I said I would update yesterday after Eira’s hospital appointment, and I had planned to, but then we got the news that Mum’s Mum, my beloved Nan, died yesterday at home in Wales.
We are absolutely gutted- we saw Nan a few days before we left on our travels, for her 90th birthday. She had not been able to make it to my brother’s wedding so we dressed Esmae, Eira and Elfie up in their bridesmaid dresses for her birthday party, and took her photos of the wedding which she absolutely loved. She was very happy to be surrounded by everyone, and before the party I wrote and read her a letter in which I said everything I’d always wanted to say to her- that she was a wonderful, extremely special person and that she was responsible for many of my happiest childhood memories.
We knew that that might be the last time we would see her but as we got closer to coming back to the UK Mum had said several times about she wanted her to hang on just until she got home. Mum is obviously very upset, her flights back to the UK are four days before the funeral so she will be there in time, but the rest of us won’t be.
Eira’s appointment was all but useless- the doctor we got hadn’t even heard of the medicine that she is on and told us to give her bed rest for another two weeks. There was no point discussing it in the hospital as there’s nothing to say; keeping Eira in bed 24/7 is not the best thing for her, we are getting her to rest as much as possible but her mental health is paramount and she needs to be able to do some things with her sisters. She is still on her nootropic medication and will be for a while. She is getting extremely emotional, upset and angry, at things that would never have bothered her previously and we don’t know if this is from the injury, the stress or the drugs she’s on- it’s gutting and it’s just not fair that she has to go through any of this. We’re waiting to hear if she needs another CT scan before going home.
I can’t remember if I updated about the most recent big earthquake, there was another one the other evening- Esmae had been ok with the most recent ones but this sent her into a panic again. There have been hundreds recently in the Ring of Fire including quakes and aftershocks, and a several people are experiencing what I mentioned a week or so ago- the feeling of being dizzy and shaking even when the ground is not. It makes you think you’re going crazy.
When Mum got the news about her Mum yesterday she was standing across the garden, where the Wifi is better- as she walked back to tell me about Nan the stupid stupid dog that bit Patrick previously, jumped up and bit her. It didn’t break the skin but it was a shock and it hurt. Just to top it all off. She is ok, as much as you can be with this month of absolute shit. Can’t tell you how much I’ve been fantasising about us being on that aeroplane, looking down to see the lights of England.