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Roger Hicks
04-10-2009, 00:41
I shan't be around much for a while on the forum. Last night Frances's bronchitis and cough got REALLY bad and we called the doctor. After an over-the-phone diagnosis they sent an ambulance and took her to Loudun hospital, about 11 miles away, as an emergency: blue flashing lights, the whole bit.

Aditi and I followed in the Land Rover. We didn't get home and to bed until 0300 this morning. Then they started digging up the road outside my house at 0800 this morning, with pneumatic drills.

They say that Frances will probably be in for 5-7 days (happy Easter!). It's not life-threatening but it's not much fun either. Visiting is 13:00 to 20:00 so I'm going to be in Loudun a lot.

Tashi delek,


04-10-2009, 00:46
I wish her a speedy recovery Roger, regards j

04-10-2009, 00:47
Sorry to hear that Roger ... I'm sure she's now in good hands and on the road to recovery. Please give her my regards from Oz. :)

04-10-2009, 00:57
Dear Roger, I'm sorry to hear that, I wish Frances speedy recovery.
Best wishes,

04-10-2009, 01:04
Sorry to hear that. I send best wishes to you both.


Paul T.
04-10-2009, 01:08
best wishes for a swift recovery, Roger.

I'm sure Frances will be better served in the French health system than the UK.

04-10-2009, 01:10
Best wishes to you both !!

Michael Markey
04-10-2009, 01:12
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.Watch how you go yourself.Visiting is both stressful and tiring.

04-10-2009, 01:16
Best wishes to you and Frances Roger. Make sure she is a good patient and gets well soon.

04-10-2009, 01:35
Wishing you all the best warmest thoughts for, the two of you, for a speedy and good recovery.

04-10-2009, 01:42
My thoughts are with you both - best wishes to Frances for a speedy full recovery.

Michael I.
04-10-2009, 01:57
best wishes!

04-10-2009, 02:17
A hint, Roger, which will make your visiting more pleasant. They get very uppity if you transfer her vin rouge drip to yourself!

Seriously, bronchitis is grim. You both have my best wishes for a speedy recovery and return home.


04-10-2009, 02:28
Hi Roger.

I hope Frances will get well soon!

Best regards

04-10-2009, 02:38
Wishing Frances a speedy recovery.

Brian Sweeney
04-10-2009, 02:57
That was a wise decision to get the medical attention. 5-7 days: they are taking it seriously.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her and you.

04-10-2009, 03:05
tous mes voeux de bon rétablissement !

04-10-2009, 03:07
Oh dear, so sorry to hear that.

Hope Frances gets well as soon as possible - hopefully all the good wishes from RFF will help.

04-10-2009, 03:11
Yes, sorry to hear of your news Roger. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

All the blessed,


04-10-2009, 03:20
Roger, I'm a big fan of both you and your wife, Frances, and I respect the knowledge and passion for photography that the two of you have.

I wish her the best and hope that she's feeling better in a few days.

04-10-2009, 03:33
Good luck, Roger and Frances...get well soon.

Charlie Lemay
04-10-2009, 03:35
Give her my best Roger. Take care of yourself as well.

04-10-2009, 03:37
Sorry to hear about this, Roger. Frances will be in my prayers. My mother-in-law just had a stroke last week, so things are quite a bit different around here right now.

Keep the reason for Easter in your heart, and stay by her side. God bless you both.

04-10-2009, 03:45
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Frances - she is in good hands!

04-10-2009, 04:01
hope frances has a speedy recovery, sincere best wishes ron

04-10-2009, 04:11
Hope she recovers quickly. Best wishes.

04-10-2009, 04:23
I prayed for Frances, you and family just now. God bless.

John Bragg
04-10-2009, 04:30
Wishing Frances a speedy recovery and feturn to full health soon. Best wishes from sunny Cornwall..


04-10-2009, 04:35
Best wishes for a short hospital stay.

...and France over UK when it comes to health care every time.

04-10-2009, 04:39
She, and you, are in my thoughts and prayers.

04-10-2009, 04:42
"Gecmis Olsun" That's Turkish for "May it be over soon"

04-10-2009, 04:45
My thoughts and prayers for Frances' speedy recovery, Roger. And watch your self, too: this can be pretty stressful for you and we don't want to see you getting sick either.

04-10-2009, 04:47
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope she bounces back quickly.

04-10-2009, 04:47
My best wishes Roger.


04-10-2009, 04:49
So sorry to hear this, Roger. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

04-10-2009, 04:49
Best wishes to you both.


04-10-2009, 04:49
Sorry to hear that Roger, I hope she feels better soon.

04-10-2009, 04:55
Best wishes to both of you,


04-10-2009, 05:01
Sorry to hear about Frances. It's good to know they're taking it seriously. What's even more important is that you pace yourself! My best wishes for a speedy recovery to you both!



04-10-2009, 05:06
Godspeed on the recovery. I hope she has some interesting reading to catch up on. May you both be home soon.

04-10-2009, 05:12
Roger, I desire that Frances gets well very soon.

Best wishes for both, patience and confidence.

John Robertson
04-10-2009, 05:25

back alley
04-10-2009, 05:44
best wishes from canada!

a trip to the hospital is rarely a fun time.


04-10-2009, 05:48
Best wishes for her speedy recovery.

04-10-2009, 06:15
Best wishes of a swift recovery.

04-10-2009, 06:17
Best of luck to you each Roger. Don't forget to take care of yourself too.

Benjamin Marks
04-10-2009, 06:17
Let me join the chorus of well wishers. You have my hopes for a speedy recovery. - Ben

04-10-2009, 06:21
...as well here...
Best wishes to the both of you.

leica M2 fan
04-10-2009, 06:24
I hope she gets better real soon, you take care of yourself too.

04-10-2009, 06:26
I'll add here my wishes for a quick and safe recovery... and for this to turn soon into a memory of a not-so-great Easter. Take care of yourself too! ;)

04-10-2009, 06:36
Sending my best wishes to Frances and you.

04-10-2009, 06:41
Best wishes, Roger and Frances.

04-10-2009, 07:16

Bronchitis is a tough one, seems only time and / or a warm climate helps, am very glad to hear she is getting close medical attention, my sincere hopes that both of you are the most comfortable and as quickly as possible on the mend. Forget the vin rouge, go for he d'Yquem, it will soothe, ;-)

Regards, John

robert blu
04-10-2009, 08:12
it will be not a nice Eastern, sorry to ear this: best wishes for a quick and full recovery. Take care, ciao


04-10-2009, 08:18
Get well soon Frances!

Roger Hicks
04-10-2009, 08:34
Thanks everyone. Your kind thoughts brought tears to my eyes and will to hers to when she reads them all in a few days' time.

Aditi and I have just come back from seeing her. She's looking very much better but she's still on oxygen and drips and cheerful stuff like that. The Easter dinner (cotes de veau) goes in the freezer until she's out of hospital!

It has been much easier with the help of our wonderful 'adopted daughter' Aditi -- who as I write this is on the telephone to her father (one of my oldest friends) being her incredibly sweet self with him too.

Tashi delek,


04-10-2009, 08:48
Best wishes for a good nights sleep Roger. I hope that your supper keeps well!


04-10-2009, 08:49
Good luck to you and Frances for a speedy and complete recovery. Better the French health system than most others I have seen.

Definitely, get well before Arles !

04-10-2009, 08:56
Best wishes to you all, and a speedy and full recovery for Frances. Definitely try to take care of yourself too, not always easy when you're worried about one you love.

Al Patterson
04-10-2009, 08:57
Roger, you both will be in my prayers this weekend.

(Just saw your recent post. I'm sure the holiday dinner will taste better as a welcome home dinner).

gb hill
04-10-2009, 09:36
Prayers for a speedy recovery from N.C. Hope to see fresh articles from both of you in Shutterbug soon.

04-10-2009, 09:37
Roger, we've not corresponded here before, but I've always enjoyed your posts. I'll add my confident hopes for a speedy recovery for Frances, and for a cheerful homecoming supper!

It sounds as if you have a lovely little family; best wishes for the holiday. Take care of yourself and Aditi, as well.


04-10-2009, 09:53
All good wishes to Frances for a speedy return to good health.

04-10-2009, 10:00
I'll add my best wishes for both of you as well, and hoping for a speedy recovery for Frances!

-- John

04-10-2009, 10:05
Best to you and Frances!

04-10-2009, 10:27
Roger all the very best to you, and wishing Frances a speedy recovery.

04-10-2009, 10:29
Best wishes to all of you Roger, i didn't see this thread until just now. Take care of yourself and Frances and i hope things improve swiftly and satisfactorily

04-10-2009, 11:00
Best to Frances and you.

Peter Klein
04-10-2009, 11:17
Roger, just saw this. Francis (and you!) are in my thoughts.

04-10-2009, 11:31

Best wishes for Francis and yourself.


Silva Lining
04-10-2009, 11:37
Here's wishing Frances and yourself all the best.


Steve Bellayr
04-10-2009, 12:27
Best wishes.

04-10-2009, 12:44
Best wishes and good health to you both.


Bob Ross
04-10-2009, 13:13
Hi Roger,
First, best wishes from our household to Frances & you. Our sympathies as current flu sufferers, we are in that final period where it seems like it is trying to return. It has been a very unpleasant 2+ weeks.
I was going to reply to your "Who cares?" thread to say that my wife, Sharon, went through something that sounded like Frances' pseudo...., Sharon's was named Polymyalgia rheumatica (a self limiting syndrome) from 1990 to 1994, when we lived in Marin and it changed into something else and seemed to go away when we retired to the heat of San Antonio in 1998.
So, take care, we care.

04-10-2009, 13:17
Hi Roger,

All the best to Francis as she recovers, and to you as well. Even when we give selflessly, caregiving is never entirely easy.

-J. White

04-10-2009, 13:19
Best of luck Roger and quick recovery to Frances. Bring her some music, flowers, a poem...

Cindy Flood
04-10-2009, 13:19
Best wishes to Frances for a speedy recovery. I'm glad you have Aditi there to help you through this.

04-10-2009, 13:21
get well soon Frances. My thoughts are with you both. Take care & godspeed

04-10-2009, 13:23
First of all apologies for coming so late to this thread Roger. I, of course, wish Frances a speedy recovery. My father sufferd bronchial problems in the past so I know how bad it can be. All the best to you both.

04-10-2009, 13:28
Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Just wanted to add my good wishes in the hopes that things greatly improve soon.


04-10-2009, 13:32
Best wishes and speedy recovery for Frances!

04-10-2009, 13:48
Be well asap Frances.

Best wishes


04-10-2009, 14:06
I've been enjoying Rangefinder, Roger and Frances and Photoschool. You two are quite an inspiration, thanks for that and speedy recovery to Frances.
Hang in there,

Stephen S. Mack
04-10-2009, 15:09
My best wishes for a speedy recovery and swift return home.

My best regards to you both.

Stephen S. Mack

Roger Hicks
04-15-2009, 10:26
Wednesday evening

I'm home and have just read all the kind messages. Thank you all for taking the time. I really appreciate all the prayers and good wishes.



04-15-2009, 10:31
Glad you're home Frances!