Christmas time again and though I haven’t contributed to this forum, or indeed read any of your contributions, over the past 6 or 7 months, I haven’t forgotten you all. How life can change over a moment. My moment came on June 12th when I was sitting comfortably after having coffee after dinner, when there was the awful sound of my wife falling uncontrollably down the stairs. She was lying motionless and I called the paramedics, who were with us within 15 minutes. She underwent scans in A&E and the preliminary diagnosis was that she had suffered a stroke whilst at the top of the stairs. Later MRI scans showed that this was not the case. She had suffered a brain haemorrhage, either causing the fall or as a result of the fall. In any event it has taken over 3 months to regain some movement in her legs. Her right arm still has no movement. The fall had broken her neck vertebrae in 3 places, broken her nose and some teeth and affected the system of nerves and muscles of her spinal column. As you can guess, this has affected our pattern of life. My time is taken up in the normal aspects of care for an injured person and I know from your contributions that some of you have been doing this for years. I take her to physiotherapy 3 times each week and to hydrotherapy once a week to try to build up some strength in her legs. Her doctors are considering injections of Botox in her shoulder muscles with the hope of relaxing them out of their hard knotted state. So that is the reason for my lack of presence since the summer. As an aside, the day before all this happened, I tripped dashing for a bus and dislocated my right shoulder, broke my left thumb and the fingers of that hand were sticking out from the joints at all angles. The nurse soon popped those back but the dislocation took a general anaesthetic to force the shoulder joint back in place. I really could have done with some TLC myself, rather than visiting my wife in hospital 3 times a day at first and twice daily for 3 months. I felt that I owed you an explanation, but my real reason is to hope you are all well and to wish you all a great Christmas and a trouble-free New Year. Thos.