Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
And the nominations for OSCARS (I Ought to Send Champagne And RoseS to them) are, in no particular order :-
- the locum doctor who (after 2 months of being seen by own doctor) took one look at Mick and within 48 hours had arranged an MRI scan, an appointment with a neurologist and a hospital bed
- the nurse at Papworths who, being so disgusted that our doctor and district nurses had refused to help until the referral came through, had WORDS with them to get them to give us some help
- the Red Cross which lent us a wheelchair so that I could get Mick out of the house
- the Macmillan nurse who (although Mick was staying at home and not going into a hospice) brought us some incontinence pads when I was unable to get them
- the jeweller who (when I explained about Micks wedding ring cutting into his finger) came out in his own time and cut the ring off and refused to charge for doing it
- my neighbour (Sue) who (although we had previously only exchanged pleasantries) turns up on the door step once a week with a ready made cup of tea for me and ALWAYS speaks to Mick
- the local community transport drivers (all volunteers) and company who give us the ability to get to get to town or a local garden centre without having to waste 2 hours walking to and fro
- technology; which has meant that I can do online shopping
- the local mobility centre for telling me that the cheaper brand of incontinence pad was equally as good as the dear one
- Steve for building a ramp (when O.T. said they wouldnt) and being our general handy-man
- Chris who is always on hand for carrying shopping and is the ONLY person strong enough to push Mick UP the hill from the Maldon Grey
- Rob for all his help with my computer queries; it wasnt that long ago that I didnt even know where the ON button was!
BUT THE WINNER IS........................................................
(hold your breath)
(the suspense is too much!)
(can you wait?)
MY DARLING HUSBAND, MICK
whose courage and determination to live is a lesson to us all
Those of you wondering why there has been no mention of our daughters in the above nominations. Well the answer is simple!
No words could ever be said to convey to you, dear reader, the unfailing love and support that they have given us.
No riches would ever compensate them for their tireless devotion.
Lynn, Leanne and Manda (my rock)
*"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!" ~ [[Lydia Child]]
To those who read my last post :- I am a happy little soul really! Will make up for all that complaining in my next post which will be entitled "Champagne and roses"
Posted by RUTH on 28.10.06
Friday, October 27, 2006
Any visitors who have already read this post in my "Me, my life, my garden" blog can skip this. In case you haven't click below for a wee glimpse into my average day
A DAY IN MY LIFE <------CLICK HERE
Posted by RUTH on 27.10.06
Thursday, October 26, 2006
My poor darling has not had his bowels open for nearly TWO weeks now! It is starting to affect him very badly. He is finding it even more difficult eating and drinking and is choking all the time. His appetite levels have dropped so much; the steroids he is on are prone to increase his appetite usually. He is bringing up lots of clear mucus which I think could be digestive juices and at times is groaning with stomach pains. I feel so helpless. It is impossible to sit him on a commode; he would not be able to sit upright on him and besides there is no way to get him ON one. I try to explain to him that he has "special padding" (incontinence pants) on and that its ok to to DO it while he is sitting in his bed but it is so difficult for him and I'm sure he is trying to hold it in; especially when there are visitors around. I know I wouldnt be able to "do" it sitting on a bed or in a chair. Also the fact that it is so difficult for him to swallow and get liquids down is not helping. I have done everything I can to give him foods like prunes to help him. We have Movicol powder which I mix with liquid; this helps to soften the feaces but, because of the difficulty in swallowing and the stomach pains it gives him, this makes him choke even more. I am sure a lot of the liquid goes down the wrong way and am sure that some of it will be in his lungs! It is heartbreaking to sit and watch him suffering.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Posted by RUTH on 24.10.06