2007 has not been a nice year for me. It took me months to recover after I got my heart broken. I really didn’t think I’d be so fucked up and depressed for so long. But I was. Then I had bouts of nasty chest infections throughout the year. In the same year I’ve had a lot of serious issues with my day job. And then there’s the cause of the numbness and pins and needles. I was on a blog and email holiday the past few days but being fully transparent the reason for it was that I was admitted into hospital on Wednesday. After x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and a lumbar puncture (yes they fucking hurt) they’ve discovered I have two inflamations inside my brain causing my left side to go numb and go all pins and needles-like. It will be another two weeks before they can confirm what it is that I might have but for now I’m to take solace that I don’t have an aneurysm, a tumour, HIV (they tested me due to my “lifestyle”, how nice), meningitis or the usual viruses that infect the brain.
Still, some highs in 2007 were being asked to write for the Tribune, running the blog awards, managing to get into 3rd year law by the skin of my teeth after an appeal, having a deus ex machina come in and wake me the fuck up around the end of July 🙂 and losing 30lbs in the past few months when I started to watch my diet and take care of myself. Paddy’s Valley was a cherry on top of the good aspects of the year. Overall though 2007 has been one of the suckiest years ever. Glad to see it gone. Fuck you 2007, roll on 2008.
Ouch dude, that does not sound like good news 🙁 Here’s hoping it turns out to be something easily sorted….
Virtual hugs is about all I can offer too. Glad to hear it’s nothing more serious though – hope you get all fixed up soon!
Very sorry to hear that, Damien. Best wishes and hope all is well soon.
Sorry to hear the medics have got their hands on you Damien. Not much fun!
You recently said “I think blogging your thoughts allows you to frame them and understand yourself better” Right on! Keep it coming.
Fingers crossed 2008 brings you brighter news.
Awww, honey 🙁
For all the suckiness of your current situation, I’m glad the health service actually provided you with some healthcare. I hope the next few weeks bring positive news, and a way better 2008. You have a lot to be proud of in 2007, though; you’re a good egg, Mulley. You did good.
Get well soon Damien, looking forward to reading more from you in 2008
Sounds like my 2003, life gets much better! 🙂
Damien, I have the same sentiments about 2007 as you, and have unfortunately had this year many of the same procedures as you, including that nasty fucking lp – so you have my sympathy. Hoping for you that 2008 is all the better for your health and your wealth â€“ donâ€™t let the neuros get you down 🙂 Eoin
Sorry to hear about the health problems – I hope that everything is OK and that you get well soon.
Same wishes as the above posters – you’re young , you have a sensible head on your shoulders and God knows you have the stamina to fight back. Plus you seem to be in the right frame of mind to deal with it – I feel all will be well !
I hope 2008 will be a better one for u:) and u get well soon.
Damien, I’m sorry to hear your health is not so good, hopefully the docs will get to the bottom of it and it won’t be too serious.
You’ve brought back awful memories of lumbar punctures – I’ve had a few for the ol’ leukemia – and they are without doubt one of the most unpleasant experiences ever.
Get well soon, take it easy over Christmas and wishing you health and better times in 2008.
Does anyone go out on a saturday night anymore? 🙂
Or rather, Fuck 2008.. ‘Cos it doesn’t have a chance once Mulley is in the house 🙂 WB
Wishing you a Mele Kalikimaka and a better 2008, Damien. Your writings and candor are appreciated.
Me too on the hate-2007-roll-on-2008 view – think the only upside to 2007 was stopping banging my head against a brick wall and taking family advice to move back to Ireland.
Here’s hoping that the stress and pain of your hospital visit yields some good and you have a great 2008, Damien.
Does anyone go out on a saturday night anymore?
No, Damien. Not when you’re fucked from being out on Friday, Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday and fucking Monday. And that’s without bothering to mention the previous Sunday and Saturday.
That’s a bit of a shit year right enough. Normally, in these circumstances, the tradition is to make a series of crass, insensitive jokes, but you have to have shared a pint with somebody before that’s allowed. We’ll rectify that deficiency at the Blog Awards.
I hope [ 🙁 ] to rectify a different deficiency at those DAMN awards….
But either way I’ll buy Damien a pint!
Just back from my Saturday night. 🙂 Hope things work out health wise over the next while and here’s to a better 08.
For the well-being of your posse and your own personal benefit, please take care of your health. I hope you’ve received some worthwhile advice from doctors about what’s best.
Damien, lots of love and good wishes for a swift and satisfactory outcome to this. I hope whatever they come up with (d’you ever feel like that’s the way we get diagnosed with stuff, someone wandering along a shelf of potential ailments going “hmm, yeah, let’s say it’s this one …”) it’s something easily treatable so that you are feeling much better soon.
We don’t know each other, but you were very kind to me back with that BT nightmare business after Suzy put us in contact, and I see that you are a guy who lives by your word in all senses of it.
I wish you a 2008 full of vitality and leaving behind of the old and outworn. Go Damo! 😀 xx
“Does anyone go out on a saturday night anymore?”
Have been out a bit this week, so was doing Christmassy stuff, hanging out with the baba and embracing my inner codger by falling asleep on the couch at 11pm. Kids’ll do that to you. 🙂
Good luck with the results. See you in ’08
Damien: I had no idea about the suckiness of 2007. I must admit that I am relatively late coming to the blog.
As for your health: I hope you get well soon and continue to give us all something to smile at again and again. Here’s to a better 2008.
Better luck next year.
I think it was you who blogged the ‘avoiding life one post at a time’ item on the breast cancer ‘scare’ and the consequences. Coinicidently todays entry in that blog reports on a further fuck-up in the health service, so, although I have sympathy for your problems I assume you went private to get such quick and comprehensive service.
If I went private I’d be waiting 18 months or more unless I was willing to pay 10s of 1000s for a private clinic in Dublin. It doesn’t matter now anymore because things are so screwed everywhere.
My Doctor like all clever Doctors knows how to get around the health system and so sent me in via A&E and marked me as urgent. I still ended up in a trolley for 24 hours while they found a bed for me but during that time I was seeing two neuro guys. It was the exact same for a guy I was chatting to that had cancer. Despite all the symptoms the only way of getting around a seriously long waiting list was to go via A&E marked as urgent.
Jaysus not exactly the new you’d hope for before Christmas. Hope you enjoy the festive season of 2007 anyway.
That’s a pretty nasty way to start the Christmas (and end the year) – hopefully you’ll get the inflammation sorted and 2008 will be a good one.
I’ve a good feeling about this Damien, your gonna get through this 😉
lots of hugs,
And then, Damien, on a similar note, if you’ll forgive me, we have the absolute fucking scandal of this poor woman who has pain and a bleeding breast, but can’t get an ultrasound in an Irish hospital.
If it’s any consolation I’ve had an absolutely shit 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Things are looking up for 2008 though so happy days.
Sorry to hear about that Damien… best wishes, Frank.
Everything has pretty much been said and I’m not the most verbose of people around here, however, just a quick note to hope that they are able to resolve whatever is wrong and you get well soon.
also a happy christmas to you and yours.
oh and I agree 2007 was the shittest year ever
Hope the health stuff clears itself up.
Keep the chin up, enjoy the holidays, and roll on ’08.
Look after yourself! Have a great 2008.
Good to bump into you today, best wishes for 2008..
Sorry to be commenting on this so late, but I’m out on Christmas Day from the Tallaght Hospital where I’ve been for the last week with arrhythmia and diabetes so I can sympathize with the 2007 suckage issues. I hope all is better for you, we will have to get together and have a beer (still on the menu) when the doctors are finished with me.
Cheers and happy new years!
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Wow Damien, you certainly have some good friends, and I’d like to join them in wishing you well, voices like yours are needed.
Like Branedy you need to keep us blogged on how the health service works, but it does seem bizarre that the way to get service is to be an ‘urgento’ in A&E, which in your case was true!!
Hey Damien. Just catching up after a seriously “offline” Christmas (highly recommended btw). Sorry to hear about 2007. Best forgotten, I think. Take care and good luck in 2008!
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phew – that sounded like one cuntfuckistan of a year – my respect for you just took another huge % jump.