Thank you so very much for your kind words, thoughts, e-mails and prayers over the last couple of weeks regarding Man. They have been so much appreciated and I have felt your strength with me as we have gone about what we have needed to do. I will talk a little more about that in a moment.
First though I want to update you on Man. Today we had meeting with the hospital to see how the progress is going, or not. It is mixed news. Sadly Man has suffered somewhat from the stroke and has been left with some physical damage which is not so good, but his speech, and appetite!, are unaffected which is good. He has been receiving physio and occupational therapy with some mixed results. Not for want of the hospital, but just the situation.
The result is that he will shortly be moving to another hospital, which rather than being acute care is a community hospital where they can focus on rehabilitation. The expectation is that Man will be there for at least a month. Right now that is as far as we can go. He needs more rehab and more help and we hope that there will be more improvement, but don't know what the outcome will be yet.
If/as and when there is more to know I will share if I can, but right now it looks as though it is rehab all the way and I will be off on a hunt for thick card or wooden puzzles and things that Man can work with when he is not actually in a rehab session to try and get his hand into a better way. Charity shops here I come!!!
As for us well, we are exhausted. Mentally, physically and emotionally. Especially the emotionally part. The new hospital is also going to be further away from us so we will be spending more time travelling. Meals at gone 9pm at night seem to have become a far to regular feature in our lives so next week I am hoping to get that rectified and back to a more sensible hour, also some more sensible meals!! All of those of you who told us to eat properly were right and obviously knew what you were talking about.
Times have been tough, difficult conversations all round. Many hours - four days in fact - spent sifting through and sorting paperwork to try and get things in order and many other sad things which frankly have been horrible and are too horrid to write about here. I just cannot bring myself to think about some of it, let alone write about it.
To know that I have had my blogger friends behind me and to use a phrase that isn't one of my favourites, but is so apt in this case, to know that you "had my back" has been wonderful and I really am so very thankful for you all. So a great big hug and thanks and return of all good thoughts to you is due in abundance and I send it to you thankfully and gratefully!! Thank you!!!!!!
Friends have had my back too and been great, some family too, and some, well, let us just say that the ones that didn't see a problem before still don't!! Part of me is infuriated and part of me wishes that I had their blindness to problems and optimisim that all was really as well as they imagine it is. You can't win them all though can you.
So the situation is up in the air and confused which is basically our new normal right now. However, it is slightly less so because we know that he will be moving and where he will be for a while so we can put our minds to rest that we will not get a phone call to come and get him at a moments notice and what all of that will mean which has been our biggest fear as we just didn't know. I cannot fault the hospital in terms of care, but communication has not been the greatest for some reason and that hasn't helped to ease our worries or stress. It hasn't been deliberate, just one of those things. Hopefully it will improve!
Thank you again for your support and for listening. Five On Friday returns tomorrow, so I hope you will join in and haven't all abandoned me. I do feel that although I don't know what I am going to do about posts and blogging that perhaps once I have got through another week or two I might be able to start to return again and that will be good.
I hope that all is well with you all. Looking forward to lots of blogging sharing soon.
Thanks! Amy xx