now your road to a full recovery
and just love this shot...laid back or what!

GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 7:45 PM

Excellent capture ! I wish you feeling better soon !

JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 8:04 PM

A super capture & had no idea they would relax like humans!
Hope you will soon feel much much better & sorry to hear of your hospital trial.

Alan_Baseley Plus Member 14338 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:36 PM

Glad you're feeling better John,

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 8:39 AM

A great shot!

xwang  631 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 2:39 PM

GrinGrin I have to agree... excellent captured image.

annettep38 Plus Member 4209 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 11:36 PM

love this great image and glad you got it sorted. Same thing happened to me when I was in my early 20s never worked out what caused it. Very painful.

Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 - 3:14 PM

So cute! Super capture! Well seen... IB

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