When the house got cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom and the fridge and larder were suddenly fully stocked, the laundry basket was empty and all the drawers were full of nicely clean and pressed garments and a carry-all of nightwear appeared in the bedroom, it could only mean one of two things. We were about to have another addition to the family (I didn’t know about the last three either!) or, Sue was going into hospital for her operation. Thankfully, it was the latter (male perspective).
I drove Sue to the hospital for 11am. We had been waiting all morning for a decision as to whether there was a bed for her. I left her there, after seeing her to the ward and checking visiting hours. There has been a drastic curtailment of hours due to the Swine Flu epidemic, only one visit a day from 6-7pm. When I returned that evening she told me that the operating theatres had been very busy (with miscarriages) and she didn’t have her op’ until 4pm and she had only just come round. She looked it, a cadaver would look worryingly healthier. She was very thirsty, having not drank since 7am. She gulped down 4 classes of juice that Charlotte had bought her in as many minutes. She seemed amused that she had no feeling from the waist down and that she felt as if her legs were up in the air but she could see they were not. The anaesthetic from the op’ had not wore off yet and she couldn’t feel any pain. By the time the hour was up, she had tingling feelings in her toes and she was able to move her knees. She asked the nurse for some painkillers. I didn’t think that she would have a good nights sleep. But I was wrong. The following evening, Jamie came with me and reassuringly Sue looked fine. The ashen look had gone and she had been refreshed from a good nights sleep. The ward of 4 that she was in was constantly cycling people in the beds. They were in for days op’s or tests, but Sue seemed to know all about them, so there must have been enough time to talk. The food was good and the nurses attentive (good old NHS). The following evening she didn’t look so good, she had been out of bed for the first time and I think it had an effect on her. She wasn’t sure when she was due to come home, but seemed satisfied to stay where she was. If you are wondering about the absence of Sarah, it is because she was away with the RAF learning to glide (she also had a go at a helicopter). On Saturday Sue came out of hospital. That day she had woken up with a headache and they were keeping her until they were satisfied that she was ok. I got a phone call to fetch her at 6pm. Jamie went with me, Sarah was back but I left her sleeping as she was exhausted by her week away.
She spent the next 2 days in bed or in the chair next to her bed. You could see she didn’t like it, but she knew she had to be there (plenty of warnings from friends, neighbours and relatives). Jamie and Sarah were not so happy at Dad being the main food provider, but then what can you do? Life can be a bummer at times. Especially when you get told to:
Take things to the kitchen
Tidy your bedroom
Hoover your bedroom
Wash the pots
Fiill the washing machine
Hang the clothes on the line
Switch the lights off
Switch the TV off
And no we can’t have a take-away. I cooked it, you eat it.
They don’t look starved, they don’t look scruffy and they are now starting to be helpful (without being asked!) Sue came down stairs yesterday and mooched around. Doreen from next door came to visit and they seemed to have a good long natter about medical things. Doreen had cooked me some soup and a casserole during the week, but I fed it to the kids (there wasn’t enough for everyone), they said it was very tasty. They haven’t commented about my cooking (so far). Today, I took Sue to the supermarket. We stocked up with everything that was needed.
Worryingly, Sarah appears to have a nasty cold and is laying in bed. She tell me that one of the group she went flying with has come down with Swine Flu and 8 of them are feeling ill (not good news). Luckily she was well enough on Tuesday to register in the sixth form, she is doing Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Biology A levels. She did well in her GCSE’s, mostly A’s and B’s with a C, and a D in PE (can you believe that?), she is so talented in sport. I was very pleased with an A in Science (I put a lot of work into that!).
The Newarks are now in the Dominican Republic for 2 weeks. It is Charlotte’s birthday today, what a nice place to spend it. It is also Suraj’s birthday and their wedding anniversary over the next few days. They appear to be having a great time, Lucas is very excited and loving it. (it is raining here at the moment and the temp is 19 degrees).
David (Bulgaria) was having a day out last week with Genya and when they returned back to the village, they came across a group of people oreinteering and later they found one of the derelict village houses on fire. They helped to put it out with their only neighbour, Mark. Less worryingly, they have weasel trouble in their roof. David did catch one of them and re-located him further away. Now he has discovered a mummy and baby weasel wandering around looking for their daddy. He made the foolish mistake of asking for my advice.
Though life has been very complicated recently and extremely busy, I know that tomorrow I shall wake up with a smug look on my face. Why you may ask? Purely, because the schools start back and I don’t.