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Sunday, 19 November 2017

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I popped outside this morning intending to clear some more leaves from the lane outside our house.  Two bucket-fulls in I noticed a friend standing at the end of her drive; less then a minute later a paramedic car was hurtling up the road towards us and I just knew . . .

There is little road signage around here but I was able to direct the paramedics, and shortly afterwards do the same for an ambulance. I put Daisy inside, called for Management and off we ran, to find our neighbour, P, had fallen off a ladder whilst trying to fix some guttering.  Like us he has a balcony above the garage and he had fallen a good 15 feet or more, landing on his car before slipping onto the concrete driveway.

The air ambulance landed in an adjacent field soon after, Management and another neighbour employing heavy-duty bolt cutters to get through a gate at the request of the paramedics.  The rest of the day has been a blur of shock and talking to neighbours.  It is not often you stand a few feet from a friend whilst three medical crews do CPR for over 20 minutes.  I received a tearful call from his daughter an hour or so after they arrived at hospital - we were told to expect the worst and have since learnt that he had a cardiac arrest (worrying when two stents were fitted 10 days ago) and is now in an induced coma.

It turned out we knew one of the EMTs and had a good chat with him while they were clearing up.  He told us that after 20 minutes they were just about to 'call it' but a further injection of adrenalin had finally started our friend's heart, however I already knew I had been watching P. close to death. 





I am writing because it is cathartic, I needed to "get it out".  A long soak in a very hot bath helped too.  But I also write because this horrendous incident has made me feel so much better about something - about buying our campervan.

We struggled and struggled with whether or not to spend a large sum of money on an indulgent toy.  We rationalised the purchase by telling ourselves lots of 'sensible things' about residual values and so on, but in the end we did it because we flippin' well wanted to.  I have not regretted it for one minute and after today we are resolved to get out there and use both the caravan and Bill as often as we can.

But for tonight I shall just pray for our friend and his family.










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  1. Oh dear, how frightening & we send prayers & thoughts for your neighbour also. And, are you two OK?

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    1. Bless you Susan, but M. and I are perfectly OK, thanks

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  2. How upsetting and frightening for everyone involved. I do hope P will be OK. X

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    1. Thanks Jules :) One hell of a 'reality check'. Give Lily an extra big hug from us :)

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  3. Oh my goodness Jayne, my thoughts are with you and M and I'm so glad you were able to assist following such an awful event and I pray for your friend's recovery.

    Life is for living and you and M enjoy every moment you can with Bill!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, it didn't feel like we were much help, but after a neighbour drove his wife to hospital, we cleaned up outside and locked up the house.

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  4. Difficult to have the right words when something like this happens, so sending hugs and love, and pats and tickles for Daisy xx

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    1. Absolutely Kate, there are no "right words", but there are no wrong ones either. Many hugs and tickles for Daisy today - it's her five year anniversary of coming home to us.

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    1. Thank you J, I know the hospital have done theraputic hypothermia as well, it's now just a waiting game.

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  6. It’s a hard life wake up, we all feel healthy and well, not knowing what may happen. Enjoy your van, life should now be about fun. Hope there will be a happy outcome, not the start to the day for anyone.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, You're right in what you say and we all know these things, but it's a hell of a slap in the face to have such a close and personal reminder.

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  7. Not nice, not nice at all. Do so hope that the news is more positive going forward

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  8. What a horrible thing to happen, I do hope P will come through this okay.

    When something like this happens to close friends/relatives/neighbours I think it can suddenly make you aware of your own health and well being and realise that you should grab life with both hands and do what makes you happy while you can.

    Lots of love and cuddles to Daisy too on her five year 'coming home' anniversary :)

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear of your friend's mishap. Prayers that he'll recover.

    You've hit the nail on the head. The time to do things is NOW, while you can. Spending the money didn't put you in dire straits, it won't keep food off the table and no one who is counting on you will be deprived. You'll never regret getting out and about, so BON VOYAGE or HAPPY TRAILS, or whatever applies. Have fun.

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  10. Dani, Eunice, Sue, thank you all for your lovely comments.

    You have all said things I am thinking, but have not put into words very fluently, and I really appreciate your comments. We learned today that he has also broken his neck (which is not really surprising when you land head first from a significant height) but no-one is thinking about spinal injury until they know whether there is brain damage from lack of oxygen.

    Regardless of one's faith, this is one of those "there but for the Grace of God, go I" times.

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  11. I do hope that your friend pulls through. We have had a couple of recent health scares and it does make you re-evaluate doesn’t it?

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    1. Thanks Sue, hope you and Martyn and feeling much better now.

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