Short stuff

We’ll start with the good stuff.

The bananas are ready!

These little babies are Ducasse or sugar bananas. You cut the stem before they’re fully ripe, or you’ll lose the lot to the possums, birds and fruit bats.  You then hang the stem in a warm, airy place (in this case, our garage), and cut the hands off as they ripen. It’s going to take a while to get through this lot, they’ll ripen fast and we’ll need some help, so I’ve already given some away. Neighbours and family will all be eating bananas for a while.

Now for the not so good.

My 97 year old father is in hospital with a broken femur. They found him quickly after he fell, and surgery was the same day. If all goes well, he’ll be up and walking in the next day or so. We’ll see how that goes, but he’s 18,000kms away and there’s a 10 hour time difference… It’s  hard to just wait for information.

And my eye infection is back, with a vengeance, and now it’s in both eyes. I have stronger antibiotics. If that doesn’t do the trick, the next stage is a bit alarming: CT scan, hospital, intravenous antibiotics. So I’m strongly favouring the antibiotics doing exactly what they’re supposed to do. It’s been 12 days since this nonsense started, and instead of just one site of infection I now have three. I feel like I’ve been punched in the eyes, and it’s not nice.

I’m not having a good time right now. These things are sent to try us…

86 thoughts on “Short stuff

  1. knettycraft says:

    …. what are bananas compared with the bad news… sending good vibes and all my best wishes for your eyes and your father’s health 💜

  2. Oh gosh … Your dad will be fine sweetie and I can imagine how anxious you are. And your eyes … u poor thing… keep at it with the meds and sending u all my love & hugs xxx

  3. Sending love and hugs. Hoping you find other sweet things to help you through these tough times.

  4. I’m sorry to read all this Kate – I’ve been off-line for a bit and letting the world go by without me……. and you are having a trying time of it. I don’t know if bananas are much compensation when your eyes don’t work and you aged pa has taken a fall – but I hope you will find some comfort in them and all the love and support that is sent your way while you soldier on xo

    • katechiconi says:

      Not to worry… the eye thing really blew up in the past couple of days, and Pa’s fall was almost inevitable given his age and instability. I do wish I could see properly, though…

  5. tialys says:

    So sorry to hear about your pa – it must be horrible when you’re so far away but at least he has your brother nearby. As for those eyes! What can have caused such a thing? I do hope the antibiotics work for you and you don’t have to go down the hospital route.
    I know when life gives you lemons you’re supposed to make lemonade but it’s given you bananas instead. Banana bread? Smoothie?
    Sending positive thoughts and keeping crossed fingers. xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so grateful that my brother’s there, and free to be proactive in caring for Pa. I have no idea what’s happened to my eyes. Remember that puffy glue in bright colours that you iron to make it puff up? Well, that’s how my top lids look, in bright pink. Not really my best look, but the worst is not being able to read easily because they’re so swimmy. Ah well, bananas and cream, bananas and muesli, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, frozen banana ‘ice cream’…. well, you get the idea.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Dear Kate, my heart goes out to you. Wishng you and all your family strength at this time, and that your Dad gets better, and that your eyes get better. Life really can be very hard. As for proper bananas, I guess when life gives you bananas you make banana cake….xx

  7. So sorry to read this post. Being so far away must leave you feeling helpless / useless waiting for news. Never a nice feeling. And the eye infection too sounds horrid. I hope Mouse is keeping you distracted and giving you lots of cuddles. Just in case he is too busy doing doggy things I am attaching some virtual ones from me and Roo. Orchid had some teeth out yesterday so is saving all her TLC for herself).

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is being a Very Good Boy and as a consequence is getting lots of cuddles from me and lots of unauthorised snacks from the Husband. It does help, to have a furry child to look after and distract me.

  8. claire93 says:

    oh dear Kate! it never rains, but it pours, eh?
    Sending positive vibes to both you and your Dad. Must be a big relief to have your brother living close to your father!

  9. Terri says:

    Oh Kate. I’m sorry for all you are dealing with these days. I hope you’re father’s recovery goes smoothly. And that the antibiotics kick that infection out of you. It sounds miserable. I’m sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

  10. KerryCan says:

    Bananas are all well and good but, to compensate for all you’re going thru, I think you need a chocolate tree! I live in fear that I’ll get a call that my mom has fallen . . . it’s such a tough thing for an older person to bounce back from. Glad your brother is there to help your dad and give you updates. This eye thing is truly horrifying! We don’t know how much we take our calm, clear, pain-free eyes for granted until something like this happens. . . .

    • katechiconi says:

      I just wish I knew what had set it off… It’s not pretty to look at, but it feels much worse, and as you say, I’ve always taken eyes that work properly for granted… So I’m being extremely meticulous about following instructions, using the medication and keeping them clean, in the hope that they’ll go back to being my trusted windows on the world.

      • KerryCan says:

        Do you get cold sores? If you have the herpes virus in your system (that causes cold sores) maybe it affected your eyes? I’m not sure that happens in humans but one of our cats had a horrible eye inflammation a couple years ago that was herpes. And antibiotics don’t touch that. Once he got the right treatment, it cleared up entirely with no harm done.

      • katechiconi says:

        The eye doc thinks it’s preseptal cellulitis… probably. I have to watch and wait for a couple of days, with orders to go straight to Emergency if the inflammation gets worse quickly. Happy days…

  11. Emmely says:

    Get well soon! Eye infections are so nasty, I hope the antibiotics do their job quickly.

  12. kymlucas says:

    Sending good karma and healing energy for both you and your dad. So hard to watch parents get old whether you’re logistically close or not.

  13. Moira says:

    I’m so sorry yu’re going through all of this at the same time….well any time really, but it’s always harder when they pile up. Hoping the antibiotics quickly do their work on the infection and that your father heals quickly! Take care of yourself.

    • katechiconi says:

      I just had an update from my brother. Pa is out of bed and in his chair, making a nuisance of himself and trying to get up. He’s still on oxygen, but doesn’t remember the injury or the oxygen mask from one moment to the next, so he’s a tricky nursing proposition! It makes my Sunday morning a whole lot better to get news like that!

  14. I don’t even want to think about how much that hurts. I had to look the diagnosis up. You seem to get things in a big way but you have so many people keeping good thoughts for you, wellness will be your final outcome. So glad you have Mouse to comfort you during this trying time and of course your sweet hubby. I guess it’s rest time. I make banana bread, freeze it and give it as gifts but you need to just close those peepers and rest a LOT! Sending hugs and lots of healing energy.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, I don’t do things by halves, eh? Seriously, though, 12 days ago I thought I just had a slight irritation in only one eye. I won’t burden you with how it actually looks, but it ain’t pretty. Mouse is a darling doggo and the Husband is a gem. And the aged parent is on the mend too….

  15. magpiesue says:

    Ack! I’m sorry, but bananas are not sufficient compensation for that eye infection and the way it’s impacting your life. I’ll be sending healing thoughts your way and on behalf of your father as well.

  16. Dayphoto says:

    Oh, gosh! I’m so sorry for everything happening at once. I hope your father is able to heal quickly and that your antibiotics work in warp time. !!!

  17. Get well wishes from Texas for you and your father, perhaps if you eat enough bananas they will help your healing powers!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m now at the point of giving bananas away to the neighbours, especially the young family with three little boys, where they’re received with shrieks of joy. Luckily the stem isn’t too large, or I’d be totally sick of them in short order. Thanks for the good wishes 🙂

  18. kathyreeves says:

    Oh Kate, so sorry to hear that your eyes are still not well! Do take care of your self; you sound like a model patient, so you’re giving the meds optimum opportunity to do their job. Glad to hear that your dad is recovering. Having old parents far away is a hard thing, glad your brother is so close and has things well in hand. Rest!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a bother, and eyes are not something to neglect, but I’m sure it’ll come right in the end. I’m waiting to hear later from my brother to see what the latest instalment in the saga might be!

  19. Lynda says:

    Just when I thought you were on the mend! I really do not want you to end up in the hospital. Sending prayer for you and for your father’s health. ❤

  20. Steph says:

    Shinee sends her best to Mouse, who must be working overtime looking after you.

    I hope you get some good news on all fronts soon!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse says “Thank you, Miss Shinee, I’m doing my best to make sure Mum doesn’t overdo it.” I have to sit in my chair and get supervised – until it’s mealtime, of course, and then there’s a lot of greyhound-dancing around the kitchen, and nudging of nose behind the knees to make me move faster!

  21. Oh, I hope your eyes are better soon. I had conjunctivitis a few years ago and it was completely debilitating… we rely on our sight so much.
    Sorry to hear about your dad too. A good friend of mine here in west Wales has her elderly mother in Australia. Her mum is suffering from dementia and, whilst she is being well cared for, I regularly witness the stress and difficulty of the distance and time difference… especially when she falls ill. Recently there was what looked like it was going to be a final dash over there, only for her mum to be quite well by the time she arrived. Hopefully your dad will be on the mend very soon.

  22. I see from the comments that your father is doing better, thank goodness! I hope that infection lifts its blasted curse and is banished forever. You use those eyes to see so much beauty and experience so much gratitude. Sending prayers and positive energy your way, dear Kate.

  23. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad , I can imagine it is even harder when he lives so far away. As for your eyes, I hope they’ll be on the mend soon !!! It must be hard that you can’t sew or stitch.

  24. I’m sending lots of hugs and happy thoughts your way, for everything.

  25. Sorry to hear about your Dad, but good he was able to get treatment quickly. And your eyes… at least the bananas were appreciated 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      The bananas are really, really good, and appreciated by all creatures great and small. In fact, I must do some more baking soon, as they’re ripening fast now and I have some beautiful black ones! Pa’s on the mend, and should go back to his nursing home later this week.

  26. Oh Kate, what a nightmare. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been dealing with multiple infections that appear resistant to antibiotics. Are you feeling any better since writing this? As for the bananas, since I’m reading in reverse, I’m glad to know you’ll have more ripening for another batch of yummies. .

    • katechiconi says:

      The infection/problem in my eye has now been identified. I need surgery, which is booked for 29th of this month. I look forward to displaying my humongous black eye in a future post! The bananas, by the way, were just as good in the second batch, and Mouse is being carefully watched…

      • Surgery! Well, that is a surprising​ turn of events, Kate. I’m so sorry to hear. You’ve had more than your fair share of them. I do know that eyes heal very quickly, so you’ll have that on your side. Do they know what caused it?

      • katechiconi says:

        The infection seems to have turned into a fast-growing, painful pea-sized lump on my eyelid which is partly obscuring my vision and presses on my eyeball. It will need to be removed and biopsied. I’ll be joining the Pirate Club for a couple of days, and after that, I’ll have a spectacular shiner for everyone to laugh at!

      • I can’t imagine laughing at the shiner, Kate. I know how uncomfortable it is to have anything going on with your eyes. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

      • katechiconi says:

        I do reckon it’ll be quite entertaining; as the person who’ll have to wear it, I confess to a slight sense of anticipation!

  27. rutigt says:

    I love bananas! So sorry to hear about your dad! Hope he´ll recover! And your eye infection, I really hope you want have to go to the hospital. Take care! Krya på dig!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Tack så mycket! The eye needs a small operation, but I don’t need to go into hospital, I can go home afterwards. My dad is OK, they have fixed his broken leg with screws, so that is a big relief.

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