It’s been a while since our last post, not without sad reason, as our Aunt Ruth passed away very suddenly after a battle with advanced ovarian cancer on the 21st of December.
Ruth was a staunch supporter of Matthew, and as the only immediate relative on the Ames side outside of me, Matthew, Rachel, and our parents, she was very close to us. She would visit Matthew regularly from her base in Auckland, and last saw the family in July this year when she travelled to Melbourne to be with Matthew, Diane with the children. Matthew was upset at not being able to travel to be with Ruth in her last few days, due to his being immobile after surgery, and her funeral was held on Christmas Eve, which was the last thing some of us were expecting to be doing as the year drew to an end.
So we have all been a bit sad, but hoping everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and thanking everyone for their lovely wishes over the past few weeks.
Matthew’s surgery in early December went very well, and he returned to Brisbane after a fortnight in hospital. He has been very good at staying still for the past month, helped largely by televised cricket and lots of babysitting by Na and Papa and others. Matthew had both legs ‘done’, and has been pretty stoic despite a fair amount of discomfort in the first few weeks. The pins look like piercings that come directly out of his skin, and they are attached to Matthew’s bone. Even in the early days, he was excited to know that he had feedback – that is, he could feel the bandages at the end of his new steel stumps, which is pretty amazing.
So today, when he was tilted onto his new legs that bolt on to his new pins (excuse the very simple language that is Katespeak), there was finally a sense that the journey to this point might be worth it. Matthew says they felt ‘normal’. Next week, he moves to bearing full weight if all goes well.
And here’s a photo of Emily, preparing her doll to tilt up with Matthew…
So there are some exciting times ahead.
Until next time, and Happy New Year!