A Real Supergran

I feel very out of touch with the blog world.  It’s been a roller coaster week here.  It’s got to the stage where when the phone rings, my heart falls.  No news, really is good news.

It all started on the day of the Heineken cup rugby final when my father was rushed to hospital by ambulance with chest pains. After an anxious wait in A&E, news came through that his pain was non-cardiac in origin and so once my dad’s condition had stabilised, he was discharged back to the nursing home.

The following day, my mum-in-law’s health suddenly deteriorated and we were told that her end was nigh. Thus begun a round-the-clock family vigil at her bedside which lasted for five days.  She died peacefully on Friday surrounded by her nearest and dearest. Her funeral will take place next weekend when family and friends will gather from around the world to celebrate a dear life. She was a wonderful mum and a real supergran and will be deeply missed.

In the midst of all this, my son Robin woke last Friday morning with a very swollen foot. He was due to leave at lunchtime on a walking holiday with friends so we had to act fast. His problem was solved by a visit to a VHI SwiftCare Clinic which had him assessed and processed in less than one hour and on his way to Kerry. The following morning Robin phoned to say that the swelling had moved up his leg and a phonecall to SwiftCare confirmed that he should return home.  I collected him off the train several hours later and ferried him back to the clinic for re-assessment. Again, Robin was seen very quickly and thankfully, this time the news was better. He was instructed to rest-up and allow the antibiotics to take effect. SwiftCare is a privatised clinic funded by a health insurance company, to deal with minor injuries and illnesses. I could not fault the care that Robin received there. It would have been a very different story had we attended the A&E department at our local hospital. By lunchtime today, Robin was back on the train to Kerry to re-join his friends.

Thankfully, today has been a rest day.  There’s been no news as yet on a date for my surgery.  Right now the silence from Nottingham, is a welcome reprieve.

5 Responses to A Real Supergran

  1. Grannymar says:

    A happy release for your mum-in-law. Thoughts & prayers are with you and all the family.

    Rest now Steph before the call to Nottingham.

  2. Baino says:

    Oh Steph very sorry to hear about your mother in law. You’ve had a helluva time by the sounds of it. Happy though that Robin recovered so quickly, what caused the swelling? Hearts out to you and yours. Things can only get better can’t they?

  3. Nancy says:

    Dear Steph,

    Very sorry to hear about your Mother In Law.Sincerest sympathy to your husband and the rest of your family.

    Hope there is a respite now for a little while before you return to Nottingham. Maybe you can take it easy and settle down before you have to go.

    Take care……

  4. Bendy Girl says:

    Oh goodness Steph, I’m so sorry to hear about all this. Thinking of you all, lots of love BG x x x

  5. Steph says:

    Thanks to one and all for your kind wishes.

    My mum-in-law was a very special lady so everyone is determined to give her a fantastic send-off. Next weekend looks like being a lovely celebration of her life.

    I’ve not heard from my son, Robin since yesterday so I’m presuming all is well. The problem with the infection in his foot was that cellulitis had developed and it can rapidly become a dangerous condition requiring IV antibiotics, if not properly managed. I’m sure that no news is good news in this instance.

    As regards me getting rest/respite before I travel to Nottingham, see next post!

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