Sunday, December 23, 2012

A bloody business!

I am surprised and delighted that there is still a steady flow of readers to my blog and for that I am most grateful. I am sorry about the absence of my updates but there are a myriad of reasons and the easiest one to tell, is the lack of internet connection! But that seems to be a thing of the past for now!!

Just to catch up, before we knew it, it was time to pack up Sabie Park and set off for home. I was truly sorry to leave as the time spent there had been absolutely magical. The weather was superb, the company great, the viewing wonderful. However, all good things come to an end.

En route back to the South Coast we had been invited to spend a night with our dear friends Ed and Liz in their new home. They have built a lovely place on an estate on the outskirts of Nelspruit. The front of the house is double storeyed and has a great outlook. Just in front of their property they have developed a special garden to encourage all the local birds. how relaxing it was to sit on their balcony chatting and watching the various species of birds coming for their feed or to drink from the pond. Both Ed and Liz have an amazing knowledge of birds and their behaviour. As we enjoyed our sundowners the choir of frogs put on a Grand Performance.

Fortunately Liz had invited her sister-in-law Anne to join us and the five of us had a wonderful evening chatting and catching up.
Sorry no Anne!!

Early the next morning we set off for the Coast. It is a LOOOOONG trip and the whole journey is made longer by the frequent stops due to roadworks! We certainly live in a potholed country.

Once home we were so disappointed to find out that the lift is still not working and lugging up all our luggage was exhausting but my brave husband managed with little help from me!!
I just felt pooped! This feeling of exhaustion continued through the following day while I unpacked and got rid of the dust in our bedroom. During the second night home i woke up and durin a visit to the bathroom I woke up to find myself sprawled on the floor....I have NEVER fainted. Now I knew something was seriously wrong. Off to the Doctor who took one look at me and I was packed off to hospital where I was put on to blood transfusion with immediate effect. After extensive tests the doctor attributes my loss of blood to inflammation around my hiatus hernia.

I wish to pay tribute to all those wonderful people who take the time and trouble to donate blood!! I needed four units and watching those precious  droplets leaving the bag, travel down the tubes and into my veins for 24 hours I had time to really think about life and how wonderful it is!! The medical staff are all angels and a huge thank you goes to each and every person who helps things tick over in the hospital.
I also need to thank my supportive husband, children, sister,  brothers, nieces, nephews  and extended families and friends for their constant care and concern .....and of course I am grateful for LIFE!!

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