Xmas 2011 with daughter and son-in-law in Scotland.

Inside our house in Malta. It is at least 400 years old

The caption translates as "Most suicides are committed with a knife and fork."




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I retired as a teacher in 2004. My husband, who was an architect, chose to buy a property in Malta as a retirement home/project. We loved it there.
Sadly he began t00 feel that he was no longer able to carry out the various improvements to the house which he had planned. Endless consultaions with drs and Consultants ensued. No -one knew exactly what the problem was.
He felt worse and worse. Then our daughter announced that she was going to be married. We had met her fiance, we liked him a lot. Problem was that my husband was so scared/unwell/ he did not want to leave Malta for UK even for his own daughter's wedding. It took me a lot of persuasion to get him there. In the event he loved the cottage I rented-deer coming to graze outside etc-

He rehearsed his Father of the bride Speech endlessly and was considered brilliant at the actual occasion.
He then chose to return to Malta but had to take with him a rather expensive machine to help him breathe.
Sadly by the begining of 2009 he was advised by his consultant to go to UK where he cld get better treatment. The consultant advised us after our last consultation that we needed to go back to UK asap otherwise he wld not be able to sign the medical papers allowing extra medical help.
Air Malta were extremely helpful. We left within 2 weeks with one suitcase each (after 6 years) plus my husband's breathing machine. They had oxygen on board in case of emergency.
I had organised a taxi to take us to my tiny house. That went well. Then I looked after my husband until on 26th April2010 he called me and I realised I had to call the ambulance as he was in a really bad way. The day before our daughterand her husband had run the London Marathon for him and had raised £2000 plus for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. It was almost as if he had decided to die after Annelise ans Steve had achieved what they had set out to do

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    I hope it's not to soon for you to come back to SPARK, but I was wondering how you were keeping, message me back when you feel ready
    2823 days ago
    Hi Anne,
    It was so good to hear from you. I hope things are going well for you. Regards to your husband. I hope he is doing well. My oldest daughter's French father-in-law, "Papy", is ill with cancer and going downhill steadily. It is a very difficult situation. He and his wife are wonderful people. It is hard having them so far away. My daughter's family, living in Houston, Tx., visited in Paris in Dec. and he was still doing fairly well at that time. He was able to enjoy the grandchildren, but they will most likely not see him again. Their father doesn't want the children to see him in his present condition, although he has traveled to Paris alone to spend time with his father, while supporting his mother. She is having a tough time dealing with this terrible illness. It is just a matter of time now, and all that can be done is to keep Papy comfortable.

    2889 days ago
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog! emoticon
    2928 days ago
    I as thinking of you and hoping that you are doing well. It sounds like you have some nasty weather where you are. We have temps. in the teens and some snow, but at least there is some sun, so it isn't too bad. Keep well and keep warm. I hope things are going well with your husband. emoticon
    2943 days ago
    Hi Anne, I like your new car, although I am sorry you were involved in an accident. I hope you have your house in order and are finally happy with the results. Unfortunately, you are now probably an expert on which plumbers NOT to hire! Regarding your husband, I can see that he has deteriorated in the past few months. I know that you are doing the best you can to provide every assistance to him and to make him as comfortable as possible. My thoughts are with you. Please do not forget to take care of yourself. You will be of no use to your husband if you let yourself get overly stressed and run down. Do you have hospice support where you are located? If you do, please look into involving them in your support system. emoticon
    2968 days ago
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