Some news

No news, good news!

I did not post in a long time because things are going rather smoothly. Héloïse is still on the path to full recovery and is doing wonderfully at school. She still likes to dress and can change clothes several times a day, to her mother’s despair.

Her brothers are OK too. Pierre has had some support with writing and Ana Paula and I are now jealous of his wonderful handwriting. He can draw as well, which I never could, so I am stunned every time by his skill and creativity.

Antoine is as funny as ever, and as naughty too. We had to put locks on doors that we did not want him to mess with. He talks a lot and we start understanding a little, but as his brother and sister, he is taking longer than other children because of the multi-lingual environment.

Ana Paula is fine too. The house slowly starts resembling what she wants it to be, and lets me enjoy restful week-ends.

À Léna

Ce soir j’ai croisé
Un jeune homme et une dame agée
Leurs yeux de la même couleur
Ils ont touché mon cœur

J’étais allé voir ma fille
Dans une de ces chambres stériles
Et je devais repartir
Pour manger et dormir

J’étais dans un lieu surprenant
Ou n’entrent pas les enfants
Sauf bien sur ceux qui sont là
Où les fenêtres ne s’ouvrent pas

Malgré tout j’étais presque heureux
Tout n’allait pas pour le mieux
Mais quand même une certaine chance
Nous avait souri vu les circonstances

Puis j’appris et je compris
Pourquoi ces gens m’avaient saisi
Pourquoi mon cœur s’est arrêté
Lorsqu’en silence ils m’ont regardé

Ce soir j’ai croisé
Un jeune homme et une dame agée
Leurs yeux de la même couleur
Rouge, couleur de pleurs

12 mars 2013.

ER6-F ’06-’08 mirror replacement

I could not find much on the net about this so I thought I’d take a few pictures and post them… The operation should take less than an hour, taking your time and cleaning the parts as you go :-) These are the tools you’ll need: Phillips screwdriver, 10mm spanner and 5mm Allen key.

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First thing is to remove the windscreen (easy), then the fairing side tops as shown here. They lift upwards to free themselves from the central part:

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Next, remove the central piece, held by two Phillips screws:

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The bike will look like this:

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With the 10mm spanner, you should be able to unscrew the two bolts that hold the mirror:

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Hope this helps!

One year ago

One year ago, Ana Paula called me home early to bring Héloïse to hospital as she had pain in her foot. She still associates her foot pain to her long stay in hospital and the never ending treatment.

Hopefully, one year from now, the treatment will be finished, her hair will have regrown to more girl-looking size, and we will all take a deep breath. Then one day she will know that it was not just foot pain.

Disneyland Paris

Héloïse (2)

Thanks to the Lions Sport Action and their partner Disneyland Paris, we went to this wonderful park beginning of this month. The children and parents had so much fun!!! There are some pictures of Héloïse and Ana Paula in the slide show on the Lions page, in particular on the last slide.

This has been an unexpected and wonderful escape to our every-day routine of the last months, so thanks to all those who made this happen, especially Mr Guy Matelot.

Out of hospital

It’s been more than a week that Héloïse had her septic shock, and she just went out today of the hospital. Her dream of swimming in the sea is not at reach yet as she is still to have her stitches removed where the catheter used to be :-(

I feel a bit sad for her, but it’s so good to have her home again, and without catheter at last!

Recovering from a bad infection

So Tuesday was going to be the day Héloïse would free herself from her catheter. And indeed it has been. But after a black Monday when she started vomiting, got up to 40°C of temperature and down to 8/3 of blood pressure!

Very bad infection indeed that will keep her in hospital for a week to fully treat it, when she was dreaming of swimming in the sea with her big brother. Despite all that courage that amazes us every day, she got very sad, and I almost cried myself while hugging and kissing her.

But yesterday she was better and at night we played a lot. We slept late, hand in hand, and the prospect of getting out of intensive care today to go back to her quarters in Hôpital L’Archet makes her day. At least we saw her little body react quickly which shows that her cells are in order.

Thankfully my parents had come to give a hand with the expected busy routine. They ended up looking after the two boys, food and more. Strange birthday for my father!