Hanging out at Christmas

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UploadedDecember 23, 2010
TakenDecember 11, 2010
ModelCanon EOS 450D
Exposure1/8 sec at f/4
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Hoping for a quiet, incident free one this year. Mum and dad ended up in separate hospitals in the early hours of Christmas Eve morning, last year. Both ok now but like being in a very black comedy, again (rolls eyes), for some time.

Dad had a couple of heart attacks (ahem, after giving mum an early xmas present... noooo!!!!!!) and mum fell/slipped on ice getting out of my car having caught her foot in her (bloody!) handbag straps as i went to meet her at A&E. She had an horrendous double break and dislocation, which i have no problem at all recalling, heeuuughh.

Dad was being carted off to Papworth (exceptional little heart) Hosp at this point , i saw him go! Same crew and docs scraped mum up and were fantastic, this was 2am, i stayed with her until 6am. Approx 80 fractures came in that morning, bitterly, icy cold.

I called my brother and met him an hour away at Papworth to see how dad was doing, ok considering, had to lie thru our teeth about mum for a couple of days tho!!

Dad was lucky, very lucky. the place he was take to is a mess of 1920'30'40's buildings. It has a 97% success rate.

In spite of a global opinion of it and it's recent (poor management & governments) frailties the NHS is/was/should be a marvel.

It's a shame the short term thinkers in this world don't value their loyal hardworking people a lot more. I've seen far more of hospitals in the last 10 years than i want, ITU to community nursing, it'll be a sad and scary day if it's left to disintegrate.

Motto - Dad, stick to golf! Mum, keep your bag on your knee, not in the footwell!

Happy (safe) Christmas all, squeeze the ones you love, (remember those you've lost, smile, toast)... even if they are a pain in the buttski xx :)

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  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    Wishing you a peaceful Christmas & prosperous New Year, Gail...love the whimsical ornaments & all you have written! : )

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    Thank you! If the tree looks weird, it's recycled chestnut paling fencing fron the beach, cut, scraped and drilled!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (23 Dec 2010):

    I love your tree! How pretty. Merry Christmas, Gail.

  • Michael Franco

    Michael Franco said (23 Dec 2010):

    Fantastic festive tree! I hope that your parents get well soon and have a Happy Holiday!

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    Thanks everybody and festively fun wishes back to you all.

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    1, I LOVE that tree/ decoration, please let me know where you got it from. 2, I really do hope that you and your parents stay well this Christmas. 3, Thank you so much for the District Nursing mention, people forget about us and we have a really hard time getting about at this time of the year. 4, I love this shot. 5, Have a wonderful Christmas Gail!! X

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    Lynda, i made the tree with a friend, decs are various, Habitat/Conran no doubt and many odd little shops! Mum was told to sue the hospital as it was an untreated ice rink 'don't be bloody stupid, they need the money' was her take on it! Anyway, we get to rib dad, it was his fault!! We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and wish them all a safe winter! Happy Xmas both of you x

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    Oh Dear....I certainly can relate - wishing you,& your's, a Peaceful Merry Christmas Gail. Great photo ~ !!!

  • John Linton

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