During my time in hospital (8 months) I thought that I would never be able to visit my daughter and 4 grandchildren in Australia again or even worse I would never see them again. Like many stroke survivors it didn’t take a lot to lower your mood,
my daughter and children came to see me thinking I was going to die, on the day that my daughter Sarah and her children came to say goodbye I was suffering with the NORO virus so the grand children were not allowed in the ward.
Sarah was allowed in
to see me for a few minutes only, even today I am really upset trying to write this but, I must face the memory and document it. Sarah came into my room, sat by bed then she rested her head on the bed and lifted my arm so that my hand was resting on her head,
this simple act broke my heart and still does when I think about it, I believe she was thinking the same as me, after she said goodbye and left my room I broke down and silently howled (remember I had no voice) my heart was Broken, then my grandchildren
appeared at my room window waving goodbye again I broke down completely, poor bairns had to leavewithe the memoryof their Grandpa crying.
Three or four months later I was transferred to Rehab where my physio Matt started to work on getting movement
in my limbs, after a month in rehab my recovery was swift, Matt had me standing and taking very small steps. One day I asked Matt “if when well enough will there be anything that will stop me going back to Australia” Matt replied “Give Yourself
a year then there should be nothing to stop you” Well that was the moment I told everyone that I plan to go to see my daughter and grandchildren in Australia,
18 months later Jeannie and I boarded a Plane bound for Perth WA, I’ve been back
five times and we plan to go again soon.