The world is changing, again. New growth insists on its place in the world, however icy the conditions. Life asserts its rights, as we move towards the festival of Imbolc. But this post is personal rather than generic. I am welcoming the return of my wife Elaine from seven days in the Royal Gloucester hospital, where she was treated for a life-threatening, non-Covid condition.
This was the background to my previously reported Covid test, (1) since we thought that Covid might be a factor for Elaine, whose symptoms were severer than mine. I have not said anything about this context up until now, because Elaine did not want to be mentioned in this blog at the time of the crisis. Now she is fine about it. In her first two or three days of Elaine’s hospitalisation, I was very worried about her. In the last couple of days I have been more relaxed and confidently looking forward to her return and a period of convalescence at home. Elaine speaks very highly of the hospital, its staff and the treatment she has received. I was able to communicate with her (and others) by text, email and sometimes (on her initiative) phone. So I did not feel cut off from her even though the hospital is operating a complete ban on visitors due to the Covid crisis.
The week has reminded me of the fragility of both life and love, and of their immense value. The outcome feels like a victory for life at a time when nature, in my neighbourhood, is pointing in this direction. Meanwhile the festival of Imbolc celebrates the return of the light. I will cherish this time as we move forward from here.
Much love to both of you, and so glad to hear that Elaine is homeward bound. That must have been hard going. x
Thanks Nimue. It was hard going, but got easier as time went on and I became confident that Elaine was on the mend.
Best wishes to you both for returning health and strength. Thank you as always for sharing your thoughts.
Good health to Elaine — and to you too!
Thanks Bart. I hope that you and yours are keeping safe too.
Wise words James. I am holding you and Elaine in the healing Light of the Spirit and Brighid.
Blessings Pilgrim Michael
Thanks Pilgrim Michael. Blessings to you too.
Oh how scary I’m glad to hear Elaine had good treatment at the hospital and has returned. My family have had two hospitalisations during this pandemic and, aside from one blip, the NHS have been wonderful, and I’ve gained a good deal more respect for modern medicine.
Thanks Lorna. Yes. It was scary for a few days. Happily, Elaine is continuing to get better and active around the house.