I need you to do something for me. I need you to find the three members of your staff who rocked up to my home on the 23rd of January after my wife's 999 call at some time around 8pm and pass on my thanks.
In short, one minute I was sat down watching the telly, and the next the left hand side of my head seemed to go AWOL - as if there was nothing in it. At the same time I lost the sense of feeling in my right arm. The speed by which whatever it was seemed to pass and the fact it was two events on opposite sides confounded the consultants for most of the night and following morning but it certainly seemed to be a TIA.
A very nice chap who I only know by his first name - M - was on my doorstep in about six and a half minutes from the start of the call in a Rapid Response Vehicle and he subsequently called in two ladies with a full size ambulance to get me to the Grange A&E. I know the two ladies that rocked up with the ambulance were S and Clare M from "Hawthorn" station.
More than anything else I want to thank all three for putting my endless chatter, a direct consequence of being absolutely terrified at what was going on. I owe them all a debt of thanks for helping me hold it together during a set of events which now I look back I realise actually were NOT the worst day of my life but certainly were the most terrifying.
While waiting at The Grange, I did suggest that I might send the very nice chap who operates a gin and prosecco "trailer" at Brecon Jazz and Fringe round to your HQ to offer something from the bar all round, but that might present some operational difficulties for the upcoming shift. One of the ladies with the ambulance suggested I write a letter saying thank you instead. Probably a better idea and less calories too.
I had hoped to actually WRITE this, and I mean fountain pen, ink and Basildon Bond paper, but alas the TIA (or something VERY like it) for which we called you out has robbed me of some feeling and dexterity in my fingers, and while that is returning, my handwriting remains well beyond illegibility so I will have to resort to sending this by electronic means instead.
As for my current condition, I seem to have had remarkable success as dodging what a little internet searching indicates could have been massively worse. I was actually allowed home the following day.