Monday, December 31, 2007

Thank God 2007 is nearly over!

Began a series of rants about some so-called therapies for ME/CFS. Here's the first one, there are links to them all in a section on the right.

Close up amaryllis
Jan 16

Continued rants on various therapies and discovered the wonderful Quackometer.
Dad admitted to hospital on the 13th.

Snowy garden
Feb 8

John had problems with his jaw and an abscess.
Dad moved from Arrowe Park to Clatterbridge for rehab.

Wind against tide on the Mersey, Sunday
Mar 18

Phone calls from Mum begin to get bizarre.
Found a just started sock from a couple of years ago and began knitting again.Spent a lot of time researching and visiting possible Nursing Homes for Dad.

Rust coloured socks WIP
Apr 29

Still knitting and taking photos of the back yard.
Dad admitted to Nursing Home on May 3rd.
John had a day trip to Abersoch.
The last day of May Mum had a fall while trying to sort out her shoes.

Rose bud - Peace
May 25

Mum admitted to hospital on the 4th.
Still taking lots of flower photos.
Indulged in a Swift finally.

Iris in sunshine
June 10

Mum admitted to Nursing Home in Wallasey
Mum and Dad re-united 27th but Dad taken into hospital the next day and died of pneumonia that evening, 28th.

Jul 14

Dad's funeral was on the 9th, we were very relieved Mum was able to come and thankful the Nursing Home was able to send a nurse with her. After a day's rest John and I went off to Abersoch for a week's holiday.
On my birthday I wrote about a strange happening after Dad died. A message from?

John Steven David out in Duck
Aug 17

Mum re-admitted to hospital September 3rd after having a "funny turn". Put on the Liverpool Care Plan for the Dying September 5th . She died on September 13th, Funeral and cremation was on the 21st.

John and Sarah and David G. climbed the tower at Birkenhead Priory on our way home from the Funeral Lunch. Then we found our way down to the bank of the Mersey so that I could take photos of the QEII docked at Pier Head.
John had a day trip to Abersoch on his birthday, and celebrated it by skinny dipping at Porth Bach.

Sep 21

We had our first visit from the delightful Brodie.
Brown envelope time - IB50 form to fill in.

Evening shadows
Oct 15

Our first outing together this year for John and me that was just for fun - Antiques Roadshow at St George's Hall.
I strained my chest somehow and was more or less bed bound for most of the month.

Lamp light and Wellington's Column
Nov 4

We had another very nice visit from Brodie, who definitely likes having someone in bed most of the time!
Worst Christmas for years... All four of us in this house went down with some sort of gastro intestinal virus. I was the last to get it (on 27th) and am just now beginning to recover. But we all had some nice prezzies, and it seems that Santa's Elves made good choices for the "kids"! So not a total washout.

Dec 10

On the whole I will be glad to say goodbye to stressful and harrowing 2007, and am hoping that 2008 will be a lot happier!

Here's wishing all my readers a Very Happy New Year!

Champagne pouring


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you Maggie, I hope 2008 brings you lots of joy and many trips out with John! Thank you for visiting my new blog, it meant a lot to me to see you there. {{HUGS}} and love, Natalya xx

Knit Nurse said...

Good grief, you really did go through the mill didn't you? I sincerely wish you a wonderful 2008 and hope that the balance is restored or even overturned in the opposite direction...!

Mary said...

uh... here's to 2008, then!

cusp said...

Well as you say 2007 has been a reall rum'un for you, you poor dear but up and at 'em girl and let's hope 2008 will be much much brighter for you all.

Love Cusp x

Mary Anne said...

it's been a harrowing year. Best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2008.

Probably Jane said...

You deserve a warm and wonderful 2008.

Libbys Blog said...

A Long hard year for you. Remember the good and look foward to a Happier 2008. I look forward to sharing your journey! {{hugs}}

peri said...

I enjoyed your post and the photos are beautiful.

Here's to a happy/peaceful 2008 - may all you wish for come true.

Kahless said...

I am sorry for the harrowing year you had in 2007. Very hard to lose not one, but both parents. Take good care and I hope 2008 is a good year for you.

ps Love the pics, especially the iris.

restyled home said...

Happy New Year, Maggie, but you have had a very stress filled year and I am so sorry about your mum and dad's passing. I sincerely hope that 2008 will be kinder to you and that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel...

Thanks for stopping by my blog-you always say such kind things and I appreciate each and every one of them, especially given how busy you have been.

Take care,

Mary said...

It's a large quantity of Not My Business, but are you okay? Or just not much to write about?

seahorse said...

What a great idea to do a retrospective in this way, even though I know it was a very difficult year for you. Your words and pictures brought back a tangible sense of what journeys you have travelled in the past 12 months. I wish you all good things for 2008 and am sorry this is late but I've been a bit laid up.