A very slow start to the day (I got eaten by the duvet monster this morning) made me think I’d get nothing done, but Beardy wanted to reacquaint himself with his cavernous garage and have some “man time” in there, so I snuck out to the shed when nobody was looking. My mum had made a heavy silver pendant with a panda on a swirly background a little while ago, but the two got separated while in transit to the Assay Office. Both parts were hallmarked, so we decided to keep them separate and rework them to make two pieces.
I needed to think of something nice to cover the flat part in the middle of the background piece, and toyed with the idea of a cluster of rubover set stones, but didn’t think that it would suit the rustic shape I had to work with. So I reached for the copper and made spirals – inspired by the Celtic Triskele, a symbol I have always loved. They echo the embossed spirals on the background and tie the whole piece together very nicely.
Past, present and future – or maiden, mother and crone? Up to you to interpret it as you will.
Beardy is now keeping a blog of his own, in the hope that it may help him recover some of his memory’s indexing system. Do pop on over if you have a few moments, it’s a great insight into a man who is terminally baffled!
Meanwhile, on the spiny sharkly front, I’ve bought some of the silver I need to get cracking on Christmas presents What do you mean, you don’t want something shiny? Pah!
Just to keep you up to date, Beardy was sprung from the hospital on Thursday evening, and is now comfortably back in residence on the sofa. His arms are quite sore from all the failed IV lines, looking a bit like I’ve been using him for archery target practice! Hopefully having him back home will trigger more memories as he is in familiar surroundings. I have used this as an excuse not to tidy up too much in case he didn’t recognise the house
Obviously, not much jewellery has been made recently. The craft market last weekend was very quiet, but we made a couple of sales and had lots of compliments on our stuff – hopefully things will pick up as our faces become more familiar!
Beardy is still in the MCDU unit at A&E, awaiting a bed on the ward. The hospital is at full capacity at the moment, and they also have had a ward closure. They are doing the very best they can under difficult circumstances.
Anyway, he is a lot more himself today, although the holes in his memory persist. He feels as though his head is full of bright images and videos, but that he has lost his indexing system – he has no way of putting people in context. So he KNOWS he knows you, but he can’t necessarily connect faces to names, or names and faces to events – or when or where they happened. He has been assured that his mind will right itself in time, but understandably he is very worried and frightened that it won’t.
So. Could those of our friends that know Jay personally message him on Facebook? Tell him who you are, how you met, and maybe things you’ve done together. When was the last time you saw him? Details like this may help him retrace new paths in his memory or jog old ones. He has his iPhone (our hospital is very civilised about such things) and has been spending a lot of today wombling through all his photos, friends’ profiles and conversations on Facebook – and it’s been invaluable in helping him start to patch his life story together.
Thank you all so much for your messages and support, Beardy specifically asked me to thank you, even though he currently has little idea of who you are
But thanks from me too xxx
Totally off topic, but we had a really harrowing day yesterday. Beardy had what we think was a febrile seizure in the morning, and when he came round we realised that he’d lost great chunks of his memory. Rushed him to A&E at the very fabulous Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, where they think he has viral meningitis. They are giving him IV antivirals and antibiotics. Please keep him in your thoughts, and I’ll update as soon as I have more news.