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Arriving in Edinburgh post Fever
August 2, 2017
My journey to Edinburgh has been via ultrasounds, blood tests, a sleepless night in Charing cross hospital and finally a lovely long train journey to this beautiful city. A month ago I came down with glandular fever while performing another show, The Bacchae in Oxford. After the show came down I returned to London and discovered what had been making me fever, to my dismay the doctors and a whole bunch of friends who were most willing to tell me their horror stories of glandular fever, all said it could take months to shake this one off, that I should cancel all immediate work and so on. Still, the doctors could not be sure that it was glandular fever and after more blood tests they sent me to A&E because my liver function had decreased significantly and I spent a night under observation. I shared a room with a man with lung problems, he was suffering from severe breathing problems and would have some kind of attack every few minutes. I discovered a good way to help was to simply talk to him, as we talked his breathing would steady and the attacks would lessen. At night as I dosed I would hear him pray to Jesus between his attacks, hearing this along with the audiobook I had playing in one ear of Hemingway's ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ made for some strange dreams. I’m glad to say that when I returned to the hospital a week later he had been discharged. As for my situation, my liver function was returning to normal and I seemed to be on the other side of the fever. Now I had to get my fitness back after three weeks of lying down, drinking more water than I care to think and watching too many episodes of Breaking Bad I needed to pull myself into shape if I was ever going to get here. Slowly but surely the fitness came and with that the lethargy left the body and mind, although now after our first week here I definitely needed a couple of days off.
The atmosphere here is electric, I can feel myself being pulled toward so many shows, galleries and events. Thankfully we are situated in lovely Stockbridge in a flat with a deep bath and a good kitchen so we can look after ourselves and recharge the batteries. We are just about to jump of the spring board into the second week here and our first full week of shows. We’ve had some great feedback and are constantly searching for ways to tweak the show here or there to improve and deepen the experience. I’m delighted I could make it and feel that the contrast of being bedridden last month to being here in Edinburgh is making it all the more valuable.