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Mum has been in Southampton General Hospital for the last few days, having rather deteriorated since her birthday. She has responded well to treatment but will need an advanced care plan before she can return home. Jackie drove Elizabeth and me over for a visit. Our mother certainly looked much better for her stay, but remains frail. A very pleasant doctor called Rebecca discussed all this with us, indicating that Mum would not be sent home without proper care being in place. Elizabeth and I will visit again tomorrow to discuss this with the team.
Even gaining access to the hospital was an advanced obstacle course. There are three car parks in the grounds; two were full; allegedly there were spaces in the third, multi-story facility. We joined a queue for this. Having withdrawn a timed ticket from the machine, one vehicle at a time was allowed to pass the barrier. When it became our turn, the machine informed us that this park was now full. We then had to wait until someone somewhere had departed. Thinking that Sod’s law would determine that if I began to change my camera lens we would start moving, I began the process. We started moving.
We found ourselves in a packed ground floor level. Having wriggled past other vehicles we made it into daylight. Then began the trek along streets, across crossings, past numerous buildings and into the building, more like a shopping mall, where our mother would be found in Ward 5 on the sixth floor. As I stood in the cramped lift, I prayed that the crush of my fellow passengers would manage to keep me upright,
Fortunately Elizabeth knew exactly where to find ward G5, and a chirpy looking parent who already had Rob and Helen in attendance.
Having delightedly devoured a slice of fruit cake Elizabeth had brought, Mum was ready for a rest when we left.
A little confusion arose when we departed the lift. Jackie and Elizabeth disembarked at level C. I didn’t manage to make my escape and continued on down to B. I left the lift and asked a staff member where the stairs were. She pointed out the lift, which was behind me. Well, it would be. I’d just got out of it. I said “I’m not going in another one of those”. She directed me to the stairs.
Meanwhile, my two ladies waited on level C for the lift to return. They stood with a welcoming smile as the elevator opened. Out stepped a beautiful young woman. They thought I had done a Dr. Who.
Jackie then drove us on to West End to collect clothing and spectacles for Mum for tomorrow.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s sublime sausage casserole, creamy mashed potato, butternut squash, carrot batons, and firm Brussels sprouts. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden while Elizabeth and I finished the Morador.
Ha! I was waiting for the denouement and it was most delightful 😀 Sending best wishes for your mum’s speedy recovery and all going well in getting her home again. xo
Thanks very much, Pauline. Glad you liked it. Next instalment on Mum’s situation today.
So how did you transform into a beautiful young woman?
My best wishes to your mum, too.
It’s easy when you know who, Keith. Thanks a lot
Sorry to hear about your mom, and the stress of parking and visiting the hospital. Your Dr. Who comment was amusing and clever. I’m sure you all appreciated Jackie’s cooking once you got back home.
We did, indeed, Merril. Actually, although physically weak, Mum was looking better than she has for while. Thanks very much
I’m glad she’s looking better.
“They thought I had done a Dr. Who.” You’re hilarious, Derrick. I’ll keep your mum in my prayers. xo
Very many thanks, Jill. It was a bit of a gift 🙂
Quite a trick! Next you’ll be pulling rabbits out of your hat.
🙂 Many thanks, Leslie
Hope your mom continues to improve. Bet the Doctor Who switch surprised Jackie and Elizabeth. 😉
Especially when they saw me emerging from the staircase 🙂 Thanks very much, Laurie
Best wishes to Mum!
Thanks very much, Lynn
Your experience in the car park read like science fiction. Come to think of it, it is science fiction for the folks who inhabited the planet in 18th Century and earlier beyond. The ‘Dr Who’ part is hilarious.
Very many thanks, Uma
Keep that sense of humor going strong, Derrick. Best wishes to your Mum.
Many thanks, JoAnna 🙂
Been there, done that, Derrick, and I don’t mean the Dr Who trick, but caring for an elderly parent and making decisions and arrangements for home care. Speedy recovery and best luck for your mother! Will keep her in my prayers.
Very many thanks, Dolly
My pleasure, and good luck dealing with these issues, when they arise.
Best wishes to your mum.
Thanks very much, Nicki
Good morning Derrick i am sorry and i wish your mother make a speedy recovery!
Thanks very much, Efi
Get well soon, Mum!!
Thanks a lot, John
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum. 🙁 I send healing thoughts, best wishes, prayers, and hugs to her. I hope she is able to go home soon.
I, also, pray for you, Jackie, and Elizabeth. It can be difficult for the family when a loved one, especially a beloved mum, is hurting.
You doing a Dr. Who made me snort-laugh! 😀
Very many thanks, Carolyn X
Were they very disappointed when the real you finally chugged upstairs?
Hope all goes well for your mother.
🙂 Thanks very much, Quercus
Wish your mom would get well soon Derrick. Parking spaces are sometimes like that…always full 🙂
Thanks very much, Arlene
Hope your Mum will continue to improve!! It seems visiting the hospital can be as rough as being sent to the hospital!
I’ll say, GP. Thanks very much
I was excited to read recently that your mum could continue to be independent. I hope her spirits are not too dashed that she will need more help now.
She sure has a lot of love about her–
Thanks very much, Pleasant
Quite the obstacle course … but it sounds as if your Mum is going to be well supported. Hopefully tomorrow’s visit will be a lot easier and less surprising!
Thanks very much, Val
Difficult times. You can keep the Brussels Sprouts!
I wouldn’t part with them 🙂 Thanks very much, Lindsey
Glad to hear your Mum’s picked up a bit … excellent Whovian reference! 😀
Thanks very much, Widders. So you all receive Dr Who at the same time as us?
That saved me having to explain the joke 🙂
Mum in hospital is tough, as is negotiating those parking lots. I have experienced both and I sympathize heartily. I love your mum from her pictures and your posts of her. Do hope she is comfortable and calm.
I hope your mum gets to enjoy her home for a good while. Mine just passed at age 98 in Sydney AU. My sister was there with her. She had a rich and colorful life.
She did well, Sherry. Our Mum has 100 in mind. Thanks very much
Perhaps Jackie should buy a collar and get a lead….
The thought has crossed her mind, Brian. Many thanks
Best wishes for your mum!
Thanks very much, Byung