Tess has asked me (Alan) to write the blog again this week, as she continues to be very poorly.
Thank goodness the infusion Tess had last month reduced her blood Calcium levels back to normal. However, the blood test which confirmed this also showed that anaemia was a problem again, but not so bad as last time. Iron tablets were prescribed to fix it, rather than another transfusion.
The support team from the local Pilgrim's Hospice have been fantastic. They and the district nurses, nutritionist and occupational therapist have provided many items to help Tess cope at home while she is so incapacitated. Last week the Hospice team organised a care package to help me look after Tess, and the girls who come in to care for her are so wonderful.
We have turned our house into a virtual bungalow now, converting our dining room into a bedroom with a hospital bed for Tess overlooking our front gardens - the view of our roses is so much better than the neighbouring roofs Tess used to see from our upstairs main bedroom.
When Tess has been feeling well enough, we have enjoyed the company of family and friends, but sometimes we have had to postpone visits when the pain and tiredness were too great.
The grandies are a great tonic. We now have pictures of Ethan in his new school uniform (he starts next month - how time flies). When we Skype Canada, Lilah likes to show off her piano skills. And best news of all - there is a new grandie on the way over in Toronto! Early days yet but so far Mum and bump are well.
Thanks for all your kind support, cards, flowers, good wishes and prayers. Tess and I really need them now.