An Update On Pops and Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #209 Old & Days #Haiku #Micropoetry

Thank you all for your kind wishes regarding Pops and his ill health. As regular readers, you all know how much he, and my mum, means to me.

Well, I went with my gut instinct.

I received a message in the early hours of Sunday morning to say a CT scan was required and possible surgery.

My mind was made.

We deposited the children with their other grandparents, and Hubby Dearest and I rushed (as fast as you can rush in the heat, and on a three-hour motorway journey where the M1 will inevitably have roadworks and traffic) up to Birmingham.

And I am so glad I am here with him now.

He looked so tiny when I got here. This wasn’t the vibrant Pops I knew.

The anaesthetic and morphine had him in a muggy daze and for the first couple of hours, he kept on waking up, and saying hello, not registering that we had been there a while.

He was very pale, but a welcome pale from the almost jaundiced yellow he had been the day before.

It appears (though this is not conclusive) that there may have been an ulcer caused by regular long-term medication that burst, causing a perforation, or tear in the bowel. The possibility of gastroenteritis from a few days before may have aggravated the issue, causing the tear, and then subsequent seepage into his body from the bowel, that created the extreme pain he had been suffering.

Long story short – he needed major surgery to remove the torn section of bowel, and then rejoin it all, and drain the unneccesary ‘stuff’ (yes, technical medical term there!) from around it.

The surgeon said the bowel was so red and inflamed it was angry, or ‘vexed’ in his words.

He was wired up to all sorts, tube in his nose, oxygen mask on, catherer in, various IV drips with saline and antibiotics…

But the surgery went well, straightforward, they said.

He regained a little colour before we left, but he was still really groggy.

I made the decision then that I need to be with him for a few days at least.

So, here I am, tapping into my Surface whilst he dozes by my side.

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He looks wonderful (well, as wonderful as you can with tubes everywhere) a smile on his face when I arrived. It warmed my heart ❀

He’s taken a few steps and is on fluids only still at the moment, but he has definitely turned a corner… a huge one!

My heartfelt thanks to the NHS team too, who have been so amazing since he was admitted. They are always around with a smile on their faces, nothing is ever too much of a big job for them, and if you can spare a smile and politeness for these angels, they will always go that extra mile, without question.

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And so, I found Ronovan’s prompt words, Old & Days, a good prompt for a little Pops based Haiku, to celebrate this time we have together, chatting in between his dozes…

Nothing better than
Spending days with our elders
Old wisdom passed on

Ritu 2018

It wasn’t all bad though, yesterday. There is something else I want to share… but I’ll save that for another post!

Til then, peace out Peeps! I love you all!Β 

129 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thereluctantpoet
    Jul 12, 2018 @ 03:00:07

    Wow! So happy your Pops is ok, Ritu!!! Such a scary thing having to face surgery! So Glad everything has worked out for the best! My thoughts and prayers are with you and Pops!!! Be sure and tell him that he is blessed to have such a loving daughter as you are, Dear Ritu!!! And we are blessed to have you sharing with us!
    LAH,
    Chuck
    xoxoxo

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    • Ritu
      Jul 12, 2018 @ 05:52:16

      Thank you Chuck. I was so relieved to be there with him. It’s been emotionally exhausting but the main thing is he’s feeling better day by day 😍

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  2. Tikeetha T
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 15:21:44

    Thank God he’s on the mend. Sending prayers Ritu.

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  3. incahootswithmuddyboots
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 23:41:49

    Speedy recovery to Pops!

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  4. joey
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 22:21:12

    Oh I’m so glad you shared this post! Good for you trusting your gut πŸ™‚ Wishing him a speedy recovery!

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  5. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 18:35:21

    I’m glad to hear he is out of the woods and is recovering. It is difficult to see our loved ones in pain. Being there with him made all the difference, Ritu! Hugs to you all!

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  6. a mindful traveler
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 13:33:23

    So glad he is doing ok…he looks so happy to see you. God bless. Xx

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  7. arv!
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 13:10:14

    Happy to know he is better now. wishing for his speedy recovery!

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  8. Jennie
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 13:08:39

    A perfect haiku for your Pops! Thank goodness all is on the mend. Aren’t you glad you followed your gut and went to see him? Best wishes, Ritu. ❀️

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  9. Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2]
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 05:53:24

    Kia Kaha, be strong and a hug for you all X

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  10. robbiecheadle
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 04:25:15

    I am glad they have found the problem and done the necessary surgery, Ritu. Wishing your Pops a speedy recovery.

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  11. Charli Mills
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 04:08:02

    I’m relieved to see you by his side and heartened to hear Pops is receiving good and kind care. Wishing you and your family the best outcome. ❀

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  12. Rani Gill
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 04:00:01

    Ritu, sorry to hear what he went through.. but very happy that he is doing well. Please give him my very best. Praying for a very quick recovery. Take good care of him.. he is a very dear and special chachaji to me. ❀️❀️❀️

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  13. You Can Always Start Now
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 23:26:01

    Thank you for the update and I am so glad you listened to your gut. I think it the long run we should be listening more. No regrets. Do it.

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  14. OIKOSβ„’-Redaktion
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 23:13:19

    Thank you for the very good news, Ritu! Wonderful to hear that. Your Pops and you are very strong persons, and managed it the coolest way i’ve ever heared.
    Best wishes and blessings for your Pops health. Michael

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  15. Jim
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 23:09:26

    best wishes and healing thoughts for your Dad. πŸ™‚

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  16. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 22:11:39

    So pleased they have sorted the problem Ritu..probably been growling at him for some time… but you know what Dad’s are like.. He won’t be lifting weights for a while but he will be back to normal soon.. love and hugs β™₯

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    • Ritu
      Jul 09, 2018 @ 22:24:07

      No, you’re right Sally, no yoga classes for a little while yet!
      But he’s having a well earned rest at the moment, and recovering well, so far. Fingers crossed it continues! ❀

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  17. timeflieswhenyoureanxiousandselfmedicated
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 21:31:59

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to your dad!

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  18. pensitivity101
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 20:56:40

    Glad he’s turned a corner. Get well soon

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  19. samfiftysomething
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 19:22:44

    Best wishes Ritu to you & your family 🌸

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  20. April Munday
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 18:58:15

    I hope things continue to go well.

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  21. Osyth
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 18:46:42

    I send my very best wishes to your Pops for strength on the road to recovery and I send you and your mum and wider family equal strength as you help him on his road

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  22. gemmaorton
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 18:19:39

    Sending best wishes to you and your Pops. Glad things are going well and he’s looking better. Bet having you by his side helps!

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  23. pranabaxom
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 18:16:37

    Glad to hear that he is in the path to recovery and you can still find humor in a difficult situation. Our prayers and good wishes are with you.

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  24. Jacquie Biggar
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 17:52:11

    I bet he was happy to see you, even though he told you not to worry. I’m glad the surgery went well and he’s on the road to recovery {{hugs}}

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    • Ritu
      Jul 09, 2018 @ 17:58:53

      Thanks Jacqui. Now I’m here he’s relieved. We’ve had a whole day together with no other visitors most of the time. He’s rested well and it’s all helping his recovery πŸ’œ

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  25. β€œDoctor, who is the Rhyme Lord?”
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 17:37:54

    Many days to come;
    old is just a state of mind;
    so prepare the years.

    Best images, Pops.
    G:)

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  26. dornahainds
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 17:24:29

    That’s Marvelous news. 😎πŸ₯€

    Clear blue skies
    Fresh waters fall –
    Stirs fragrant blossoms
    A new day dawns 🌺

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  27. Emmalene aka A Brummie Home and Abroad
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 17:17:13

    So glad he’s on the mend Ritu after giving you quite the scare! Sending love and hugs to you and Pops xxx

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  28. Ritu
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 17:05:20

    Thank you Darlene. I’m so glad I’m here with him too 😍

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  29. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 16:56:01

    Oh, how worrying. I do hope he is on the mend. Thank goodness you’re at his side. Much love and healing to him. xxx

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  30. fancypaperblog
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 16:41:30

    Lots of good wishes to your dad and your family Ritu x

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  31. trentpmcd
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 16:29:55

    Glad he is doing well. Hope his recover continues to go well!

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  32. afternoonofsundries
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 16:08:45

    Oh, I love my dad! I cannot imagine, prayers and healing sent his way!

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  33. josypheen
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 16:06:11

    Oh Ritu your poor pops!! I missed your other posts about it, so I am sending all the love now! He must be glad to have your close!!

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  34. thebeasley
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 15:37:02

    Oh Ritu. Sending you and your Pops all the best. At least he has a smile on his face & is receiving the best care. Much love & healing vibes xx

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  35. scr4pl80
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 15:26:09

    More healing thoughts. Glad they figured out what the problem was and were able to correct it.

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  36. willowdot21
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 15:21:48

    Thank God Pops is on the mend. I am going to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers until he is out of hospital. You take care now sis don’t over do things. How is your mum coping πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ€’πŸ€’

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  37. Dorinda Duclos
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 15:03:18

    Your Pops looks wonderful!! Keeping him in my prayers for a speedy recovery!! β€οΈπŸ™

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  38. Dan Antion
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:57:11

    I’m glad to hear the surgery was successful. I wish him a speedy recovery and I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

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  39. Darlene
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:56:40

    I was thinking of you so was glad to see this post. So pleased you went to see him and are staying for a few days. I know you are as well. All the best for a speedy recovery.

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  40. susieshy45
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:46:47

    Oh my !
    What an adventure for uncle and for you. But glad it all turned out well. Still in prayers.
    Susie

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  41. sonofabeach96
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:28:57

    I’m super happy to hear he’s ok! Fingers crossed for a quick recovery. 😊

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  42. Lorna
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:28:32

    All my best vibes to your Pops and to you!

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  43. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:24:11

    I am so happy to hear that he has turned the corner. Bowel stuff can be very scary. Thinking of you all and wishing fast healing!!

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  44. syl65
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:23:38

    Glad you went with your instinct and went to be with Pops. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

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  45. foodzesty
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:19:28

    Ohhh Ritu….I wish him from the bottom of my heart a good recovery….hang in there Ritu

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  46. Hélène (Willow Poetry)
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:19:21

    Asking for speedy healing for Pops. What an ordeal and challenging time for him and you all. Stay positive, your smile is contagious Ritu.
    Haiku is beautiful, just as you are.

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  47. Rae Longest
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:19:15

    Thank you for letting me “see for myself” that he is ok. Praying for strength and endurance for you, too, Hon.

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  48. rachaelstray
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:18:36

    Oh Ritu I’ve got tears in my eyes reading this. So glad you’ve been able to go and be by his side. Thinking of you all. Thank goodness for our amazing NHS ❀️ Hope pops recovers swiftly.

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  49. Em Linthorpe
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:17:22

    Best wishes to your dad, I know he’ll be getting all the care and love he deserves. May he be feeling better as soon as is able πŸ’œ lots of love to you too 😘 x

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  50. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 14:16:49

    Tears of joy for your Pops! ❀

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