Isolating in England: Day 148, My Last ‘Isolating’ Post and a Prayer for Clive

Tree by the sea, missing a ship and Mr Ship Tracker (by me), Tuesday 18 August 2020

Today is my last ‘Isolating in England’ post, instead of day 150.

Last night, Clive was taken to A&E and admitted to hospital with a fever and infection. He’s receiving antibiotics (some via IV), having a number of tests and being cared for by NHS angels. I’ve been able to talk with him on the phone and he says he’s ready to come home, which is right where I want him to be. After 48 hours, he’s allowed one visitor per day, for 45 minutes. I can hardly wait until Thursday, unless we’re blessed with an earlier homecoming.

From my first call to 111, to the Suffolk out-of-hours doctor who then talked directly with Clive when she rang us, to the heroic ambulance team Fiona and Chris, to the senior ward nurse I spoke with midday today and another sweet nurse since then, I am once again thankful beyond measure for the angels of the NHS, and for knowing Clive is in the best hands.

My biggest blessing during lockdown was Clive and our time together, which we agreed was precious. His attentive care after I broke my kneecap is why I was able to recover. Now I want to give him the same attention and loving care as he gave me. We just commented over the weekend that I’m able to do so much more now, and I’m ready and eager to become Mrs Juggler, or perhaps Mrs J without any fancy footwork until a little more time passes.

We continue to be so thankful for our families – my daily Skype call with my son and Clive’s calls with his family in Australia have lifted us throughout this time — and for treasured family and friends near and far who have supported us along the way. Thank you for so many kind offers of help I’ve already received today, and to dear David for taking Clive’s eye drops and phone charger to hospital reception this afternoon. And if I may ask now, thank you in advance for your positive thoughts and, for those who pray, a prayer for Clive. I won’t be posting every day but will be sure to share news of how he’s doing.

We both thank you for a fun (most of the time) 148 days and your many wonderful comments. Take care everyone and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,

xxxx with love from us to you

12 Responses

  1. Hi Carolyn,

    Sending Clive and you every best wish. Thanks for keeping these ‘isolating’ posts going.

    Take care, and ‘hurrah’ for the NHS.


    • Ruth, thank you and hurrah indeed. I appreciate your wishes and hope your travels with your scarf are going well 🙂 xx

  2. Oh Carolyn, I’m so sorry to hear this! Keeping you and Clive in my thoughts.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear that Clive needed hospital care, but it sounds as though he is in good hands. I’d love to know once he gets home. But in the meantime, thank you for all your daily posts and please pass on our good wishes to Clive.

  4. Thank you for letting us know about Clive. I will be praying for his quick recovery – and strength for you both.

    And thanks again for all the “Isolating” posts. They’ve been wonderful.

    Sending positive thoughts, too, from Zurich.

  5. Healing light and love 💕

  6. Hi Carolyn … love and best wishes to you and Clive. I hope he is soon home with you again. Thank you so much for your daily updates from Felixstowe. It has given me great insights into life in the UK in isolation and the wonderful life that you share with Clive.

    God bless you both …. I look forward to a further update on his well-being, and more reports on your travels to Paris, Australia and US in the months to come.

    • Judy, really appreciate your comment and wishes — blessings to you too and I do hope our paths cross again sometime. In the meantime stay safe and well xxxx

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