Good morning, everyone. The sun finally emerged yesterday and it was a very pleasant summer day, quite warm and I blessed the air conditioning in the living room in the evening.
Yesterday was quite a day! I started off by getting the six large supermarket bags of paperbacks to the book shop and came back with five and a half bags. They only wanted a few but gave me a fiver for them which has started off the 'donations to the Garden City Hospice' fund nicely. I will dispose of the rest; they are not in good condition and, quite frankly, I don't have the time to faff around with them.
However, it took six journeys from car to shop and back with very heavy bags and, somehow, I managed to hurt both calf muscles, low down close to the ankles. Lord only knows how and it's not something that's ever happened before so really weird but the rest of the day I was hobbling like a very old person, no springiness in the ankles whatsoever. Thank goodness for pain killers. This morning it's still aching but it is a more normal ache so that's a relief.
I didn't use Quick Fit in the end because the nearest garage was Hitchin. I found a place called Ecotyres quite close by so went down there and I think I struck gold. A very capable and hard working young man said yes, he could repair what turned out to be a puncture and replace the tyres which he agreed were near the end of their life and better still (consulting his diary), he could do it straight away. Still legal but . . .
So under two hours later I drove away and, boy, I could really notice the difference. Driving is now worry free again as changing the tyres was on my Things To Do in June list and now it's done.
A plus was that it cost less than I had feared so no need to move money over. Phew.
In the afternoon I hobbled in to Dad's ward and, after a heart to heart with Dad, we both had a long talk to one of the consultants who took us through everything very carefully.
What is happening now is that Dad is going to move into a good local care home with as much nursing care as he needs as soon as he possibly can. There will be no operations; the expected outcomes do not warrant it. It is what Dad wants and the medics think too.
I can't give any more details, obviously.
So - today starts with a bit more clearing out, as much as possible. I'm tackling some of the kitchen stuff - there's an awful lot of things like plastic pots, etc, no use to anyone. Then I will have my hour long visit to Dad and I expect that he will be looking forward to getting out of hospital and into somewhere more comfortable. It could be as soon as tomorrow because . . .
. . . brother John is coming down from Scotland today and together we can sort things out. There's legal stuff to do anyway and all the local care homes have plenty of spaces due to Covid 19 (which is not good, but good for this situation) so there will be no difficulties.
So - I'd better get today's lateral flow test done (I have to do one every two days as part of the visiting rules) and then start the day off.
Have a good one yourselves; stay safe and positive. xx