wings and things


on September 1, 2016

Today Anthony was perky, lucid, vocal and even sarcastic!

I had picked a double camellia bloom from our favourite tree but forgot to take a photo (sorry, flower-lovers!)

Well, he loved it but its stem was too short so one of the carers brought a bowl in so we could somehow keep it alive until tomorrow. There were many admiring exclamations from staff and I felt quite the gardener – ha! On this first day of Spring, there will be many more blooms and I will take them in every day because it gives Anthony such delight.

My mother, Meg, visited this afternoon and she, too, admired the double bloom.

Meg: This is a potentially prize-winning flower, Anthony!

Anthony: Yes.

Me: Ants, it’s my tree – remember? I paid a small fortune for that tree!

Anthony: Yes, but I nurtured and loved it.

Meg: I think God created it but did you have a hand in it too?

Anthony (smiling): Yes.

Me: I’m the one with the foresight to buy a rare tree!

Anthony is silent.

Me: Have I upset you, Ants?

Anthony: No, but you are irritating me.

A lot of banter followed this, then my mother went home. I put the food channel on for Ants and, as usual, pretended to go shopping for chocolate or blue cheese, saying I would be back later.

So, after a very panicky few weeks where I thought Anthony was on the brink of death, he has now come back to life it would seem. Surreal! How does this happen? It is beautifully scary but so disconcerting.

The last thing he said to me as I left this afternoon was “You are such a galah, Jules!”

Yep, I agree!





14 responses to “Galah!

  1. ksbeth says:

    so great to hear and i’ll bet the flower was amazing

  2. He makes me laugh Julie. And this has started my day out with a huge smile! 🙂

  3. susanpoozan says:

    Talk about ups and downs, you have them in spades.

  4. I looked up the word ‘galah’…. and you just said ‘yep, I am’ But of course that’s what you would say… Diane

  5. Trisha says:

    “No, but you are irritating me.” LOL! Anthony is so funny! Hearing that he’s back to bantering with you has made my day.

  6. Judy says:

    Thinking of you. The roller coaster is exhausting and you have white knuckles. The hardest part is continuing to ride it and the alternative is even worse. Sending love and hugs.

  7. tootlepedal says:

    You are on a roller coaster. Keep hanging on.

  8. Vicki says:

    What a wonderful ‘turn around’
    Just goes to show what immense inner strength Anthony has.

    (in one way, and please don’t think me unsympathetic or unfeeling, it’s good to have these ups & downs as they ‘gently’ build the strength of Ming and yourself to prepare for the worst).

  9. Judi Lynn says:

    Your Anthony is so astonishing! Glad he can give you a hard time again:)

  10. So hard. My hubby’s mom has been to the brink again and again–put on hospice, taken off hospice. She is on hospice again but has rallied some again except that she thinks she is 65 instead of 90. I guess we just take the days as they come.

  11. Barb says:

    Hang in there. Anthony sure is giving it all he’s got.

  12. Roller coaster! Glad for a good day!

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