Wednesday afternoon, Dad took me and Sydney to Lacock Abbey where we had coffee and biscuits (well me & Syd only had Biscuits and Apple) in the Orchard overlooking the church. We were all thinking of Mum but there was nothing we could do until we had an update that evening. Dad rang at 19:30 to be told she was still in Theatre as there had been a serious RTC that afternoon which had delayed all the ops. At 21:00 he was told she was back on the ward and as comfortable as could be expected. That was a relief to all of us!
Thursday, Dad had to go to Coventry to pick up the Bamboo flooring for the Bird Room (Dad says it will be easier to clean up all our mess from the wood floor than from the carpet). He got there at lunch time and then went straight to the hospital to get Mum. At the hospital, they had to wait 2 1/2 hours before she was allowed home. She was sent home with 2 zimmer frames, 2 toilet frames and that evening Adam & Stacey went to get the wheel-chair. It was good to have Mum home but she was still in a lot of pain.
Friday morning Mum decided she was well enough to go to Torquay for the week-end they had booked months before but when they got to Tiverton she was having second thoughts - until, that is, she saw the Doctor there! They went on to Torquay and checked into the Hotel. The first room was not the booked Disabled room so they had to move but all's well that ends well!
Saturday consisted of Dad pushing Mum around Paignton all day in a wheel chair. They did however, find a Subway big enough to take a wheel-chair for lunch. Dad says that it is not enough for a surface to be flat for a wheelchair. All along the coastal promenade the path is cambered towards the sea so any rough seas flow back into the sea. That camber is absolute hell for someone pushing a wheelchair! It was not just the fact that there was an adult in the chair but the chair itself is not lightweight - it is an old ambulance one, very well built, very sturdy and very heavy! Dad actually found the pushing very good for him because he could use the chair to lighten the weight on both of his feet - like walking with 2 sticks; though his arm muscles suffered a bit!
Sunday morning was spent in Torquay with a second breakfast being taken at Subway and lunch also being taken at Subway! They walked a bit, sat a bit, walked a bit more etc. Torquay is very nice now they keep the tide in the harbour. In the afternoon they had to go to Ipplepen to collect D - a Blue & Gold Macaw who we are safehousing for Birdline. More details on D can be found on the page for Safehouse Bird 02. She seems to have settled in all ready - certainly a lot quicker than Safehouse Bird 01!
Well that's all for this week. Sydney & I are hoping Dad will take us to the Christmas Market in Bath this coming week because we get spoiled with sweet coated nuts there (OK - naughty but nice!!!).