Tuesday, 7 June 2011

End of March into April - Normal life resumes.......!

Well nearly normal, some would say my life has never been normal!

Saturday 26th Mar - see Back for Good post

To celebrate my full time return home, Leslie, John, Maxine and Mark, and Val came round for drinks and nibbles.
Our friends and neighbours have been so helpful to us, asking us for Sunday dinners, helping us at Christmas, helping with ironing, looking after Ed if Nik has been away or working late, and we are so very grateful to them all.

27th March Nik out on bike ride

30th March Work starts on my wetroom, we are changing our en-suite to a wetroom for me!

29th & 31st March Ed has footy games after school – normal life!

Fri 1st April

Charles arrives at Stratford to stay for 4/5 days

Sat 2nd April

We all went to Kathy’s for Nik to fit the window film

Sun 3rd April

Charles here for Mother’s Day, nice cards and pressies from my boys, went to ASK .

Mon 4th April

First session with community Physio Sandra L.  I walked the length of the gym, 10m, unaided in 27 seconds.  Came back home walked up to shop and had a coffee with Charles.

Tues 5th April

I had my first session with Cheltenham-based personal trainer, Dan Fivey.  It was good he has this great alter G treadmill and Vibrogym. http://www.danfiveypersonaltraining.co.uk/

From there we went on to Oxford  called in at the OCE to see my old friends and then to the  JR to have  my heart monitor fitted and wear for 5 days, called into the stroke ward saw Martin W and Ruth. Then dropped Charles at Oxford station to catch train home.

My Peugeot was collected to go for it’s MOT and then to be sold – aaaah, can’t drive it as it’s manual!

Wed 6th Apr

Sat in garden sunny day, hoovered and cleared airer – normality!

Thurs 7th April

Trip to NAIDEX, tried a Bioness on my left leg highly sensitive, called into work on way back, dropped off doc permission letter,  and also appeared in Cotswold Journal  regarding ‘Fighting Strokes’.

Fri 8th April

Caroline Seguro has formed a younger people’s network of stroke survivors and this was our first meeting at Waitrose CafĂ© in Cheltenham. It was good, met Julie R, stroke nurse co ord from Cheltenham hosp. Ed broke up for Easter hols.

Saturday 9th April   Another session with Dan in Cheltenham – Vibrogym and treadmill.

Sunday 10th April   Out of the blue Steve and Jackie W called us, they’re staying nearby at Walton Hall for the weekend,  Steve’s 40th birthday surprise from their girls, invited them over for a drink and had a lovely Sunday lunch at the Great Western – where Ed is now working as a kitchen help. Great sunny day, sat in the garden after lunch.  Nice to see some Northerners!

11th – Physio with Sandra

15th April Nik had the day off, another session with Dan, did 9 minutes on treadmill.

And it’s Charles’ 19th birthday.

16th April

See Great Weekend post with pics. At long last Charles gets to do his Aston Martin Driving Experience at the airfield nr Pershore, then comes back to stay for the week with us – fab. And Nik sets up a surprise passenger trip for me in an Audi RS8! Scary and very fast!

18th and 20th – Physio with Sandra.  Charles went back home Thursday 21st.

22nd Good Friday  – another good session with Dan – 10 minutes at 2km on treadmill, 3 minutes of squats. Ed worked at pub Fri night.

23rd April Easter weekend

Meet up with Kath and Andy and Cher at the Swan in Broadway.  Ed works at pub, Pub quiz on Sunday night, our team name is Stroke of Genius I thought of it and we came 4th having in the past been 2nd twice and winning once. Ed works Monday lunch. Nik and I go for a picnic and walk at Stanton.

26th Meeting at JCP, Cheltenham, Ed back to school for 3 days.   

27th  An hour’s physio with Sandra.

29th April  Royal Wedding day,  another long weekend,  Wills and Kate, I started crying at 8.30am  1 hr session with Dan, 15 mins on treadmill at 2.8km, 3 minutes of squats, boy will my ass ache!

Saturday 30th Lovely, lovely dinner cooked by and with Gavin and Stuart, Caroline and Austen, pea and mint soup – home made, pork casserole and 2 lovely desserts with excellent pastry! A great evening.

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