Sunday, July 15, 2012

Al Returns

Well I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth.

On Tuesday night my eldest brother Mike phoned me. He had heard from my Mother’s husband that Mum had been taken into hospital that day.

Despite being elderly Mum and her husband live on a farm in the sticks about 40 minutes from the nearest (small) town Dorrigo. Mum had woken to excruciating abdominal pain and after phoning their doctor called an ambulance. She was taken to Dorrigo hospital which has a small emergency department. I was told she would be transferred to the nearest base hospital in Coffs Harbour about 100km away on Wednesday morning.

Mike lives about 5 hours’ drive from Mum while I am about 15 hours’ away.

So I got on the first flight I could to Coffs the next day. From here in Melbourne it is an hour flight to Sydney, where I had to wait for another plane for the hour long flight to Coffs.

Fortunately, Mum responded to treatment and we were able to take her home on Friday. I got home late last night. She is well on the way to recovery.

Needing to relax after a harrowing week I went waterfall hunting this afternoon. The result: piccies of the Olinda Falls on the flanks of Mount Dandenong just outside Melbourne.


Linda G. said...

Sorry to hear about your mother. Hope she is fully recovered very soon. :)

That's another gorgeous waterfall! You really need to publish a book called "Waterfalls of Australia," or somesuch.

Old Kitty said...

Oh what trauma!! Oh dear! Glad to read your mum is responding well. How awful for all of you! Hope mum gets better now! Take care

Kathleen Jones said...

So glad your mum's recovering Al. It must have been quite a shock.
Hope she's soon back to herself again.

mshatch said...

so glad your mum is getting better! I worry about mine who is all the way down in Florida while I am in Maine (1400miles/2253km).

John Gray said...

best wishes for your mam!

Lisa said...

Glad to hear your mum is recovering!