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From Keith

Posted by Oli on Wednesday 26th December, 2007

Hello – yet another new author.  I’m the dad bit of Oli’s “‘rents”.

Oli will shortly be posting another bolg to say how rubbish Christmas was and how he spoiled it for everyone.  I just wanted to get in first.

By way of news, Oli is not writing because he’s back in Harefield for tonight/a little while.  Nothing drastic, just problems getting the dosage of immunosuppressants right.  At the moment they’re way too high, which is leaving Oli desperately nauseous.

So he’s going to tell you that Christmas Day was ruined by him feeling sick all day, and Boxing Day wrecked by his going to Harefield in the morning, being very sick on the way and never coming home.

 Of course, Oli is right: (Oli is always right).  Christmas Day was completely disrupted by Oli constantlyjust popping upstairs for a rest or a nap.  Probably only Emily or the other transplant survivor readers will pick up on the significance of ‘just popping upstairs’.  It wasa shame he needed to, but it brings tears to the eyes to think that he can ‘just pop up’ the 10 steps which 6 weeks ago were an almost insurmountable mountain.

And yes, how rubbish was Christmas!?!  It would have been so much more fun to have been lugging oxygen cylinders round the house, to have waited an hour or more in the morning while Oli did his nebs, and his physio, and generally gathered sufficient strength to come and join us, to have an Oli who could only just make it from the living room to the table for lunch.  Without the transplant, we could have had hours of fun thinking about the fact that this would certainly have been our last ever family Christmas.

 We’ve just been given every Christmas, birthday, Easter and New Year gift we could ever wish for for a lifetime, and although we’re sad that Oli wasn’t quite well enough to enjoy it to the full, nothing, but nothing could have stopped it being the greatest Christmas we’ve ever had.

I’ll leave it to Oli to explain just how bad it was.

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3 Responses to “From Keith”

  1. Guy Jones said

    Dear Oli, hope you’ve got your ‘berry with you and you get this. I just read that you are back at Harefield. I know that you must be feeling down now, but in my opinion you’ve had the best bit of Christmas, boxing day’s rubbish anyway isn’t it?? Mine has been, but then that’s a different story! You’re in the right place if you’re feeling sick and I gather that it’s your Tac levels that are the problem, I’ve no idea how that makes you feel but out of all you have overcome it doesn’t sound like a major setback or anything? I’ve also read that this has been the greatest christmas ever for your family despite any difficulties you’ve had and it’s lovely to hear that.

    I won’t pretend that I can come close to knowing how any of this feels to you, but I hope that you’re taste of being at home gives you strength to get through another short stay in hospital without getting too down about it (easy for me to say I know!) Keep your chin up mate, there’s people all over the world following your amazing story and they’re all rooting for you now I’m sure.

    Enough of my waffle! All the best matey 🙂

    lots of love

    Guy x

  2. Emmie said

    Dear Oli, your Dad is so right Mr (aren’t they always?!) OK, so Xmas wasn’t the fairytale celebration you had planned and that’s a total bummer for you, but you know what? Let’s look at what the choice of options were that your family and K could have had this year…

    Option 1 – you might not have been here at all, Xmas would have been cancelled and they would all be facing the worst time of their whole lives.

    Option 2 – you made it to Xmas with your old lungs, but spent the whole time in hospital, attached to oxygen and Neve, with everyone thinking “this is the last Xmas with Oli” and with you barely able to summon enough puff to wish anyone a seasons greeting or two

    Option 3 – K and your Mum and Dad woke up on Xmas morning at home with their amazing son/boyfriend who just a few weeks ago had half his innards whipped out and replaced, who can now walk up and down stairs, make a cup of tea, sleep free from oxygen and Neve and who now has a future. But who felt very pants on Xmas Day and who needs a few days in hospital getting some drug levels sorted.

    Hmmmm, difficult choice there isn’t it? ;o) I reckon that K and your Mum and Dad had the best Xmas ever and there is no way that you being unwell could ever have taken the shine off what it meant to them. Just look how far you have come and give yourself time. You’ve got lots of Xmas’s to look forward to now :o) Much love xxxx

  3. lorraine and steven said

    Another blip overcome but what a Christmas for you and yours! We hope you and K enjoy ‘going home’ and we wish you all the best in 2008 and, if there are any blips, let them be little ones. Wishing you health (wealth!) and happiness for the year ahead. Lots of love from The Bowens xxx

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