Thursday, 28 June 2012

Sunshine and happy days

It has been quite an eventful week. Being able to breathe again is good! This is only a very short-term fix but  so far so good. The sun appeared this week - what a treat - too many dull grey days really depress me. So we had a trip round to Minnis Bay and sat and soaked up the warm rays. So different from our visit here last week.
OK I added the palm tree but the photos are real!

On Friday we headed west to Somerset where we were guests at a wedding (Gaby's sister). We stayed in Wookey Hole near Wells and the wedding was at Leigh-on-Mendip. So where was the sunshine when we needed it? My feet were numb but at least the torrential rain held off until we were all cosy and seated inside the marquee. What a brilliant day - I do love a good wedding even if the youngest page boy didn't quite understand his role! We headed back on Sunday stopping off en route at a hostlery for lunch and later at Bernie & Normas for a cuppa. A few photos for you:

Medical matters however continue to dominate our lives.
I had an  appointment  yesterday with the thoracic surgeon. Several options were discussed but it was thought that the best option for me now was to have a VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic surgery) procedure to completely drain all the remaining fluid from the pleural cavity. Much of it is loculated (in small pockets) so not just a simple drainage job. A permanent chest drain would then be fitted. The surgeon would then try to reflate the lung – it is unlikely that this will happen but if it does she will try a partial pleurodesis (sticking the lung to the chest wall). The surgery is booked for 10th July – some urgency as the procedure will be done at Guy’s hospital (London Bridge) and all but emergency ops are likely to be postponed for 2 weeks late July/August for the Olympics and then there will be the inevitable backlog . I  will be in hospital for at least a week mainly that they can monitor the drain and make sure there is no infection or air locks etc. Ho Hum!

But the bestest news - the Canadian branch of the family arrive this Saturday - the Griswalds will be together once more! So I will not be blogging, forum posting or facebooking for the next week. I don't know if or when I will have my two grandies together again so I intend to have Fun Fun Fun. It is quite amazing how two such little people have have boosted and helped Alan and myself over the past 20 months - two reasons to keep on fighting. Welling up here now so will stop.

Hope the sun is shining in your world. Tess x


  1. Glad you have had some relief, Tess. Delighted that your family will be reunited shortly, love and best wishes to you all.

    Janet xx

  2. Fun fun fun sounds like good medicine to me Tess, I bet you're counting the minutes now. I hope your op goes well my friend and it eases your breathing. Gorgeous wedding pics, I love a good wedding
    lots of love, hugs and positive vibes for you and Alan as always
    Claire xx

  3. Keep your chin up Tess. Hope the op isnt delayed for you. Glad you enjoyed the wedding, you look pretty good too.
    Love and hugs
    Jennie j

  4. Wishing you everything you would want for yourself this coming weekend. Hope you all have a wonderful time and we'll hear all about it when you get back online hopefully.
    Glad the procedure has helped your breathing for the time being - and not long till 10th. Hope everything goes well for you - 10th July is good day - I look forward to it every year.
    Love and hugs
    Beryl xx

  5. Glad your breathing is a bit easier Tess and I hope that the surgery brings you even more relief. The wedding looked lovely and so did you - you really suit those colours.
    Have a great time with the family and treasure every moment - blogs, forums and facebook will all still be there when they've gone home and we can look forward to some fab photos of those gorgeous children!
    Sending you lots of hugs my lovely friend.
    Ann x

  6. Hi Tess,
    ray's op was done at Guy's, they have a great surgical team so you are in the best of hands. If you are on Dorcas ward to recover, you should have a great view of the Shard! Think what those penthouses go for.

    Ray was in for a week while they monitored the build drainage etc. There was a great ward sister during the week and a real nice male nurse called Ollie.

    Wishing you all the best

  7. Just caught up with this Tess - so will be thinking of you. You looked great in the photo taken at the wedding. Have a fabulous time with the family.