July 8th, 2009

Wanaka tree

Fitting in caring

First of all, I'm really sorry that I haven't been posting much here for a long time. As I said the last time I made an entry, I'm really busy at the moment with the web project I'm working on and I'm finding it difficult to do anything other than work while I'm at work! Then, because I spend my day sitting in front of a computer, the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit in front of a computer. I will try harder, I promise. I have some photos that I've taken over the last few weeks that I'd like to share, but I haven't even managed to sort them out yet. When I do, you will get to see them. There's surfing at Woolacombe on the North Devon coast, a cornfield full of poppies, Watchet Harbour in Somerset and the nearby Bossington beach. If that whets your appetite, please stay tuned. 

On top of that I seem to have become a carer for my parents. In the past couple of weeks my mother has come out of hospital having had a new hip replacement and my father has also just come out of hospital having had a total knee replacement. Having both of them laid up at home on sticks and crutches means that not much of my free time is my own anymore. I'm not complaining and I know that the situation will improve as they continue to recover but right now I seem to be their transport, household help, gardener and carer. As far as I can tell they are recovering well. Their respective health professionals seem pleased with their progress. The operations they have been through recently are pretty routine these days and time will make everything normal again.

As part of my day job I produce information for people who care for others. I list all the help they can get and where they can get it from. I write advice about services that are available to them and what they should do in a crisis. It now feels quite ironic to me that I seem to be in need of my own advice. It certainly makes me realise that caring for someone else is a very hard thing to do and takes a lot of patience and energy, commitment and inner strength. It gives me a whole new perspective on the work I do and the information I help the services provide. Interesting. I have the utmost respect for the millions of people who do this all the time, year in, year out. 

I'm sorry there are no pictures today and I'm also sorry that this isn't a light-hearted entry full of my views of the absurd aspects of life. Normal service will be resumed, I promise, but it might just take a few weeks. In the meantime, I'm tired and okay and doing my best. I hope to get out and about on Saturday with my camera, though I don't have any ideas about where to go. If there's anywhere I've been or places you'd like more of, please let me know and I might just be able to go back there.

Toodle pip.

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