Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Distressing news about my friend Helen.

I am hoping that some of Helen's blog readers will be reading this post. As you will know if you have been following Helen's Haven, she and her husband Ray have been in Western Australia, and as of yesterday were driving through a remote area of that state. Ray phoned me tonight (Monday) at 11 pm to tell me that Helen was in the Royal Perth Hospital. She suffered a stroke yesterday, which has left her partially paralysed on one side and with limited speech. She was flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. I am absolutely devastated. She had a mild stroke about two years ago, but recovered well from that, and has been under medical supervision since then. She has not been well recently, and before they went away, she confided that her health issues have been getting her down lately. She is usually so ebullient, as anyone who has met her will know.

Poor Ray is stuck in a motel room in Perth, on the other side of this continet on his own. I asked if Helen could be flown back to a Melbourne hospital, and he said not for a while, as she is too ill to move. Their older son volunteered to fly over to keep Ray company, but he said there's not much point as there is nothing they can do except wait. I am going to send flowers to her by Interflora tomorrow, so if anyone reading this has a message they would like to pass on, I will do my best to see that it is included or passed on to the hospital.

6 Comments:

Blogger Alice said...

Thank you so much for letting me know. I think of Helen as a friend even though we live so far apart. I'll be sending her an email and keeping her and her husband in my prayers.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2007  
Blogger Nicole said...

Oh my goodness! I don't personally know your friend Helen... but I'm ever so sorry to hear of this devastating news Gina. I will pray for a speedy recovery and a rather large miracle for helen. Surely things can only get better for them. xox Nic

Wednesday, 26 September, 2007  
Blogger Alice said...

I sent Helen an email and was surprised to receive a personal response from a patient liason who promised to print out and deliver the email to Helen. Do you have any updates on her condition?

Friday, 28 September, 2007  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Oh dear, I've just read this. Too late to add my message to your flowers, but if you are in touch at all, do send her my love and best wishes.

Friday, 28 September, 2007  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Gina, im so sorry to hear Helen has had a stroke,and so far from home. please send my love and best wishes..
BTW. ill be back visiting when I get my Computer back from Melbourne.im commenting from very old puter, hopefully and all my files can be saved after crashing,,GRRRRr

Friday, 28 September, 2007  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

How very sad! Every good wish ( and lifting up a prayer just now) for her recovery.

Friday, 28 September, 2007  

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