My mum is currently in the ICU but will soon be moved to a neuro rehab unit to assess the long term damage. Today, I felt a great weariness overcome me – as life seems to currently consist of going into hospital, cooking, hanging up laundry, and trying to give a shit about work stuff. A few nice things have happened, however. I’ve been deeply properly humbled by the amazing staff at the ICU. Warm, friendly, inclusive, non-patronising, they gently encourage, cajole, lift, clean and treat my mother with utter tenderness. I arrived today to find her complaining that the weetabix was ‘too sweet’ although she managed to trough down a large portion of chocolate sponge without complaining. Worried that she had lost feeling in one hand, I placed a beaker of tea in her grip and asked her if the tea was hot or cold. ‘What kind of a question is that?’ she snapped, not unreasonably. I felt my heart lift a little.
Later I heard dad telling a friend that ‘it’s great that the kids are down,’ and I thought well – it’s a long time since anyone referred to me as a kid.
Dad is normally kept by mum on a low fat, low salt, low blood pressure diet for excellent reasons so he’s taking to my more nonchalant approach like a starving man. I made pork chops in a cider/mustard sauce last night – with chips. Chips! He had tears in his eyes! He practically ate the plate. I thought I was the only person with the disgusting habit of plate licking. Tonight it’s asparagus risotto. Next step is teaching him how to cook the stuff.
One other nice thing. I wrote an adaptation of Lynne Reid Banks’s Indian in the Cupboard earlier in the year and it’s being broadcast on Radio 4 this Saturday 1st May at 2.30. I doubt if I’ll be able to listen to it, so tell me what you think. I’ve managed to get one or two crap jokes in there and a poke at Kevin Costner.