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A Cloudy Week with a Promise of Rain

on 27/01/2014

Hopefully soon I will have a new name for my blog – Hope you like it – I think the new name reflects the aim of my blog in that I do try to look for silver linings and try not to linger on the sometimes unpleasant aspects of life.

I/we have had an unbelievable week – apart from our air conditioner that we have now been without for 5 weeks. Eventually there was a silver lining in that saga of many phone calls and finally an email that we sent to the repairers – a well known company on Tuesday. The girl at the repairers had twice said she would look into it and get back to us – didn’t happen!! The email did the trick and finally the boss found out about our plight. He rang, apologised profusely and the next day delivered (himself) a portable air conditioner free of charge until ours is fixed next Tuesday. It has been very hot here and when you have an air conditioner you can’t use at the hottest time of the year it probably makes you feel worse. Add to that a couple of other events that occurred this week and throw into the mix a cycle of chemotherapy: all of which left us both mentally exhausted.

Anyway enough of that – but it started off a week of dark clouds. Our son and his wife had just arrived back from a wonderful holiday in the US and were looking forward to starting work the next day (they are both Teachers) but in the early hours of the next morning a nasty bout of food poisoning saw our son admitted to hospital where he spent a few miserable days and was discharged this morning (Sat). Hard to find a silver lining in that particular cloud except that he is slowly recovering, which is great.

The other very dark cloud was when our son texted his 17 year old daughter, whom he hadn’t seen for 3 weeks while he was away, to tell her he was in Emergency. She texted back saying she also was in Emergency at a different hospital. Our son was admitted right away and a drip was begun in order to re-hydrate him. His daughter waited a couple of hours in severe pain, had a blood test and told to go home and come back the next day if the pain continued – they thought it might be appendicitis. The next day she went back and was eventually admitted. Surgery was indicated but she was transferred by ambulance to a larger City Hospital for Specialist attention. An ultrasound confirmed it wasn’t appendicitis. The operation was to happen either that night or this morning (Sat). She kept being pushed back as more serious cases kept coming in – probably the usual Friday night car smashes and drunken fights. Then it was to be this afternoon but now re-scheduled for tomorrow (Sund). At the time of writing this it is Saturday and they have finally given her something to eat – she had been ‘Nil by Mouth’ since Thursday evening in preparation for surgery. Hopefully they don’t send her home as often happens. This of course is the difference between Public and Private Hospitals. No silver linings there so far.

This morning it was overcast and raining on and off but we went to watch our gorgeous 12 year old Grandson play cricket – Under 14. They were hoping but didn’t expect to win but win they did!! The opposing team was at the top of the ladder – our team was second. Our boy opened the batting as usual but both opening batsmen were run out for small scores. When it was his team’s turn to field, he was part of the bowling line-up and a catch was taken off his bowling. The silver lining was beginning to shine through – figuratively speaking as it was still overcast, very humid and sprinkling with rain. Halfway through the innings he took up his position as Wicket Keeper – 2 boys share this position. He did very well and the scores were close – the opposing team needed 10 runs to win. Our boy in his position as Wicket Keeper took a catch and the other team was all out!!! The silver lining was definitely shining by this stage.

So, tomorrow is Australia Day and we are celebrating with an Aussie BBQ at our unit complex. We’ll have Aussie flags, Aussie hats and sundry paraphernalia in the appropriate theme. Hamburgers and lamingtons – Bewdy Bottler!! (Old Aussie slang) so barring rain should be a fun day.

It’s now Sunday – our Granddaughter had her surgery yesterday morning and she is now preparing to be discharged from hospital. An Australia Day that she won’t forget I’m sure. What a relief to us all that her surgery went well and she and her father are well on the road back to good health.

Our Australia Day BBQ was a great success – windy but no rain and we all had a great day. The troubled week ended well which goes to show that the silver linings are always there – you just have to look for them.


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