Australia. The land of wide open spaces filled with warm generous people. And kangaroos. I love it. First time I have been back since my brother died almost 7 years ago.
So...home after 3 weeks over there...my second home!. My friends used to farm a modest 2,500 acres out in the bush. A hard life but they loved it. Now moved to less harsh conditions with just 40 acres running 23 sheep and Malcolm the ram!! I was there as the spring lambs were born...2 sets of triplets and 3 sets of twins. More to come. They slaughter the older September lambs and if you have never tasted Australian lamb....you haven't lived!.
It is a long flight.Living out here in the Islands means a 4 hr flight just to get to Gatwick. Onwards via Dubai...8 hrs...smoke stop then another 14 hrs into Melbourne..I slept only requesting to be awoken for meals. Extremely comfortable and worth the extra cost..Slightly longer tie wise coming back.. well it is all.uphill aafter all!!!.
I found it very hard this time to say goodbye.
Back to reality to find David not good. Super team of friends to look after him but even so he didn't cope. He missed me so much and even said he felt lonely. That was hard for him to admit as he likes his 'space'. Sadly I have to think very carefully about any time I may have away in the future.
As I write he is asleep. Not been eating IBS very bad. Not sleeping at night with the pain. Not doing anything at all. The almost completed reduction in Oxycontin has been successful...pain no worse. Pregabalin is doing nothing to help hi sleep so that will go in the bin..eventually.. Probably the best pain relief is Oxynorm used for breakthrough. Strange isn't it?!!.
One bit of good news though. He does have his 6 monthly appointment at the pain clinic between Christmas and New Year. I have also made him an appointment to see his physio..I will join him for both.
So...to David...thank you for letting me have this trip..You knew how much it meant to me and I couldn't have gone without your love and support.