Only a couple of weeks back a theme for my weekly
blog post was on taking good health for granted.
Mum age 90 and Dad age 86 have both enjoyed such rude health
(with a few exceptions) that I have been taking.
their good health for granted as well. Last week
dad broke his hip and was taken to hospital. Mum's
email to the family says it all:
Frank went into hospital yesterday, having slipped on a wet leaf while going into the garden to show where the ladder was to one of the two workmen, checking the central heating.
After the fall, Frank laid on the stone floor in the damp and rain for nearly an hour (we gave him cushions where practical and covered him with a blanket ) until the ambulance finally turned up with 2 girls.. good drivers and nurses.apparently ..did all the right things, except that they couldn't lift him. and had to get the workmen in the house( still ineffectively trying to mend the central heating) to lift him over the garden step and on to the stretcher...(Manpower!! necessary still!!) OK from thereon as all the machinery, lifts etc. worked well and the A& E dept at the local hospital St. Helier... Kathy has volunteered to do our shopping and offers of every kind from transport and bed lifting have come in from everybody. ... All your best wishes and offers of help have been passed on to him which we shall repeat when Steph and I go there today. Meanwhile, very sincere thanks to everybody for everything. LOL MUM/JENNIE and STEPH at the OLD WALLINGTON BASE"
Upon visiting him in hospital his spirits are a high as ever despite the undoubted pain.
The NHS staff are wonderful and although the ward is a little spartan the facilities
are more than adequate despite the UK media column inches decrying the state
of the National Health Service.