In a blink of an eye I went from this:
Saturday night yarn dyeing with Pip.
Gloved and Gowned.
Magenta Pink Mix.
Testing different colour mixes.
To six hours later waking at 3am with very severe abdominal pain, which led to shock and a split second loss of consciousness. I quickly recognised the symptoms as a "gluten cross contamination reaction" and although horrendous thought my body would sort itself out. This however was not to be the case and when I began to bleed I realised something very bad was happening, so an ambulance was dispatched. Thankfully I was able to contact a friend and her husband who came to help Dave until family members arrived. My friend Bea came in the ambulance with me and stayed until they moved me from A&E to acute surgical. Kath travelled from Barrow to collect Pip who was looked after by family and Sara and Tom stayed to help Dave.
By early evening on Sunday my condition had stabilised and the consultant satisfied that my lower intestine and bowel had not ruptured, declared me able to return home. I must admit I felt wretched as a result of being dehydrated but knew that I would have much needed peace and quiet at home. My recovery is a slow process and I have lost my appetite and as a result feel nauseous most of the time. I have been allocated an appointment for an endoscopy on Tuesday to ensure nothing sinister is lurking. Your prayers and good thoughts would be much appreciated at this time.
Naturally I haven't been in much of a state for taking photographs but I would like to share a story with you:
Our daughter Sr Emma Maria was praying on Sunday afternoon with the community of sisters and when they reached the last decade of the rosary, she felt this overwhelming need to pray for me and her dad. Straight after the prayers, she sat down to have a snack and the next minute the phone was ringing, it was Dave telling her that I had been admitted. An ocean separates us from her in northern Spain and us in the UK, but the love of Christ never separates us :-)