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THOMAS SURVIVES A SCARE

 

THOMAS SURVIVES A SCARE
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District premiership captain Paul Thomas is expected to play in Round One despite being struck down by a punctured bowel for the past six weeks.
The 31-year-old has revealed he spent a week in hospital recovering from the life-threatening ailment, which has been placed down to ‘’bad luck.’’
After training without restriction up the Christmas break, the Magarey Medallist began to experience extreme stomach cramps while shopping with his pregnant wife Rachael on December 30.
Within 12 hours, Thomas was admitted to hospital for one of his biggest off-field battles.
‘’I thought maybe I had overdone things the day before,’’ Thomas said.
‘’It felt like a bout of gastro but my bowels didn’t move and it became really uncomfortable. Initially they (doctors) thought it might have been my appendix but they weren’t sure. 
‘’My appendix wasn’t that bad, it was inflamed. So they investigated further and found a puncture in my bowel.
‘’When I woke up I didn’t have an appendix and I had a two-metre tube attached to a bottle which was draining all of the fluid which had been leaking.
‘’When they (doctors) told me what happened, I thought: ‘Wow’.’’
Little did Thomas - who played eight games for Essendon in 2005 - realise, this was just the beginning.
‘’I picked up what they thought was an infection but scans showed I had an abscess on my pelvis,’’ Thomas said.
‘’That required further surgery or a dose of anti-biotics, so we went with that option as further surgery would have involved a colostomy bag and the like.
‘’I did that and was able to come home after seven days in hospital. A fortnight later, I was allowed to start jogging and now it is around five weeks after the operation and I am moving into skills and full weights as well as full running blocks.’’
Given Thomas’ wife Rachael is due to give birth in the first week of March, and that he’s started a new job heading up Henley High School’s dedicated football program, the Bulldogs’ No.16 declared it had been an ‘’interesting time.’’
‘’Rachael has history of giving birth at 27 weeks and she is now 36 weeks so every week she is more pregnant the better off we are,’’ Thomas said.
‘’All the while I was worried about her giving birth and me not being fully recovered to help her. There is never a dull moment.’’
The easy question to ask Thomas is what caused such a serious issue. Unfortunately, finding the answer is not so simple.
‘’If I was 60, didn’t exercise and had a terrible diet – that would be the cause,’’ Thomas said.
‘’I also don’t have any food allergies so they (doctors) put it down to just pure bad luck. Another cause can be a fish bone getting stuck but I haven’t eaten fish for ages.’’
Despite the seriousness of Thomas’ situation, the courageous utility hasn’t allowed himself to reflect on how much danger he was in.
‘’The worst was when the doctors came and said they would have to operate again,’’ said Thomas, who already has a two-year-old son, Austin.
‘’I probably haven’t thought too much about how bad it could have been. People have been saying it was life-threatening with too much gunk in there (bowel). So I haven’t given it the thought that it needs but I probably haven’t felt I have had the time to do that starting a new job and with everything else that has been going on.’’

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District premiership captain Paul Thomas is expected to play in Round One despite being struck down by a punctured bowel for the past six weeks.

The 31-year-old has revealed he spent a week in hospital recovering from the life-threatening ailment, which has been placed down to ‘’bad luck.’’

After training without restriction up the Christmas break, the Magarey Medallist began to experience extreme stomach cramps while shopping with his pregnant wife Rachael on December 30.

Within 12 hours, Thomas was admitted to hospital for one of his biggest off-field battles.

‘’I thought maybe I had overdone things the day before,’’ Thomas said.

‘’It felt like a bout of gastro but my bowels didn’t move and it became really uncomfortable. Initially they (doctors) thought it might have been my appendix but they weren’t sure. 

‘’My appendix wasn’t that bad, it was inflamed. So they investigated further and found a puncture in my bowel.

‘’When I woke up I didn’t have an appendix and I had a two-metre tube attached to a bottle which was draining all of the fluid which had been leaking.

‘’When they (doctors) told me what happened, I thought: ‘Wow’.’’

Little did Thomas - who played eight games for Essendon in 2005 - realise, this was just the beginning.

‘’I picked up what they thought was an infection but scans showed I had an abscess on my pelvis,’’ Thomas said.

‘’That required further surgery or a dose of anti-biotics, so we went with that option as further surgery would have involved a colostomy bag and the like.

‘’I did that and was able to come home after seven days in hospital. A fortnight later, I was allowed to start jogging and now it is around five weeks after the operation and I am moving into skills and full weights as well as full running blocks.’’

Given Thomas’ wife Rachael is due to give birth in the first week of March, and that he’s started a new job heading up Henley High School’s dedicated football program, the Bulldogs’ No.16 declared it had been an ‘’interesting time.’’

‘’Rachael has history of giving birth at 27 weeks and she is now 36 weeks so every week she is more pregnant the better off we are,’’ Thomas said.

‘’All the while I was worried about her giving birth and me not being fully recovered to help her. There is never a dull moment.’’

The easy question to ask Thomas is what caused such a serious issue. Unfortunately, finding the answer is not so simple.

‘’If I was 60, didn’t exercise and had a terrible diet – that would be the cause,’’ Thomas said.

‘’I also don’t have any food allergies so they (doctors) put it down to just pure bad luck. Another cause can be a fish bone getting stuck but I haven’t eaten fish for ages.’’

Despite the seriousness of Thomas’ situation, the courageous utility hasn’t allowed himself to reflect on how much danger he was in.

‘’The worst was when the doctors came and said they would have to operate again,’’ said Thomas, who already has a two-year-old son, Austin.

‘’I probably haven’t thought too much about how bad it could have been. People have been saying it was life-threatening with too much gunk in there (bowel). So I haven’t given it the thought that it needs but I probably haven’t felt I have had the time to do that starting a new job and with everything else that has been going on.’’

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