24 May 2007
I am 51!!!
My 51st Birthday has been and gone. I couldn't have any visitors because I had caught a "bug" and didn't want to infect anyone. Consequently, dinner plans with DH were cancelled.
My eldest brother phoned me from Queensland and sang "Happy Birthday" and proceeded to tell me that he had just gone through having three stents put in his heart (after collapsing at the Anzac Service) and was due to have two more in a couple of weeks! I didn't even know he wasn't well! We only keep in touch two or three times a year and no news is usually good news. I was very upset! Even though he is 16 years older than me and had left home when I was only a baby, he is still my brother, and I do care about him. He hadn't told our other siblings either, because he didn't want to worry us. I say a trouble shared is a trouble halved and we could have given him some moral support at least. Anyway I will visit him in July when I go to see Dear Son. It is amazing what can be done these days to keep our hearts going. He is 67, but I hope he has many years left to live in "paradise" (as many of my close relatives like to call their life in Queensland).
On an happier note, I received some lovely presents and cards and phone calls and luckily I am not needed at work for a week because our beloved Surgeon is in USA for a week. Now I have stopped "throwing up" I have plenty of time for knitting and my appetite hasn't returned, so I have no worries about eating more than I should!