Sunday, 5 December 2010

No plan survives first contact ...

I had several things planned for today. Firstly, I hoped to watch THE LAST SAMURAI; secondly I had an idea or two for more model warships that I wanted to begin work on; and finally, I had some ides for minor changes to MEMOIR OF BATTLE that I wanted to play around with. All these plans went out the window at about 9.30am, when I received a 'phone call about my father.

The message came from a friend of my father with whom he was staying. Apparently my father set off from his home at about 1.00pm yesterday, but took nearly five hours to complete a journey to his friend's house that should have taken about a third of that time. He arrived cold, confused, and with a tremor in his left hand. It seems that he calmed down as the evening went on, but during the night he was very restless and again became very confused and incoherent. He finally went to sleep at about 4.00am, and the friend 'phoned me this morning to tell me what had happened.

My wife and I went over to collect my father and take him home from his friend's house, but it took us a considerable amount of time to get him dressed and ready to travel. When we finally got him home his house was very cold as he had switched the heating off before he left yesterday. He remained incoherent at times when he talked to us, and his memory has been affected. My brother took over caring for my father from my wife and I this evening, and I am going back tomorrow morning to arrange for an emergency appointment with the local medical practice so that my father's health can be assessed.

I suspect that I will no be able to write any blog entries for the next few days, but will resume as soon as I can.


  1. Sad news, Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  2. Hi Bob,

    I hope all is well and our thoughts are with you.

    All the best,


  3. Bob
    I hope this all sorts itself out soon. Blog world will somehow manage without you for a while.

  4. Ohhh Bob! Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May his recovery be swift and complete!


  5. Bob,
    I am very sorry to learn of your father's ill-health and hope that with your care and the health service he will soon recover.
    Best wishes to you all, Arthur.

  6. Best wishes for your father! Glad he has family around to help out.

  7. Sending positive thoughts your way from across the pond.

    Best regards,


  8. Hope everything sorts itself out for your father. Take care.

  9. Very sad news and possibly difficult days ahead. I hope for the best possible outcomes for your family.


  10. Bob,

    my thoughts and prayers are with you, your dad and your family!


  11. Thank you all for your support in what has been - and continues to be - a very difficult time for me and my family.

    The situation is not good, and not likely to get better. Over the next few days I and my family will have to make some very difficult decisions about my father's future.

    All the best,



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