Escape Plan

2 Aug

Hello, Jo here again. Rosie had a busy day yesterday and asked me to post on her behalf, and I was just too tired to do it when I got home last night.

 She is desperate to post a proper blog from her laptop. Chris’s phone just isn’t the same for blogging on. But she promises she’ll do that as soon as she can, which could be by the end of the week..

The escape plan is that she’ll be brought home on Thursday. To do that she needs a load of equipment at home – whizzy electric bed with air mattress; indoor and outdoor wheelchair; oxygen cos she can’t breathe well on her own at the moment.

And her personal favourite – a commode. We’ve made it clear these are family equipment needs and we all have to have a go. Well, maybe not the commode.

So yesterday she had to show she can walk up and down a flight of stairs. Which she can. And then she had two lots of visitors. Then she was too tired for anything else. Including Shave the Sheep.




38 Responses to “Escape Plan”

  1. Robin August 2, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Thanks for posting for Rosie, its great that she can escape, just get her out of there. Good luck x x

  2. margaret crisp August 2, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Hi Team Kilburn, so the escape plan has een hatched!! Great!
    Hi Rosie, I see you’ll have a commode as a souvenir of your hospital stay…I would get all the family to use it – and empty it, which is perhaps even worse than using it!!!
    Am pleased you’ll be coming home soon, am sure you’ll be looking forward to that!
    All quiet here, just had the nurse come to do another blood test, but I think that’ll probably the last one…Am knitting myself a guernsey sweater at the moment, and am doing the tricky part by the neck, with all the cabling, it takes me ages to do a row.
    love mags.

  3. Michelle Gabriel August 2, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    An escape plan eh? Sounds good to me. Hope it all works out well and you’re out of there in no time at all and at home, which is the best place to be.
    I’m going to stop now, as my pc is playing up and driving me bonkers (well, more so).
    Take care, and GO Team Kilburn!

  4. Claire August 2, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    The way to love your commode is to think ‘Bedpan’. Wee-ing uphill, whilst lying in a bed, no thanks…….& I refuse to even mention the other.
    Love to Rosie, Hope you all get a bit of rest before Thursday xxxxxx

  5. Lisa Burt August 2, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Hello – Lovely to know you’ll be able to come home. Hopefully you have a ‘hospice at home’ service in your area, it really does make coming home so much easier. I was able to bring my husband home for some precious days and it made a wonderful difference to his quality of life. God bless.

  6. Maz August 2, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Yeah like escape plans 🙂 And the whizzy air bed although do be careful not to puncture it, we dont want you doing a flying mattress impression ……actually that sounds kinda fun!
    Will be lovely to get home to your mums cooking too. Hope she is doing roast turkey LOL

  7. Trudy August 2, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Jo Rosie and Team,sound good to be coming place to be and you might even get to play shave the sheep.we all want to know how to play it.good luck with coming home Rosie.

  8. Pip Armstrong August 2, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Soooo…. glad you’re coming home I’m sure you’ll feel much better once you’re back in your own bedroom. I do however have this picture in my head now of the whole Kilburn family heaped in bed with you, can I suggest BAD idea, could be an awful squash 🙂
    Mags, do you take knitting orders because I’d like a Guernsey too please?

  9. Pip Armstrong August 2, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Yaaaay, I just taught myself to do a smiley without a silly extra bracket at the end seeing as nobody was going to help me, the answer was simple, leave out the nose 🙂

    • Julia August 2, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      Pip, I didn’t think I was the right person to offer help given my lack of ability. Let’s see what this does 🙂
      I daren’t try anything else in case it goes wrong.

  10. Pip Armstrong August 2, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. Jilly August 2, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Hey Rosie,

    Good to hear you may be able to go soon, the sun is out waiting for you

    Love Jilly (beckys aunty)

  12. Julia August 2, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Good plan Team Kilburn.
    Looking forward to a Rosie blog.

  13. Chloe Taylor-Jones August 2, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    So pleased you are going home on Thursday Rosie 🙂

  14. Andrea Clarke August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Good luck with the escape plan, perhaps you could adapt the theme tune from the film version??
    Think about team kilburn a lot, but first time to post!! Sending as much positive energy through the airwaves as possible. After reading the blog the other day am also giving blood tomorrow, ok so I ended up on the office floor last time, but that’s no excuse not to, and as I’m in a meeting straight after could liven things up!!
    Fingers and everything else crossed that you get home soon 🙂 x

  15. Helen & Harrie August 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Home sweet home. Those words always sound soooooo good. It will be lovely for you to be back at home. You will be able enjoy ure mum’s cooking, have nice views and be able to enjoy some sunshine as a little bit of sun always makes you feel better. xxx

  16. Julia August 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Rosie, tell Mum & Dad to defrost some sausages on Thursday morning!

  17. Chris J Dixon August 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi Jo, Chris, Ro, Toby and et al,

    Great to hear Ro as a get out of jail (hospital) plan and you her family is supporting her too. Ro getting an electric wheelchair and indoor chair will help her to be mobile again just like I am too, I also managed to get a vertical wheelchair lift installed but that was a long term plan, first was get home and mobile. I am jealous Ro as also got her personal commode, is she going to have that pink with a smiley face on it too? Oxygen is a must to make Ro comfortable, no good struggling when you can have help. Jo, tell Ro I managed to make our Army reunion in Blackpool and we was also thinking of her too as we toasted everyone’s health. Ro having a airbed at home is a great help reducing bed and pressure sores, I have the same type of airbed when I go into hospital as I hate putting on Germolene and sing in a high pitch voice as it stings on the open sore wounds, nurses also hate having to explain why there is screaming from my bed too, (grin). Please tell Ro we miss her blogging but she must look after herself first before rushing to post a full page to keep us smiling. We all send Ro our best healing vibes and fingers crossed she can soon be at home again, also lots of best wishes to you Jo, Chris, Toby and family too. Jo watch out for Ro removing and scraping the doors and door frames as she whizzes around your home, I still put the occassional scrap along the door with my foot rests or clip it the frame with my rear wheels, even in the hotel this weekend too, lol. Lots of love and big hugs from everyone here in South Wales, xxx

  18. Pip Armstrong August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm #


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  21. Pip Armstrong August 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Ha ha ha you can stick your tongue out but can’t do drunk or perplexed 🙂

    • Michelle Gabriel August 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm #


      • Michelle Gabriel August 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

        I can’t stick my tongue out 😦

  22. celia butler August 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you Jo for giving us an update.
    Great news that Rosie can come home this week, that’s bound to give her a boost. Nothing like home comforts, even if it involves a commode! Love to you all. x

  23. Cara August 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Good news regarding your escape – I hope it all goes as planned and you get to enjoy some sunshine too, fingers crossed!

    Best wishes to you all,

    Cara Xx

  24. Helen August 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for the update Jo. Rosie – I’m glad to see you have hatched your escape plan and are ready to put it into practice. I’m sure being back in your own house will make you feel better. Looking forward to hearing from you again. Hx

  25. Sue H August 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Brill to see you yesterday Rosie xx It was uplifting to find you in such good spirits and see all the fantastic support you have- medical and family wise. Hope all the chatting didn’t tire you out but i blame that Georgia, she doesn’t shut up ;-))

    Also i have just got to say the NHS- what a bloody fantastic institution, seeing the thought and effort and resources going into making Rosie’s return home safe and comfortable is truly inspiring.

    Catch up again soon, you know where we are whenever you fancy a natter x

    • Maz August 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

      er blaming Georgia for chatting er is this the same just one cup of coffee hickman that ended up 3 hours chinwag??? LOL

      • Maz August 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

        which we must do again soon btw 🙂

      • Michelle August 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

        LOL – words that spring to mind, pot, kettle, black….
        Mic runs away now, overseas probably bestest 😉

      • Maz August 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

        which we must do again soon btw 🙂
        LOL Mic! Rosie can you imagine a forum modded by Sue Mic and me? We were known as the mad mods and our nicknames were MadModMic, MadModMaz, MadModSueMoo no i have no idea why sue got a moo but she did LOL

      • Michelle August 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

        And Rosie can you believe it (yes you can), I was the only sane one on the forum.
        Tee hee.
        Still running

  26. Alison August 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Hurrah, lets hope all goes to plan. I bought Mum’s electric scooter from British Mobility based in the Forest of Dean, much better price than the high street places.

    Ali xx

  27. Michelle August 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Why have I had the theme tune to the Great Escape on my mind today?
    Who’s to blame?
    Team Kilburn.
    So what film next?
    Local Hero theme music (Going Home – great music, brilliant film).
    Mic, musical tuesday 🙂

  28. carol lewis August 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Great news to hear that you can escape, but dont let Team Kilburn nick your wheelchairs for racing in, keep that bit for yourself.

  29. barbara August 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Great to hear there is a plan for you coming home.That will be soooooo good.Thnx Jo for posting about Rosie.hugs to you all.

  30. miriammcclay August 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi Rosie,
    Good to hear you are coming home on Thursday and that Georgia the Hickman kept you chatting (that’s a Mr Boothe-ism I think). Take it easy when you get home. Thinking of you and your family. xx

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