Illness. It's taken a bit of a hold on my family recently. I wish it would bugger off. It's not welcome. Especially at a time of year when everyone should be together as a family and celebrating. For the first time in a long time I spent Christmas day without 2 very important members of my family as it just wasn't going to be practical or comfortable for them to travel to join everyone due to ill health. The last time I didn't see them on Christmas day was when I was in my twenties and I went off to Thailand on holiday - that was my choice. As a family on Christmas day there is usually a houseful. This was still the case but I thoroughly missed those who couldn't make it. I made sure that I posted photos to Facebook so they could see the day and feel part of it, but it's not the same.
When I was asked if I wanted to take part in the 'Give Extra to Someone Special' campaign I knew that I would choose one close relative to be the recipient of gifts that would be useful to her for her upcoming hospital stay and operation. This lady is very special to me and has always been there for me, all through childhood and is still there for me now when I have children. I bought some luxury toiletries in a new wash bag and a 'hottie'. The wash bag and toiletries can be taken to hospital and I thought the hottie would be useful for when she comes out of hospital and needs to feel cosy and warm.
I made a surprise visit to give the gifts and they were received well. I just wish I could give the gift of health. If it was within my power that's what I would do, give people a clean bill of health and have Christmas day with them all over again.
Thanks to Halifax for providing the opportunity for me to treat this special person in my family.