Remorse and guilt

Neil took Poppy on the Monday following the accident to the hospital in Wales. As evening approached, the hospital staff advised them to get some sleep so that they’d be more use to Adam the following day. Mark, Adam’s dad, books rooms in a local hotel so that they can stay close to the hospital.

On the Tuesday, Adam remains in a coma but his condition is improving. The doctors expect that they’ll probably be able to bring him round the following day.

On the Wednesday afternoon, a nurse leads them to the ward to see Adam as he’s recovering consciousness. He’s groggy, having difficulty speaking and has no memory of the fall or of the preceding week. Poppy’s upset that he’s still confined by all the dressings and equipment, but realises that his recovery is going to be slow. At least she’s allowed to see his face.

As it becomes clearer to Adam what has happened to him, he realises that he’s missed Poppy’s birthday. Little does he know what Poppy had been saying about him on that day, but she tells him that he’s only got himself into hospital to avoid bringing her a card. She let’s him know that she’s only joking and kisses him again.

On the Friday, two days later, the medical staff are carrying out more tests and changing Adam’s dressings again, and the family wait outside the ward. It’s just before evening visiting and they are joined by Adam’s colleagues who were with him when he fell. Adam’s Dad thanks them for summoning help so quickly as it probably saved Adam’s life. Poppy tells them that she can’t thank them enough. One of them asks if she’s Adam’s sister. She tells them that she’s his girlfriend and one of them tells her that, seeing her, it’s understandable that Adam had been so miserable that week.

That comment just upsets her again as she realises that it’s her fault Adam was on the mountain in the first place. As the lads describe how the fall happened and how Adam had toppled backwards, she recalls what she had said about him. She adds to that the thought that Adam might have been feeling suicidal, thinking about how he’d been dumped yet again. Did he fall or did he jump, she wonders.

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Another unrelated photo today, this time of a view over Loch Etive at Sunset near Oban in Scotland. I took this photo with my Pentax K50 16 MP camera in 2016 while I was on holiday. I used an 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6 kit lens at 38 mm and f/13. The shutter speed was 1/13 secs at ISO 200. I used a tripod.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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