On Saturday I left this wee boat. It was my refuge for four weeks post leg break and operation to pin back together. It was a lifeline in many ways. I would not have coped with being a guest in someone’s house for any length of time. It would have made me feel more ill and dependent than I was or wanted to be. So, I was able to be me, in my space, with my dog. But I could not have done this without a support network. The boaters of Auchinstarry were brilliant. Notably, Davie and his dog Brodie. Davie walked Luna twice a day if not more. He made sure I had water (no running water at this time of year), milk, my paper, and took me to and from hospital when I needed it. Kirsty and Billy delivered a bag of essentials, lit my stove and walked the dog. Others brought me fuel and chat. Also, all the pals who visited – some from a distance – to cheer me up, walk the dog, bring groceries, take me shopping. Being single, and with limited family around me, I valued and still value all of this support.
It made it possible to be at ‘home’ and kept me afloat emotionally at a time when I felt vulnerable and a little alone.