Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Monday, 22 October 2018

Catching up on real life.

In the garden
This pot all ready for winter months
 Olive bush back in the greenhouse
 Peppers drying in the greenhouse
A few cut flowers from the garden
 My ripple blanket, 
I do a few rows each night, a little bit of normality.
I have sorted the garden, SIL has helped moved all the heavy stuff to their winter home, and we will cover the wooden garden furniture, on a dry afternoon, so no jobs for hubby once he is home.
I have done some ripple blanket, it's simple to do, but now I am going to try and finish the blue socks for hubby for Christmas, I have a few more rows before I pick up stitches around the heel to form the foot. Now my stress levels have dropped a bit, I will sit later and try to do them neatly.
Hubby's operation went to plan, he had 2 days in ICU, and is now back on the Cardiac High Dependency Unit, their care is wonderful, there are more medical staff than patients, I can see his strength coming slowly back.
I am just thinking of everything, ensuring when he gets home there is nothing for him to do, saving his favorite TV programes so we can watch them together. I plan to pop to the library to pick up a couple of books for him. Plus ensuring he has all he needs whilst still in hospital.
The cost going to visit Southampton hospital is huge, the hospital is 20 miles away and not on  an easy route to get to, unless you have a car. Twice I paid £8.50 and once £10 for day visiting hubby, plus the fuel, it was starting to get expensive. The unit nurse gave me a form to allow me to purchase a ticket for long stay for one week, it cost £18, so much better, it has to be used in the car park furthest from the hospital, but I enjoy walking.
Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my last post, it was a huge shock, I dropped hubby at our local hospital, expecting a call mid afternoon to come and get him, so when my phone rang just a bit earlier, I was not expecting to be talking to a doctor.


  1. I'm so pleased all is going well for your hubby. Take care of yourself too. Jane :)

  2. You sound much better too, less stressed. I'm so pleased he has come through the operation fine. I'm sure he will be pleased with all your efforts.

  3. Sorry I missed all of this. Sorry about your husband, so glad he is much better and on the mend. Seems to be a lot of hospital trips to visit various husbands in hospital mine included on the blogs recently. I know all about the stress of it all and I send you hugs.
    Julie xxxxxx

  4. I too missed your post about your husband! What a shock that phone call must have been for you. At least he was in the right place to be treated straight away, I'm so glad he is on the mend. Hospital parking can be very expensive, if it went to the NHS it wouldn't be so bad. When Arthur was in for that week Jenny had to pay over £40 in parking fees as her car was there all that time. They do have a pass on the wards but they are only allowed a few to give out. Hope he is home soon, thinking about you. x

  5. It must have been a terrible shock for you. I'm pleased to hear that he's recovering well and getting the best care. Look after yourself too though won't you.

  6. Wishing your hubby a speedy recovery. Hope you are doing well too, make sure you take care of yourself.

  7. Glad your husband is recovering well, Marlene. Good you could get better rate in the parking too. Your bunch of cut flowwrs from your garden are beautiful! Meg 🌸

  8. I can only imagine how difficult that call was for you. I am so glad to hear he is getting better everyday!

  9. I’m sorry I missed your last post. Pleased to hear he is recovering and in the best place for care. What a frightening time for you. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way x

  10. I've been thinking of you Marlene, I hope DH is soon home and able to relax. Take care xxx

  11. I'm so glad you hear that he's alright! It's never a good time but at least he's got the care he needs. Your ripple blanket is looking lovely too.

  12. I've just caught up with the news of your husband. Thank goodness, all is well. If you're going to have a heart issue, being in a medical facility at the time, is the best place for it to happen! I'm glad he's responding well to treatment, and you're making plans to do all you can, when he gets home. But make sure, you use some of this time, while he's in hospital, to rest yourself. Take care you two. :)

  13. Hi Marlene, so sorry to hear about your husband, I hope things are improving.x
    I was sorting out my reading list on my blog the other day and stopped following some, yours was one of those, but I wish I hadn't stopped reading as I have always enjoyed your posts, so will continue to follow.

  14. Southampton Hospital does have a very good heart/Cardiac Department, and patient care is very good. So pleased to read your husband's operation went to plan.

    Continued good wishes for him, for you and all the family.

    Your blogging friends are all thinking about you :)

    All the best Jan



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