The kids have done an amazing job helping around the home but even they began to crumble when I wasn't improving, so Pip stopped with some home school friends for a while and Ben had a weekend with Sara, Tom and Oliver. Sadly he missed five weeks of college as I was unable to get him there and Dave is no longer able to drive. The college were really understanding and because he was up to speed with all his work, he only had a few loose ends to tie up. Thankfully I was able to get him into college last Thursday.
We have had other local friends that have either taken the kids for a day or have ferried me to the GP surgery, several have seen me really sick and at a very low point. One weekend the pain was so bad that I only slept four hours out of the 48. Looking back the most frightening moments were when I was in a really dark place but literally by the grace of God, He pulled me through. I couldn't think straight to pray but I found some amazing praise and worship music on YouTube and just listening to the words and humming along kept me sane.
I am so grateful that I am on the right side of recovery and being so sick certainly focuses your mind on being extremely appreciative of even the smallest things! With that in mind I will leave you with some happy pictures from the past few weeks:
I had a reprieve on my birthday and was actually well enough to enjoy the day. Ben made a lovely birthday breakfast and we also spent the day with Mary whilst Kath was at work.
Uncle Ben making himself useful :-)
Fr L not only came to visit Ben but he also brought the sacrament of the sick for me, for which I was truly grateful.
Ben's T-Shirt reads: I never got my acceptance letter from Hogwarts, so I'm leaving the shire to become a Jedi!
Who needs a conventional cat bowl when you can drink from a bucket instead :-)
Thanks for reading and I hope to pop by soon xx