Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A Pine Tree, a Pin Cushion and a Fire


The tree was felled, the rounds were cut, the photos taken, some sewing all done,and today the last bark and the pine needles were burnt. There are no fancy clothes or shoes for this work, cotton gear in case of a spark, a hat in case a spark landed on my hair, and gloves  to make sure no thorns did more damage.

The last bark off the gum tree


Slow motion at the fire

We finished at 12 noon!!! Hugh took the quad back to the shed, I watched the fire, He came back , called out “ I need some help” I ran over, and he looked poorly. “I need the ambulance!!!”   How often have I heard those words. Pale, clammy, light-headed and short of breath. I feared the worst.

He had been sitting down most of the morning, after  he started  the fire, I continued to heave the small branches, and watch them slowly turn to ash, more goodness for the garden later on.

Slowly back to the house, on the  phone, soon the familiar green and yellow vehicle arrived,( best of all, I had time for a shower, a very fast one, and a change into clean and tidy clothes before they arrived) ,2 lovely young men from Feilding. Blood pressure, oxygen stats,  blood glucose then an ECG, then a second one with more leads. They were so thoughtful and shaved the spots first before putting on those  very  adhesive  patches.All was normal, Whew, what a relief.

Then they both agreed Hugh should see his GP, today. I almost laughed. There seems to never be an emergency appointment available.  ( that is a sign of a very popular and thorough doctor) They phoned, the surgery rang back,  and said   no appointment until tomorrow morning>>>++++++++++

“ What part of, ‘this man needs an appointment today’ did you not understand???”      a few seconds wait, then the reply,    “Yes,   3 p.m.  today,  thank you, that will  do.”

We were there on time, all checked out OK, Hugh’s meds need to be tweaked, until he feels something like  normal.I am so thankful for the men in their bottle green uniforms, all medical services, and wonderful friends, all ready to do anything at all to make things easier.

Quotation of the day,  by Aldous Huxley

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception”

Greetings from Jean


Jenny said...

Oh dear Jean, another bad scare for you both. Thank goodness for those extra helpful ambulance officers.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Jean ~ Glad to hear you've gotten all of that work done.

Sorry to read that Hugh had another ambulance ride. Hope the tweaking of his meds helps him feel much better.

Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, I hope your Hugh feels better once his meds are straightened out..This scare can be so stressful..Take care and have a happy day!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, my! reading along, my stomach surged when you got to the part about hugh needing an ambulance! SO glad it was manageable!

Georgia said...

Great job by those EMTs (or is that an American term?) wonderful to get reassurance in your own driveway and also advocacy with the appointment maker! Take care!

Our photos said...

Oh my, I hope it is going better now !

Carol Mattingly said...

Thank goodness Hugh is alright and just needed minor tweaking of his meds. I just thank God that there is such a thing as EMS to help us when we are in need. Take care. Carol

Susan Heather said...

What would we do without the wonderful St. Johns service.

So pleased everything worked out and Hugh was able to see his GP and have his meds "tweaked".

Hugs from the north.

Lori Skoog said...

You two certainly have had your share. Hopefully things will settle down now.

bj said...

Lots of work going on there. Glad you got it all burned and so glad Hugh just needs meds reworked.
Take care and have a blessed Easter.

Julie Fukuda said...

Whew, how scary! Glad things worked for the better this time.

Jim said...

Good to hear that everything is getting back normalcy.
It does sounds like the help you got was just about perfect. Aren't we lucky to have this accessible service, Jean.
The good thing is that Hugh is on the mend and you got all that wood work/fire done.

KB Bear said...

I've been away from the internet but I had a brief panic when I read about the ambulance. I'm glad that things are under control, and I hope that Hugh is feeling stronger again.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm so sorry that you had that scare, and I'm glad to hear that your Hugh is okay! Your narrative had my heart racing in worry and sympathy. It reminded me of too many things that have happened over the years and how difficult it is to experience them. I am in awe of how kind and upbeat you are in you blog visits and comments, despite all that you are enduring. You are an inspiration to me! Take care! I'm sending you positive thoughts, and I do hope Hugh is feeling much better!

Karen said...

Glad to hear that Hugh is okay. Maybe he needs to take it a little easier on himself.

Inger said...

Thos EMT people were truly great. I am so sorry to hear you had yet another scare, but glad that most of it checked out ok. Take care.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I cannot imagine what you are going through!
You best put him in traction and not let him move at all!

Allie said...

Oh hon what a scare - so glad he's ok and getting his meds tweaked. Praying for you both, hon.

Barb said...

Read your posts down to here and thought, "oh no!" I'm glad the Rotorua family came to help with the rest of the trees. Hopefully, Hugh is feeling much better and your own ear is healed.