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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Return to Sender, Temporarily Damaged not Broken.

Not quite gone to plan, though we're calming back down now. It was supposed to be a bit of a break this week as Imogen went away with her school on Monday and wasn't due home until Friday. Imogen went to Malham Cove in beautiful North Yorkshire, a place full of stunning views and walks with lots to do and see, meanwhile Andrew and I thought we'd have a couple of day trips away.

We didn't get far! On our way home on Monday, Andrew's mobile kept ringing with an unknown number. Every time I tried to answer, it cut out. Concerned that there'd been several attempts, Andrew found somewhere to pull in and he managed to hear enough of the call to understand what was happening. It was one of the teachers on Imogen's trip, he was in the middle of nowhere so phone reception was quite poor, but he managed to explain that Imogen had dislocated her knee, they'd wrapped her in blankets and were waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

We hotfooted it back home and the teacher was able to call us on our house phone from the phone in the centre they're staying in. Unfortunately because the place they were staying is rather remote, they'd had to wait an hour for the ambulance to arrive by which time she'd started shaking so they wrapped her in blankets. The paramedics gave Imogen plenty of gas and air before trying to move her, then fortunately, as they turned her to stabilise her leg, her knee moved back into position. They still took her to hospital (with a teacher) to x ray the knee and check it was back in place properly. One of Imogen's teachers decided she should have a picture to remember the visit (I don't think she'll ever forget it) with some of the lovely scenery in the background.



They advised we didn't come to pick her up as it would be so late by the time she returned from the nearest hospital and as the worse was over, Imogen wanted go back there for the night. She was x rayed, put in a brace, given crutches and strong painkillers and was tucked up in bed by 2am. Imogen had hoped to be able to stay the rest of the week, but her knee is so swollen and painful that she needed to come home... if only for lots of mummy cuddles of which I have an unlimited supply.

Our sister in law just happened to be nearby in Otley and was returning home that day, so Imogen was able to travel back with her. Her poor knee is very hot and swollen, but a little better by today.



Hopefully by next week it'll be much better and Imogen can start some physiotherapy to restrengthen her knee. Also another referral has been made to the specialist, perhaps it's time to think about surgery, we'll see.

My dad has a follow up appointment at the hospital today. It's quite a day for them as they live in Ipswich, but the cancer specialist working with my dad is at Norwich hospital and they're relying on ambulance transport. When he has his heart operation that will be at Papworth hospital, which is in Cambridge so there's a great deal of going to and fro which is the last thing you want to do when you feel so ill, but at least it means he is getting very good care (admin problems aside). I shall be ringing mum tonight for an update, fingers crossed for some good news!

Sorry that wasn't a very upbeat or creative post. I shall have to pop back soon to catch you up with my knitting and the book I've just started that is a 'cant put down' one... I love how excited I can feel from a book.

Take care
xxx



35 comments:

  1. OUCH!
    Hope she recovers soon.
    Horrible for your Mum and Dad having to trek round our bit of the world. Ipswich to Norwich is a horrible journey and Ipswich to Cambridge so busy.
    That was a tease saying you had a good book and then not saying what it was!

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    1. It was a long day for them, but that's Norwich done for 2 months now x

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  2. They do say that it never rains but it pours, Imogen is young and the young heal so quickly. I do not envy your Dad either journey, it is a long trek from Ipswich to both Norwich and Cambridge and the last time I was driving around there the roads were not wonderful.

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    1. Imogen is already feeling better, her knee doesn't look quite as swollen as yesterday x

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  3. Ouch poor Imogen, get well soon x

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  4. Oh my, I'm so sorry that she missed out on this fun trip but thankful that she is OK. I'm sure she's enjoying her mommy hugs and care. Wish you all the best, ,Pat

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  5. Oh poor Imogen, I'm sure that was VERY painful.
    Glad to hear your dad is getting good care but it sounds like it is quite a distance away. Will keep your family in my prayers.

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    1. Dislocated knees are rather excruciating. Thank you x

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  6. I'm sorry she had to come home early with such a painful injury! I hope lots of cuddles help and make her feel a little better.

    Hope everything goes well with your Dad. I will hope for good news. My Mum had her appointment with her cancer doctor. Her last check-up (would have been two years cancer-free) which was after a body scan came back showing something on her spine. She had to have a bone scan. Unfortunately they are no closer to telling her if the cancer is back or not. - she has to go for more tests at Colchester. She's hoping for results but is adamant that whatever happens we are still going on holiday! I travel over on the 28th so I hope for some news by then.

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    1. That's so awful to have hanging over your heads, it's hard not knowing one way or another. Good positive attitude, hope it's a marvellous holiday x

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  7. Oh goodness me, I do hope Imogen is feeling ok.. What a week she, and you, have had.
    Take good care of yourselves.
    Lisa x

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    1. Thank you, imogen has a pile of books and films to work through x

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  8. Oh my! That was an eventful school trip. Thank goodness Imogen is OK and by now is possibly getting exhausted from all the mummy cuddles.
    Not so much fun for your parents either but at least it means your dad is getting the best care. X

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    1. Yes, I'm sort of glad this week is coming to an end x

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  9. Hope Imogen is soon up and about again, and that your dads treatment helps. A very worrying time for you all. Big hugs and keep reading. Such a simple pleasure but one that does calm the spirit!

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    1. Thank you, yes it's always good to be able to escape into a book x

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  10. Poor Imogen, looks sore bless her. Hopefully she will be on the mend soon. Hope all goes well with your Dad, worrying times for you.

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  11. Worrying times. I hope that Imogen recovers soon, your dad holds his own, and you all enjoy the summer. A big hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, yes, let's hope it's a lovely summer x

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  12. Oh my goodness, poor Imogen, I hope she's not in too much pain and that it heals soon. It sounds like the school took very good care of her, a big thumbs up for them. The area around Malham Cove is so beautiful, it's such a shame that she's ended up missing the trip, I remember a day trip there when I was at school, walking from Settle to Malham. Hope there was some good news after your dad's hospital appointment and that he'll soon have a date for the heart surgery.

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    1. The teachers were great, one sat on the ground with her stroking her hand while they waited for the ambulance and told her terrible jokes to try and make her smile x

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  13. Oh poor Imogen. That looks really painful.
    Hugs and healing thoughts for your family-x-

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  14. Oh no! poor Imogen! I hope she is feeling a little better now, it looks, and sounds very painful. It's a shame that she had to miss out on her school trip :-(

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  15. What a clever title to this post.

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  16. Oh my goodness!! You have so much going on!! I'm so glad your Imogen is okay. I can't imagine how painful that must've been for her. That's terrible that it took an hour for an ambulance to get to her. I'll say a prayer that all goes well with your dad. So many people seem to be dealing with one health crisis or another right now. Be well. xo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh gosh, what a shock. I hope that all will be well! xx

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  18. Hello Cheryl ... just want to say thinking of you all.

    All the best Jan

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  19. ooo that looks painful, I hope Imogen is healing well.

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  20. I'm so sorry your daughter's trip was spoiled for her and she's had to go through all that pain and rehab. I do think she was lucky not to break it, though. How lucky someone could bring her home for you. I hope she gets all better fast! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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