Thursday, 8 February 2018

Good News


I've wasted the morning by falling asleep in the arm chair and I would have stayed there if the dogs had left me alone.
Chiding myself with a brusque This won't do!  I pulled myself up by my bra straps and took the dogs out. The village was quiet in the blustery weather but I did say hello to affable Despot Jason ( sporting a sort of rock star roadie look) and Trendy Carol who was out and about in her best dayglo ski jacket ( and matching leggings)
The phone was ringing just as I returned home, it was Animal Helper Pat and she sounded joyous.
Now over the past few months Pat has effectively been going blind. A combination of macular degeneration and cataracts has forced her to give up her car and some of her independence and even small jobs such as the composition of an email had to be put on hold until one of us could go around to help.
It's been a tough time for her and she never complained once.
Not once.
I had forgotten that earlier in the week she had some last ditch cataract surgery and last night as she recuperated in front of her tv she suddenly regained her sight in one eye.
It was lovely to hear
" I can see the trees and the flowers in the garden and the back of your cottage " she shared, the happiness palpable in her voice
" I can even see the snow on the mountains !!!" 
Your heart does soar when you hear good news, I teared up at her obvious elation

When I went out to buy my tea, I bought the most colourful bunch of tulips I could find and dropped them off  before I went home
"Enjoy the colours again!" I told her


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  1. We take so much for granted. A wonderful thing for Pat and I bet she loved those colourful tulips.

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  2. Pat sounds like a very kind lady so it is doubly delightful that her eyesight has been partly renewed. And what a nice friend you were to give her those tulips.

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    1. She's been very kind to this village for many years YP

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  3. Lovely news. We know that she's going to treasure her partly regained sense in the manner which we all should.

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  4. That was thoughtful & caring of you for a lovely lady-Your Prof is a lucky man x

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  5. What a lovely gesture, John. I'm sure she appreciates it. My husband's 90-year-old grandmother had cataract surgery and we saw her not too long afterward at a family gathering. She was wearing a dress that was a beautiful jewel toned blue that we had never seen her in before. When we remarked on it she said, "I'd had it hanging in my closet and I thought it was an ugly gray!" The surgery really "opened her eyes" to the colors around her.

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    1. The whole thing made me feel rather humble

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    2. A perfect gift
      This story stayed with me all day . When I whine or grumble about something that is not really so important and this lady was almost blind .
      To be totally blind is unimaginable, how truly happy she must be.
      I’m happy for her and I don’t even know her:)

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  6. How wonderful for Pat - and nice of you to buy her flowers, as well.

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  7. Great happiness for Pat ! The flower were a lovely idea.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

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  8. You're a lovely man, John.

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    1. No I just feel rather lucky...

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  9. That's wonderful ... and what a lovely thing to do, you are a star. We all take our sight so much for granted don't we.

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    1. I owed her for looking after Albert sue

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  10. I am so happy for her. Virtual tulips from me too.

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  11. How wonderful! It's so lovely to hear good news!

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  12. What a good freind you are.

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    1. As you are I am sure dear Yael x

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  13. The end of a trial is so happy. I hope her sight is stable for years to come.

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  14. Lovely story. It reminded me of a story my first husband used to tell of when he was a boy and there was an old lady in the village who had lost her sight when she was young. Suddenly there was an operstion to restore it and the first thing she did when she could see again was to fill a lot of jam jars with water and fill them with dandelions she had picked on the roadside.

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    1. I loved this story

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    2. Oh how sweet and touching!

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  15. ahhhh....lovely.

    As I slowly lose my hearing, I choose to rejoice at what I can hear instead of lament of what I no longer do. I miss things like the rain or the buzz of a bee or the sound of my darn brothers voice, but I can still hear the birds and many other wonderful things. If I lament, I lose out on the beauty of the things that remain long before I can't hear them.

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  16. Ahhh, that was really thoughtful of you. No wonder you're a hit with the ladies!

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    1. Pity I'm a homosexual

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    2. Silly
      You are a hit with everyone

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  17. Bless you John, you're so lovely.xxx

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    1. No not lovely ! Believe me

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  18. This just makes me so happy on many levels.

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    1. Yes with all the trolls about we all need a bit of nice news

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  19. Puts all our moaning about silly materialistic things into perspective doesn’t it ? Wonderful news for Pat. XXXX

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    1. Yes.....perspective it's all about perspective ( literally in PAT's case

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  20. This world needs more acts of kindness. Pay it forward, if you can. A heart warming tale.

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  21. (sniff) how wonderful for pat! modern medicine is fabulous!

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  22. John that was the most incredibly kindest thing you could have done for her... Hugs! deb

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    1. No, I admit it was thoughtful but I did owe her a gift for Albert sitting recently

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  23. I am so thrilled for your friend Pat,

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  24. That is fantastic for Pat. It sure puts things in perspective. That probably is one of the most colourful and appreciated bouquets of flowers anywhere.

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  25. Good news, indeed. Your title says it all.

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    1. I'm so sick of bad news

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  26. love this story, particularly as I work with ophthalmology.

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  27. Oh, I am so glad for Pat!

    And fashion is alive and well in Trelawnyd, after all! Now you would just have to be coaxed into a new 'spring wardrobe'. Which will not include knee pads. Or Crocs. Or anything else made out of rubber.

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  28. Love to read a happy story x

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  29. Anonymous8:00 pm

    You’re so good to people. Can you move to America? We need more like you!
    Debbie

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  30. Tulip meaning... supporting the less fortunate... you couldn’t have chosen a funkier flower... what a feller you are John!

    LX

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  31. Your so thoughtful John! Your a good person! This makes me want to do better! I can!! Gabs

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  32. Really good news John.
    I've been my mum's, " you must have someone with you" escort for her two cataract surgeries. The nurse calling patients' names out was so quietly spoken that my mum called out, " Speak up, we are all deaf as well as blind !" I also act as walking stick picker upper on these occasions X

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    1. Yes, it is stored as a happy memory for when the time which I am dreading comes xx

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    2. Good for your mum! I'm 73, and over the past few years it seems like my whole infrastructure gave out on me, and it's been interesting trying to patch things back together.

      Cataract surgery was like a miracle, because the broken part is completely replaced (rather easily, actually). I still need some correction with specs, but when I take them off I'm gob-smacked with my good vision. Pat must be delighted.
      Losing hearing is a lot more problematic, since all we can do is use an "aid" to help deal with the problem. And people just don't get it, or get tired of raising their voices for you. It's also my experience that people providing services to old crumblies are the worst for low voices and speaking way too fast. It sometimes seems to me that they think we already have a foot in the grave, and they must be respectful!
      Please give your mum a hug from me (or a glass of wine, or whatever) and let her know she has a kindred spirit in Oregon.

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  33. Beautiful. Just beautiful.
    I was talking to my eight-year old grandson the other day and he has been very sick with the flu. I said, "When we're not sick, we don't even realize how good we feel and how wonderful it is for our bodies to just be normal. But when we get sick, all we want is to be normal again."
    He thought about it for a few seconds and then he said, "You aren't lying."
    Normal can be wonderful.

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    1. And we take it for granted so easily

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  34. Oh how precious!. Would be my nightmare sight going!. Above hearing or a stroke!. Well done being a good neighbour xx

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  35. Congrats to Pat -- and how kind to give her beautiful tulips!

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  36. Happy for Pat! Yay for modern medicine! The tulips are a lovely touch, but I bet she appreciated just seeing your face...

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    1. I am so happy for her....it was one of those moments in a movie that had an orchestral big moment

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  37. Oh, how marvelous. Magical.

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    1. A nice story to dovetail the week

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  38. Oh that's a great outcome. The tulips were a beautiful gesture.

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  39. A beautiful moment in life John....you are truly so kind. x

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    1. No we all would have done something similar xx

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    2. Nice to see you back susie xx

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  40. Anonymous11:38 pm

    What a lovely lovely man you are. Wish you were my neighbour! X Jules

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  41. Anonymous11:39 pm

    What a lovely lovely man you are! Wish you were my neighbour x Jules

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    2. Anonymous6:10 pm

      Poor miserable Petra. Really, you are to be pitied.
      Barbara

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    3. Sigh ...back again like a bad smell

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    4. The familiar quotation.

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    5. I didn't add broke toilet

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  42. I am so happy for her, and what a lovely gesture on your part. I'm sure your flowers were the icing on the cake!

    Cindy

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  43. Fabulous and what a sweetie you are too.

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  44. What I love the most about this post is that you aren't afraid your readers will think you're patting yourself on the back (well, you do have thoughtful readers). I wish we all felt more free to share our moments of kindness, both to cheer us all up and to encourage "passing it on."

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  45. How wonderful for her and so sweet of you to think of the perfect gift! Bless you.

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  46. I can imagine her relief. Once I was blind; now I can see.

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  47. Lovely. Really lovely.

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  48. What a wonderful gesture and what great news. I think you're eye sight must be the most precious of the senses.

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  49. Oh that is wonderful news! Pat seems like such a great lady. As we know her through your words it is a joy to hear the good news through them too, if that makes sense.

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  50. Fabulous news for Pat...losing one of the senses must be a terrible thing. Colourful flowers are just what the Dr ordered ... good for you John.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  51. Wonderful news! So glad for Pat.

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  52. Reminds us to enjoy the day, while we can.

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  53. OMG, just fabulous news! I think it's hard for sighted people to imagine just how frightening and depressing it must be to lose that sense...

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  54. I read this again this morning. 1- because it is so heartwarming and joyous and 2- it is a good reminder of priorities ..

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  55. Wonderful news for Pat. And what a sweet gesture bringing her flowers. And no doubt Pat thinks they are the most beautiful flowers she's seen. Bless you both!

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  56. Wonderful for Pat. A very sweet gesture on your part John. Could'nt think of a better way to enjoy regaining eyesight than looking at a beautiful bunch of flowers.

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  57. Wonderful news, John and such a lovely gesture to buy the most colourful tulips you could find.
    Having had cataract surgery on both eyes some years ago, I can appreciate what a difference this will make to her life.

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  58. Anonymous4:51 pm

    Heartwarming story! X

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  59. You are a lovely person John Gray.

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  60. Reading this made me so happy, as it did for many other people....Thank you!

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  61. Such a sweet account and your gesture made it even sweeter. You're a sweetheart. ❤️ I know cut it with the "sweet", but all truth.

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  62. What a lovely story- thanks!

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  63. Thank you for sharing. It is always heartwarming when good things happen for good people.

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  65. What a lovely gesture, I'm sure that Pat was pleased as punch with the colourful bunch of tulips.

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