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From the Intensive Care Unit to Number 1 Court Wimbledon in 9 weeks - truly a miracle!
01 July 2013 @ 11:10

Four weeks after my daughter's stroke, when she could still not walk, talk or eat, her tickets for the first Saturday on Number 1 Court at Wimbledon arrived. Elizabeth is tennis mad, and every year, she and her friend, Lesley enter the open ballot for Wimbledon tickets. If they don't get tickets, they go up for the first day of the championship and pay the ground entry fee, because on the first day, you're guaranteed to see decent players on the outside courts.

When we told her the tickets had arrived, we said we'd have to send them back. She couldn't talk, but the vigorous head shake conveyed her feelings. Not wanting to discourage her by making it clear that she had a snowball's chance in hell of taking up those prized tickets, we just let her carry on thinking she'd be going to Wimbledon. After all, she needed something to aim for.

Long story short, on Saturday, Elizabeth took her seat on Number 1 Court. Okay, strictly speaking, it wasn't the ticket that arrived through the post. Her friend Lesley contacted the Wimbledon box office and explained the situation when Elizabeth was discharged from hospital several weeks earlier than expected, and the trip to Wimbledon looked to be on the cards. The staff were marvellous, and agreed to exchange the tickets for seats in the wheelchair access area. Not only were the girls stationed courtside, they only had to pay for one seat instead of two, as wheelchair users don't pay.

It took a military operation to get Elizabeth to Wimbledon - Lesley's daughter, who is a nurse, took the day off to drive them, so there'd be someone with medical knowledge on hand, and she also arranged for the loan of a wheelchair. Still, she did it, and the boost from her day on court has done more to aid her recovery than all the medications and physio in the world. She's worn out, but happy, and feeling that life can and will get back to normal after her stroke. As for me, I think it's a miracle that she's even out of hospital, let alone at Wimbledon. After all, three weeks ago, she couldn't walk, talk or eat.

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James said:
01 July 2013 @ 11:53

What a heart warming story I wish her and her family all the best wishes for a compete recovery

Margaret said:
01 July 2013 @ 18:19

Good old n h s

Dave said:
03 July 2013 @ 19:21

Great news,delighted to hear positive news.

Hope to see you soon

May Baines said:
04 July 2013 @ 17:34

Good news about your daughter Sandra, but Im very disappointed that you persist in editing (removing) my comments which we only to take you to task about your sexist comments on another post. Do you only want a certain type of feedback?

Sandra Piddock said:
04 July 2013 @ 19:16

@May Baines I welcome all feedback, but I wasn't happy with the way you expressed yourself in the comments. Rather than answer them and maybe become involved in an unconstructive exchange, I deleted them, which is my privilege as the blog host.

I stand by the post, and do not consider it at all sexist, as my tongue was planted firmly in my cheek while writing it. Maybe you should go back and re-read it with that in mind. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Louise said:
06 July 2013 @ 13:53

So pleased to hear such positive news about your daughter. I wish her a continued recovery to full health. Fantastic that the guys at Wimbledon were so helpful.
In your defence its such a shame that people post ridiculous comments on various blogs and it is indeed your privilege to delete! We are reading these out of choice and all should respect the host blogger when replying. I look forward to reading more of yours! :)

Mary Baines said:
07 July 2013 @ 22:22

Im not surprised you werent happy with my comments - sometimes the truth hurts!
People wont know what I wrote because you chose to delete it. Thats not surprising i suppose when it highlighted your overtly lewd sexual comments. As I pointed out to you, If a 70 year old man had written in the same manner about young nubile female tennis players and their fit bodies then there would have been an outcry. Thats all. It will be interesting to see if you decide to keep this post of mine in. Guilty conscience? Let's be fair, your motivation for writing here is purely financial and you have no other interest than that. You look for any angle, controversial or otherwise, to express yourself. Many people probably dont't realise your game. Others do.

Sandra Piddock said:
08 July 2013 @ 09:00

@Mary Baines I am leaving this comment in, purely so people can see just how ridiculous it is. In particular, your remark about me writing here purely for financial gain is risible.

I am not paid by Eye on Spain, nor are any of the other bloggers here. We earn from Google AdSense, and in my case that amounts to around 50 Euro a month if I'm lucky. Unlike other bloggers here, I have no other sites or products to promote. I don't need to, as I earn a good living from freelance writing from other sources. My Eye on Spain blogs are labours of love on my part, and obviously others don't share your opinion, as I pull in two or three thousand views a week.

Only two people including yourself have ever launched personal attacks on me, so I call that a result, seeing that almost 50,000 views have registered on here since I started my blogs. You may not like what I write, but others do, so go away and annoy someone else.

Don't bother posting any more of your slanderous comments here, because they will indeed be deleted. I find it particularly offensive that you choose to attack me on a post dedicated to my daughter's recovery from a life-threatening illness.

Rachel said:
09 July 2013 @ 10:40

Oh my word! Sitting at my desk actually laughing out loud at the ridiculous comments made by Mary Whitehouse - oops, no, sorry - Mary Baines. The woman is clearly extremely 'frustrated'!!!

Rachel said:
09 July 2013 @ 10:55

Also, delighted that your daughter is on the mend, Sandra. That is great news indeed!

Sandra Piddock said:
09 July 2013 @ 11:32


Thanks so much for your good wishes and support. I wish I'd have thought of the Mary Whitehouse allusion! It does indeed seem strange that only one person saw that sort of stuff in the post. Let's hope the comments have the Mary Whitehouse Effect of sending gazillions of new viewers here!

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