We are back from our holiday to sunnier climes, Tenerife. Wonderful holiday, I suspect entirely due to having escaped for a week to a land where temperatures are good, atmosphere relaxed, and everyone is really friendly. Hubby and I have decided that this is now a must, a summer holiday good but awinter holiday is far more beneficial to the spirits so will have to happen every year. Interesting return to Luton Airport though. As we were approaching I commented to Hubby that the way we were coming in was unusual. Living under the flight path I am quite in tune with how the planes usually ‘stack-up’ prior to final descent, so I knew that we were using some strange manoevers. The captain called the cabin crew to the cock-pit and then came on the speakers. “Just to let you know that we are experiencing problems with one of the engines. As a result we are diverting to Gatwick where they have a longer runway and better facilities. We will be there in about 15 minutes. This is unusual but not unknown. When we have landed the ground staff will inform you about the arrangements for your to return to Luton.” The whole plane went silent for a minute and then everyone was talking. Hubby felt that he would be happier, if there was a problem with an engine, to get on the ground quickly rather than go back to Gatwick. The plane we were on only had two engines, that did concern me but Hubby assured me that it would be perfectly capable of landing with just the one. I was debating whether to phone the off-spring, just in case, but decided no as I may not have time to speak to them all (before I went up in a ball of flames) and then whoever I hadn’t spoken to would be angry. Drama queen? Perhaps, but a very logical one! As it was the most exciting thing about the landing was the welcome committee, the whole runway lined with emergency vehicles which then all raced alongside us and surrounded us when came to a standstill. Interesting experience.
Pile of post when we got home. Letter from the hospital telling me that they have put my op back a week, hope they don’t do this too often as it will really throw work into a state. As it is the whole next 2 months off-duty has been calculated allowing for the fact that I will be off, uproar will ensue if everyones off-duty has to be re-organised again. Looking on the bright side though, I would have been in hospital for eldest daughter’s birthday, now I will be at home; I’ve got more time to organise everything at home so all the holiday washing will be done and dusted and I will have recovered from all the excesses of a holiday where late nights and too much alcohol were the watch-word.
I note that the Health Commissions report on the Maternity Services was in the news, saw some news reports on that, nothing new in their findings to get me riled, basically reduced standards of care owing to a ‘shortage’ of midwives. Once more, with feeling, THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF MIDWIVES, JUST A SHORTAGE OF POSTS FOR MIDWIVES.