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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 :)
Also by Gail Parker
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