Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Faith in Human Nature - Restored

Been a couple of weeks now of having Trev back home. He's taking it slowly as it seems that's the only way possible. He continued to lose weight at home due to lack of appetite and he's now lost 15kg, most of which is muscle judging by the lack of strength. He's slowly increasing this however. It's been blowy of late and I saw Trev almost knocked off his feet by a gust the first week he got home. But doubt that would be the case now. He had a go at chopping wood the other day and had to ask me to help him get the axe out of the puny bit of wood, which he's used to picking up a big chopping block size of wood stuck to his axe and whacking it down upside down to get the blocksplitter through it. The kind of wood I couldn't pick up in way too many Sundays. To say that losing 30 years of hard won muscle in 12 days has been hard on him is putting it mildly. He's had a few dark days there and still finds it hard to understand how something so mild in Caleb and I could come close to killing him has also been difficult.

But the one thing that we come back to again and again is how bloody wonderful everyone has been, how when we didn't have a car, lo, there was a loaner, when there wasn't any wood in the woodbox, lo, there would be wood. Goats needed milking, lo, udders would be empty. While in the motel we had a call to the room to say a box was downstairs for us to pick up. Bemused Caleb and I went down to pick it up and it was full of organic fruit/bread, goodies and a card with $100 in it.

I can't remember what bought it on, but one day I stood up and in a computer generated voice I said, 'Faith in Human Nature - restored'. It has been a tough year in a lot of ways, one's I'd not share on the blog, and Trev becoming so ill was major icing of the decorate mountain tops kind. But it hasn't been entirely negative, we get to keep Trev and the restoration of faith in human nature... well, the two insignificant words Thank You, keep popping up, they hardly do justice to what it feels to have been on the receiving end of so much caring.

Even so, Thank you! to all those who offered support in all its guises.

H1N1 (swine flu) vaccinations are free, only 20% of the population in Australia have opted to have it, mostly because they think, like Trev, that they're bullet proof or that the threat has passed.

11 comments:

Sharon said...

Glad to hear he is back home! And glad to hear that your faith in human nature is restored. Hope next year is a better year for you and your family!

Michelle said...

I'm am happy to hear that he is recovering. Best wishes!

Denise said...

Glad to hear Trev is on the mend. Sometimes the world seems a harsh place but it is those times that also bring out the best in people and it is humbling to be on the receiving end of other people's kindness. It sounds as if you have had a hard year so I hope the only way is up from now on. Take care.

Anne said...

Very happy that Trev is home and on the mend. I had been wondering how you were getting on. I hope he continues to regain his strength and that your life gets back to normal quickly.

dixiebelle said...

A wonderful post!

Bev said...

Have also been wondering how Trev was going. Thanks for the update. Your book and your lifestyle has obviously made a lot of friends for you out there. All the best for a great future.

Jan Morrison said...

So glad Trev is back where he belongs. Having a 'annus horribulous' myself (also not for the blogs) I can commiserate. You are right to see what is important and focus on that. I'm getting my flu shot tomorrow, I hope. I always get the stupid thing because I have asthma and I hang around with ancient mariners....

gremmbles said...

What wonderful news that Trev is improving.
I'm glad your faith in human nature has been restored. It's often not until something like this happens that we know how much others care. Kindness is beautiful thing.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic to read that Trevor is back on the mend and slowly rebuilding the lost muscle...and it was wonderful reading about those quiet acts of generosity that filled in the gaps in your time of need.

Margo

Bungy said...

Have only just caught up with the news about Trev - so glad he's on the mend now. I've heard it said that when you're very sick your heart and lungs are doing the equivalent of a marathon every day; it's no wonder he's still feeling so weak and tired. Trev, please *try* to take it easy!
Hugs and warm thoughts to all of you.

Ramsey said...

Good to hear Trev is getting better. Tell him even in his darkest days "that this time next year you will be swinging a hammer and smiling as usual". Between now and then he needs to rest, recover and rebuild himself.
Good luck to the three of you and I hope to be hearing some more OB articles when all of you have recovered.
Cheers till then.