A big thank you and some great news!


But before I tell you, I must thank you for all your tips, advice and techniques to help me get a better night's sleep. Using a combination of warm drinks, lavender (in various forms!), books, music, breathing and relaxation techniques, plus the successful outcome of Sam’s surgery, I have been sleeping like a log 🙂

I have also invested in ear plugs, which come in a very fetching shade of orange, and help enormously in shutting out the extraneous sounds of snoring… and the alarm… and the sound of Willows scratching on the door to be let out so she doesn’t wee in my handbag…

Anyway, back to the great news with Sam. He wanted me to thank you all for your kind messages and to say that the operation went well, and hopefully in a couple of weeks time when he can wear his prosthesis again, he’ll be walking pain free.  

Basically, Sam had major skin grafts on his leg that were used to hold the badly damaged sections together and save his knee. During the first year there was a huge amount of unexpected bone growth in the end of his leg which had to removed, although any surgery posed a major threat as he only has one out of the original three arteries. Thanks to the surgeon's incredible skill this was done but, due to one thing or another, he was on crutches for 10 months. This time he should be walking in time for Christmas. YAY 🙂

More exciting news coming soon, Ali x


  1. Steven December 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Great news all round for you then Ali. Thats brilliant news about Sam. He has been through so much by the sounds of it.
    Guess you’ll really be looking forward to Christmas now then 😀

  2. dorothy December 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    im soooooo pleased to hear about SAM it must be weight off your mind, what a great xmas present for him NO MORE PAIN FINGERS CROSSED. he will be doing another sky dive before you know it.you are such a PRO WHEN ON QVC YOU ALWAYS HAD A SMILE DONT KNOW HOW YOU KEPT GOING, PLEASED YR SLEEPING BETTER IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE RIGHT I HAVE WAFFLED ENOUGH TAKE CARE LOVE BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL.

  3. Marg December 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Oh Allison I am so happy(that isnt the correct word) for you and Sam, I was feeling under the weather for a few days and very sorry for myself thinking of all the things I should be doing,instead I was watching QVC,I was just about to close when I remembered I hadnt read your blog.Am I glad, I feel a weight has been lifted from me,you and Sam have had such a time and never stopped to feel sorry for your lot.The attitude of,this is the next hurdle but we’ll get there, from both of you is magnificent,and now the good times are in sight.ENJOY, as if I need to tell you.I wish you health and happiness for the future,and I hope I have been half as good a mother to my sons as you, your a very good person,my lovely old Dad used to say that was the best you could say of anyone as humanity needed quiet goodness in people to survive, and you have it in abundance,
    You have made me feel so much better,happiness is infectious,
    Bless You,

  4. Magda Chetty December 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    GREAT GREAT news. Thank God for great Surgeons, sooooooooo
    very happy for Sam, and you too. Hope you have the best Chritmas, with Sam walking pain free. I know how you feel, like I told you before that I had a car accident (3 years next FEB) and I just started to have pain free days which is great. Hope Sam will be able to do all that he wants without any pain any more.
    Have the best Christmas ever, you are a great family.

  5. Margaret December 2, 2009 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison , delighted for Sam and of course you our surgeons are brilliant ar’nt they now you can look forward to a fab Christmas and good new year, bet you are sleeping better now such a relief when its behind you, all my very best wishes to Sam and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you All, enjoy ,Margaretxx.

  6. Julie December 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad Sam is well. It’s marvellous what “these Dr’s ” can do these days. I think of him when I think of my accident(hopefully only 2 more physio sessions)but as you know still an uphill struggle.
    Hope you and yours are well
    Take care
    Julie xx

  7. Rhona Fenton December 3, 2009 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison GREAT NEWS ABOUT SAM!! that is fantastic to hear and as everyone else say’s you will now be looking forward to a great christmas now, oh I am just so pleased for you all and I bet you will sleep better now since that worry is behind you and colin can snore till his hearts content ha ha!! lot’s of love Rhona xx

  8. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Steven, yes, it will be a much better Christmas now that this is behind us, and thank you for taking time as always to comment. I hope you too will enjoy the short break. Love ali x

  9. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy you are a treasure and never waffle 🙂 I’ll keep you updated but last appt with the consultant tomorrow so he should be able to wear his prosthesis after this which will be a lot less hassle than being on crutches all the tme. Your good wishes and suggestion of another sky dive have been passed on….. and he’s probably mad enough to do it again! 🙂 You know it’s funny when you look back and think of all he went through, but at the time you just have to keep going…and hoping… and for us it all came right in the end. I hope all’s well with you and lovely as always to hear from you. Love Ali x

  10. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Marg, how incredibly lovely you are to put all that in words for me. I guess all of us with children constantly question whether we’re going about things in the right way, and in essence we don’t truly know until they are grown and have lives of their own….Your Dad sounds like a lovely man, and I’m sure his sentiment about humanity was true of him too….. and it means a great deal for your to say the same of me. Bless you Marg, and I hope all is well with you. With love, Ali x

  11. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Magda that’s a long time to have to put up with pain, and I’m delighted to hear that you’re pretty much recovered now – and in time for Christmas too! I shall raise a glass and eat a large piece of cake for you on the day. I’ve passed your wishes on to Sam and will let you know if his op has been completely succesful, but hope very much that you and the rest of your family will enjoy the holiday. Keep in touch, and take good care, Love Ali x

  12. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Margaret, I definitely am sleeping better now, and Sam is so much better in himself that I’m convinced our last visit to the consultant tomorrow will bring us the good news we’ve been waiting for. He is one of the top plastic surgeons who luckily was available when Sam was transferred to Charing Cross, and has fought tirelessly to make sure Sam has as good a chance of a normal life as possible. Such a lovely man. Take care Margaret, and Happy Christmas and New Year to you too, Love Ali x

  13. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Julie, you’ve been incredibly brave I know and through an awful lot too, so it’s great to hear that you only have two more physio sessions to go.. Next year will be better for you I’m sure 🙂 Happy Christmas to you and yours, Love Alixx

  14. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Rhona you do make me smile 🙂 Yes, sleeping much better and still using some of the techniques as well as the lavender – oh and glass of wine the other night – but all helping. It should be a good one this year, as I hope very much yours will be too… for your Colin, Alison, Becky and you x x x

  15. Steven December 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Ali hows your Christmas shopping going? I left you a wee comment on your Christmas shopping blog xx

  16. alison keenan December 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    I’m about a third of the way through it – but I’ve left you a comment on the Christmas shopping blog and you’ll see what I’m up against! Thanks steven x x

  17. Julie December 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve been discharged from physio!!but have been told the problems I have now are not accident related but just my body!!Old age doesn’t come by itself does it!and the “good” news is it’s going to get worse, I can expect to be debilitated anytime soon! Physio told me to get plenty of exercise(exact opposite to previous advice)and to use that infamous medicine ball-as you know I can’t even pick one up!
    The other news is our dog is really poorly and I’ve literally been told 10 mins ago she has pancreatic probs.
    But on a lighter note Bek and I are going to see Les Mes on 22nd Dec, have you seen it? then it’s both our Birthday’s in January so hope to do something then too.
    Hope you’re all well and have a lovely Christmas and New Year
    Julie xx

  18. Sandra Ferguson December 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,You hosted a show on the 23/12/09 (2hrs.) and you had on a beautiful black dress with frills (Julie Roberts also wears the dress,could you please tell who makes the dress and the item number as well. Sandra xx xx

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