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Some of you may know that our family suffered a bereavement last week which is why you didn’t hear from me.
As many will know it is a strange and traumatic time where you veer from tears to laughter in seconds and you reflect on what’s happened with those around you.
My reflections were mostly focused on the people who were around to help my family in the last year as we struggled through a difficult time and once again it brought me to the conclusion that I’m really lucky to live in a place like Oban.
The care and support that our family received, not just the patient, was amazing, from the doctors in Lorn Medical Centre who were so compassionate to the district nurses who called on a regular basis and kept everything ticking over and cheery. We were also lucky enough to have the support of two lovely MacMillan nurses who helped everyone, phoning often just to check we were OK and to see what we needed, and not forgetting the ambulance teams who turned up quickly and were so professional when we needed them.
For myself, I had the fantastic people at North Argyll Carers Centre who kept me going and made sure I didn’t get overwhelmed by all that was happening, and in the last week we also had the guidance and help of wonderful undertakers who took much of the worry from us and got us through the organisation of the funeral and all that goes with it.
The medical services in Oban were there when we needed them and went above and beyond what was expected for which I am so grateful, and on top of that the community of family and friends, even people I didn’t know before did all they could to help and support us, which made everything so much more bearable.
We may have our problems in Oban but in times of trouble we have a community who rise to the challenge and help where they can, which is something to be grateful for and proud of, which I am.
On a lighter note, the photograph published last time was of the postbox as you go up Glencruitten Road towards Mossfield and this week, at Purdie’s request, it’s a much easier one.