Monday, March 09, 2009

Internet fun and getting ready.....



Last night, we managed to get all the 4 generations of girls in this family together on one screen to chat. London, here, Switzerland and New Zealand! All 6 females in the family on screen and chatting to each other! Such fun. Women like to chat. On Skype you just have 2 people in a video chat, but on ooVoo, you can have 6. The small print actually says you can have 6 for 30 days and then you have to pay, but you can have 3 without paying, so we are having fun while it is free. And, as you can see, you can take snapshots of the screen, which made for hilarious photos as Diana kept pixilating!

Today, I went out in search of dressing gowns and pjs and such like. Bathing costume. And I got them all. Yes, I now own 2 sets of pjs, give me strength. I found the most divine pale pink dressing gown of that ultra soft stuff like fleece only thicker, and as it was dirty round the hem, I asked if there was any discount, and got it for half price! Bargain. It is now in the washing machine and will be as good as new in an hour. £8. Unbeatable.

You have no idea how much stuff I will have to take with me. Including that long bolster-like pillow. They say to bring any pillows which make us more comfortable. So I am taking the giant one. I can just see me arriving clutching all. I am there for 1-2 weeks, so I have to take enough stuff to last as I don't think there are any washing facilities, and I won't have any visitors because it is a long way from home.

I get to wear ordinary clothes during the day and then have to have stuff for physio and the other therapies which include being able to see my leg. And the towelling gown thingy is for the pool and getting from the ward and back. I look like a giant pink marshmallow in it, but am beyond caring. It will cover me and that is good.

The bathing costume is ok too. Navy with racing stripes down the sides. It is a vain attempt to look marginally less like that giant marshmallow I was speaking of, but I have to admit that in a bathing costume, there is nowhere to hide. Groan. Oh well. They have seen it all before. And if they can make my leg better, who cares.

So, in addition to the ordinary clothes, sleeping stuff, swimming stuff and pillow, I am also taking my notebook/diary, books to read, a puzzle book and a quilt to hand stitch. With the bits that go with that as well, like a mini sewing basket.

I don't have a laptop, but they say there is no internet access anyway, and I will just have my phone. And charger, and hairdryer, and straighteners, and camera, and the kitchen sink. Coffee. Wet wipes. Toiletries. Towels. Mirror.

I will need a truck.

So there you have it. My day. Shops, coffee with Glynis, and here I am. I am off to stitch the top of the quilt together now so I can have it pinned and ready for the end of the week. I will be back.

15 comments:

Crystal said...

By now you are on your way and will be out of touch for a bit. Please know that I am praying for you every minute of every day. God, who began a good thing in you, will see you through. ((((( HUGS )))))

And thank you again for the phone call! It was marvelous "))

Olson Family said...

No doubt you are already on your way. I'll be praying for you and wish you all the best of healing and care.
Susan

Linds said...

Hi guys.... I am only leaving next Sunday so I will be around this week. Work people/IVG/recovering and resting etc mean I just have today and tomorrow to sort things.But I am here till Sunday and then nada/nothing until I get home.

Dawn said...

We'll miss you for two weeks, but will be thinking of you and praying. Sounds like a bit of a vacation if not for the treatment times. Can't wait to hear from you when the two weeks are up.

Dawn said...

Me again - I forgot to say how much fun that phone call must have been!

Olson Family said...

Oh goodness, Since I'm reading posts backwards (terrible habit), I thought you had already left, realized my mistake and already you have commented! The wonder of the internet.
However, I did just watch the little vid - I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the mumblings "no, it's the top one, red" "you're sure, this one?" "yes, I'm pretty sure it's that one" - as nurse is injecting stuff into the canula! Aren't you on pain killer at that point? Why is she listening to you :)?
So - this week I'll pray for your preparations and next week I'll pray for your care in Bath. How's that? :) Susan

Susie said...

I was wondering what oovoo was! Glad you had the chance to chat together. I'll look forward to hearing all about your trip to Bath.
Hope it's somewhat relaxing for you and a bit of a vacation!
xo

Vee said...

You'll be missed, but I am glad that you are about off and so ready!

That photo of the call is wonderful. I'll have to point it out to John.

Vee said...

Oh, just reading above and I see that you're not off until next Sunday. In that case, pay no attention to the comment above. ;>

Susan said...

How wonderful that technology lets you connect like that. Amazing times we live in.
Susan

Needled Mom said...

Prayers that this will all work out Linds. Good luck.

Morning Glory said...

Oh my goodness, I'm going to miss you. Two weeks without a computer! Will you explain what will be happening in Bath? I don't think I know, or I just don't remember.

The package went in the mail last Thursday so I hope it arrives before you leave town.

Janine said...

I'll miss reading your posts but know that you will be away for a very good reason. May I suggest a sherpa for all your assorted luggage?

Isabelle said...

Two weeks without a computer? It's just going to have to be very worthwhile such a sacrifice...

Judith said...

Now that is one brave trip, and you're right, I think you will need a truck.

Love and prayers.