Saturday, 7 September 2013

Carl and the Needle

 On Monday I came home from work to discover that Carl was in A&E. Caitlin had gone with him. (Usually its the other way around.) He'd been walking up and down when he stood on a sewing needle on the carpet. (Guess who'd been sewing a button back onto Ellie's school blazer the day before? Yes, it was him.) Karma!

Well after a while he came home, still with the needle in his foot. It had gone in between his big toe and the next one, and snapped off. He'd had x-rays, blood tests, and an ECG. No one could decide what to do so he was told to go back the next day.
On Tuesday I took him up to Capener Ward for 8 o'clock in the morning. He was nil-by-mouth since midnight. The doctor came and did his rounds and said they would operate to remove the needle and he'd need a general anaesthetic. I went to work. When I returned he still hadn't been operated on and by 5:30 they told him he could go home. Several emergencies had come in and he would have to come back the next day. He was hungry.

The above photo was taken on Wednesday, after he'd finally had the operation. He is now hobbling around the house in slippers, the left one having been cut open so it fits over the bandages. The stitches come out in just over a week. That'll teach him to put things away when he's finished with them!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Adrienne and Dan's Flat

Our holiday journey ended last Thursday with a brief stop in Southampton to visit Adrienne in her new flat. It's a nice little space, but slightly annoying with the sloping ceilings - still, I don't have to live there. We took her and Dan out for lunch, tried for the Hobbit pub but it was closed, and ended up in Pizza Express in a shopping centre. Then me and Adrienne went to Sainsburys before we did the long drive home. A drive that might have been slightly shorter had we realised where junction 8 was on the motorway before we'd gone three junctions past it.