26 Apr 2019


This week started with a holiday, it was Easter Monday. I had more or less recovered from my guests and was happy that my friends came for a Scrabble. Distraction is very important for me to keep my strength. They admired my Easter decoration when we had finished our game, we had a fudge cake with blueberries and whipped cream.

My Lebanese neighbors made a barbecue and it smelled delicious. They asked about Mr. G.'s state and when he would come out of hospital. I told them that he is still too weak and must have an infection because they did a lot of other analyses and the reeducation has to wait. Suddenly the Lady disappeared and came back with a plate of Lebanese food and said, "you are alone, here is your supper ! You have to be strong, have a nice meal !' Isn't that cute ? I was really touched.

Then the Teenagers put on Lebanese or Arabic music and we were delighted, we felt on Holidays in Egypt ! The sun was shining and it was warm, an absolutely nice afternoon !

When somebody is ill, you also get a lot of administration work. In my case as it was not me who had brought Mr. G. with the ambulance to the hospital, there were some errors and I was blessed with tons of invoices. I went to the health insurance and said that I have not won in the lottery and I am not the wife of a millionaire like Mrs. Trump. The employee smiled, looked at my papers and told me that I will get all the money that I had payed back in the next days and that I will not get other invoices anymore, they will handle it directly with the hospital. Good news, my mood raised !

To celebrate that, I went to the hairdresser because I thought I needed a new head !

We have a travel agency in Waterloo who does daily excursions. This time they proposed the Keukenhof in the Netherlands. As we had never seen these amazing Tulip fields, Nicole had booked for us and we met at the bus at 7.30 am !

It was a wonderful day ! While it rained and it was rather cool at home in Waterloo, there was sunshine and warm weather at least over the Keukenhof !

This is only a little bit of the Tulip fields and the flower beds, statues and houses, I will write more about it on Tuesday for "My World". We stayed there for 5 h and I am sure we haven't seen it all, but we were hungry and thirsty and there was a restaurant, so we had lunch there.

Before returning home, we stopped for an hour and a half in Scheveningen at the beach. After half an hour suddenly a terrible wind came up and it started to pour ! We all ran inside the restaurant with our glasses and waited that the rain stopped ! Then we just had the time to catch our bus home.

Next morning I had to get up early because the cleaning lady was there already at 7.30 h ! I met with four friends for an Asiatic meal and then drove the 20 km to Mr. G. to bring him a paper to sign and of course clean laundry. He was still feeling weak and we tried to walk along the corridor, he with the walker and I besides. But he only did a few steps and then we had to return as he got dizzy. Before he had been without the walker to the bathroom and the nurse was angry with him apparently he is not a very easy patient. I tried to explain and told him to be patient and do what they want him to do to heal quicker, but I got the impression to talk to Arthur the cat who never does what we want !

I stayed until 4.30 am and it took me more than an hour to come back the traffic had started. I was very tired when I came home. Tomorrow I have to talk  to the Doctor again to know more about the results of all the analyses they have done !

Fortunately I have a lot of support from my friends and my little neighbor nurse who really mothers me ! Which for once I need !

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Andrew said...

At least you are not sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself. It must have been quite a relief when you were told about the medical invoices and that the insurance company would take over.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - sorry to read about Mr G ... and I do hope his health improves and they can work out what's wrong and help him along his way back to better health. I'm glad you're able to take your mind off things ... I remember my months of going up and down to London to see my mother and being totally exhausted - sounds like you have lots of good help around. Take care - and I look forward to see more tulips ... cheers Hilary

Faith said...

So sorry to hear your husband is still in the hospital. My father in law has been in and out of one for the last few months. There IS a lot of paperwork that comes with getting old isn't there??

Glad you had a. Ice trip and have such thoughtful neighbors. A true blessing indeed!

Happy belated Easter to you!,

Barbara Harper said...

Poor Mr. G. - I'm sure he's tired of being in the hospital and not feeling well. My longest hospital stay was 8 days and I couldn't wait to get home, though it was several months before I fully recovered. I hope and pray he'll do what he needs to do and heals well and soon.

How kind of your neighbor to share supper with you! What a fun time seeing the tulips. I'm glad the invoices were taken care of.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You deserve to be spoiled a bit for a change. I'm glad you are letting friends and neighbors support you even when you are more used to being the strong one in the group. Take care of yourself! I'm sorry Mr G is having a slow healing time.

William Kendall said...

The tulip beds are a delight to see.

Schotzy said...

Prayers for your dear husband... how wonderfful to ahve good scrabble friends.. those sound like great friends to have!!Marvelous to go to the Keukenhof.. My husbnad and I were there in the 70's when we lived inGermany.. Oh, my they are awesomely beautiful! I cant wait to see more photos!!!

Willow said...

I hope Mr. G improves quickly. I am sorry he has been in hospital.
How sweet that your Lebanese neighbors are taking such good care of you.
Those tulips are beautiful!

Susanne said...

I am so sorry for Mr. G and what he is going thru. I hope he gets better quickly. And it would be very tiring for you. Glad to hear you have some good support around you. And how sweet of your neighbor to make you a plate of food! The tulip fields look stunning. I would love to spend the day there!

Wendy said...

This must be such a hard time for you both and it seems to be dragging on and on. But good that you got the insurance paperwork sorted and a day out to cheer you up. Good neighbours can be hard to find but you seem to have done well with yours.