Difficult Times

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.

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30 thoughts on “Difficult Times

  1. Thinking about you all, and sending much love and best wishes. It must be a relief to know that Derrick is being looked after so well.

    Glad to hear Lesley (Superwoman) Wharton is in the office, because even Wonder Woman needs a break sometimes.

    Big Hugs, Judith xx

  2. hi Glenda and adrian, so sorry to hear your news about derrick..thinking of you all at this time and hoping that you are able to take the time off you need to support each other.hugs to you all

  3. Sorry to hear this sad news . Give my love to Adrian and let hom know we are thinking about him and Derrick.

    Good to know that Lesley is on board and will help keep things going at CB.

    Love and good thoughts to you all,

  4. Sounds as though you’ve arranged everything as well as possible so don’t be too tough on yourself if there’s a blip or two. This is a distressing time for you Glenda, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.Love Dee.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Derrick’s remaining time with you be as comfortable and pain free as possible and may you have the time and strength to say all the things to each other that you need to. God bless you all. Gill x

  6. So sorry to hear this sad news. I know from personal experience what it means for the patient and the family to have the time together within the home, not a sterile hospital room. It’s also good to know that you have Lesley to step in and help you, and don’t need to worry about that side of things.

    My thought are with you and Adrain at this time.

    Sue x

  7. With much love from me to all of you. I can only agree with those above & don’t worry if the odd blip occurs with an order or two. It’s a very difficult & special time & I’m so glad you have the practical support you need.
    Thinking of you all
    Paula (PEP)

  8. Having been in your position I feel for you, but from what you say you are keeping things as normal as you can, that is what I did, and that helps everyone, especially Adrian. Love to you all, Eileen

  9. So sorry to read this,it is sad news but thank the Lord you have such a fantastic Care Team in place and that they are able to keep Derrick’s pain under control.I will keep you all in my prayers, and send you and Adrian big hugs..I ‘m sure Lesley will do a great job,I spoke to her over the phone last Friday in fact and it was like speaking to a friend.

    Dear Glenda,you can take a couple of weeks to deliver items as far as I’m concerned!

    With mich love

    Sheila xx

  10. Glenda I wish you both the strength to cope with this latest news and send you both lots of love. I am sure Lesley will be a great help and support for you. Thinking of you all, (((BIG HUGS))) Suexxxx

  11. Wishing you the strength and courage to carry you through the tough times ahead. So glad that Lesley is able to give you the stability at work so you are free to do what you need to.
    Hugs, Gina

  12. There is nothing I can add to what has been said above. Take the time you need for the important things.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  13. Sorry to hear this sad news. Im thinking about you all and keeping you all in my prayers. So glad you have the care support you need for Derrick so you can spend quality time together
    Glad Lesley is on board to help keep things going and please don’t worry about delayed orders etc I’m sure everyone will understand
    Take care
    Jackie x

  14. So sorry to hear this sad news and it is good to hear that you have a good support team in all departments. Take care – hugs to both of you

    Val W

  15. Glenda and Adrian,
    Sorry to hear your sad news and hope you can spend some quality time together with Derrick and Alma at this precious time.
    Take care – my thoughts are with you.

    Maureen C

  16. Dear both, so sorry to hear this sad news. Please know you’re in my thoughts & don’t worry about any possible delays – we all understand what you’re going through & me getting my order a few days later really isn’t important in the grand scale of things.
    Treasure this time with Derrick & be kind to yourselves, too. Don’t sweat the small stuff – your family is your priority right now.
    Sending you love & strength, Liz M xx

  17. Sorry to hear your news but good that it is possible for Derrick to be cared for at home. Thoughts are with you

    Mickie x

  18. Dear Glenda and Adrian, im so sorry to hear your news, will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and as far as im concerned you take all the time you need with Derrick and Alma CB and all of us will be hear when you return, Lesley will look after us.Sending you the strength and courage you need to muster at this time. Cynthia x.

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