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Monday, 3 October 2011

He's My Brother

Hello everyone. I hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend basking in our lovely Indian Summer sunshine!
I am sincerely sorry that I've once again been absent from my blog and your lives for a day or three, but unfortunately I've had a fairly hectic time, as yesterday Garry and I welcomed my older brother and his partner to stay with us for a while whilst they search for a new flat to commence their new lives in London town.
The arrival is a much longed for one, as in trying to cope without a full time/ live-in carer for the last year or so, Garry and I have really struggled to keep up with life in general, down to the most menial of tasks such as even walking the dog and keeping our flat tidy and clean- so having my family members to stay will be hugely helpful in terms of having an extra couple of pairs of hands to help us in our quest to lead as normal lives as is possible!
Aghhhh- apologies for the mega 'N' word blooper!
The decision to cut support from live-in/ full time carers was a difficult one and one which came in the wake of our wedding in 2009, when all that Garry and I wanted to do was enjoy a 'normal' life as young, (well reasonably!), newlyweds.
In an attempt to claw back an essence of independence, Garry and I felt that we would prefer the struggle of living without care, to the intrusion that we have personally found can come with having an extra person living in one's home.
Disregarding any added bonuses of the additional help that comes with having another couple to stay, I am of course extremely excited to be having my brother and his girlfriend in my life much more- nevertheless this development has come at a wonderfully opportune moment, in terms of having that extra bit of family support around at a time when it is greatly needed.
On top of ongoing investigations into treatment for my degenerative condition, Garry and I are currently preparing to embark upon the hugely physical and extremely emotional process of having tests and consultations to establish whether my neurological condition and spinal surgery combined, will allow us to have a much longed for family.
There is naturally already much trepidation at the thought of this process finally coming to fruition, after two years of complications to even get to this point and Garry and I are hugely grateful for the support both practical and emotional that having my brother and his girlfriend closer to hand will naturally bring.
On that note, I have much admin to do to even allow this process to commence, so I'm afraid that it is back to the paperwork pile for me and then hopefully to bed and if my pain allow it- sleep, preferably before 4am!
I really hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful day. Other than the sunshine, what has been the thing that has made you smile today?
The thing that has made me smile today is most definitely having my brother and sister-in-law closer to me. I love them and my family in general so much and I treasure so dearly them all being in my life.
Until tomorrow everyone....

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