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Last week we were in Stockholm. Today we are home in Perth.

When I logged on to my laptop last Friday there were emails, skype messages and facebook notifications to call home urgently. Dave’s Mum was in hospital after having a stroke and the prognosis did not look good. Luckily we were staying with friends in Sweden and within two hours we’d called home, spoken to the hospital, cleared out the car, packed up our bags and had arranged for a taxi to take us to Arlanda airport. Our boots, our tent, our camping gear and a little bit of our sanity was all left with our friends as we rushed to the airport hoping to catch a flight back to Australia.  We arrived at the airport at 3pm and by 8pm we were on a Finnair flight home via Helsinki and Singapore.

In just over 24 hours we were home. 

The good news is that since we’ve been back, his mum has made a remarkable recovery. Dave’s sister also flew in from the Eastern States and I think having her kids around has made a huge difference to her making her way back to us. When we first arrived she was unable to speak or even recognise who we were but this past week she has astounded the doctors by being able to walk (slowly), eat, and talk.  There’s a lot of rehabilitation to be done to strengthen the muscles in her right side (arm and leg) and lots of ‘homework’ to stimulate the brain and make sure that it’s functioning the way it did before she had the stroke.  We’ll be hanging around for a while to make sure that everything here is ok.

Taxi to the airport $80

Flights from Stockholm to Perth $4000

Seeing the look of recognition on Dave’s mums face when she woke up on Tuesday…..PRICELESS! Smile

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  • Comment by Peta North — September 26, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Understand completely, you can always go back and continue your journey but you cant bring time back with family. I am glad that all is going well and obviously the support she is getting from family does make a difference..

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — September 26, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    Thanks Peta….she’s doing really well and you’re right, a journey can be picked up again at any time. Now the panic is over we can relax a little and enjoy our time back home…still in ‘holiday’ mode though.
    One plus about the whole thing is we got out of eating rancid herring, a Swedish ‘specialty’ that our friends were threatening to feed to us…always a silver lining hee hee

  • Comment by mervfrench — September 26, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Shame about that Sandy but what else could you do. The holiday will recommence in the future for you I hope.

    Glad to hear that things are going well with Dave’s mother.

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — September 26, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Cheers Merv…at this stage we’re hoping to head back to Sweden in early November so will keep our fingers crossed. Just a little bit worried about the temperature then!!

  • Comment by Pete Hodgson — September 27, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    Sounds like its all been a bit hectic for you, hoping the recovery goes ahead in leaps and bounds and your back on track with the traveling soon.

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — September 27, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Thanks Pete, we’re hoping the same thing.

  • Comment by True North mark — October 14, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    A story with a good ending…I like that!

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — October 14, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    me too ;-)

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