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PostSubject: Good Neighbours   Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:14 pm

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I hope oldun doesn't mind me writing the following:-
I had a pm from her on News Years Day to say that she hopes we will have a better year than last year, then she went on to tell me about how fantastic her Neighbour's have been. Tom, her partner of many years was rushed into hospital two day's after Christmas,
this is what she wrote:-
Tom is now in hospital after suffering a horrendous bleed two days after Christmas. He's in hospital on drips and blood and thank God for our Bulgarian neighbours who helped us and my taxi driver who found blood donors.
She has just told me that three of her Neighbour's are meeting her tomorrow morning to give blood. I think that is fantastic and just goes to show that Annie and Tom are well respected as British Citizens living in a Bulgarian village. ::
Well done to them and a speedy recovery to Tom
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbors   Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:58 am

Hope Tom is now ok? and yes how wonderful it is to have such good people around you, this is just how it was many years ago in the uk but sadly its all changed now. Lets hope that the changes don't come to Bulgaria too soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:20 am

Thanks Gimp. Tom is progressing and getting a bit grumpy because he is getting bored. I just hope that his illness is nothing more serious than ulcers but there is apparently a question mark at the moment so maybe we will hear when he has the hospital visit on the 15th. I'll be happy when he can do a bit of dog walking again because its all getting a bit tiring for me now. Wouldn't be sensible at the moment so he can continue to peel spuds and do the washing up for occupational therapy!
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:49 am

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Thanks Gimp. Tom is progressing and getting a bit grumpy because he is getting bored. I just hope that his illness is nothing more serious than ulcers but there is apparently a question mark at the moment so maybe we will hear when he has the hospital visit on the 15th. I'll be happy when he can do a bit of dog walking again because its all getting a bit tiring for me now. Wouldn't be sensible at the moment so he can continue to peel spuds and do the washing up for occupational therapy!

Well oldun, if Tom is peeling the spuds, at least he has some control over how many you cook and put on his plate, :Great:and don't forget he has to have enough room for the daily intake of pills
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:08 pm

So good to hear Tom is home with you. Will be thinking of you on the 15th, hope all will be well.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:03 pm

hope all goes well. Angel

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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:33 pm

Tom's hospital visit went much better than expected. The doctor was quite impressed with his recovery. He has to keep taking the tablets and stick to the basic milk and mash diet but it seems that the liver is okay and shrunk!!!! Hence the loss of stomach! - he's very trim now although not a pleasant way to lose weight. I have surfed' the internet for the drugs he is taking and it seems he makes too much stomach acid which ate through his osophagus which caused the massive bleed. Sorry for too much information there.
He is now recovering well and getting out and about in the village where he has been given a great welcome and much advice on what to eat and not to eat. Given a big packet of rice (lots of rice puddings) which he loves. I hadn't cooked rice pudding for years and am enjoying it too. Also semolina and cheesey mash sometimes using the packet instant mash which is ideal for an invalid and lots of chicken breasts cooked in milk!
He has started on his wood pile again (against my advice) and walking the dog (against my advice) but he worries about me in the cold!!! We are cosy in our home so hopefully this will be my last post on Tom's health. Can't believe this is the same man who almost died back in December. I think he would have had the neighbours not called the ambulance which came so quickly - 20minutes. No-one can lose that amount of blood for long. Thank you God and all our friends. T H
I think I am feeling much better now so I might get around to detailing the hospital and what happens there should any of you have such an emergency. New topic.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:42 am

Brilliant story oldun and one I can understand and believe its good to know there is someone there when you are in need especially when your a foreigner but to me it seems as though you have been accepted as a Bulgarian. One of the positive aspects for me of buying in Bulgaria was meeting a whole range of new people. It never ceases to amaze me how so much more helpful/chatty people seem to be in Bulgaria in general and certainly near me. The amount of help the neighbors offer from helping to pull out a trees roots to getting up on the roof and sorting a tile out is amazing. Last year we had two really good barbeque's with a chance to chat with a few Brits &
a lot of Bulgarians from all walks of life and I have to say we loved it.
Also one of the positive aspects of this forum is that I have been lucky enough to meet up with some great people and real characters . I even spotted a member who I hadn't yet met reading the forum in an Internet café I look forward to meeting more Bulgarians as time goes on. The positives far outweigh any negatives.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:41 pm

“In the good old days we could leave our front door open without fear”. How often do we hear that sentiment from the elderly in our community? The “good old days” is now only mentioned in the past tense. It is a “bygone era”.

The days when neighbours knew each other on a first name basis, when people looked out for each other, socialised together and shared common interests and concerns, seem long gone. The pace in the world has become too fast and furious, beating to the drum of globalisation. Traditional communities are crumbling and relations with our neighbours are all-too-often reduced to a curt nod.

Even in Bulgaria do we really know much about each others’ lives, our shared hopes – or even why it is important to have a joint stake in the well-being of our local communities? We may pass each in the village yet we do not talk to one another.

These days the social and economic strains are leading to an aggressive ‘individualism’, eating away at our traditional society and the shared values that underpin it. It is to the detriment of us all. Some have said it has led to an explosion in anti-social behaviour, and is driving support for extremist .

But at least in Bulgaria its just as if the old days are the present. :Congtrats:and long may it last.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:10 am

:Good post:Bigsavak - however I wouldn't like to say that the neighbourliness we received in our small village is the same everywhere and probably not in the big towns where people seem to be losing these values just like in Britain. I judge this by the attitude of 'townies' when they occasionally come to visit 'Grandma'. They drive too fast and certainly don't seem to help the old much, even taking away veggies and pickles and sometimes we have seen precious wood stacked in the back of a car. I know one shouldn't judge by appearances and it maybe that money is given in return, but as I must have said before, its not all about the money. Helping stack delivered wood would be more help. My Tom has helped an elderly neighbour do this when the 'townies' seem content to let the old cope. Just because they do, doesn't mean they should does it?
I am also aware that there are a couple of locals who are not neighbourly towards us. One, who helped a little in our emergency, actually asked me to wait in the street for the ambulance to show them where we lived down the track, which meant leaving my partner who must have been near death, on his own on the floor. It was thanks to others who had more compassion who came with me to see what had happened. Finally the un-neighbourly guy did help with the stretcher but was the only one to demand where his bottle of beer was for helping!
I didn't mention this because there is always someone who is not nice but I didn't want folks to get the idea that it is a picnic living in our village. It might make people think we are too lucky if they don't have the same help.
While on this subject, there is also a Bulgarian who has made our lives very uncomfortable but I don't wish to dwell on him and his Enlgish cronies and it will take more than the likes of him to make us leave the village.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:36 pm

Oldun just wondered how Tom is now ? has he fully recovered and coping with the cold ok? I know it can be a problem when your not well with the added very low temps that's why I ask.
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:40 am

:Thank you:Bigsavak for your kind thoughts. Yes, Tom has made a miraculous recovery and is able to go out chopping wood and shovelling snow. However, I do have concerns about his health and I think that the cold is too much after such a big emergency. He lost such a lot of blood so quickly. It is difficult to understand exactly what happened. He had been ill 3 years ago but tests were done and nothing too serious came up. Some tablets soon had him on his feet. Since then we have continued with our healthy diet, which we have always had, and he cut down on the beers so we have none in the house. There must be underlying problems which caused the gastro bleed but in Bulgaria the concern is more to get you well and out of hospital quickly than giving you the whole picture. Many people out here, both Brits and Bulgarians, drink far more than my Tom who always does a days work before visiting the bar, but that's life. We are not all the same and years ago in a rather misspent youth, he did do some fire-eating which went wrong!!!
He has nearly finished the last of his tablets and a very kind Bulgarian, who had problems himself in the past, has given him some herbal tea to take which is supposed to be really beneficial and he is drinking that now with high hopes.
For now all is well and my biochemist daughter assures me that a liver can heal itself with careful diet and no alcohol at all. I am happy to say that my hero has not once complained about that because he never was an alcoholic! It has been a wake-up call for me particularly because I have had little support because of the weather and many of my choir ladies go to relatives for the winter. The ones still in the village regularly ask after me, so Tom tells me when he goes to the shop. The Brits have offered no help at all or lifts to the hospital but I am very independent and really don't mind that. Its just family that I probably missed at this time although they did offer to come out. Naturally, I couldn't possibly ask them to do this and assured them that I was okay.
All in all it has been a Bulgarian experience that we could both have done without but we have survived and the sun is out today and the snow looks beautiful. Onwards and upwards. Sorry for the long reply but I think its good to have a chat even if it is on the internet. g s
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PostSubject: Re: Good Neighbours   Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:26 am

Glad to hear Tom is dining well and things are looking better, I know its always a worry when something like this happens and it seems there is no obvious reason for it but our bodies are strange things and very resilient so I'm sure Tom will be 'A' OK. s
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