names changed etc but the content is as happened,
Hello Dave and Mandy,
'Hope you’re both keeping well.
I’m pleased to tell you that John has at long last had his heart valve replacement operation, last Friday in East Midlands, and that he’s making a good recovery. Because of his special needs, the consultant had agreed he should be kept sedated for a couple of days afterwards while he was still hooked up to drips and drains etc, so he wouldn’t be tempted to try and remove them.
The downside is that I spent 48 hours in the Royal Infirmary with mild concussion and a dislocated shoulder. I’d driven John down to the hospital on Thursday, wheeled him into the ward and gone back to the car park to fetch our bags as I was going to stay with him that night, partly to make sure there was no last-minute refusal by him to go down to theatre the following morning. After taking the bags out of the car, there is then a three-hour gap in my memory until I came round in A&E having apparently been hit by a reversing BMW in the car park ( which never stopped) and hit my head. I’m lucky that no skin or bone was broken and that my glasses and watch survived intact. I’m told two ambulances and three police cars attended, and staff at both hospitals and the police have been brilliant. They were able to work out that John was already in the hospital and which ward; Fiona was contacted and dropped everything to drive down to East Midlands and support him; a junior nurse stayed with him until she arrived, and the police visited me later that evening and supplied details of the BMW, driver, his insurance and the crime number.
Fiona brought me home on Saturday afternoon, so now she’s having to do the 100-mile round trip each day to be with John, which is tiring enough, without having to assist me getting my socks on and off each morning and night! Thankfully my head’s quite clear and I can look after myself while she’s out. Her nurse training has also been put to good use, as the sling she’s put me in is much more professional than the one the hospital provided.
John's been very brave, and when he phoned me just now, he sounds much brighter. The ward staff have presented him with a teddy bear who’s had the same operation and has a dressing on its chest just like his. He’s well chuffed!
An eventful few days and it just goes to show, you never know what’s round the corner. But thank goodness John's through this hurdle and doing well.
All the best'
I hope the driver gets whats coming to him big time and no smack on the had and don't be naughty again. I guess hospitals have lots of cctv and it must have been a text book pull for the police.
Anyway we are safe and well although one of my best friends and traveling companions is facing treatment later this month, I suppose normal life goes on but at least with Corona the news isn't all bleak.
Here are some shots from Wakefield this morning.