Photos courtesy of the Internet.
Last Tuesday morning my life changed in a flash. Hugh had a heart attack, at home, sitting in the room where I do my quilting and blogging. A phone call to the emergency service, in NZ we dial “ 111”, and are asked if we want “ Fire, Ambulance or Police??” , they were here so quickly, and he was taken to Wanganui Hospital. X-Rays, blood tests, admission to a medical ward then a transfer to Critical Care Unit through the night. Much consultation between doctors, many phone calls, and he was flown by the Fixed wing Air Ambulance to Wellington Hospital for cardiac surgery. All is well, he is home, and we adjust to life on a different scale.
I am the chief driver, well ,the only driver for 2 weeks,( there will be lots of supervision from the passenger!!!) and there are other restrictions in place. I am so very grateful to all the staff, both medical and non-medical in both hospitals, the lovely man on the phone switchboard, Dr Chad Saunders who is here in NZ for a while, he is from Lafayette. yes KB, not far from your place, the rest of his team, the surgeons and all others in the theatre at Wellington, who no doubt do these procedures many, many times, but for us, this was a first.A special thanks must go to the staff and Doctors at Wanganui Hospital in the Emergency Department, who cared for Hugh, and also for me so well,they made sure I was looked after, told of everything that was happening, would be done, and why. A cup of coffee, a chair for me right by Hugh’s bed,was there anyone they could phone for me,no doubt everyday for them, but their care and thoughtfulness was so appreciated, needed, and accepted .
Our family came , long distances for them both, and I am so thankful for their love and support, and for being here with their “Mum”, taking me to Wellington, and much more, and I wondered how do others who are totally alone cope at times like this.My thoughts go to all those who do not have such a good outcome,and carry on through life without their man.My eyes look at each day with different lenses .Coloured with thankfulness and clouded with tears.
Here is Hugh on the walkway, on the way to the Blyth Hut, a few years ago.
Quotation of the day, an excerpt from B Alan Wallace
“ Life is a flash of lightning in the dark of night”
Greetings from Jean