Saturday, 19 April 2008

correction and some positive things


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.





11 comments:

  1. Ach! Poor Pa, I feel for him. Best of Brisish to him!

    Spinach Lasagne sounds divine! I might have to whip up some for myself!

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  2. Ach! Poor Pa, I feel for him. Best of Brisish to him!

    Spinach Lasagne sounds divine! I might have to whip up some for myself!

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  3. There are worse things than a world full of yoghurt. One of which is the East wind which comes to us straight off the North Sea, thank you very much.

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  4. Awwww thank goodness Ma didn't end up in a ditch this year. But please let her know I was VERY impressed with her antics two years ago especially as she going to be seventy, and then her high jinks above the greenhouse roof more recently.

    At least soft food is on the menu for your Pa .... but does this mean that with Ma's dental treatment that both of them can be sharing the same squidgy food for a while?

    It's pretty cr*p really being elderly. And sometimes being younger when the world and the wind seem to conspire against us.

    I'm reminded of one of the Thomas the Tank Engine stories when one of the engines has to go up a hill and a fellow engine is humming in encouragement, "You can do it, you can do it" hear that in your head when times get so tough - that you can do it and you can get through it. Maybe not perfectly and not with everything done but just getting up that hill is work enough.

    Hugs to you - you can do it! :-)

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  5. Awwww thank goodness Ma didn't end up in a ditch this year. But please let her know I was VERY impressed with her antics two years ago especially as she going to be seventy, and then her high jinks above the greenhouse roof more recently.

    At least soft food is on the menu for your Pa .... but does this mean that with Ma's dental treatment that both of them can be sharing the same squidgy food for a while?

    It's pretty cr*p really being elderly. And sometimes being younger when the world and the wind seem to conspire against us.

    I'm reminded of one of the Thomas the Tank Engine stories when one of the engines has to go up a hill and a fellow engine is humming in encouragement, "You can do it, you can do it" hear that in your head when times get so tough - that you can do it and you can get through it. Maybe not perfectly and not with everything done but just getting up that hill is work enough.

    Hugs to you - you can do it! :-)

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  6. Seems that east wind has blown in some positivity with it, as well. Glad to read things are a bit 'lighter' - except for the things that aren't, of course.
    Ok, I'll go now.
    love & hugs to all. K xx

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  7. Seems that east wind has blown in some positivity with it, as well. Glad to read things are a bit 'lighter' - except for the things that aren't, of course.
    Ok, I'll go now.
    love & hugs to all. K xx

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  8. Usual things - virtual hug, cup of hot chocolate, even a swift snort of ginger wine.

    Very good news about the yoghurt universe.

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  9. Usual things - virtual hug, cup of hot chocolate, even a swift snort of ginger wine.

    Very good news about the yoghurt universe.

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  10. can B try a wrap to carry leo? we have 2, a plain fabric wrap (that is a 5metre piece of cotton) that either of us can wrap around ourselves thus attaching one of sprogglets with no strain on arms, shoulders or back) and a mei tai ( http://www.cwtshi.com/ ) that is a little easier to put on but that keeps boo firmly attached to toms back, again with no strain etc and she loves it. the first (the plain piece of cotton) cost me £7 from a fabric shop so by far the cheapest option, if you fancy it email me and i'll direct you to where to learn to tie it - very simple once you've done it a few times.

    on the other stuff, hope Pa starts to feel a bit more yoghurt inclined.... mine's a little stubborn too and wouldn't take too kindly to be told 'nowt but soft stuff from now on'.

    if you can manage it the cooking'll make you feel better in the long run (says i who up until last week hadn't cooked since Yogi arrived 7 weeks previously...), catch 22 though, cooking will make you feel better but you need to feel better in order to cook, i know, i know.

    however it goes, cook or don't cook, please accept a virtual hug from an exPND sufferer, post-bankrupt, post-craplifer and daughter of elderlies who says, life does not suck forever, i promise.

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  11. can B try a wrap to carry leo? we have 2, a plain fabric wrap (that is a 5metre piece of cotton) that either of us can wrap around ourselves thus attaching one of sprogglets with no strain on arms, shoulders or back) and a mei tai ( http://www.cwtshi.com/ ) that is a little easier to put on but that keeps boo firmly attached to toms back, again with no strain etc and she loves it. the first (the plain piece of cotton) cost me £7 from a fabric shop so by far the cheapest option, if you fancy it email me and i'll direct you to where to learn to tie it - very simple once you've done it a few times.

    on the other stuff, hope Pa starts to feel a bit more yoghurt inclined.... mine's a little stubborn too and wouldn't take too kindly to be told 'nowt but soft stuff from now on'.

    if you can manage it the cooking'll make you feel better in the long run (says i who up until last week hadn't cooked since Yogi arrived 7 weeks previously...), catch 22 though, cooking will make you feel better but you need to feel better in order to cook, i know, i know.

    however it goes, cook or don't cook, please accept a virtual hug from an exPND sufferer, post-bankrupt, post-craplifer and daughter of elderlies who says, life does not suck forever, i promise.

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