Hello everyone, I’m Rhonda’s daughter, Kirsten, and I usually just help out with the technical side of Quilts With Purpose using my limited technical prowess! Today however I’ve decided to write to give an update as Mum is laid up in hospital where she has unfortunately spent most of her holiday in Turkey – with no quilting to do!!
Mum first went into hospital in Antalya, Turkey, after having an upper respiratory infection that turned into bronchitis and pneumonia. After a couple of days she was feeling much better and hoped to be released in time to spend their last weekend away in Instanbul, after having to withdraw from the tour group they were with.
Worryingly (and frustratingly) Mum’s condition has worsened and she’s looking at another week or two in hospital, unable to catch their flight home on April 29. Her breathing capacity and blood oxygen levels are very low, requiring Mum be on oxygen therapy. And to top it off she also has a gallstone!
Being the trooper she is, Mum’s taking it all in her stride, with her biggest complaint being the unaccustomed breakfasts – ‘tough’ bread roll with no butter, cheeses, cucumber slices, tomato slices and a hard boiled egg. No tea. Mum posted the following photo with great excitement at being given jam and honey with this morning’s bread roll. Still no butter… Luckily Dad’s bringing her toasted sandwiches for dinner so she’s avoiding that hospital meal!
Mum’s being well cared for and learning to pronounce the nurses names, yet the language barrier is also proving to be difficult in this situation. It’s frustrating for them both when there are many questions wanting to be asked. I can only imagine what it must feel like being so ill in a foreign country where your native languages are so different.
It’s not sitting well with me that they’re so far away with no family or friends close for support. Dad is also back on antibiotics for his bronchiectasis and the insurance company are making him jump through hoops, just to add to already stressful circumstances. It’s really not a compassionate industry, no matter how much you’ve cover you’ve paid for.
All we can do is hope that Mum gets well as quickly as possible and that they’ll be home early May. She’ll be keen to get back to quilting. Normally she’d have her sewing bag with her in hospital at home, so she must be going ‘round the bend with nothing to do!
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