Saturday, August 4, 2012

An emotional and weepy day........

It was an emotional and weepy day for me on Friday.  The friend we went to see in hospital last weekend, passed away at 4pm on Friday.  The only blessing in all of this is he is out of pain now.  

On a bit brighter note, not by much mind you!!  For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you will remember last November when my mam, step-father and brother came over here for dd wedding, that my step-father was rushed into hospital with chest pains, I wrote about it here.

He ended up having open heart surgery at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on July 13th, to replace a valve.  During or just after the operation he had a stroke.  So that has set things back a bit.  The heart operation was a success and he is recovering well from that, now he has been moved back to a hospital in their home town and the medical staff are working on the stroke side of things.

He has movement in his left arm and leg albeit limited in his arm.  His speech is fine and he is expected to make a full or near full recovery.  It is just going to take time.  We are hoping he will only be in hospital another week or so.  Mind you as I said to my mam, she needs to make sure she has all her "ducks in a row," before they release him, and make sure all her "demands" are met, as after he is released the medical staff won't be as willing to provide things that they may need.  As once he's released it's not the hospital's responsibility.

So it's been a trying few weeks with that situation as well, made even worse when there is an ocean between us all.

We're at dd and son-in-laws house all weekend, so I will try and remember to take some photos, as there should be some changes by the end of the weekend.

19 comments:

Miss Holly said...

I am so sorry to hear that you have been through so much...it is so hard to lose people we love...my father had a stroke when he was 65... I am well acquainted with what your dear friends are going through...I will keep them in my prayers...

anexactinglife said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I know how highly you thought of him. I'm glad that a good recovery is expected for your step-dad though.

Debby said...

Prayers for your friends wife and a quick recovery from the stroke. Being so far from home must be hard on you but they know your heart is with them always

Jane and Chris said...

Things all come at once don't they?
take care.
Jane xx

sugar__mama said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend, saying goodbye is always so difficult...glad to hear your stepfather will recover in time though...sending my best wishes your way gill

Evelyn said...

sorry to hear of the loss of your friend but glad your step dad is making a full recovery

~Carla~ said...

Gill, I'm so sorry for your loss. :( (((hugs & prayers)))

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. Much too early in life. You have good memories. It's got to be tough when you are so far from your mom and step dad to want to reach out to help. Keeping busy this week end with the kids is a good thing. Thinking of you......Bess

Buttons said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear this. I am so sorry All I can do is offer this HUG as I have no words. Take care. B

Piece by Piece said...

So sorry to read the loss of your friend. Hope your step father contiues to improve from his stroke and recovers in a short period of time.
When my late OH had triple by-pass surgery, he had several mini strokes, which the dr's said were likely the result of the procedures to get the heart beating again and the blood being introduced back into his system.
He only had minor memory issues as a result, and lived another six years.
Have a great holiday weekend.
Patricia

beagleAnnie said...

Hi Gill
You had a tough time. So sorry to hear that.

flowerpower said...

My deepest sympathy and prayers for your friends passing and more prayers for your dads speedy recovery.

Denise said...

So sorry to hear about your step-dad's health Gill, and also the loss of your friend. It does seem to all come at once. Wishing your step-dad a very speedy recovery and my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your friend.

Rose said...

Sorry to hear that your friend passed, but like you say not in pain any more...also hate that your step-dad had the stroke on top of the other.

North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

Prayers for all concerned, Gill.

Cash Only Living said...

Wow that's a tough weekend. I will definitely be praying for you!

Sandi McBride said...

I remember when your folks were visiting and your step dads unfortuanate health issues. So glad that he appears to be responding to the care he's getting for the stroke issue. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, too...keep your chin up...hugs
Sandi

Laura @ No More Spending said...

Hi Gill
I'm so sorry to hear this. Take care.

lifeisfullofsunnydays said...

Sending warm hugs your way.