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I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again

The Gaffer at Old TraffordAfter 10 grueling days in the hospital, I’m back. For those of you who may not have heard, I was rushed into the hospital on Thursday, January 31st and was just released last night. I’m so glad to be home, back with my family (wife and three girls) and able to communicate with the outside world (thanks to an Internet connection).

What happened to me is a long story, but the shortened version is that I had another episode of blood clots. The last one happened last August. This time I suffered blood clots in my leg and lungs. The ones in my lungs aren’t severe, but the ones in my leg are. I’ve been unable to get out of the hospital bed in the past 10 days and the pain is still excruciating, which means I’ll continue to be on bed rest for at least the next few days. Rather than stay in the hospital, the decision was made to have me recuperate from home.

I’m on medication so this will prevent any new blood clots from happening. The challenge is to see if this medicine will be able to break down the current clots in my leg so I can get back on my feet again.

While I’m so glad to be back, it may only be temporary before I get readmitted to the hospital if I decide to have a procedure to remove the clots. Right now, I’m weighing up the options and am seeking a second opinion.

Sorry to bring you down with the bad news, but as many of you can attest, there’s been a great kinship (and community) between the readers of EPL Talk ever since the site launched in 2005. So I want to make sure you get to hear the ins and outs of what’s happening in my personal life.

I’m greatly indebted to Michael, The Scout and Bill E Shears for writing on the blog/site while I was away. Thank you so much! Thanks also go to you, the readers, for lots of intelligent comments and your loyalty. Kartik, thanks for getting the word out to the EPL Talk Community via the message board regarding my health. And thanks to everyone for the emails, voicemails, posts and comments you made wishing me a quick return to recovery.

The Gaffer
(aka Christopher Harris)

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  1. JC

    September 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Feel better soon, and take care.

  2. Sean

    September 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for sharing. I too have blood clotting issues, so I feel your pain (literally). Get better soon.

    • The Gaffer

      September 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Hi Sean, I’m much better now health-wise. For some reason, the article on the homepage clicked through to this old one. But hang in there too!

      The Gaffer

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  6. AC

    February 11, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Get well Gaffer, we hope that you feel better soon and that the worst is behind you.

  7. Llewellyn

    February 11, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Good to hear from you again Gaffer!
    Get well, rest up and God bless you with a speedy recovery! My prayers to you and your family!

  8. kat kid

    February 11, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Get well Gaffer. We like you.

  9. timmyg

    February 11, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Enjoy the rest at home! Get well!

  10. eplnfl

    February 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Glad your back home, take it easy and enjoy the games. We’ll all be here waiting for you when your feeling better.

  11. TheScout

    February 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Good to have you back and posting Gaffer! Hope your recovery is speedy and complete.

  12. Shakira Graham

    February 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Nice to have you back Gaffer, get well soon.

  13. Chris O

    February 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Great to hear from you once again, Gaffer! My thoughts are with you for a continued recovery and a return to full health and fitness very soon. All the best!

  14. LemmusLemmus

    February 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Good to see you back! Get well soon!

  15. Hudsonland

    February 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Best wishes, Gaffer. Take care of yourself.

  16. Yannick

    February 10, 2008 at 10:03 am

    w00t! Welcome back Gaffer. Will continue to pray that you get back to good health.

  17. Kartik

    February 10, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Great to have you back in time for the Manchester Derby! Keep well.

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