I imagine that most of us take things for granted. I know that I do. And sometimes circumstances give us cause to think about that.
Until recently husband and I have said that we know just how lucky we are to be in such good health, given that we are 72 and 69 respectively. Many of our friends are not so fortunate and are having to undergo treatments and operations and to take all sorts of medication to get by. We have had to do none of this. Only the odd headache pill or indigestion tablet and our annual 'flu jab. Until recently. Bob was lucky that his heart attack actually occurred whilst he was in the care of the medics in the ambulance. So now he is on prescribed medication to keep him fit and well and will have to undergo an MRI scan in a few weeks to determine what further treatment may be necessary.
Yes, we did sort of take our good health very much for granted. Last autumn some friends suggested that we go on holiday with them in March and we all agreed on 2 weeks in Lanzarote, the holiday was booked and the balance paid just before Christmas. As we are hoping to go to New Zealand to see step daughter and family for Christmas 2014 we decided to wait until nearer our March holiday to take out travel insurance. Why not, we are fit and healthy, or so we thought. Then husband, completely out of the blue, had a heart attack. His heart specialist has said he feels that we should not go because it is in such close proximity to the MRI scan. So we have had to cancel our holiday and, naturally, although we have had some money back from the travel agent we did not have travel insurance and have lost about half our money! A timely lesson.
A few days ago, as we were sat having lunch, stepson turned up with a large bouquet of flowers for me.
What's this? It is not my birthday and Mother's Day is a few weeks away yet (March 30 in UK). They were to say thank you for looking after his Dad so well since his heart attack. Obviously I thanked him very much and said how much I appreciated the thought. "Well" he said, "everyone is fussing around Dad and no-one has asked you how you are".
Not completely accurate but at least he hadn't taken me for granted!
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