I HAD a stroke in January last year, was paralysed down the right side, unable to walk, write, or drive a car, let alone feed myself.
After a month or so, thanks to the physiotherapists I could walk a little, may be six steps without a zimmer, but eventually I came home.
I was given carers, who have been fantastic. They walked through the snow to get to us, even giving up their Christmas Day so that I could be washed and dressed, helped with food preparation, and were happy and helpful through such adversity.
I for one would like to say a big thank you to all for being there. It was wonderful to know someone would come, and thank you to the girls in the office who do such a hard job too.
Carers are unsung heroes. They do such a grotty job for little pay, are out in the community in all weathers, every day caring for those who can’t do things for themselves, often doing awful jobs.
I never knew they existed. They are wonderful, kind-hearted people who do a low-paid job that is invaluable to the community.
This stroke happened so suddenly to me out of the blue.
It is the third most common killer and I am so lucky to be alive. I am privileged to know these people and thank God for the care they give, for this kind of care does not exist in many countries.
May I say a big thank you to you all and a very Happy New Year?
M P BISETT