Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Spanner in the works.

My Christmas preparations have really gone well this year.  Every list has been ticked off and the farmer is getting all my fruit and vegetables from our market in the morning when he goes in very early for the papers.   He gives them the list before he goes into the paper shop and then goes across to collect it afterwards.   By half past seven it will all be put away.

We always have our Christmas Day alone - we eat a Christmas lunch, watch a bit of carefully chosen television, play a bit of
Rummikub, maybe do a jig-saw - a quiet day.   Then on Boxing Day we always have a party.   My son and his wife and their friends all come round for the day - lunch and then a buffet in the evening.   All is prepared.   The turkey is taken from the freezer; various nibbles have been prepared etc.   Then last night the bombshell.

My son rang to say that he hadn't told me earlier as he didn't want to worry me but that yesterday he had been to hospital as a day-patient and had an operation.   He had a detached retina.   The operation had gone well and he was now home - that was the good news.   The bad news is that until the end of next Wednesday - nine days - he has to lie flat on his left side, only being upright for ten minutes in every hour.

His wife is not in perfect health and has mobility problems herself, so it is going to be a difficult few days for them.   Now we are trying to organise some sort of routine so that we take it in turns to go round and chat with him.   His wife will come here for lunch, as arranged and one or other of our party will go round straight after lunch to sit and chat and cheer him up.   Luckily he only lives about a mile away.   But it is certainly a case of 'the best laid plans',

Here's wishing everyone who reads my blog a very happy Christmas and let us all hope that the New Year brings more peace to the world, although tonight's news about Afghanistan does not make that sound much of a possibility.

31 comments:

Robin Mac said...

I am so sorry to hear the news of your son, but I do know that he should make a full recovery from the surgery. How sad that it has happened at Christmas, but you can always think about next year! Best wishes for Christmas and 20126.

Rachel said...

An emergency, a detached retina. Can't choose your time for that. Glad it has been in time, that is the chief thing. All the best to your son. A few visits will be nothing if all is now well. Happy Christmas to you all from Norfolk.

SandyExpat said...

Very sorry about your son. What a good thing he doesn't live very far from you. You have a good plan in place to make things a little bit easier for him and his wife.

Happy Christmas from the Midwest, USA.

Sandy

Sue in Suffolk said...

The best laid plans.......... but what a good thing he lives so close. Nine days laying flat and not moving much sounds so impossibly boring - poor man - but thank goodness that it was quickly done and he will be OK.

Hope you still manage a good Christmas

Virginia said...

Happy Christmas - even if it is turned somewhat upside-down! And a swift and complete recovery to your son. Best wishes Virginia

Heather said...

Wishing your son a good recovery and I hope the days of immobility will not be too boring for him. It sounds as if, between you all, he and his wife will get plenty of support. Happy Christmas to you all in spite of everything.

donna baker said...

Give him a pat on the back for me. Other than that, I hope your holidays are filled with joy and laughter.

Joanne Noragon said...

A detached retina is not a laughing matter; glad it was repaired. This will simply be the Christmas you assisted in the recovery of a dear patient. Have a Merry Christmas.

Jenny said...

Sounds like you are all pulling together as a family and everything will be fine, different but fine. Good excuse for a party when your son is up and about, meantime have a wonderful calm and happy Christmas.

yael said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Coppa's girl said...

So sorry to hear about your son, but hopefully with continued company, those nine days will soon pass, and all will be well.
A very Happy Christmas, Good Health and a Peaceful 2016 to you and your family.

Wilma said...

Good that your son got his retina taken care of! I imagine he wishes the timing were better, though. Wishing you a Merry Christmas in spite of the change in plans.

Dawn McHugh said...

wishing him a speedy recovery without complications, Hope you all have a lovely peaceful Christmas :-)

Mary said...

Thank you for your good wishes dear Pat. We hope your Christmas will be wonderful despite the spanner in the works!
Good luck to your son - and a speedy recuperation. How lucky he is to have you all to rally round at this time!

Yes, peace and joy for the coming year - here's hoping they will be plenty.
Hugs - Mary

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Weaver,
Just wanted to wish your son well and hope he has a quick recovery ....... at least he got it done quickly and can now get on with recovering even though it is Christmas..... you will all see him through and give him a good Christmas. Just tell him that someone is selling a Rupert Bear Annual for £37, 500 !!!!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family and friend's. XXXX

angryparsnip said...

So happy to hear the operation went well for your son. The recovery is the hardest part.
When I had my eye sewn up it was just starting to pull apart so I didn't have to do as much as your son.
Speedy recovery for him.

The fact everything is is finished will make your Lunch and Buffet go so much easier.
So your time to visit will go so much easier.

Here is to Peace and much Joy next year.

Merry Christmas.
cheers, gayle and thehanish

Penny said...

Do hope all goes well, I had to lie face down for 12 days once, awful, that was for a hole in my macula. Merry Christmas to you all none the less.

Cro Magnon said...

Yes, I'm afraid it's a more depressing Christmas than usual (news-wise). Let's just hope that people see sense in 2016... but somehow...

Have a wonderful Christmas. Cro xx

Derek Faulkner said...

Gawd, I can't imagine having to lie on my side for that long, clearly he has too but how incredibly boring. He's so lucky that you are nearby and will give him your best attention.

thelma said...

Best wishes to your son as he recovers, a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year to everyone in your family. xxx

Stephanie Gaunt said...

Your Chirstmas routine sounds lovely. Sorry to read about your son. Happy Christmas

Bovey Belle said...

What a shame about your son., I am glad he is sorted and mending, but the timing of it is lamentable. Thank heavens he lives so close and you can take it in turns to visit him.

I hope you can have a New Year party or similar, when he is up and about again.

Merry Christmas.

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

Happy Christmas Pat.
Hope your son heals well.
Gill and the Young Quilters xx

Linda Metcalf said...

Hope all goes well for your son. And a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

Barbara Womack said...

Your plans sounded lovely. So sorry that you will have to change them at this late date.

I'm glad they were able to take care of your son's eye and will be hoping for a swift and uneventful recovery for him. It's great that he is nearby and you are able to visit.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I am glad to hear they were able to catch your son's eye problem! We are friends of someone who also had a detached retina and had to lie on his stomach for quite some time. He made a full recovery, so no doubt your son will also be fine. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a good start to the new year! -Jenn

Countryside Tales said...

Merry Christmas to you and the Farmer. Hope your boy is on the mend soon x

Frances said...

Dear Weaver, I send best wishes to you and your family for a very Happy Christmas, hoping that your son's recovery will be steady and as swift as possible. It is good that he does not live too far away and that you all can establish some sort of family Christmas shuttle for visits.

Thank you also for explaining that numbered tiles game. I will be consulting google to discover more, as it sounds quite interesting.

L'm looking forward to visiting your very fine site in the New Year. xo

Cheryl West said...

Happy Christmas to you and all your family. I hope the recovery for your son passes quickly and smoothly. Thank goodness he is so close by.

Irene Holland said...

What rotten luck all round. I'm sure that he will be kept entertained over the next week or so.
Best wishes.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Sincere thanks to you all.