August 31, 2005

Robert Mathieson recovering from kidney stone

Robert Mathieson, pipe-major of the 2005 World Champion House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band, is recovering in hospital from a kidney stone that debilitated him immediately after competing with the band in the Medley event at Glasgow Green on August 13.

Mathieson was unable to take part in the prize announcement at the World’s, and listened to the results from the first-aid station at the contest. Pipe-Sergeant Maurice Rhodes collected the trophy and banner.

After hearing the result, Mathieson managed to free himself from the first-aid station and made it on to the field to celebrate with his band. After a second bought of severe pain, Mathieson checked in to the casualty ward at a Glasgow hospital where the kidney stone diagnosis was eventual made. He is currently undergoing treatment.

Kidney stones are often triggered by severe dehydration, and Mathieson was unaware of his potential condition before the event. He stressed to Piper & Drummer Online that “nothing will stop me being at Cowal in two weeks, complete with bagpipes and personal water carrier.”

Mathieson also extended his thanks to the North American players in his band. “Not only did they play well, but they were able to offer me a complete assortment of pills, pain-killers and heat-pads throughout the day. These boys come prepared for all eventualities.”

According to sources, “He has been celebrating with sparkling water, which is a first for Robert.”


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