So if you are on the UK Security and Payments scene: Jonathan Care / @ArashiYama is in hospital

I visited Jon last night and he was very with it, sitting in a chair and messing with his iPad, covered in spots and bruises and with a pair of cannulas (cannulae?) hanging out of him while wired to a drip.

Medically, something has gone wrong with his immune system which is now attacking his own blood platelets; this is a bad thing because without platelets your blood essentially drops out of you. From what I understand the first half of last week was very very bad indeed but as of yesterday he just looked like he’d caught measles whilst battling ninjas using mad judo skillz.

It’s some form of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura but – geeks be advised – he’s not interested in having diagnosis by google thrown at him when he has a bunch of actual doctors on hand to deal with his specific condition. They are paid more than Wikipedia editors, they can earn their salaries. 🙂

If you’d like to visit him (Camberley area) then send a message to his beloved PinkyFluff who will schedule you in – I am certain that Jon would love to see you all at once but Lilly has other ideas about that; also: be advised that she’s been doing a Herculean task of hospital visiting for the past few days and herself deserves props for massive hard work.

Jon’s also available on Twitter; and if you want to help, he needs platelets – stats: should be: 400, was: 1 – so do please go look at

Jon’s likely to be staring at the walls for several days yet.  It’s curious that Steve Lord has equally been through shit of late; and for some reason people think security is a easy profession…

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