After further investigation, Pa's problem swallowing is a 'slow swallow' rather than no swallow at all. Apparently this means that he can safely eat puréed food and therefore doesn't need a nasal tube.
Everyone is keeping very quiet about the prospects of him being able to come out of hospital and go home, rather than to a nursing home. Particularly as the ward he is on now has diarrhoea and vomiting as well as c. diff. His is slightly closer to his normal self, though:
Ma: Here, dear, you must eat the rest of this yoghurt, to keep your strength up!
Pa: (glum as a Marshwiggle) What's the point? The world is just going to be FULL of yoghurt from now on.
We are all very relieved that he is able to see the bright side of things.
In the meantime, Ma has had a tooth removed and is soldiering on on a diet of soup and soft things; my change of medication is making me as bats as a deserted tower in the middle of the woods protected by an force of elite shock troops from the Bats Protection Society; B has pulled his shoulder lifting Leo all the time; and the final straw - I have come down with a cold that has made my nose all red. This is not being made any better by the fact that there has been an east wind for three days now, which it seems to make the stove smoke like mad.
B has given our neighbour a lift to a hotel up near Lake Vrnwy for an evening out and I am about to cook something nice for our tea - Leo has been asleep for half an hour.
We are hanging in. Thank you for all the good wishes, some of which made me go all weepy. I passed them on to Ma, who is very touched. She doesn't read the blog and pretends that she is disapproving of me writing about them all - but I think it helped her that so many people are routing for her.
Also, remember this? Delivering flowers to these particular graves is an annual event for Ma - and she sent me a text earlier this afternoon to let me know that this year, it had happened without incident.
So that's a good thing.
Another positive thing is that we have made a list of meals that we are going to make this week and actually gone out and bought some vegetables to make that happen with. Vegetables! Cooking! Hasn't happened for a while around here - but last night it was chilli and tomorrow it is spinach lasagne.
For now, that is all.