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Dad's Operation has gone fairly well. He continues to give us immense cause for concern by exhibiting amazingly bizarre symptoms such as a racy heart rate for no apparent reason. The Doctors assure us these things happen, and that he is on the mend. However, I fail to see how a man who has not eaten a decent meal for 6 days can be considered healthy, especially if he's undergone major heart surgery? I have been rolled off my last project, and despite the political and bad fallout this has on me, I am grateful for fate's hand. Looking around at the Patients and Doctors/Nurses, I realise that I will never have the same job fulfilment in my soul that those who genuinely help others do. A fat wallet will never make me a wholesome character, regardless of what the Marketing blurb and Papers tell us.

It has been an emotionally trying period for me. I don't know how I've survived, I'm such a wouss.
I became teary, and still am when recalling it, when I realised a woman in a bed near my Dad's was always crying. Not because she was in pain, but because her sons and daughters didn't come to visit her. I felt like smashing their heads together. I looked back at what I did at work, for 3 weeks, working day and night and not seeing my dad, and I felt like smashing my own head in too. I will from this moment on, forever preach to all and sundry, that family and friends far outweigh any such notion of career and work commitments in this day and age. I am getting a lump in my throat just thinking about this and other moments of sadness that I witnessed over the past two weeks.

Still here I am, just about to exchange contracts on a house, and to part with all of my money. Yes, I will have but 5k in my account when this purchase is through. Its a lot of money to leave in an account I know, but I will suddenly become very thrifty in my nature as I realise that my float is only that amount. Gulp.

I wish you all the utmost value in health and happiness. In life, those are the things that mean the most, regardless of what we see on TV.



  1. Blogger changeofhart says @ 1:12 pm
    mait, remember wellbeing? of course you do, although if ever there was a more poorly named project I've yet to work on it...
    remember I lost my old man during those 16 hr days? we sweat blood sweat and tears. for £50 record tokens. I took only one day off to do my primary duty as a son and bury my father, because at the time, I thought the project, work etc was more important. Amazing how skewed our view of life can be under pressure.

    and for the record, I have been preaching to all and sundry since - life is too short, dont get sucked in, do what you need to plus a bit extra, but maintain your life etc etc.

    dude, no one listens until they realise for themselves. we are all dumb.

    hope the old man is doing ok. you patels are strong stock dude. remember that.
  2. Blogger B1RDIE Num Num says @ 1:18 pm
    Yeah mate, I remember. It was a bad period for us all - I've never worked longer and harder ever since.

    Agreed, the obvious is hard to see until it slaps you smack bang in your face.

    We should form a club... "For YOUR Wellbeing"

  3. Blogger Aravis says @ 5:48 am
    I'm happy that your father's surgery has been a success so far. I'll continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts.
  4. Blogger Damo says @ 10:23 am
    I've always been insistent on maintaining a decent work/life balance. But that's not because I'm holier-than-thou, it's because I've never had a decent salary. I always told myself I'd be prepared to commit a bit more if I got paid better.

    I still would. But only a little. I've seen too much go on around me that makes me realise what's really important.

    As ever, keep me updated on how your family are getting on...
  5. Blogger the urban fox says @ 3:37 pm
    These are very wise words indeed.

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