No I can't and perhaps it's just as well. I did see that eldest son would go downhill to very major back surgery. He's recovering well and woke this morning feeling very good. That was the first time he could say that since the replacement disc and fusion surgery. We were out there last Saturday and it was good to see him emerging from the fog of a mass of painkilling drugs.
I certainly didn't see his brother moving in with me because of a breakdown in his marriage. He has done things around the place which I cannot do with my busted shoulder, but of course I would much rather the split hadn't occurred. I'm not sure what will happen there. He definitely wants to be back together but perhaps the less I say of DIL the better. I am not impressed with what I have actually seen of her behaviour, let alone with what I have been told.
Then yesterday the family was hit by a large bus careening unseen around a corner. We were all left feeling totally flattened.
Miss M, my nine year old granddaughter, has been unwell for several weeks. The doctor diagnosed and infection and growing pains which I know are a recognised ailment. She has been very lethargic and eating practically nothing.
My son found out yesterday afternoon that she had been in Westmead Children's hospital since the morning. He drove out. They told him they were 99% sure she had leukaemia. Probably Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia or ALL. We were flattened. Just flattened.
Today she had a general anaesthetic so spinal taps, bone marrow samples, brain fluid drains etc could be done. This is to work out just which variety of leukaemia it is. Probably ALL. She also had an infusion of platelets as her blood has very little clotting ability right now. Leukaemia in children accounts for 30% of childhood hospital admissions. All now has a total remission rate of 98% but there's often a long road between diagnosis and remission. She was told being sick could make her hair fall out and that it would be curly when it grew back. She likes curly hair so was happy with that. Treatment consists of several weeks of chemotherapy and then weekly and monthly doses of drugs, along with tests to see progress. This lasts probably two years for girls and three for boys. She's just back in the ward from theatre and the picture shows her still asleep. Her monkey friend which she has had since babyhood is with her and she has her familiar pillow.
The family has rallied in support and messages are flying around phones.