Cornish Hospitality

Some interesting times have been had in the household in recent weeks. Rather than give you a blow by blow account on facebook I decided to save everyone from my ongoing dramas unless you needed to know. This is all past and life is now good.

I ventured south to Cornwall on the evening of the 31st Jan 2015. Not feeling particularly well, and against the strong advice of my wife, I took a lot longer to get to the destination than normal as I kept stopping to rest. On arriving at the hotel and checking in I became increasingly unwell and finally submitted myself to A&E in Truro at 5am on 1st Feb 2015.

eating Having deciding it was simply constipation I tried to get through the NHS A&E admissions system, I believed if I had resolved this issue I could go and teach the course I was teaching that day. Having in fact ruptured my appendix a number of hours earlier this was not to be the case.

I spent, the whole of February to this point, a total of 11 days in Truro Hospital having had complications leading to a second procedure.

I would like to thank the staff of both the St Mawes ward on Trelawney and the ward I spent most of my time on Surgical Admissions Lounge (SAL) ward in the tower Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske. The staff both medical and domestic worked very well with me and always kept my interests at the forefront of my care. There were too many nurses, health care assistants, domestic food and cleaning staff to mention by name, however I do believe they deserve my whole hearted thanks.

gownThis is also for the Health Care Assistant who got very embarrassed when my gown was not appropriate for her and I was too ill to care.

I would also like to thank the various people involved in the logistics nightmare which was my eventual exit from Cornwall. With so many people involved from family members to emergency placements officers / carers, I am so glad systems are in place to aid us when it is needed. The person who needs mentioned by name is my long suffering wife, Linda Cooke, who went through this logistical nightmare to come to Truro to spring me twice!

After they first wanted me to go, I had to stay an extra day while logistics were put in place, Linda arrived, then, they suddenly stated, as is the case with these things, that I was not well enough to leave and was indeed getting worse. Linda had to return, taking the car, to get all those at home back to normal. After the 2nd operation again they said I could go and we spent a lot of time explaining that I had to either be well enough to travel on the train or she needed to manage the logistics again and not arrive to another changed / variable decision.

This is the evening of 11th Feb 2015 and I write this from my own bed my wife having yet again pulled off a miraculous feat. One person we care for is back already and another will return tomorrow. Well done Linda. Our household is complete.

So thank you all for any concern you felt – however it is all over now and no concern was / is necessary.

Trip to a cinema – anyone?

Recently my son and I went across country to the Fishguard cinema to see an educational Shakespeare adaptation. On arrival we were met by a lovely man called Paul who stated that the educational showing only had the two of us registered to attend. In educational terms I felt this was a sad reflection on the schools in the area. Sure you can get a disc of the show but Shakespeare was meant to be an experience with a larger audience especially a comedy. But there we were as home educators none the less. The trip turned into a fantastic afternoon as Paul showed us around and told us information about the cinema that you would never have guessed from a normal visit. Even thought the cinema had been there in one form or another since the 1940’s (if memory serves) the inside theatre was modern with an recently installed state of the art digital projector and sound system. The pricing is incredibly reasonable and due to being the only 2 to attend Paul let us watch the Maze Runner which was currrently showing, instead of Much Ado About Nothing as we have access to a copy of that at home. It turned into a trip that was almost like having your own private cinema watching the latest release alone. Very enjoyable experience and well worth the money. Previous to that I had not been to the cinema in a while but had paid a considerable amount of money more to see a new release in a crowded cinema elsewhere.

Fishguard is a bit of a cross country trek for us however it may well be worth it both financially and with the more personalised human approach.

I realise this post alone may mean when we next go that the cinema may be crowded – but that to me is all good as we need to support this small community enterprise. The alternatives are chains or more likely having to travel further to an expensive chain.