I am totally overwhelmed by all the lovely moving posts I have received from so many of you. I apologise for not replying to you all personally which I really wanted to do but now is the first time I have been alone since Colin left me. Our sons and their wives have been around day and night and they have been amazing. All the equipment was collected at 8am on Tuesday and the family have worked so hard. I now have a dining room downstairs again and another fully furnished bedroom. With my blessing they cleared Colin's clothes, shoes, toiletries etc. They said they had divided themselves into two teams. Team A were responsible for clearing the wardrobe and drawers while team B took me around to garages to buy a car as my mobility vehicle is going back soon. I bought a 3 year old Citroen Berlingo, identical to the Berlingo I've been driving except for the colour and no adaptions. I've also booked a holiday in May. That was quick I hear some of you say but it is with my friends from the U3A and the deposit had to be paid by next week. I've also been "told" I'm going on a trip to a Polish Christmas market with my wine group friends.
Of course there have been tears like when I heard something funny and went into the dining room to tell Colin and saw the table instead of a bed, when we listened to the music we are going to play at his service of thanksgiving and when my many visitors came and said nice things to me and about Colin.
Friday will be hard but we chose that day on purpose. The service will be at 2.45 in our church followed by afternoon tea at our local restaurant/pub. Then at 7.30, weather permitting, as many as want to will be going to the local park for the village firework display. We are sending Colin off with a bang. He would like that and our grandchildren will remember a happy day I hope.
My heart goes out to all of you still on that roller coaster. I did wonder today how I survived those 6 years since diagnosis and without my deep love for Colin, my faith, my family and my friends on this site and those I meet, I don't think I would have.
Thanks to you all.
Big hugs and lots of love from Bev