All the hard work and determination has paid off; Mags is being discharged from Macclesfield Hospital on Tuesday morning. She’s fully mobile now, no assistance required so she’ll be out and about visiting other patients and generally making a nuisance of herself.
I can’t praise the staff on Ward 11 enough. You hear a lot about failings in the NHS, but this group of people have been kind, caring and professional. Well done, all of you.
Val and John will be picking her up from the hospital so she can relax with them for a week or so; meanwhile I’ll be heading south on the Macclesfield Canal, aiming to be at Mercia Marina the following Monday.
Howard, Mag’s son, is due tomorrow so I’ll be walking in and cadging a lift back as he’s staying with me overnight. So I’ll only have a few more trips to and from the hospital on my bike, now christened John Sage.
Starting on Tuesday, my planned schedule is stopping near Ramsdell Hall on Tuesday night, possible because of help from Margaret and Nigel (NB Willow) who will meet me at Bosley Locks. Then Wednesday onto the Trent and Mersey, through Harecastle Tunnel and stop at Etruria, before tackling the Stoke Locks and aiming to stop either above or below Meaford Locks on Thursday. Friday should see me through Stone and stopping at Great Haywood, maybe meeting George and Carol there.
Saturday I should get to Fradley, probably stopping above Shadehouse but maybe pushing on if Junction Lock has re-opened after new gates have been fitted. That’ll give me Sunday to get through Alrewas, Barton and Burton-on-Trent before Barton and Tattenhill Locks are closed for maintenance on Monday. Whew!
If anyone's at a loose end and fancies a bit of lock work I'll not turn you away....
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