Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The facts from this week

I'm off to Durban tomorrow for the weekend. I will visit my gran, who had a mastectomy on Monday. She only found out on Friday that she needed one, so it's been a shock.

The op went well and we're just waiting for the histology reports. My granddad has been beside himself - he lost his first wife (my biological gran) to cancer after a marriage of more than 40 years. I was still in primary school at the time. It was very sudden - she had a stroke, they found out she was riddled with cancer and days later she was gone.

Understandably, he's terrified that this could happen again. He's a little more relaxed now that the op is over, but he has bronchitis at the moment, which is no joke when you're 85. I need to see them to feel ok.

Of course, having booked flights, I've now come down with the head cold from hell and I'm worried about passing on my bugs to either of them. I have downed Med Lemon, Panado, Nurofen, Strepsils etc (not all at the same time!), but am just as miserably sick and battling to breathe. I am eating oranges (when what I really feel like is all the cheesy stuff that's especially bad and mucous-producing), rubbing on Vicks VapoRub and staying in bed. Hopefully I'll be ok by the time we fly tomorrow.

It's been an especially busy week, with assignments from old clients and an exciting new one (thank you, Jeanette - I owe you for this recommendation), which are all (of course) urgent. On top of that, there's other family stuff, friends going through really rough times and some other stuff that doesn't get discussed here.

On the bright side (and there is always one), I'm looking forward to spending my dad's birthday with him and my mom on Saturday, and TSC and I are busy planning a bathroom renovation (very exciting, but probably insane, seeing I work from home and will be witness to every bit of dust and noise). Our church small group is also partnering with an incredible adoption organisation to help them refurbish the homework rooms where the kids work. I love that sort of stuff.

Life is crazy. But I am still here. Until tomorrow. Then you won't hear from me till after Durban.

Have a good one.


Helen said...

Wow that sounds hectic! I hope your grandparents are ok and you feel better soon!

It sounds like your freelance work is going well, that's fantastic!

cat said...

Take some zinc - it helps with recovery during a cold. And leave the oranges - the homeopaths will tell you they produce a lot of mucus. Rather have kiwi and guava. And ACC 200 that thins the gunk and get it out fast.

Good luck with the visit - here's hoping for her speedy recovery.

po said...

Sorry to hear about your grandparents, Tamara! Yip, apparently if you mainline zinc it helps, I tried it and it does actually seem to work. It's really good if you get the tablets you suck, like from health shops. But I'm sure they all work. I hope your grandparents are ok.

Nes said...

I am so sorry to hear about your grandparents. I will be thinking of all of you. Hope you feel better! :)

boldly benny said...

Spending some time in bed catching up on blogs and I was so sad to read about your gran. Holding her, your grandpa and you in my heart and prayers x

Louisa said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh my. I am so sorry about your current pains. I just hope life returns with as much blessing and light.

Sorry to hear about your gran. I hope she turns out fine. And that you do get better and that you didn't pass it on to anyone.

I also hope that the bonding you will do with your family is also nice. Family time is the absolute best.

*digital huggie*

Slyde said...

hope grandma's ok! :)

Anonymous said...

*hugs* hope you're feeling loads better and that both your grandma and your grandpa are doing much better?