Back and still here

Well…I’m back online so all’s well. Kind of. I had the op last Monday as planned but because my life is always one step away from a drama, it got complicated. Half way through, with my guts out on the table, my heart arrested for four and a half minutes. A little longer and they would have been bagging me up. But after much effort it restarted and the op was completed. Six hours altogether for a 2 hour procedure. All the time my family were kept waiting for news because it was pretty touch and go it seems. That was one hell of a day for all of us but I’m home now and, although very sore, recovering steadily. I owe a lot to a lot of people but I’m not going to bang on here because I’m keeping this one for my book. It’s good to be back but even better to be still here of course.


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About Paul

Having decided on a change of life by moving home from the UK to Italy, this is the story and thoughts of a man on a personal journey from the Blackpool Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in search of la dolce vita. After several olive harvests he's now back in London but en route he shares his very personal perspectives on life.

5 thoughts on “Back and still here

  1. Oh so pleased that you are back with us, what would I have done if there had been no more pp blogs to make me smile. You never do things by half so I suppose it was expected for you to turn your big day into a drama. C and myself are sooooo pleased to know that you are back home and recovering. Now what about those olives that will need to be picked later in the year.
    J and C.

  2. Hi J & C

    Great to hear from you and thanks for the kind words mate. Yep always a bloody drama with me. There I was anticipating a straightforward elective sigmoid colectomy for T2 carcinoma when fate yet again throws me another bloody curveball. I’m thinking of changing the name to disasta paulie.

    Anyway always good to hear from you guys and hope you’re well. The thought of being fit enough to hit the olives in oct/nov is very appealing. District nurse who came today said she thought I looked great. I asked her what she thought about my medical condition too. Got a small smile from her so figured I’m getting a little of the mojo back. Ha

    Take care my amici

  3. Dear oh dear you will do just about anything to get a smile from a nurse, but even you have gone too far this time Paul. Glad you are still able to post for us readers, so please keep on blogging.

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