We knew that one day us both learning how to drive and handle the boat would come in handy. We always said from day one that we should both have the skills and knowledge to get the boat home on our own should the need ever arise.
Well yesterday proved that point quite well. Liam had been complaining of feeling dizzy and having a loss of balance since Friday morning but had been thinking it would sort itself out by itself. Typical man thinking. Well needless to say it didn't so yesterday Liam was taken to the walk in centre by a friend leaving me to get the boat through Stamp End Lock single handed but with the help of friends who were in their boat.
With the boat moored on the wall above the lock we assumed Liam would be back shortly with some medication and we would be on our way again. But no. A phone call later revealed Liam was being sent to Lincoln A&E for further assessment. Not really wanting to leave the boat alone at Stamp End, which for anyone that doesn't know the area isn't the most salubrious area of Lincoln, it was decided that I would get the boat back to Burton Waters and then head up to the hospital to meet Liam.
With the hoods up there is not a lot of room to thread Naughty-Cal through the bridges in Lincoln city centre but I managed to get through unscathed, not helped by the annoying little tug narrowboat trip boat which was just milling around going as slowly as possible, but that is a story for another day.
With the boat safely tucked up on its berth I was dropped off at A&E to find Liam, easier said then done as none of the staff knew where he was! After 15 minutes of tracking him down he was finally located in an interview room where he had been given some sedatives to try and bring his heart beat and blood pressure down to acceptable levels.
Eventually they were happy with his readings and after checking his bloods decided there was little else they could do. They had reached the limitations of what they could do in A&E, so this morning Liam has been dropped off at home and will head to see his GP this morning to try and get more answers and hopefully a referal to someone who can do more conclusive tests. At least we now know that his heart is ok!