Spent the rest of the day looking at one of the major contracts we have, met the management team and toured the facilities before being transported to the accommodation in a 3 car personal security detail with my flack jacket and helmet on...very fetching & just what you need in this temperature...NOT! :o/Now safely ensconced in the villa which is in the middle of the green zone. Quite a big place with offices downstairs and bedrooms etc. on the upper floors. There's also a small swimming pool but I think it safest to refrain from using that in case of upsetting the guys, we could do without having to distract them from their work for counselling ;o)
Monday, 31 May 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Saturday, 29 May 2010
two steps back...
Got a phone call last night to say my Dad had been rushed into hospital unable to breathe. They've run some tests & X-rays and discovered he'd got an infection on the lung which they removed the tumour from so they kept him in. Fortunately they've now decided it's treatable so have let him home but will monitor the situation.
As if that's not enough to be fretting about, Gulf News reported that Iraqi airways have been dissolved! Rallyman tried to reassure by telling me that the whole thing is a technicality to change the name and get them off the hook with Kuwait and reckons it will all blow over quickly but I can't help wondering whether I might get stranded in Dubai or Baghdad!!! I'm very conscious that the sum of my necessities for a week are crammed into a handbag & carry on case (& that includes my laptop!) on the basis that at least that way I can be sure I arrive with some belongings as I somehow doubt the guys will be able to lend me anything suitable & reckon it's a fair assumption the shopping experience in Baghdad is probably not up to much ;o)
Friday, 14 May 2010
The surgery seems to have gone well and they're confident they've removed the tumor so hope he won't need further treatment. He's now hooked up on various drips, epidural pain relief and has tubes sticking out of his chest but he's through the worst bit and in the right place to make a good recovery.
The Nurses have been great...they look after him so well, and are genuinely caring, plus, being Scousers, they also inject a lot of warmth & humor which I am sure will aid the recovery process.
My boss has been lovely allowing me to work around things even though I’ve only been with the company such a short amount of time. It's very weird being back in your childhood home and working... feels slightly surreal...did a telecom with the MD of Jersey in my PJs, had a discussion on the Occupational Health provision, chatted to the auditor, and carried out a catch up with my Ops guy in London... during which morning coffee & biscuits arrived courtesy of Mum - way better than being in the office! :o)
Have tried my best to distract Mum & try to ensure she didn’t fret too much by taking her for out and about for mooching about sessions. We went out for afternoon tea then went for a bit of a drive ending up at a fab garden centre where I bought loads of new plants for my garden...variation on the archetypal woman's shoe fetish ;o) Slightly distracted by everything that’s been happening, stopped up at a road junction, car in front of me pulled away and then slammed on the breaks for no reason...the driver's now got a very crumpled boot :o( No damage whatsoever to the Audi but not ideal on day 2 of ownership. Oops!
Feel guilty going back to Malvern but there's not much more I can do here and Mum's got the next lot of support services lined up so I guess I'm off duty until he comes home.