I have some rather sad news to share. Adrian’s dad, Derrick, is not well at all and he was sent home from hospital on Monday so that he can spend his remaining time with family. The hospital doctors don’t think he has very long left, but of course no one can predict how long that will be. Those of you who have followed Derrick’s story will know that he has confounded the medical world before!
They told us on Friday, but didn’t want to discharge him on a weekend, so we’ve had a bit of an anxious few days and now he is home, it’s just a horrible waiting game. He is not in any pain thanks to morphine, but he has acute pancreatitis and there is nothing more that they can do for him other than make him comfortable and pain free.
We have a great team of carers, nurses and overnight hospice support in place which means that we are free from the practical day to day care and can spend quality time with him and Alma.
We also have support at work – after all, the bills still have to be paid, so we have to continue running the business with as much normality as we can. I’m delighted to say that Design Team member Lesley Wharton has now joined the Chocolate Baroque team. She’s been helping out on an ad hoc basis for a while, but we are delighted to have her on board officially now for three and a half days a week.
It is our intention to continue to provide exceptional service, but we know that this situation may bring unpredictable difficulties. If I’m slow responding to email or orders take an extra day, I hope you will understand.