"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Off again

Dad had a hip replacement last month. Because he had had osteomyelitis as a young man, the NHS consultant could not guarrantee that the operation wouldn't interfere with the area of bone lower down where the osteomyelitis had been, so Dad decided that, in that case, he couldn't go ahead with it. He was recorded as 'having refused treatment'.
That was six years ago. Fast forward to this year, when the hip was giving him far more trouble and he decided to see another consultant privately. This time, the risk was assessed as being extremely slight and so he went ahead and had it done privately and all went well. He was fully expecting to be out digging the garden by now (well, maybe not quite yet) but, as he couldn't go home to an empty house for the recovery period, he went to stay with my sister, where, within two hours, he had fallen and was taken back to hospital for a further week. Luckily, the joint was fine but he needed the clips replacing in the wound. Last week I went to stay with him for a few days and then, when I needed to come back home, he went to my sister's again, where, within a few hours, he was feeling ill with the beginnings of a cold, which could have been a chest infection. (You see a pattern here?)
As it turned out, it was only a cold, so tomorrow, I am off to Bristol again so that he can spend a few more days at home. I have managed to book my clients into Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so I can only stay until Sunday again, but at least it means that he gets to spend a few days of the week in his own house, which is what he wants, and soon, with a bit of luck, he will be out in the garden, although maybe not digging it - not yet, anyway.
You can't keep a good man down!
And Paddy? Yes, he'll be staying here with Keith again for more male bonding, but hopefully, not more strangling.

11 comments:

  1. Elder Daughter3/12/2009 08:55:00 am

    He can plant the pea seeds I brought him last time. I also brought him the complst and pots so he has no excuse!!!

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  2. Hi Jenny.

    Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear about your poor Dad, a big worry for you, not nice.

    Rest assured for I know he well get better soon, he has you looking out for him for while and it’s a fact and true that only the best people live in Bristol and he is one of the best.

    I know that your visit will help his recovery more quickly. Your TLC will no doubt will be a tremendous help.

    I don’t know about digging the garden or planting pea seeds [I’m no gardener] might be therapeutic if he takes it in moderation and carefully.

    Give him my best wishes for a speedily recovery. - Mick.

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  3. Thanks for your good wishes, Mick.
    ED, I think that might end up as me planting the pea seeds!

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  4. Well I hope that, after the setbacks he's had, your father emerges from all of this a happier and healthier man.

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  5. If he doesn't, it won't be through lack of determination, YP! :)(Cheshire grit, you see. Different to Yorkshire grit - better. ;))

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  6. If I might use a famous old Yorkshire saying Jenny - "Get stuffed!"

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  7. Getting there, thank you, Ellee.

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  8. Hi hun hope your dad gets better soon and is back at home happy, hurry back missing your updates.

    Debbie x

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  9. Thanks Debbie. Hope to be back to the old routine soon.

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