Well Clive has now been home for four weeks and every day is a little stronger. His tenacity has been incredible and from day one made sure that little by little he was going to get stronger. He knows his limits and rests when necessary. Some days a nap after lunch and some days off to bed an hour earlier than normal, some days just taking it steady all day but it is working.
The workshop keys stayed hidden for a while but not long. Work started with a few 10 minute sessions and has gradually increased. Only doing small things that do not mean picking up large planks of wood. But all of it is progress!
Many folk told me that after an AAA op sometimes folk didn’t feel like doing anything for 3 or 4 months and as Clive had had such a major op not to expect too much for even up to 6 months! Well this September Clive and I have been married for 43 years and over the last 15-20 years Clive has turned from being a very negative person to a very positive person. It didn’t happen overnight but it has happened. After the initial thought of can he actually survive the operation (which even the Consultant warned me could go wrong as they were dealing with an aneurysm that could rupture at any moment – even on the operating table) I knew that if op went well Clive would make every effort to get back on his feet and into his beloved workshop as soon as was possible. He is never happier than when tinkering with something in there!
The consultant allowed him home 4 days after the op after asking me could I cope with him being home lol! My answer was well I have coped with him for 43 years lol!
The first few days we both rested as I knew the stress had taken a lot out of me too. Although I was looking after Clive at least I was not rushing off to the hospital every day. Clive slept a lot the first few days as was expected then he started getting up and it wasn’t long before he was walking round the house looking for things to do!! After another couple of days he would go out workshop for short 10 minute sessions.
We went to see our doctor a week after Clive came out of hospital, he couldn’t believe how good Clive was and said he has a new nickname now. Felix, cos he must have 9 lives.
It was wonderful to see the Doctors face when we walked in the surgery, as seriously, I think the Doctor had doubted that he would ever see him again after calling the hospital to get him admitted, it was that serious. He was so pleased to see him.
Doctor went on holiday immediately after getting Clive admitted and we had sent the Doctor a card thanking him for saving Clive’s life, which was on his desk on his return from holiday. He said as he opened the card, it brought a BIG smile to his face and he couldn’t stop thanking us for the card as he appreciated it so much. (Not half as much as how we appreciated his actions!)
The outside is healing well but it was a long incision so he knows the inside will take longer to heal. Also Clive is starting to get cheeky now so I know we are on the road to recovery!
Now he has to keep progressing and we will see consultant on 18th October. We will be guided by him as to what Clive can and can’t do!
We have made the decision that we need a break away and to still go to Kendal Wool Gathering (they had held a space for us to see how Clive progressed). I will man the stand (just one stand instead of two, so no Timbertops wheels on display but just about everything else) and Clive will be there but only doing what he can do AND resting! We will be spending the weekend in a cottage with our friends Denise and Tim from Willo Fibres and it will be lovely to enjoy a change of scenery and good company. Then we shall head off for the rest of the week in Scotland near Stirling in a cottage, resting but close enough to visit family and them to visit us too. They can also meet Star who will be accompanying us on the trip
Looking forward to seeing anyone that can get to Kendal, do come and say hello and see some new items on our table too. We will have a few reconditioned wheels too that may interest those that have missed out on seeing us at Yarndale and Bakewell.
Lastly, thank you to all who have sent Clive their best wishes, prayers and Reiki blessings over the last 5 weeks or so. It has been much appreciated