Today ( 24th December) is Annabell’s Birthday. Presently she is asleep and still recovering slowly. She sleeps a lot and tires easily but she is getting better and we have managed to get out from time to time. It is, however, two weeks today since she came from hospital and Benji is still watching over her. I have not been out much with Benji. We still go on our morning walk but only because it is early morning before it starts to get hot. Presently the temperature is wandering around a daily temp of 29 – 35C. I have taken him to the Ada Ryan Gardens, but only once since the present illness. I do not like leaving her on her alone for too long. I was supposed to be going down to Adelaide yesterday but I cancelled that. I was only really going to look for a new mobile (Cell) phone so I can survive with what I have for the time being and probably until I have to take Annabell to Flinders sometime in January. Currently my mobile is going to voice mail and not ringing. My son called and I missed the call, but he called the house phone and alerted me to the what was happening.. This has been happening a lot of late so with phone in hand and a large hammer on stand-by I examined the phone and found that for reasons unknown, the annoying thing had gone into flight mode and was blocking all calls and sending them to voice mail. I fixed the settings – again,, With unbelievable will power, I laid the large hammer aside. Not too far away though.
And yes, I did consider selecting the phone, paying for it and having it sent up from Adelaide. As you probably know, Adelaide is about a four and a half drive from here, yet to get something sent up to here would take over two weeks. I asked if the Post Office Delivery Service had been taken over by the stagecoaches of Cobb & Co. – which was the 19th century Australian version of the American Wells Fargo. I didn’t get a reply. I was quite miffed about this until a friend, who works for the Fed. Govt in Canberra wanted something from Sydney 30 minutes away, and it took ten days to get there. Fair enough I can make allowances for Covid-19, State Border closures and lockdowns, but to take these time within the State is pushing things just a tad.
Benji is well and he has not changed. We go out for our morning walk at 6am, returning around 06: 40. Has his morning treat then he heads off to check on his mummy and sleeps there for the remainder of the day. I only see him if I rattle the car keys. Sadly, because of the heat I cannot always take him with me. I have a small, mobile air-conditioner type fan that I can take with me. If I do take him with me I put that on when I park the car, check my watch ( allow 21 minutes only), partly open the windows and lock the car. He’s generally fine as long as I watch my time and make sure the cooling fan is directed at him to keep him cool. It’s not bad, a dog with his own personal air-conditioner :o)
Back to work- I think there is movement and Benji has left the room.. I should like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas – or Happy Holidays if you prefer. I hope everyone has a lovely time. My son and his partner and hosting Christmas Dinner today so, that’s good. Normally we do and Annabell does all the cooking, but not this year I am sorry to say. Andrew is a decent cook – don’t know about Rachel yet :o) we’ll find out today. Thank you all for your thought, prayers and good wishes for Annabell’s recovery – it is all very much appreciated.
Love and God Bless
Tuesday 7th. December (interesting date) Annabell is recovering, although we still have not determined the cause of the seizure. She was seen by a Cardiologist today and over the next few days she will have some tests to determine what damage this may have caused to her heart. The brain scan is problematic because of the damage the diabetes has caused to her kidney, it could not withstand the contrast that would be needed for the brain scan to be effective. However, Mr. Alam (Cardiologist) should have the results of the ECG and the blood tests in a few days and then decide with his team what the treatment will be. I have been at the hospital every day and evening but not tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be at home all day. As of midnight tonight because of the Covid outbreak in South Australia, new rules come into effect, which is one visitor per patient, per day. Connor wants to go visit his Gran so Andrew will take him tomorrow after day-care. This means that I cannot visit. This is ok since it will allow me to get the house tidied up and take a wander to the shopping centre and get some shopping in.
I have notified Adelaide and Flinders Medical that she will not be down for the Day Surgery on Friday. They will reschedule early in the New Year. Likewise with the Flinders Lodge- accommodation cancelled. However, I did speak to the Lodge people and they have told me that when we are ready to come down, they will organise the accommodation for us. The people at Flinders Medical and at the Flinders Lodge did call and asked how Annabell was – so that was really kind of them.
Thursday; Since the new rules are one visitor per patient per day, I did not go to the hospital until after lunch – giving the doctors time to do their rounds. I arrived at the hospital at about 12:30 and was told that Annabell was going for an ultra-sound and then she would be able to go home -depending on the results. Between one thing and another and the doctors examining the results of the ultra- scan, then a few more tests, she was discharged and I was able to take her home. By now it was close to 5pm.
Annabell has always said that Benji is MY dog. My response has always been to insist that he loves his dog mummy, “which is why he sits at your feet when you are watchng TV and why after we go for our walk he wants to go into your room to check on you”. Well, when I brought Annabell home, did he go gaga! I have never seen him so excited! He ran around us, then around Annabell, the tail going to cause a hurricane and it became difficult to walk forward for a little while, I had to stop him from jumping up on her. I think he was pleased to see her home. I would go missing from time to time, but she was always there. On the subject of missing, I am on extended Leave of Absence. I did not go to the conference yesterday but I did tender an apology and the reasons for that apology. Did I get a response? Sadly I don’t have those exciting kind of dreams! As far as I am concerned, my job right at the moment is to look after Annabell. Not sure….. but I think it’s part of the Job Description I agreed to.
Sunday: Everything today is quiet – of course, it is only 07:30 so I should expect it to be quiet. I did take Benji out at 6am after I checked in on Annabell. She was sleeping peacefully. She did not have such a great day yesterday but we survived it all and ended the day peacefully. Today the temperature is to be around 34c, which is good after all the rain, high wind and cold of a not so great Spring. Still raining and flooding in the Eastern States of New South Wales and Victoria.
At 03;20 on Saturday morning I called out the emergency services. I was wakened by a strange noise and rushed into Annabell’s room to find her convulsing and fighting for breath. The operator stayed on the line and advised me to do CPR, which I started doing. She stayed on the line in until the emergence services arrived. I did break off to unlock the doors. When they arrived they took over and I left the room to look after Benji. They worked on Annabell for some time before getting her ready for transporting to the emergency rooms at the hospital. At the time it was a suspected stroke. Once they left I got a quick wash and went up to the hospital. In the meantime I called John and he met me at the A & E.. We knew that Andrew had Connor, so we left off calling him until about about 5AM. By then he was awake, got Connor ready and met us Up at the ward. Annabell was still down in the Emergency area and undergoing scans to find out the problem.
The doctors here called Adelaide and were in constant contact with the specialists there. It was determined through the various tests and scans that she did not have a stroke, however, she did have a seizure but they don’t know as yet what caused it. She was moved to a special Pressurised Room and we were with her for as good part of the morning. Connor was getting fractious, so Andrew went home. He was going to see his former partner and see is she could look after Connor for the day, but she was already flat out and unable to do so. Because of the medications and the various tubes, Annabell was in and out of consciousness for much of the time and unable to speak clearly. However, she did know three words -” Okay / Don’t know.” She did not know who I was nor John.
The Session Clerk (Helen) from the church came and we sat stayed for a while. Annabell didn’t know who she was either, but she let John sit beside her and hold her hand. John had only finished night-shift so he was starting to tire. I sent him home. Whilst John was away it was decided to move her from the pressurised room she was in to the High Dependance Unit. I telephoned John to tell him to let me know if and when he was coming back. He said he was just about to leave so I said I would meet him at the front entrance and after signing in and answering the questions I would take him up to the H.D.U. Helen left and John and I stayed until about 5:40pm and then went to have dinner at Andrew’s. After playing with Connor for a bit and then dinner, it was now 7pm, so I headed back to the hospital for the last hour.
There was quite a difference in her and she was a bit more coherent. Conversation was still a bit disjointed and confused. When it was time for me to leave the trauma nurse asked me to have a talk with her. We discussed the difference between 5:40pm when we left until now. I said that I found her almost coherent, but confused. Also I still believe she really didn’t know who I was but I sensed that she knew I was someone she knew, so she gave me her hand to hold and we talked a little. She has a new word “Odd” everything was “Odd” The nurse said she wanted to know what I thought before she wrote her report, that she is able to hold a limited conversation but there is still a fair bit of confusion and lack of recognition. I agreed with that assessment.
I arrived home at 9pm and began the process of clearing up. The rooms were a mess and everything that had to be moved to allow the passage of the emergency people and the wheeled stretcher, had to be replaced. I also Went into Annabell’s room and tidied that up and remade her bed. After that I attended to Benji, made some coffee and sat down for a bit.
I was up at my usual 5:30 this morning (Sunday) and took Benji for his morning walk. I will take the service this morning and then head up to the hospital and hope and pray that a decent sleep overnight has helped her recovery. It’s been a long post, so thank you for your patience. I’ll keep you informed on her progress, but suspect it will be a long recovery.