Bear comes home

We were planning a ‘last celebratory meal’ on Tuesday evening but while Jay was out shopping for the wherewithall to make one of his delicious vegetable lasagnes the phone rang.

It was Bear with the news that they were  letting him out that same afternoon. The atmophere  deflated immediately: the holiday was over.

I collected him  at three and the nurse gave us a whole pile of letters, prescriptions and further appointments before seeing us off. He seemed almost sad to be going as it had been quite a novelty for them to have an Englishman in their care and he had behaved with charm and good humour – for a whole week!!!!

Since  coming home it has to be said that  he has been very good, apart from last night when he refused to wait for the nurse to oversee his insulin injection and did it himself. CC and I have tried to carry on with the type of menus he had in hospital and we have insisted that we eat ‘en famille’  at the table for every meal.  So far he hasn’t objected.

He is eating foods he  has previously refused to try, like yoghurt and fromage frais,  and doesn’t moan when he is offered salad and vegetables. He even said he liked  the cabbage and bacon soup I made.

However, he seems to have aged and is visibly slowing down – perhaps due to a week of inactivity – so it seems more than ever like looking after two elderly invalids. On top of that I’m looking after my neighbour’s  house, dog, fish and budgies this week.

That’s why I’ve only just got around to posting.


8 Responses to “Bear comes home”

  1. tillylil Says:

    What’s the old adage ‘No rest for the wicked!’ even a Saint like you has her trials to ‘Bear’ (and Whale’)

    I’m afraid my thoughts weren’t very saintly when we knew he was coming home sooner than expected, Tracey.

  2. Z Says:

    Oh dear, what a shame. At least he’s doing his best to be good about food and let’s hope his condition has stabilised. I’m sorry for all of you, even Bear, even though he’s brought his lack of happiness on himself.

    He’s certainly being better about eating and is managing his insulin – although the nurses are coming in twice daily for the first month. I just hope he remains ‘calm’.

  3. Little old me Says:

    Perhaps, just perhaps he is going to start being nice to you all now, new leaf and all that

    There’s no harm in hoping, LOM . . . .

  4. guyana gyal Says:

    It’s a pity there isn’t some type of food that can make ‘bad’ guys sleepy…I don’t mean sleeping tablets, just some tea or vegetable that can makie ’em zzzzzzz. Heh 🙂

    He doesn’t need food to make him sleepy, G-G, more often than not he dozes most of the afternoon.

  5. guyana gyal Says:

    *make ’em*

  6. Pat Says:

    Miracles do happen and he may metamorph into a sweet old gentleman.
    Oooh I thought I just saw a little pig in the sky.

    That little pig is going to need some pretty powerful wings, Pat!

  7. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Hi Sandy

    I have missed out on your recent posts (having been ‘up north’). I see you have been rather busy looking after your ‘invalids’. Hope you have managed to find time for you in all the hectic activity!!


    I thought you must be on holiday. Hope you had a good time and that Beattie didn’t get into too much trouble!

  8. Sophie Says:

    oh dear! Sorry to hear your husband has been unwell… will carry on scrolling on to read the other updates.
    Bonjour to the whole family + les minous!!!
    Sophie xxx

    Good to hear from you. Bisous.

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