Project 365 2017 Week 5 Day 29 – 35. The week that won’t be forgotten for some time as Mum suffered a minor stroke.
Sunday 29th January – Day 29
The day started with Monkey running round the house like a dervish. First in his T-Rex outfit and then as a Kangaroo Pirate (who knows).
We’d been invited to try the menu at The White House for lunch, so headed off there. On the way home we were meant to agree the quotes and arrange dates for the carpet and flooring to be fitted, but they’d closed early.
Just after 9pm the phone rang, caller id showed it was my parents. I knew it wasn’t going to be good news before I’d picked the phone up. How bad though? Mum was in hospital with a suspected minor stroke and was being kept in for observation. I don’t think anyone slept Sunday night.
Monday 30th January – Day 30
I decided not to tell Monkey about his Granny before school so he could go off as normal. I sent his teacher an email explaining what was happening so she could keep an eye on him for the rest of the week. For my brother and I it was a waiting game, waiting for news. Trying to decide on the best course of action. I don’t think either of us functioned today.
Monkey came out of school with an Achiever of the Week certificate for some artwork he’d done. I’m not sure if this was just a coincidence or whether his teacher had wanted to give him a little boost, knowing what I’d be telling him later. Either way, it certainly helped.
I sat Monkey down and explained as best I could, what had happened to Granny, that she was safe and being really well looked after, but she was rather poorly. Is she going to die Mummy? One day Monkey, but not today.
He decided that a bit of train time with Daddy before Beavers was in order. So off they went. He seemed to take it all in his stride, but he’s a quiet one.
Tuesday 31st January – Day 31
A day that went by in a blur. I tried to get some blog things written up, but it wasn’t a very successful plan. Mum has been very lucky, no loss of speech or mobility and was meant to have a scan today. Hard to make plans until we know what’s going on.
Dad called to say a more detailed scan would now be undertaken on Wednesday and the doctor would talk to them on Thursday. Time to try and smile as best we could, me and my boy.
Monkey got really upset at bedtime, bless him, he was struggling to process everything and really wanted to see Granny. I knew she had her mobile with her so I said we could try calling her in the morning so he could hear her voice. That seemed to do the trick.
Wednesday 1st February – Day 32
Monkey asked about Granny as soon as he woke up, so I sent a text, could we speak at some point? Granny was already in the scanner. She was back out before school and rang and had a little chat with us. It was all that was needed to put a smile back on Monkey’s face. She’s ok and just waiting for info from the doctor tomorrow.
After being a total mess for the last few days, I felt a bit more with it, went shopping, remembered my list and posted a few things off to Spain to keep Mum amused.
My friend A had asked me round for a cuppa and a slice of cake. Whilst there, Dad rang, Mum was going to be discharged. The scan shows she’s had a minor stroke and there’s some scarring on the left hand side of her brain. A change of meds and a few other things, and hopefully she should be ok for the future. Never has there been better news. Lucky, very lucky.
Monkey had drawn a picture for Granny in school which we emailed over, so it was there when they got home.
My college homework for the week was night photography. A tricky one in normal circumstances as I’m home alone with Monkey most nights, add in the rain this week and my state of mind – not ideal. I’d taken a few shots from the hallway with my front door open, earlier in the week, to get my street scene. Daddy P was around and suggested driving me out before Monkey went to bed, so I could try to capture light trails from the motorway. This was my best effort in the howling wind. I didn’t have much time to perfect it and then is started hammering down with rain again. But it’s a start.
Thursday 2nd February – Day 33
I had my hair done in the morning and then headed over to see my brother. We decided to Skype Mum and Dad together to see how they were. Although Mum looked shattered, it was so lovely to ‘see’ here. It was clear to see that flying over tomorrow wasn’t going to do her any good, as she needed a bit of peace and quiet. We looked at flights and my brother got booking as I drove home to pick Monkey up from school. We fly next Friday for a few days.
Monkey and I had some cuddles after school, he wasn’t feeling well apparently, although there was little evidence. At bedtime he was the same, and around midnight he ended up in with me.
Friday 3rd February – Day 34
Not feeling quite so ‘unwell’ this morning it would appear. One cheeky Monkey went off to school quite happily.
I headed off to college to talk night-time photography and different lens and the effect they have on the field of vision. I’m missing next week’s still life session, so I’ve picked up 2 assignments to complete.
From college I headed off for lunch with a NCT friend before coming home to pick Monkey up from school. He got to see Granny on Skype, although of course, when she was actually there, he didn’t want to speak. Kids!
Saturday 4th February – Day 35
The sun is shining today, and I’d love to be outdoors. But I’m being led my Monkey today, he’s decided that he wants a quiet day at home, playing games and just being together. He knows he won’t see me next weekend, so that seems fair enough to me. Cuddles, smiles and laughter. A perfect way to start the weekend.