Well, it has been quite the 48 hour ride, and one that has been very humbling.
A huge thank you to all those who have contacted us in some way after the article was published yesterday in the Q Weekend. We’ve heard from long-lost friends, people we’ve never met who are bound to become newfound friends, and the willingness of others to share information has been amazing. From suggestions about Ponstan as a pain relief option for phantom limb pains (thanks Julie – we laughed but we’re onto it!), to recommendations about fundraising possibilities, we are most grateful. We have particularly loved hearing from some of the behind-the-scenes medical staff involved in Matthew’s recovery, some of whom we have never met before – we’ve shed a few tears over your e-mails, and thank you for everything. A big hello to all our new followers – we hope you enjoy sharing the journey with us. For those who have made specific offers of help, we’ll be in touch via e-mail over the next few weeks.
Today, Matthew and the family went to the annual féte at his boys’ school. It was a big day, and an important one. This time last year, the boys had been lined up to perform, so Diane left Matthew in the hospital and took the children on her own. It was important at the time that a sense of normality prevail when the world was falling apart. When Diane left, some eight hours after Matthew’s operation, she didn’t know whether he would survive the day. At the time, Di said it was the strength of her very good friends who helped her through and many of us can only imagine how difficult that day must have been trying to put on a brave face. It was worth it – the children had a really wonderful time, and it was a great diversion for them. As we know now, Matthew was still battling on when she returned, and today was a great opportunity for him to catch up and say thanks to lots of familiar faces.
Herewith a couple of photos!