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SimonSmith


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An appeal to the cognoscenti.

I had pneumonia in March (both sides).
It came back again earlier this month.

Doc sent me for a CT scan.

It turns out that my lower left is partially collapsed. I don't know any more than that, and see a Pulmo on Tuesday.

Does anyone have any experience? Could I, realistically, referee next Saturday? (My fiancee went apeshit when I said I could probably cover this weekend's match...)

What's the fix?
 

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I'm not a doctor, but "collapsed lung" is a blanket term for different conditions with different causes, treatments and risks, so you can't conclude much at all from others' experience. If you've recently had a recurrence of pneumonia you probably want to play it safe, but the specialist is the person to listen to.

In any case, you should probably let the match organisers know you'll know more on Tuesday. Good luck!
 

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what did Dr Google say?
 

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I would doubt you could referee at the moment. but a qualified opinion is what you want.
 

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I caught pneumonia the last time I was living in the USA (1990). For some weeks I was totally lacking in energy, so if yours has returned, I would be surprised if you could manage to referee.
 

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Hi simon
Another non-medical complication is that if there was an incident in your match next week could you be (wrongly) blamed for officiating while suffering from an illness?

But I love your attitude.... bit like the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :)
 

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I know nothing about that which you descrribe.

BUT I would say your health and well being is worth more than refereeing that game.

take the weekend off. Stay well.

didds
 

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Agreed Didds. I pushed a game when not right almost a yer ago and it was a mess. Took a while and this forum to recover from it. Enjoy a break!
 

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Didds, that is the best obscure cultural reference ever. You are a god.
 

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How do you feel and how does high intensity work impact you? I would suggest a partially collapsed lung would make it very difficult for you to be as active and mobile around the pitch as you usually are. Would you be happy being behind the game, having difficulty recurring from a sprint phase etc?

Only you know how you feel, which is more important than a diagnosis. But be honest with yourself about whether you would do you or the players justice in your current state (which is probably still twice as fast/fit as I am!)
 

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It would be interesting to know how long you've had this condition.

My point is, how many games have you done with a collapsed lung? :wow:
 

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Surely the main question is whether you stay with a fiancee who has a different perspective on rugby to you?
 

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I saw SS this Saturday on the sideline. Trust me, his lungs were in fine fettle.
 

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I saw SS this Saturday on the sideline. Trust me, his lungs were in fine fettle.

That's my normal game volume. No effort required

Surely the main question is whether you stay with a fiancee who has a different perspective on rugby to you?

She's incredibly supportive. Just kinda health obsessed. In fairness to her, I have a habit - you might have picked up on it - of downplaying health issues.

It would be interesting to know how long you've had this condition.

My point is, how many games have you done with a collapsed lung? :wow:

That thought had occurred to me. I find out Tuesday.

Thanks for all the answers. One of the refs in my Society has had two in the last couple of years so he was able to talk me through it. And then remove me from the schedule for he is the Assignments Officer
 

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What advice would you give to a fellow referee asking you the same question? :chin:
 
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