“I am doing better now: I am spending more time up in my chair each day as the broken skin has healed. Last Sunday Ellen and I went by taxi to Nikki’s and Tony’s place (Nikki is Ellen’s aunt) for lunch: it was GREAT to get out together.
Yesterday (Tuesday) Mum and Dad were here – we discussed the plans for the extension to my grandfather’s house in Standlake (my living quarters). It looks as though my due discharge date will be shifted to end January 2008. We now have planning permission and the building work will start soon.
We also looked at the funds available for the Pavilion, the name given to the separate building which will serve as my social and work space. Family and friends have so far pledged more than 70,000 pounds (nearly 10,000 from the Ultratour). This is a great start. I am so grateful to all – and would particularly like to thank cousins Ffion (who raised over a hundred pounds) and Ben (who raised more than three hundred pounds). I send my best wishes to Charles Scott and thank him too for raising funds as he goes through the Ironman endurance test in Florida this coming weekend. I cannot yet tell you the total that we will need for the Pavilion: I know that further funds will be needed to complete the project as intended.
I am inspired by all your kind deeds, some of which are very taxing, by the generosity of so many people (many of whom do not know me) and by the continued support from friends, family and the professionals here at the hospital. The period since my August 7th operation has not been easy, but I am no longer feverish and it looks as though the infections I had are under control (for now, at least). I am hoping that my “neofract” collar will be taken off this weekend and I will be able to move my neck ….and that I will be able to get around by myself again in an electric wheelchair before long. I really miss that independence.
I think that I have overcome the problem with speech recognition on my computer. Today (Wednesday) I have been concentrating on correspondence – trying to clear my backlog of e-mails. Little things still take so much longer than they used too, so I might not be able to reply as quickly as the senders (and I) would wish. I am learning not to be impatient!”