Message from our Chairman

To set the record straight because rumours are already rife as to what has happened to me. I could not tell anyone because a) I was in hospital and b) I did not know all the facts myself!
On Friday 11th June at approximately 07.50 hrs I was shopping in St. Helier. I stopped to talk to a friend and suddenly a crushing pain enveloped my chest. I actually thought it was a bout of bad indigestion so drove home to relax. The pain persisted and later, at some time, the thought “heart trouble?” entered my mind so I drove to the pharmacy and shoved some aspirin down my throat. (This action, according to the doctors, saved my life). I did, eventually, go to the doctor who gave me a barrage of tests and I was admitted to the General Hospital Jersey. When a bed became available I was flown by our Air Ambulance to England and transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, in an ambulance with the blue lights flashing and the sirens etc wailing. Great experience!
There I was slapped onto the operating table and they fiddled about inside me with wires, dye and heaven knows what else. The result of all this is that I now have a heart which is pumping strongly and my arteries are again without the need of a chimney sweep. I am at home in Jersey recovering.
So, If I could give anyone any advice it would be this. Buy some aspirin and keep it where you can access it easily. If you experience a pain in your chest don’t panic panic and keep as calm as you can and see a doctor right away. If you are unable to get there quickly take the aspirin. Try to remember what happened and when and write it down. Afterwards you are probably going to have to take pills every day for the rest of your life. Do what the doctors advise and above all keep a sense of loony humour as this will be your strength to overcome adversity.
I hope all of you are in fine fettle. The other method – though possibly inadvisable is to and get a load of alcohol down you as this will thin the blood and make it easier to pass through the blocked artery!
The Jersey Flyer