Alan Day

Alan Day

2021 Virtual London Marathon

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My story

[p][b]Update: I did it! Did you see me on the BBC coverage?[/b][/p][p]On Sunday I set off from Stretford shortly after 9am after a warm-up stroll around the park. 26.2 miles and 1900ft of ascent later, I arrived at my parent's house on the outskirts of Halifax with a time of 4:01:43 which I am super pleased with - after cycling the route recently and experiencing the hills I was expecting at least 4 and a half hours! I couldn't have managed this without the great support on the day from family and friends.[/p][p]I'd like to send each and every one of you who have sponsored me an absolute massive thanks, it has given me such a boost to see all this support from so many people, both those I know and those I don't - the generosity of strangers is amazing, especially with all that's been going on recently.[/p][p][b]In October I'll be running my first marathon, taking part in the Virtual London Marathon. Only the location (and the crowds lining the streets) are virtual, the distance I have to run and the time I have to do it in are still very much real! My plan is to run from Manchester over to Calderdale which is not exactly the flattest course but that just adds to the challenge, right?[/b][/p][p][b]As well as a personal challenge for me, I'm hoping to raise some money for the Manchester Foundation Trust, which supports the treatment, research and care at the Manchester hospitals. Four years ago I was on the receiving end of this, with nothing more than some seriously bad luck causing a severe heart infection (myocarditis). I'm still here because of the teams at MRI and Wythenshawe diagnosing, treating and caring for me. I'd only gone into hospital for a cut on my head...[/b][/p][p][b]You can read the full story below, or just hit that 'donate' button straight away![/b][/p][p]It all began on a Thursday in late May 2017. I'd been out for a run during my lunch break, doing a familiar but rather hilly route. I noticed going round that it was slightly harder work than usual, but given that I never considered it easy and it was a hot day that day I didn't think much of it. In the evening I felt a bit under the weather, but still nothing too severe; after hardly sleeping that night I stayed home on Friday to try and recover. I'd developed tonsillitis and so went to the clinic to see about any medications that would help; another sleepless night followed, but it was then the weekend at least.[/p][p]Of course, as you know (or have guessed), I'm not going to run a marathon because I got tonsillitis 4 years ago![/p][p]Saturday morning I decided I couldn't really make it to Parkrun (sensible thinking by me) so I settled for a short walk to get some fresh air, then try and get some rest. A little while later I stood up to walk to the bathroom, took a few steps and the next thing I knew I was lying on the floor. 'What a strange place to have a nap' I thought, 'but I am very tired after all' (not very sensible thinking by me). Then I realised my partner was next to me, and on the phone to the emergency services - I'd lost consciousness, fallen and hit my head and was now bleeding over the floor. I insisted that it was only because I was tired and just needed to go to bed (really really not sensible thinking by me) but she insisted I did actually need an ambulance (very sensible thinking).[/p][p]So, off to the hospital I went! The good news was that my head was fine - the cut was small and could be glued back up.[/p][p]But the bad news was that my heart had become infected (probably causing the tonsillitis as well). The actual muscle was damaged and could no longer pump all my blood around which isn't a great situation to be in. Other organs were starting to become overloaded and my lungs were filling up with fluid as my body tried to reduce the volume of blood. Basically I was going to be there a while...[/p][p]Over the next few hours I had needles and tubes inserted all over me to dose me with a big drug cocktail, an oxygen feed and connect lots of monitoring equipment. Later on they installed a balloon pump which went in at my waist and up through my artery to sit next to my heart and give it a bit of a helping hand. This meant I couldn't sit up - doing so might break the tube inside me, working on compressed helium. I was informed that if all of this wasn't enough to allow the heart to recover, there was a real chance I would need a transplant.[/p][p]I spent the next week in the Critical Care Unit with round-the-clock care. All this care by the nurses and all the work done by the doctors had worked - I was improving. I still had a way to go but it was a relief after a few days, when the word 'transplant' was no longer mentioned during the updates on my condition. After that week I could be moved to the Acute Ward, after a few days in there I had the pump removed, and I could sit up for the first time since I had left home in an ambulance. A few more days and I could get out of bed, though still with tubes into my arms, hand and neck.[/p][p]All in all, I was in there for two and a half weeks, and have been back many times since for check-ups and scans. Just over half a year ago I was fully discharged from the unit. Obviously the fact that I am even able to attempt this challenge shows the expertise and absolutely fantastic quality of care I had during my 'stay'. And maybe I was lucky as well, but all that means is that probability dictates that there are others who won't be so lucky. So because I can, I want to raise some money to support the unit in everything they do, and that's where you come in! Click that donate button and then be glad it's not you who has to run across the Pennines some (probably) rainy Sunday in October![/p][p]That's right, I'll be running all the way to Yorkshire! I'll hopefully get a lift back or something though...[/p]

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Oct 11, 2021

Anonymous

So pleased for you xxxx

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 10, 2021

Kirsty

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 10, 2021

Paul Corcoran

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 10, 2021

Anonymous

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2021

Kiki

What a horrifying experience, hope all is well with you. Hugs from ****!

£20.00


Oct 5, 2021

Sue and David Fairbairn

A fantastic achievement, Alan - you looked so cool and composed after running such a distance. We hope you stay healthy and committed, and we salute your wonderful efforts.

£42.20

plus £10.55 Gift Aid


Oct 4, 2021

John

£20.00


Oct 4, 2021

Graham, Amy, Joel & Owen

Great effort for a worthy cause. What a recovery! Well done👍

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 3, 2021

er87@live.co.uk

Brilliant effort & great cause!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 3, 2021

Tristan

Amazing job!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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