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Tuesday morning

Good morning all - yesterday was a bit of a slob day I didn't do much but some knitting and watching rubbish on the TV.  Lunch was the last of the boiled ham with bubble and squeak and for dinner we had a take away curry as the leftovers are finished and I need to get cooking again.  I went to Morrisons the other day in search of a lettuce as I fancied a salad but having wandered around I came back with a few bargains but completely forgot the lettuce which just goes to show I am not functioning at full capacity and my nose is still running though I don't feel too bad.  I stayed away from the hospital as they advise apparently they have have enough bugs of their own!!!!
I feel a bit mean not visiting but I think it is the right thing to do and Mike is safer not seeing me until this drippy nose has departed.  I will give them a ring later and check up on him.  James was chatting to person on line who had his appendix removed at the medway hospital and the food was so bad he di…

Monday Morning

Good morning all.  Having spent yesterday sleeping I feel a bit brighter this morning I still have a drippy nose but feel better in myself.  My very good friend Elly went to visit Mike and took him a bag of christmas goodies and reported back that he was in good spirits and had been delighted with the bits I had taken him.  I will ring the hospital today but I think I had better keep my drippy nose to myself the very last thing Mike needs now is a cold.
Ham eggs and bubble and squeak are on the menu for today so nothing too taxing in the kitchen.  I weighed the remaining wool and discovered there was just not quite enough to make a second jacket however the pattern has a short sleeved version so that is what I am going to do.  I must admit knitting it all in one piece is very easy the only bits that are a bit taxing are the neck band and cuffs but I am quite good at picking up stitches.  The front borders are all knitted at the same time as the fronts.  Now that I have done one the n…

Sunday Morning

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Little kimono jacket finished but in need of an iron on the seams.  It is much more coat weight than cardigan but hopefully it will keep a little person warm and it's one way to use up gash wool.  The turkey is done and finished but I have enough turkey broth to have a bath in.  No problem for me I love it.  
I went in to see Mike yesterday and took him in a bag full of goodies I know his appetite is small so it was all little bits and bobs he could munch his way through during the day.  He seemed in better spirits and the nurse told me they had been bullying him which is the only way to go so they have my full permission as it is exactly what he needs. Left to his own devices he will do nothing.  Fingers crossed that they get the infection under control and finally get him out to rehab on the third attempt.  
I have been feeling a few degrees under for the last couple of days with a runny nose and I think the cold has finally got me so I may well give myself a day off and stay i…

Boxing Day

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Good morning all well the big day is over and the kitchen looks like a bomb has gone off in it. However there is plenty of food left so guess what is on the menu today?  You've got it left overs. The dogs had a wonderful time with their new toys and couldn't believe their luck when they joined us for lunch.  Dan got his wish to be a lap dog for a while as you can see in the photo, he has no appreciation of his size and doesn't worry about his dignity.

My visit to the hospital was a productive one as the registrar was there and I managed to have a chat with him.  He has clarified the medical situation that Mike now has a nosocomial infection [hospital acquired] for which they are bombarding him with massive doses of heavy duty antibiotics and it is going to be a long road to recovery. I have been well aware of this risk hence my eagerness to him out of hospital as soon as possible. Mike was pleased to see me and even more pleased to see his panettone.  The hospital had don…

Christmas day

My turn to drive everyone crazy the carols are playing at a good volume and I am going to sit and eat a slab of panettone with my coffee.  Then I am going to the hospital to visit Mike and see if they have the face to turn me away as it is not official visiting.  Once that is done it will be on with the christmas lunch.

Have a great day and may all your roast potatoes be crispy

Christmas Eve

Good morning all it is wet and windy here but not desperately cold.  I took all Mikes bits and pieces to him yesterday and tried to have a chat with the house officer.  They are pumping him full of antibiotics but my query was, do they know what they are dealing with in terms of bacteria.  Well that floored him and in his broken english he mutter and mumbled but didn't actually come up with an answer.  I explained that we have been down this road before it was after three courses of antibiotics that a nurse had the sense to check and low and behold the wrong antibiotics were being given one course of the correct ones and he was better.  With the number of resistant bugs around it makes even more sense now to check.  A scatter gun approach doesn't seem to have worked so far.  If indeed he is still infected. In which case why try to discharge him? either they have got it wrong twice or he is physically ok but psychologically in trouble.  Either way something needs to be done.  …

Wednesday and Turkey out day

Good morning all yesterday I had a bit of a melt down the rehab have now refused to take Mike. James went and collected all his stuff and apologised for all the messing around they have been caused.  I just felt deflated and defeated I don't think there is anything else I can do to ameliorate the situation.  Today I will take him in his stuff but I don't feel much like a friendly visitor and who knows where he will be for christmas now that the rehab have refused to take him.
Anyway that aside today is our final shopping expedition I need some fruit [Clementines Oranges Apples Lemon and Limes] always useful to have around.  Milk and Bread then I think we can slam the front door and abandon the outside world for a few days.
The new router turned up after lunch and the boys have set it all up so it is running very smoothly no more crashing devices.  iPads iPhones and play station all running smoothly.  I did however have to reenter a million passwords before I could get myself …

Tuesday morning

Good morning all well the french farce of moving Mike continues he was at last destined to go to rehab yesterday but then threw a wobbly and ended up staying in hospital.  I spent the whole day dangling and waiting for phone calls that never came.  I was all organised to meet Mike at rehab and help him settle in but it never happened.  Today is another day and they will try again but if he cuts up rough I can see this being another frustrating day.  I am at a loss I really don't know what else I can do so I am handing over to the professionals who might have more success with him than I do but I can see him spending christmas in the hospital at this rate.
There is one bright light on the horizon and that is the new router is due to be delivered by courier today and once we have it all plugged in it is just a case of asking for Virgin to activate it at their end so lets hope that goes smoothly.  The boys are more computer savvy than I am so it will be down to them to get it all up…

Monday morning

Good morning all here we go on the final countdown.  I am well behind schedule this morning and Denny is already here working her magic.  Yesterday was a peaceful day with everyone doing their own thing.  I have a box of stuff to go to the charity shop today and a hundred other errands to run. Mikes stuff is still at the rehab place so I am off to fetch it as it looks unlikely that he is going to make it back there in the foreseeable future.  We were really hoping he would be there again soon but things are moving very slowly and beds don't seem to be coming available.  I am hoping if I collect his stuff sods law will operate and a bed will come through.  In the mean time we are up and down to the hospital to visit.
My box of vegetables arrives yesterday and in it is everything I need for the Christmas lunch so I am going to relegate it to the garage to keep cool for a few days as the fridge is full to overflowing.  We have ear marked Wednesday as the final shopping day when we w…

Sunday morning

Good morning all - I can't believe we are in the final count down where does the time go.  I had a lovely chat with my friend and she had made pancakes with lemon and sugar for our breakfast meeting.  We have been friends since she came to clean for me aged 16 but telling everyone she was 18 since then she has had three children and is a happily married.  Christmas presents were swapped all of which are edible with the exception of some squeaky toys for the dogs.  Talking of the dogs my lovely clean Dan went out for a walk and managed to trip over his own feet and fall in the mud yet again.  
Denzil and I went to visit Mike and this new ward is a bit more lax on visiting times so we were able to get the car parked with little trouble as we were a bit early.  He was his usual miserable self and is only pleased to see us for about 5 minutes then he wants us to go which is all a bit depressing.  I can only hope that things change for the better once they get him to rehab.  I have a …

Saturday morning

Good morning all. Yesterday was a very busy day with a big shop for all sorts of stupid things that were running low like toilet paper and soap powder etc.  Necessary but boring and not the sort of things you want to run out of.  I did however get some cranberries and have made the sauce for the big day.
Mike has been moved to the new ward while he waits for his rehab bed to become available which is driving all of us crackers.  It is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string!!!! No one has an answer so we just wait and wait.  I will go and visit him later and hope he is in a better frame of mind. There just doesn't seem to be any way to cheer him up and he doesn't seem to realise that his condition is so much better than when he was admitted. You would think that as they are trying to discharge him would give him a hint.
This morning I am off to visit my friend Elaine for a cup of coffee and a catch up chat which will break the monotony of home life for a couple of hou…

Friday Morning

Not long to go now just another week and we will be there at last I am almost ready so it should be an easy day.  Chestnut stuffing, gravy and bread sauce all made and in the freezer and all I have left to do is make some cranberry sauce.  The christmas card have been done but I have only put them through neighbours doors the rest have been done via the internet and the money has gone to Macmillan.
Yesterdays visit to Mike was a bit of a disaster I had just had a couple of fresh crabs delivered so I hastily cracked a couple of claws and made Mike a lovely crab sandwich [not impressed] I then tried to explain that they were going to move him from high dependancy to a less intensive ward while he waited for a bed in rehab to become available.  He took this all wrong and got really cross with me so I came home well and truly deflated.  I am getting fed up with being the wicked witch of the west no matter what I do. 
This morning I have the peaceful task of picking over the two crabs for…

Another Thursday Morning!

Good morning all none of you told me yesterday was Wednesday I was in a flat spin as I was so late I even got the day wrong.  I took Tubby and Dan with me and they had a wonderful time so much so that Dan had to have a bath when we got home.  At the foot of Shiona's garden there is a mud filled drainage ditch which Dan found irresistible.  He certainly has the breeds stamina and spent the day charging around the garden like a lunatic.  Mean while indoors I had a lovely lunch with Shiona and a couple of her friends it was lovely to be out of the home surroundings and away from the all the nonsense that is home life at the moment.  
Shortly I will ring the hospital and see if any progress has been made though I am not hopeful.  I didn't go in to see Mike yesterday so he due a visit today.  The last thing I want is to drive to the hospital just as he is leaving in an ambulance and I don't trust them to let me know. Communication is a word they don't seem to understand.
T…

Thursday morning

Very late this morning I had a bit of a rough night finally getting to sleep at 4am.  It would be today as I am due to go to Shiona's now I am all behind schedule.  Regarding Mike I took in some olive oil ear drops to soften the wax in his ears as I knew they would not do anything - good job the problem was ear wax not appendicitis!!!! Sorry but I am rapidly losing patience with the hospital however they are still trying to get Mike back to rehab.  Physically he is much better but it is his mental health that concerns me not only is he bored but isolated because he cant hear and he is just shutting down. So the move is becoming more and more urgent.
Sorry to be so curt but I am in a big rush now have a good day at least it is not raining here.

Tuesday Morning

Good morning all first some good news and that is that they are trying for a bed for Mike back at the rehab unit the bad news is that they have to go through the whole assessment procedure again.  On the up side after asking on 5 separate occasions if some one could look in Mikes ears to check for wax as he is complaining his hearing aids don't work.  Yesterday I took matters into my own hands and went visiting with an auriscope and checked for myself and low and behold there was the marble bust of Cesare. Now we know why his hearing aids don't work.  
The man came and did the final measure for the blinds and they will be delivered on 12 January so a nice new year present and a good excuse to have a major clean first.  Virgin have done the work on the exchange and the new router will arrive on 22nd by courier.  Once we have installed it we then need to phone them to activate it.  
My exterior light has been broken for ages so yesterday Denzil fixed it which makes such a diffe…

Monday morning

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Good morning all.  I had a chat with the staff yesterday about Mike and apparently the problem is that the rehab place only keep the bed for 24 hours so now we are back at square one looking for a bed.  Last time it took over a week to find somewhere lets hope it is a bit quicker this time.  Being stuck in the hospital is not doing Mikes depression any good at all.  He is not ill enough to warrant the ward he is on so he is just bored witless.  While I visited James went and did the shopping so we killed two birds with one stone and just look what he bought us for christmas.

I have a passion for this type of ham and all the off cuts end up in soups and stocks.  There is a lot of meat on a whole leg so I have ideas of vac packing some for later. It comes complete with the stand and a knife and sharpener all for £27.  I guess we will not be stuck for suppers for quite a while.  I tried to buy one last year but they sold out before I could get there.
Today is going to be a busy day as I…

Sunday morning

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Good morning all.  If like me you were hoping for an update on Mike you and I are both disappointed.  I went to visit yesterday and the ward he was on had open visiting but when I arrived he was nowhere to be found so I asked where he was and was told he had been transferred to the ward that discharged him.  They rang through and asked if I could pop in as I was there but sadly I was refused entry.  So I came home madder than a wet hen.  Yet another communications failure.  I will try again today and hope for some good news.
The guy came to talk me through the replacement blinds which I have decided to go ahead with as I have a huge reduction as I have had my blinds for 10 years.  I have decided on the honeycomb style which will give extra insulation without cutting out too much light. 


Hopefully they will keep heat in in the winter and keep the heat out in the summer.  I must admit the chap selling the blinds was a really lovely man and very easy to talk to as he didn't have to …

Saturday morning

Good morning all.  First an update on Mike - still nothing - I spoke to the nurse in charge and she agreed that they were not doing anything for Mike that could not be done in the rehab placement so why is he still there? The medics are just very slow at getting things moving and now it is the weekend the hospital is run by fairies no doubt nothing will happen until Monday.  I had a nightmare last night I dreamt I came home in the car and found him stood in the road in an open backed gown where he had been dumped. In my dream I then tried to find out how this had happened and was just given the runaround.  I think this was a frustration dream rather than a nightmare. All the uncertainty is driving us all crackers.
I managed to get a bit of cooking done yesterday and my pigs in blankets are safely in the freezer.  I found some wonderful plastic boxes in Aldi which can stand up to 200ºC so I can put them straight in the oven to reheat.  I also made a batch of meat balls half we ate for…

Friday Morning

Good morning all well we are at the end of another week which has been pretty topsy turvy.  As Shiona was here I phoned for an update on Mikes condition and was politely told they would not give any information over the phone.  This is in fact correct procedure even though it is very frustrating after all I could be anybody.  I did my training at Hammersmith which was almost next door to the BBC so we often had famous people admitted and the press would try every trick in the book to get information including turning up at visiting with bunches of flowers claiming to be nephews. So we had to be very vigilant if we were to maintain the patients confidentiality.  The funniest incident was a guy who was a bigamist and we had all sorts of fun trying to keep the two wives separate but thats a whole other story.
Shiona and I decided to hit Faversham as she too needed some goodies and what a lot there were having almost filled the car we then hit Aldi as well, finally getting home for a ver…

Thursday Morning

Good morning all another day another dollar, nothing has changed Mike is still in hospital but they are hoping to get him back to rehab soon.  When is soon? well your guess is as good as mine.  I find not knowing very disconcerting. Visiting is really depressing as you are treated to a tirade of how everyone is an imbecile no one know what they are doing etc etc. Not true the care he is getting is fine and the staff are on the ball with his condition after all it is bread and butter to them.
Yesterday I put the duck carcass in a pot and made a lovely broth which we had for lunch along with some little pasta and lots of parmesan it was really delicious.  I also had some cauliflower and broccoli which was on the blink so I made a cauliflower cheese.  It is so easy to make cheese sauce in the thermomix.  Supper was a fridge forage and toast.  I had picked over the duck carcass so the dogs thought they had died and gone to heaven.
Denzil took on the laundry duties so all I have to do is …

Wednesday morning

Good morning all yesterday was another day in limbo Mike is still in hospital and as yet we have no news as to what is happening or when.  So it is a case of treading water until there is some change or some information.  In the mean time we are just keeping the house going and getting on with the hundred and one jobs that need doing.  We have been living on quick food so last night I roasted a duck for supper and today the carcass is going in the pot to make stock.  I must say it was lovely and made a change from baked beans and fish fingers.
I did a fairly large shop so we should be ok for a few days.  I also made a large batch of bubble and squeak which is in the freezer ready to accompany cold meats over the christmas holiday.  Today I am intending to make lots of sweated vegetables, carrot onion and celery, and put them in the freezer ready for soups and stews which cuts down on the work.  Anything for an easy life!!!
Having had a day of rain yesterday it is much colder but love…

Tuesday morning

It is hosing down with rain outside and from what I have seen of the weather forecast this is likely to set in for the day.  Thank goodness I buzzed around doing the errands yesterday.  However I do have to take a trip to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription.  
I went to see Mike last night in hospital and he was very miserable but his physical condition looks good and he is off the oxygen and maintaining his saturation levels.  I am hoping they see fit to send him back to rehab fairly soon.  I had a chat with the sister of the ward who went through his notes with me and I filled in the blanks for her.  However knowing the system they will probably send him back to the ward he came from which will just delay things.
The wonderful Denny is due today and for once the house is quite tidy.  I have plans today to make lots of bubble and squeak and put it in individual portions in the freezer as it makes an ideal accompaniment to cold meats over the holidays.  Actually I have lots of veg…

Monday morning

Sorry to be so late again I have been waiting to see if there was any change with Mike but as yet he hasn't been seen by the Medics so we are none the wiser.  I think the consensus of opinion is that he got himself in a state so hopefully they will be looking to send him back to rehab.  He is not on antibiotics so they don't think it is a recurrence of the pneumonia.  In the mean time we are just treading water and keeping ourselves fed and watered.  I need a major shop as we are down to a packet of fish fingers which will do for lunch but then there is nothing obvious for supper so I had better get going and sort out the food for the week.
Denzil is due to see the GP tomorrow to get his forms filled in so he can drive commercially after which he can look for a job but first he needs a tachograph from the DVLA nothing is ever simple is it?
Anyway things are moving forward, all be it very slowly, and patience seems to be the name of the game; sadly I am not good at waiting but…

Sunday morning

Well that didn't last long Mike is back in hospital again.  I visited him at 1pm and by 5 they were calling an ambulance.  He was fine when I saw him so he deteriorated rather quickly.  I rang at 6am and he is sound asleep and stable so I will leave it till a bit later to see what they intend to do with him.

Saturday morning

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Good morning all - Mike is now in his new rehab placement and last night I went to visit.  All I can say is I am jealous it is like a hotel with waitress service and I would willingly spend a couple of weeks in there.  He has a lovely individual room with a toilet 2 doors away which is in fact closer than it is at home.  There is a nice dining room and sitting room not much further down the corridor. He has a nice view out of his window over a courtyard garden and the staff seem very friendly and kind I was immediately offered a cup of tea and they had made Mike a couple of slices of toast which I insisted he ate.  He was worried that the hospital had sent him out with no medication but within 5 minutes his medication turned up and one of the drugs had been specially sent up in a taxi as they didn't have it in stock.  Today I have a list of things to take in to him as he will be expected to dress they are short of zimmer frames so I will take his in to him which should make mobil…

Friday Morning

Good morning all another lovely long lie in this morning following what was a very nice relaxing day yesterday.  Shiona's garden proved very exciting for Dan and Tubby who spent the whole day charging around playing chase and came home absolutely pooped.  I am also pleased to announce that Dan made the journey without being sick for the first time so that was another bonus.  I think his car sickness is now a thing of the past.
Shiona had made a lovely fish pie for lunch and I ate myself to a standstill so supper was unnecessary.  She had also rooted out some knitting patterns and a bag of wool the size of a pillow so I don't think I am going to want for knitting for the next 5 years. 
There was no word from the hospital to say they were moving Mike so I will ring them shortly and see if today is the day.  I will go in and see him at 2pm if he is still there and hope he has forgotten the previous incident.  
Today we have sunshine which makes a wonderful change form all the du…

Thursday morning

Good morning all today I am going over to Shiona's house and having a day off which is probably just as well as Mike thinks I am the wicked witch of the west.  Yesterday when I went to visit I discovered that he has been hiding his frusemide tablets because he decided he didn't want or need them.  I tried to explain why they were necessary but he wasn't buying it so I dropped him in it with the staff and I am now persona non grata and was summarily dismissed with a look that would fry eggs.  We are hoping they might get him moved today and hopefully a 24 hour break from me will allow him to realise I am only doing things to try to make him better not to be mean.
In the morning we had appointments at the vets with both Tubby and Dante who were due their boosters and annual health check.  They were seen by a very nice Spanish lady vet who gave them a thorough look over and was impressed with their condition and general fitness.  Tubby is built like a tank and reminds me of …

Wednesday morning

Good morning all another long lie in but punctuated with phone calls.  Now that Mike can use his phone he rings and asks me to come in every morning and every morning I explain that visiting doesn't start until 2pm.  The ward clerk then phoned me only to say the same thing which makes it all rather distressing.  It looks like they are ready to move him to rehab but are waiting for oxygen to be on hand.
We got loads of chores done yesterday renewal of Mikes blue badge which meant a trip to the library which is impossible to park anywhere near by as it is in the centre of town.  I got my hair cut so I no longer look like a shaggy pony and it should last until well after the holidays.  Today I have to take the dogs to the vet for their booster jabs.  The bins are out and the boys have walked the dog now all I need to do is sort out the food for the day.  As we will be walking home past the bakers I thing pasties might make a nice lunch.  Then I have some chicken thighs for supper bu…

Tuesday Morning

Good morning all I have finally worked out how I am sleeping so much better.  When I wake at 4am I take my antidepressant tablet and then snuggle back down.  Of course it must act quickly and with full power on an empty stomach and away I go.  It has taken me a while to work this out which is quite embarrassing really.  Anyway I am happier now I know what is going on and it makes sense to me.  
Yesterdays visit to the hospital confirmed that they are looking for a placement for Mike but he has to be assessed by the community staff first.  No one has had a look in his ears and when I asked him one of the nurses heard me shouting at him and told me they are not allow to look in ear this is a respiratory ward.  What kind of nursing doesn't allow you to look in a patients ears to see if they are bunged up with wax.  It is not as if I have asked them to do anything just look, there are days when I despair about the profession.  They have an audiology department in the hospital but the…

Monday morning

Good morning all another long lie in this morning, I can't get over my ability to sleep but I for one am not complaining I can only assume I need the rest.  
We have a long list of things to do today nothing interesting but lots of tedious jobs that I have been putting off. I also need to hit the shops as we have eaten just about all that was in the cupboards.  
I am hoping that today will be the day they make some sort of decision with regard to Mike he is getting very bored and fractious.  He has discovered how to use his mobile and keeps phoning me to come and visit and I keep explaining that visiting time is not until 2pm but he seems to think I am just being cussed and puts the phone down on me.  Anyway by 2pm he will have forgotten that he ever phoned.
The weather is really filthy this morning it is windy and very overcast and looking like imminent rain.  I have a big pile of washing to do but it will have to hang around the house as I would not dare risk it outside. 
I fin…

Sunday morning

Yesterday's visit to the hospital went really well Mike was chirpy and looking forward to a move and change of environment. His chest is improving and his oxygen is right down.  Hopefully he should move on Monday but nothing is written in stone.
It is dull and breezy outside and yesterday it was really cold and drizzly the weather does nothing to lift the spirits.  I am amazed at my capacity to sleep I woke as usual at 4 am but decided to stay in my warm bed and promptly fell back asleep.  In the past if I had done this I would have had the mother of all head aches but I seem to be suffering no ill effects.  Anyway I am enjoying all the extra sleep I am getting perhaps I am just more relaxed with both boys at home.  
I have a pile of paperwork to sort out which I have been just stacking up until I felt more like doing it but I think I am just avoiding it now so time to put my shoulder to the wheel.  I took out some chicken thighs and I am now debating what to do with them.  I thi…

Saturday Morning

Good morning all.  Yesterdays hospital visit went well Mike is a bit brighter and is asking for some magazines to read as he is finally beginning to get bored.  We chatted about the benefits of going for rehab prior to coming home and I think he sees the advantages of getting as well as possible before coming back.  At the moment there is no mention of when or where so we are still living day by day.  I have been waking with the odd panic attack but that is hardly surprising given the circumstances.  I have however booked myself a hair appointment for next week and thought I might just as well get that done and out of the way while Mike is laid up.
James seems to be over the worst of his chest but has discovered just how debilitated you feel afterwards with no spare energy for anything but keeping it together.  I am feeling physically stronger each day but it has been a slow climb out of the hole.
We had a lovely surprise the fish monger phoned me as some fishermen had got some nice …

Friday morning

Today really is Friday and I have deliberately slept in very late as I want to be awake when I go to visit Mike.  Normally I am like a wet rag as visiting time clashed with afternoon nap time for me so I have had a really good sleep all be it drug induced so that I am wide awake after lunch.  As yet nothing has been mentioned about the rehab placement but today might be a different story.  
Denzil came back from the doctors with steam coming out of his ears.  Since his heart attack he has been on a regimen of statins and beta blockers which in Thailand he can just buy over the counter. Our GP wrote him a prescription and for some inexplicable reason has doubled his statins for no apparent reason as his blood test results are not back yet.  It was a simple repeat prescription but no they have to muck about with it.  
James is at last coming out of his chest infection and I am at last feeling a bit more like myself we have all been surprised at just how debilitating this has been and h…

Thursday morning

I am in a bit of a muddle this week I got up convinced it was Friday fortunately the computer doesn't lie about the date.  The boys both have appointments this morning so I am going to be on my own for a while.  
I went to visit Mike yesterday and explained that he will be going to rehab for a while to get him back on his feet.  He was not best pleased but I managed to get him to understand that in his current condition being at home would be very difficult.  Once his continence problems are sorted out things will be much easier.  I also had a word with the staff about his hearing aids which he claims are useless so as a first step could someone look in his ears and make sure they are not full of wax which might be the problem.  He is finally off the intravenous antibiotics but is still on an oral dose and if my chest is anything to go by it is going to take a while to clear his chest of all the gunk.  I must say that the nursing care he has received has been excellent and they h…

Wednesday morning

Good morning all very late this morning but I refused to get up at 3 when I woke so I tucked myself back down and slept on peacefully.  Then the computer kicked up and wouldn't let me in to the blogosphere and it has taken me ages and lots of resetting of pass words to finally get back in.  
Yesterdays bedlam went well but delivered both ups and downs.  Denzil was hoping to do a bit of driving as a temporary job and of course discovered that he cannot drive commercially as he has had a heart attack and would need a batterie of test first.  Then it was on to see the consultant who was very pleasant and took time to chat to me not that she had anything to say that I was not aware of but they are looking at sending Mike to the the rehabilitation unit rather than sending him home and they are concerned about his very depressed state of mind so they will be having words with his CPN in the hope of working something out.  Anyway it has taken the pressure off me for a while as he is not…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all well after yesterdays miscommunication mishap we have been asked to see the consultant at 11.30 this morning lets hope the ducks are in a row this time.  Of course this morning is not so convenient as Denzil has an appointment at the doctors at 10.30 and we have the wonderful Denny due at 8am so this morning is going to be bedlam.  
Mike was very down when I saw him yesterday and is thoroughly fed up with hospital he has been in over two weeks and is getting very restless and who can blame him.  Physically he seems to be doing OK but is still on intravenous antibiotics which are playing havoc with his insides.  Hopefully I will have a better idea of his prognosis once I have made contact with his consultant.  
Yesterday morning we had a hard frost and this morning it is pouring with rain but at least it is several degrees warmer.  Every one was scraping windscreen but my car has a magic button which switches everything on to melt the ice it is just a case of sitting …

Monday morning

Good morning all I had a bit of a rocky night last last night as I am probably wound up about Mike but hopefully after today I will have a clearer picture of where we are headed.  I still find it hard to keep going as I am very lethargic but I did do a roast for lunch and we all foraged for supper.  James is making progress and the antibiotics have kicked in so he is not feeling so like death.  Denzil is coughing but seems to be keeping the worst at bay.  The only ones who seem to be very fit are the dogs who look at us apologies for humans with pity in their eyes.  Not only are we rubbish at being dogs but we seem to be pretty rubbish at being humans.
It was perishingly cold here yesterday so we were all wrapped up like Nanook of the north and I even turned the heating up.  I believe this very cold snap is due to ease off through the week and we are then in for some rain.  Of course we feel the cold if we are only shambling around so it didn't take us long to discover the warmes…

Sunday morning

Good morning all it is absolutely freezing here at the moment with the thermometer at -0.2ºC. Yesterday we had a freezing wind which made if feel really cold when we did out circuit via the hospital.  Mike was in reasonable spirits but getting very fed up with being in hospital which I fully understand.  I am hoping to have a word with his consultant on Monday and they have asked me to go in around 9 am.  I am hoping to to get a prognosis from him as to how he feels this infection will progress and what the likely outcome is.  
James has been knocked sideways by his chest infection and slept for most of yesterday, we woke him at regular intervals for food, water and antibiotics but left him to sleep in between. The dogs are very confused as James is the light of their lives and now he seems to be broken!!! Tubby has not left his side except for necessary excursions and meals. 
Today I have a chicken to put through the halogen oven and that will keep us in food for a while.  Not very …

Saturday morning

Good morning all though it is nearer lunch time.  I was up bright and early but decided to go back to bed and duly fell fast asleep.  James hit the buffers yesterday so he too is now on antibiotics and is coughing for England.  I think I am sleeping so much because for the first time in ages I feel relaxed with 2 other adults in the house I feel able to let go and know that they will take up the slack and deal with anything that needs doing. I no longer feel as if I am permanently on duty 24 hours per day. Denzil is walking the dogs each morning so that is one less thing preying on my mind.  Apparently it was snowing early on but it has not settled and we now have a fierce wind blowing instead.  
As yet I have nothing organised for lunch so it may have to be something really easy like bacon and egg then maybe a take away for supper depending how we are all feeling.  I will be going to the hospital at 2pm to visit Mike and hopefully he is still progressing well.  So far no one has men…

Friday morning

Another late start this morning but the dogs next door barked for most of the night and kept us all awake.  Saw Mike in the hospital and he is making good progress physiologically though he is now complaining of boredom which is a good sign.  We offered to take him in things to entertain him but he turned them all down.  He is still on intravenous antibiotics but at last they seem to be doing the trick and the physiotherapists are mobilising him.  As his condition improves so they are reducing his oxygen consumption.  So all looking very positive.
The rest of us are hunkered down trying to shake off the last of the chest infections that have plagued us.  I don't know what is going on with the blog yesterday I published around 4am but it was at least 2hours before the blog was available.  I don't think it was my fault after all I have been doing this for a while now.
I found a portion of bolognese sauce in the freezer so that is out for lunch today and for supper I fancy a cor…

Thursday morning

This is a bit more like my usual time, having caught up with lots of lost sleep I must say that I do feel better.  Yesterday I managed to catch up on a bit of the paper work at home but I really could use a filing clerk as I tend to end up with piles of paper that just gather dust.  There seem to be loads of little jobs that end up taking forever, like renewing Mike's blue badge.  I have however added Denzil to the car insurance so he can use the car if he needs to or to run an errand for me.
James had a very rough day yesterday and his chest is suffering but I am hopeful that as he is so much younger he will bounce back a bit more quickly than I did.  Denzil is teetering on the edge but as yet has not succumbed.  
My large order from Tesco arrived as scheduled yesterday afternoon so we are now well stocked for the next few days by which time we should all be on the mend I hope.  Today for lunch I have some pork belly strips which I intend to cook in a barbecue sauce with plain b…

Wednesday morning

Sorry to be so late again but I have been completely knocked out and slept the sleep of the just.  I cannot remember the last time I have slept for 12 hours but it is amazing what exhaustion can do.  I was feeling much better last night so I went to visit Mike but actually I wish I hadn't as he was very unpleasant and aggressive gave me a list of his requirements and then summarily dismissed me.  I did manage to have a chat with the nurse in charge who was concerned that he seems mentally not 100% however we are uncertain if this is him being cussed or if the infection has scrambled his brain.  They are going to carry out a full assessment and see if they can analyse what is occurring.  I do hope this is not the first signs of dementia and he is just his usual cussed self.  He is back on intravenous antibiotics and up to 6 litres of oxygen as it would appear he has a multi resistant staphylococcus aureus infection on top of his pneumonia.  Anyway there is no talk of his discharge…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all.  I am slowly mending I seem to sleep well at night and feel good in the morning but by lunch time I am running out of gas and by early evening I am completely finished so I am just going with the flow.  I must say I woke this morning thinking that all this brouhaha has serve one useful purpose - I couldn't care less what we have for Christmas lunch I would be happy with egg and chips.  Perhaps this is the time to put my christmas theory to the test and move the date on by one week so can buy all the goodies at half price!!!!  All thoughts of decluttering and moving have been put on the back burner and our energies are all directed at getting better and keeping ourselves fed and watered.  
I actually ventured out of the house yesterday but only to go to the pharmacy.  I had been through Mikes bedside chest of drawers and discovered a stock pile of drugs which I took back feeling rather embarrassed.  Anyway at least we can start with a clean sheet when he is disch…

Monday morning

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Good morning all, here I sit this morning with a CUP OF COFFEE!!! At last I am feeling much better.  The boys did the shopping for me yesterday and I managed to do the lunch.  I went for an easy task and did a simple roast chicken with carrots, peas, mash and gravy.  Supper was the cold chicken made into chicken salad sandwiches and the carcass is making stock in the slow cooker, which should mean a nice mushroom risotto for lunch today.  I hope this is not a false dawn so I must be careful now not to over do things but the temptation is huge.  Everywhere I look I see things which need doing but none of them is urgent so I must resist the instinct to get things done and I will content myself with a bit of cooking and lots of knitting.  I get tired quite quickly so I take lots of breaks.  I mention this as I am the first one to dish out advice but please note I am taking my own advice for a change and behaving myself.  Today is not the day to prune the wisteria!!!!!
Given Mikes progre…

Sunday morning

Good morning all I think I am back in the land of the living at last. I have one more day of antibiotics to complete the course.  I still can't face coffee so I am sticking to tea for the time being.  Mike is making good progress and is now getting stroppy so he must be better.  I haven't seen him for a week but I have had regular reports from the boys who have been keeping the ship afloat.  
I feel that I need to explain my reticence to have a carer come in.  The last time Mike was discharged we had a carer and it was more of a hindrance than a help to me.  I spent the time running about finding the bits and pieces she needed and showing her where things were.  Then she has a day off and I find myself doing it all over again with a new person.  Of course the dogs are nosey so they have to be kept out of the way and all of this just to put a flannel over his face.  There is no chance of a lie in as you have to up to let them in and frankly it just disrupts my morning routine …

Thursday morning

Well I am still alive but only just this infection has really knocked me sideways.  The boys are being very good to me and I am behaving myself and doing all the right things to get better.  I am like an animal when I get ill and just curl up and sleep until I get better.  Mike is continuing to improve and apparently the staff want to send in a carer which with three adults in the house seems a little ridiculous given the shortage of money in the system.  I am not sure exactly what they think the carer can do that we cannot.  I am also sure there are plenty of people who are on their own who could well use the help.  I am sure between the three of us we can help him wash and dress and I am a past master when it comes to bed making.
Anyway that about it for today I still can't face coffee and am sticking to tea which I am tolerating.

Tuesday morning

Nothing much has changed James visited Mike and he is improving again.  I spent most of the day sleeping.  The boys fed and watered me but I have a really nasty cough and headache. Interestingly I cannot face coffee but I am drinking gallons of tea and squash.  Hopefully a couple of days rest will do the trick.