I need to tell you something.
I haven’t been able to write anything here recently because I’ve not had the time or the head space to be able to do so, and I’m very sorry about that. I want to explain why.
A couple of weeks before Christmas my fit and healthy dad had a cardiac arrest. In case you don’t know, a cardiac arrest is when your heart stops and, unless you’re very lucky, you die. Amazingly, my 78 year-old dad was saved and is now recovering at home, slowly. His life was saved by a kind passer-by who saw he’d collapsed, stopped and gave him CPR and then by the wonderful NHS care which he received in hospital after that. It seems that his heart stopped because of an irregular heartbeat. He’s now been fitted with an internal defibrillator (ICD). This marvellous device monitors the heart for abnormal rhythms and uses electrical pulses to try to return the heartbeat to a normal rhythm if necessary. Astonishingly, Dad was discharged from hospital in time to join us for the family celebrations at our house on Christmas Day.
Thank you to everybody who has sent gifts and messages of kindness to me and my family. I really do appreciate your support, even though I couldn’t always reply.
I hope that you have a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year – and I’ll try to get back to writing about travel stuff after this, I promise!