Monday, December 21, 2015

Advent sock day 21

Today was a day of incoming phone calls.
Our wonderful MacMillan nurse came good on his promises, as I knew he would.
The District Nurse came in the morning to take a blood test and have a chat with FL.  She is going to come to the house in future, to save him the journey to the GP.  She had been primed to ask him about help he / we might need.  A united front is building - FL will find himself washed before he knows what has happened!
While she was here, the GP himself rang, and said he would ring again later.
Then the MacMillan nurse rang to check we were OK and to reassure me that help is out there if I need it, not to struggle on alone.  Oh thank you, thank you! :)
Later in the afternoon, social services rang to make an appointment for Christmas Eve for an assessment of FL's needs.  The hospital had told them my name was Mrs Rose and they had given the wrong address for the farm.  Really?!  I explained that I am married to my husband, we have the same surname, and we live together at the address on his medical record.  Grrrrrr.  I wonder which Little Madam is responsible for that pile of steaming nonsense?
And in the early evening, the GP rang back for an update on FL's condition.
People, we are being looked after - what a relief!
FL has been asleep a lot of the day, but that's OK.  He ate breakfast and dinner today and enjoyed both.
I have been knitting and spinning - woo hoo!
I am delighted to report that I finished my final Christmas knit this evening, just in the nick of time before The Girl arrives tomorrow and The Boy comes on Wednesday.  
A full house!  The dog won't know what's hit him.


Continue sock A by knitting 21 rounds inspired by the wallpaper of your phone or computer.

My laptop has a very boring plain blue background.  However, my phone has a photograph of the apple-blossom in our "orchard" from earlier this year.  Did we ever see an apple?  No we did not - shortly afterwards, the tree died back.  I strongly suspect that the farmer sprayed herbicides in the adjacent field.  
Leaf green it is.

27 comments:

Knitlass said...

Hurrah for all the support and the people who are putting into place and making it stick.

Well done on the gift knitting. I am woefully behind on everything, but in cheerful denial. As noone knows I am knitting/making them anything, they wont miss it if it doesn't arrive! And, they can always have a nice surprise at some point in the future.



Mairead Hardy said...

I'm so pleased that FL is getting a good standard of care in your home. Both of you must feel so much better for that. Sending more hugs.

Jenny Larking said...

Hurrah for MacMillan nurses and conscientious doctors. You will be very pleased to have boy and girl home for a while. My boy and his sweet small daughters will be arriving on Friday along with niece and 2 more small daughters. A house full of girls at Christmas - heavenly. Hope your Christmas will be peaceful and content.

Athene said...

Very relieved and pleased to read today's update - this is how it's supposed to work.

I sat up till 1 am on Saturday to finish a pair of gloves for my sister as I needed to hand them over the following day. She didn't know she was getting them, so I could have left it - but since they were originally destined for her birthday in March I thought I'd better get on! It's fatal to put a project down halfway through, I find. Congratulations on finishing the knitted gifts.

ambermog said...

So pleased you are finally receiving help both of you. Sending ever continuing vibes your way and may the Winter Solstice bring strength your way xxx

Roobeedoo said...

Thank you Ambermog :) sending the good vibes to you and Mr Mog in return. Hope his rainbow socks are still going strong!

Kitkat Krispie said...

Yipee! So glad that all of the support is finally kicking in. Take everything that is going! The wonder and power of the Macmillan support, never fails. Have a happy family Christmas. Sending lots of love from wet and windy Surrey.

Lizzi said...

That’s so good to hear.

Emma said...

So pleased you are getting the support you both need. Yay for Macmillan nurses.
FL must be so much happier to be at home, in familiar comfort. You must be happier too. Not having to worry about how he is being treated. Lovely that you will ahve a full house.
Sock looking fab. Boo re: the apple tree.
Knit on!

Alice said...

I'm glad to hear that you're all home and being well looked after! I feel like a bit of a lurker here as I never seem to actually manage to comment when reading in my mobile, but do know that random internet people are thinking of you and sending good energy your way!


Also, the socks are *truly fabulous*.

Wakeymakes said...

Pleased at the update and that your family are coming soon. Socks are looking great K xXx

Mary said...

So pleased to hear the support system is starting to work properly. My experience (in New Zealand) was also that the hospital was the weak link but that once cancer support and district/visiting nurses became inviolved things went much more smoothly. Wishing you all the best for Christmas with your family. Mary

velosewer said...

Really pleased to read that you're now getting more help. I hope this keeps up!

liza jane said...

Glad you are being taken care of! I'm catching up on reading. Thinking of you!

sulkycat said...

Excellent news - there is very good support available, just a shame one has to push for it at exactly the time your energies are needed elsewhere.
The Macmillan forum is worth a look too, very supportive.
Sending oodles of positivity from Yorkshire.

Carmel said...

I am so pleased and relieved you are getting the support you need at this time. Best wishes for a peaceful Christmas with your family.
I do admire your sock knitting (etc) skills; makes me feel like picking up the needles,
although as we are sweltering (39C) here in Western Australia today I don't think I would get much use out of them...
...assuming I could knit socks in the first place!
Thinking of you and FL
Carmel

Sabs said...

So glad you have support Mrs Rose! Hope you get some rest when the rest of the family arrive too x

Catherine Cottingham said...

As a caring lurker, I am so pleased: '...we are being looked after...' This is as it should be, giving you the space to enjoy your time together. Kindest thoughts.

nettypoole said...

I look forward to your blog every day. It feels as if I know you, and share your pain. I hope it helps that people are following your story, and though we can't do anything realistic to help, urge you forward to have the strength to cope and provide FL with love, happiness and comfort when he needs it.
Your socks will be truly memorable.

Sarahel said...

Wonderful news that you're being so supported. And lovely that you have visits from your son & daughter to look forward to too. I wish you all a peaceful time together.

Jennifer Hill said...

Oh, hooray, hooray! So pleased the support you both deserve has finally kicked in, you've finished your gifts, and more family is arriving! Btw, I do hope that Macmillan nurse knows what a fabulous job he does : ) Jen

Minigranny said...

So pleased to her that you are getting the support you need . Have a good Christmas!

Jodie said...

This is good news and I'm glad that you have had some time together before your children arrive. Lean on them if you feel you can and remember to take care of yourself. Take care!

Karen S said...

I don't comment very often, but I've been checking your blog everyday for updates on you and FL. I'm glad the MacMillan nurse has lit some fires under people's behinds and you're getting the help you need. I know how hard it is to take care of a sick loved one-my father had multiple myeloma. Also good news that FL is eating and seems to be doing well all things considered. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and Happy Holiday from Michigan.

pennylibrarian said...

I'm so glad that your support is slotting together. In our experience with caring for my Dad at home the GP was our weakest link. The District Nurses were for the most part excellent and the hospice doctor was calm, re-assuring and extremely knowledgeable about pain management.
On a very practical note, has anyone suggested fortified milk shakes for when FL doesn't feel like eating? I think that my Dad's came from the hospice nurse. They were great for keeping him nourished when food was difficult to digest and undesired.
Wishing you well, please do look after yourself as well as FL, the children and the dog!

Melissa said...

Roo, like so many people, I've been following your blog daily. I am very glad to hear you can all be home for Christmas, and with the medical support needed! Thank goodness for the MacMillan nurse - I have never heard of them until now!

I hope when your kids are back, you will also get a wee bit of break for yourself too!

jessica said...

That sounds like a fine team indeed :-). Glad this transition back home has been smooth so far (and sounds like it will hopefully continue to be so!) And absolutely agree with Macmillan, don't want you to feel alone and without support. I have also heard good things about fortified milk shakes - both the nutritionally balanced ones, but also just plain ice cream mixed with protein powder in a pinch (I think, non-doctor here although come from a family of doctors, but definitely a non-doctor, that on some level, just plain calories are important) Just finished up my Christmas knitting as well - 11PM tail-weaving on a pair of fingerless mitts :-P. Now to possibly cast on something selfish ... or maybe just sit under my basted quilt and hand quilt ...