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Dear All,

Happy New Year to you all.

I am pleased to tell you all that this morning our Son had his section 2 cancelled by his Consultant and he has been allowed to leave hospital. The NHS have put in place a brilliant support network for him going forward, so with every passing day more and more 'normality' should return to all of our lives.

Once again, sincere thanks to you all for your thoughts and prayers - we are very grateful for your unconditional support.

Hopefully in a week or two I can get back into working on the old rust bucket again
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Ian x
 

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Maybe of interest to you, I caught about 15 mins of Goblin Works Garage, S2, E7 doing up a Viva. On Quest IIRC. Unfortunately I couldn't watch it all as I had other matters to attend to...
 

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Maybe of interest to you, I caught about 15 mins of Goblin Works Garage, S2, E7 doing up a Viva. On Quest IIRC. Unfortunately I couldn't watch it all as I had other matters to attend to...
Yet again Goblin Works Garage ruined a potentially good vehicle! Some of their ill informed comments about the Viva were outrageous, particularly its popularity back in the day against the Escort could have been written by Ford's PR team.
 

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Yet again Goblin Works Garage ruined a potentially good vehicle! Some of their ill informed comments about the Viva were outrageous, particularly its popularity back in the day against the Escort could have been written by Ford's PR team.
Oh, perhaps I was just as well I didn't watch much of it then! :(
 

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Dear all,

Sorry I have been away for so long, but sadly things have taken a turn for the worse...
After his discharge, we had two weeks of continuous improvement - to the point where he was about 90-95% of his old self.
But sadly he started a decline last week and by the weekend this decline turned into a crash... Unfortunately, this resulted in us having to call the Police to the house around 12:30 on Saturday night to help us. He was happy to travel with them to our local A&E, with us following.

He quickly had his initial assessment and returned to the waiting room, but then tried to run away, with me and a staff member following. Fortunately, the same two Police officers were still on the hospital grounds and were quickly able to help us return him to A&E. As he didn't want either my Wife or myself anywhere near him, we decided to go home (around 02:40) and we awaited news of his larger assessment and care plan.
We are sorry to have to tell you that after his assessment the team decided to detain him under Section 2 for a second time. The diagnosis this time is Bipolar, which means that all of his meds need to be changed...

Naturally, we are desperately sad that our Son is back to where he was on the 8th of December, but hopefully the work already done will mean that we can get him back to his recent high level again very quickly.
Its going to be a bumpy road, so I wont be around for the foreseeable future.
Love to you all, hold your loved ones close.
Ian xx
 

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Sorry to here your son is still unwell, I'm not sure if you or your son is aware he can have access to the Independent Mental Health Advocacy service (IMHA) if residing in England or Wales, this is a free independent from hospital and social services advocacy service which can help to support your son to understand his right, provide support around his care and treatment needs, attend meetings with him and request an appeal against his section if necessary. Hospitals are meant to inform patients under section of the service (if in Wales those patients who are classified as informal patients can also access the IMHA service), however; it is very common for this to occur when first admitted and when your being detained against your wishes your not likely to be in the state of mind to comprehend what your being informed or even want to contact a service which they are likely to have never heard of....this is even more compounded when your likely to be suffering psychosis. If he hasn't had access to an IMHA or is is not able to refer himself to the IMHA service due to his condition you can make a referral on his behalf, Just google IMHA service where you live. The following link is to the SCIE website which explains the service. Understanding Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) for people who use services (SCIE At a glance 68)
 

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Dear All,
I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying your wonderful cars, in whatever capacity.
This is a little update for you on things here at the moment:
1) Our Son reached the end of his Section 2 last Saturday and we were able to bring him back home with us after a scheduled visit. At that time, he already seemed better than when he had been home previously for 2 weeks, which of course was great to see. He has now had a firm diagnosis of Bipolar, which is being medicated correctly and certainly this has contributed to his wellbeing. Naturally we are watching and listening very closely - especially after the nightmare we experienced a month ago, when he suffered his traumatic relapse. Its an anxious time for us all to be honest, but the signs are positive and therefore we are keen to reinforce this whenever and wherever we can.
2) Our Daughter is heavily pregnant and her due date was yesterday - so we are standing by our phones waiting for news on that. This will be our first Grandchild, which will bring some much needed cheer to the family. We already know its a Girl by the way, so we are looking forward to having a cuddle with her soon.
3) Some more bad news though... Our Daughters partners Mum has been taken to hospital this morning. When we spoke to her last night it was clear that she 'didn't sound right'. With our recent 'experiences' with our Son, we kind of know the signs now and sure enough she is being taken to A&E herself for a mental assessment... You just never know whats just around the corner do you?!
4) I am pleased to report that I have had a couple of hours on the Cav over the last couple of weeks and:
  • overhauled and refitted a pair front brake calipers. You might recall that I struggled with getting the bleed nipples to seal ages ago. This has been playing on my mind ever since and when a used pair came up for sale, I knew I had to get the job done 100%, so bought them. Below are some photos.
  • This morning I have taken the passenger seat backrest front and back cover pieces to a local upholsterer for the final stitching together. I had tried twice with my table top sewing machine, but it just wasn't up to it. He said that it would only cost £10, so no brainer as they say! When I get that back next weekend I can fit the cover and put the passenger seat back together and fit in in the car. It will be nice to see one seat fitted and then I can start on the drivers side front.
With everything that has happened over the last 3 months, I wont be as 'enthusiastic' with my car work as before, it has been proven that many things are more important I am afraid. I still love to tinker of course, but this whole period of our lives has brought things into sharp focus.
Photos of the calipers:
a) The old/original ones.



b)The refurbished ones at various stages













As everyone knows, Red calipers always stop the car better of course
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Take car everyone, it good to be kind of back - fingers crossed it stays that way.
 

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Take care Ian, priorities first, but keep things you do like tinkering close as after some time of hard period you will need somthing to ease up your mind - hobby let us call it. These things keeps us running for a long time and helps us to do things we did not think we can do, when needed.
 

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Now thats the kind of update I like to see!

Glad to hear that things have improved with your son, and good that things are looking up enough for some spare time to spent on the cav too.
 

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good luck in the months ahead been following your progress on the vauxhall from the start and was saddened by your posts on here good luck to you and your family
 

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Dear All,

I hope that you are all keeping well.

Over the last few days I have got a little bit done on the old girl.

As mentioned above, the final 'big stitch' of both sections (front and back) of the passenger side seat back was done by a local upholstery company. They did a good job and were quite kind about my completely amateurish work on the rest of it
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Once I got that home I was able to reassemble the whole seat, and then this afternoon I have got it back in the car.
My score for this job is 5/10 overall - its just all OK, but I feel that I could have done better really. Everything still needs a good smack about to get the piping all straight and so on - or perhaps that wont change anything, I don't really know to be honest...
But I did learn a lot doing it and that should stand me in good stead with the drivers side and the rear seat.
I do like the overall effect though when you look across from the drivers side to see the new seat covers against the door card.

Anyway, you guys are the experts - I will let you judge for yourselves.







Take care everyone, enjoy your cars
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