|Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire|
We planned to go back to the Lake District again for our wedding anniversary and Rob's birthday, which both fell on the same weekend. We also carried on enjoying a few days out here and there and exploring new places locally as we were having some lovely weather and wanted to make the most of it.
|St Ives, Cambridgeshire|
|Hay making near Codicote, Hertfordshire|
We went off to the Lakes as planned. The journey was horrendous, with at least six long traffic jams, but we got there eventually. Before my illness, we always used to set off at the crack of dawn and miss all the serious traffic, but now I find that too difficult to manage and we always seem to get caught up in traffic jams, making this journey that used to seem so easy quite a difficult one now.
|Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire|
|At Wrest Park, Beds with Sarah and Oli|
We had only just returned from Sizergh Barns and put the roast in the oven when we got a phone call from Oli, Sarah's partner to say she had been admitted into hospital with an appendicitis. We had also already had a phone call from my mum telling us my dad had been rushed into hospital after a fall and we planned to visit him the following day once we knew what was what. That was not to be and instead we had to pack back up quickly, rush dinner and get back for Sarah. My philosophy has become 'you win some and you lose some', as life always seems to have a plan of its own these days! We did a quick twenty four hour turnaround and arrived home late on the Sunday. Well all was not lost, we had had an anniversary meal out, lunch out and a browse round Sizergh Barns at least!
We spent the afternoon of Rob's birthday at the local hospital with Sarah, who was in a lot of pain and still hadn't had her planned operation to remove her appendix. That evening she had the operation and a day or so later came home to us, so we could look after her. So much for my 'empty nest'. It was lovely to care for Sarah for a few days, again I felt like a proper mum, but it was a bit like 'the sick leading the sick' at times!
|Dalham Tower Estate Milnthorpe Cumbria|
As soon as Sarah returned home I was back at hospital again, this time for my routine check with the Transplant Continuing Care Unit. Here we were seen to very quickly for the usual routine checks: bloods, weight and an update with the transplant co-ordinator and a check with the doctor. I also got chance to meet another lovely PHer, who is hoping to be listed for a heart and lung transplant. It felt like we didn't have long enough to chat as we had a lot in common with our PH, medication, transplant and children!