My parcel of DVDs and books arrived the day before I was heading to my sister’s place – six hours north of me.  I was going up to look after her boys while she underwent some gruelling treatment for Myeloma.  She and her husband would be heading to the hospital and Pete would be back and forth while she remained there for several weeks.  Sue was about to go through a stem cell transplant – she was about to have some very rugged chemotherapy and this would ensure the best outcome – but it wasn’t without its risks..

Our elderly mother was also coming up so I had my fingers crossed that everything would be okay.  Once again Doug was in charge of the animals!

I had forgotten what it was like to have 14 year olds and it was a shock to the system.  Food!  Oh the food they can eat!!!!  I was fortunate to arrive to a fridge full of food.  Sue’s friends had been wonderful in stocking the fridge – so I eased into my role!!!

I had taken some books with me to read – but no way did I have a chance to read anything!!!  The next few weeks were a blur of school lunches, notes, early mornings – countdown to the school bus leaving, washing, more washing, cooking and cleaning, driving to football practise, matches, friends etc. etc…..

Mum was doing okay and I was pleased she was there for company, but I worried about her…. she had a sore on her leg that wasn’t healing and there were regular trips to the local doctor.  That leg was to be the start of her downhill run.

I cleaned out cupboards etc…  everything had to be spotless for Sue’s return to prevent infection.  Sue had come through the treatment well, despite some early days of possible infection – however the drug had made her constantly ill.

After she arrived home in her weakened state, we stayed on for a bit ….but it was time to return home.  Mum was tired – and for me, my horse journey seemed far away!!!  Sue’s friends were there to help out and we left her in capable hands.

So, after almost a month, we headed home – I was exhausted from all the domestic duties – and anxious to get home – but also pleased I could do that for her.

Perhaps now I could read more about clicker training.

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