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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

FRIENDS AND SILVER LININGS

As 2016 draws to a close, I am very happy to say goodbye to it, as the last few weeks have been a nightmare.  On the 3rd of December Peter was involved in a serious car crash and was taken to the intensive care unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he remains to date in a general ward.

He received bruising to the spleen, 9 broken ribs, severe body bruising, and most worrying of all, bruising to the brain.  Thankfully the spleen, ribs and body bruising are righting themselves, and the focus is now on the brain.  He will need brain injury rehab, and I'm told he is in the best hospital to receive that.  No doubt he will need physical rehab as well, to get his body back in action, but the primary concern is what damage may have occurred as a result of the head knock.  Only time will clarify this uncertainty.

The silver lining, if there can ever be one from an event like this, is that friends, old and new have been so supportive and have rallied around from every direction.  Chel from goinggreyandslightlygreen has been in touch almost every day, and other members of our forum family at simplelivingforums.com have sent cards, hampers, monetary gifts and an overwhelming number of messages of love, prayers, positive thoughts and support.

Yesterday two of Peter's friends came out and cut up a big branch that had snapped off one of our trees in a storm that happened on the day of the crash.  While they were here, they also drenched our sheep and set up our new chicken plucker machine for use later in the day when another friend and her husband came over to process 19 meat chickens with me.  Thank you so much Steve and Scotty; and thank you Sarah and Adam.  It is a weight off my mind to have those birds sorted.

At present I'm splitting my time between here and Brisbane and our neighbours have been feeding the animals in my absence.  It is so reassuring to know that the critters are being cared for. 

I have so much to think about and organise and sort out, my mind just spins sometimes.  But I can say hand on heart, that my friends are getting me through this.  So, thank you.

 

15 comments:

  1. What wonderful friends and neighbours you have. You and Peter have been in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Yes indeed Sherri. I have been feeling the strength of prayers coming down from upstairs. Thank you.

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  2. Barb, it sounds like it will be a long road to recovery so let us know if we can help in any way and don't be shy. We will keep praying for both you and Peter that he recovers quickly and that you can have a well earned rest. The local girls and I are always ready for a coffee :-)

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    1. Yes I hope that he does recover well. Def will want a coffee with you girls very soon.

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  3. Barb, so good to hear Peter is progressing ,fingers crossed it won't be long before he can be transferred closer to home.
    Hope we can catch up with Chel when you are in town again.
    Just call me if there is any way I can help.
    Stay strong and take care of yourself.

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    1. Will do Margaret, looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

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  4. Oh Barb, I'm so so so sorry to hear this!!! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help. XO

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    1. Thanks Krista, so far so good here. But I'll call out if I need you. xx

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  5. Tears are being shed as i read your post. I am so sorry that this unfortunate accident has tarnished your world. Your positivity will get you through along with so many great friends. Lordy, its a bit of a slap on the face, to know that i was feeling a bit grumpy about the hot weather and not getting much done on my break when you are going through such a traumatic time. Sending you big sweaty hugs.

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    1. Oh you mad woman, you make me laugh at the darkest times even. Thanks Lynda.xx

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    2. BTW have you stopped blogging or what?

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    3. any minute now a post will pop up and take you all by surprise!

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  6. You and Pete have been in my thoughts through December and now January. I'd hoped he'd be home for Christmas, but it sounds like he has a lot of recovering to do, so he's in the best place for that. I'm so relieved to hear there are so many hands and hearts to call on. Thinking and praying good times ahead, for you both. :)

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  7. Hi Chris, Thanks so much for your good thoughts and prayers. Whatever comes, we will deal with it. xx

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  8. Hope things are improving for you guys and Hubby is on the mend.

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