Wednesday, 21 March 2018

CHANGE OF CAR + TOM


There's only the two of us now and we don't motor very far from home these days.
We have been driving a little blue Fiat Panda for the last four years without too much trouble but as with most cars there comes a time when maybe it has to be considered if its worth repairing of changing to anothe car, as it has with this one.

The seats on the Panda were quite low down and both of us were sort of hanging on to the doors to haul ourselves out, lol
Our Son in law is the manager of a car showroom and has sorted us out with this cute little car.


A Vauxhall Agila.
One owner, serviced every year and in excellent condition and the very best part is that the seats are high and all we need to do to get in and out is slide across onto the seat.  Whoopeeee.
I now feel as though I'm sitting up in the cab of a lorry, lol

Tom saw the consultant yesterday and now has confirmation that his lung condition it 'Asbestosis'.
This is his reward for working hard for 25 years as a Electrician in the building industry.
He was clambering about in roof spaces and working around boiler rooms where asbestos was freely used and was, as most people then, completely unaware that it was giving him a death sentence.
This insideous disease is slowly working its way into the lungs for years without the person being aware of it and only shows itself when its too late.

The lovely consultant has made us aware that compensation my be able to be sought but how long these things take I don't know.
In the meantime we shall make every day count.

On a good note, today is a beautiful sunny day and so after the dentist a short walk and nice latte is in order I think.

25 comments:

  1. Now you know. Tragic. Up and at 'em.xxx

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  2. Cute car and I like the color. The one I have now is so much easier to get in and out of with it's higher seats.
    So sorry to hear about Tom's diagnosis. Hugs and prayers.

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  3. So sorry to hear about Tom.Treasure every day.I have an Agila and it is a superb little car.It runs on fresh air.A tankful of petrol lasts us weeks and it is very easy to park.We love our Agila and I am sure you will too.Beautiful day here in North Wales as well.

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  4. Enjoy every day you have, so sorry to hear of this. Hugs from Florida.

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  5. I thought that they only did that asbestos in this country USA. Many people here get a government reimbursement for this horrible affliction (after getting a lawyer). It is sad and makes it a shame.
    Do love the car it is super cute.

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  6. Asbestsosis is a deadly condition born from the ignorance of our forefathers. I hope that you and Tom will go through the form-filling hurdles you need to battle past in order to secure the compensation you deserve. Please don't give up. You may require family support.
    P.S. I love the new car. It's great that the seating position is higher than before.

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  7. i like that new car and have the same problem getting in and out unless the seat is high. when i read the title i chuckled because at first read it says change of car plus Tom which sounded like you were changing him to. LOL.. so sorry he has this disease and prayers and hugs coming your way...

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  8. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-26/terminally-ill-asbestos-victim-receives-record-compensation/8564076


    I am so sorry to read about your husband diagnosis.Payouts are large in Australia,it helps victims to have more comfortable life but it is crime how people are treated while working.My friend had asbestos in his lungs.As you said ,make very day count.Warm regard from Australia.

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  9. Thank you for your comment on my blog regarding stents - the likelihood of my husband having one or more, and your husband having his 3rd next month. I'm sorry to hear of his asbestosis diagnosis - my husband has recently been told, following a CT scan, that he has asbestos plaques on his lungs. He's seeing his respiratory consultant this afternoon, however, his GP said the plaques are merely a sign he's been exposed to asbestos in the past, and not that there's a problem. His father worked in a factory that made asbestos products (he died of lung cancer a long time ago) and came home with his overalls covered in the dust. He often went to visit his father at work too. Just shows you didn't have to actually come into direct contact with it to have evidence of it showing in your lungs!

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  10. Handy to have a car salesman for a son-in-law. Sorry to hear the diagnosis. My husband is very skeptical about asbestosis, but clearly it is a reality.

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  11. That's a very cute car and looks to be a good choice for both of you. I'm sorry to hear about the asbestosis -- it's frustrating to think he was exposed to it for years and just didn't know of the dangers.

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  12. As you say it's important to make every day countx
    Arilx

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear about Tom's diagnosis, so many people have been put in danger over the years and it's only now that we realise, it's so tragic as it's something which could have been avoided. Love the car, I've been driving mine for the last eighteen years but it's on its last legs now.

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  14. So sorry to hear your husband is ill.

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  15. It is always sad to find out that making a living in the past has robbed a person of their health in the present. Wishing you both many good days yet. None of us knows what tomorrow brings but illness brings that into sharp focus.

    Enjoy your new car - sounds like your son is good at his job, knowing just what you needed and delivering it in a bright shiny red package :)

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  16. I am so very sorry about this diagnosis! Is there anything they can do to help? Your new car is so cute! I have the same problem trying to get out of our car. We had a van for awhile, and that was wonderful. It must be very rare to find such a small car that sits up so high. I have not heard of Vauxhall. How wonderful that your son-in-law can help you with new cars that are reliable!

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  17. I have been studying this disease, and came across this. "Unlike mesothelioma, the prognosis associated with asbestosis is much more favorable. Patients with asbestosis can live decades with the disease, but it takes careful medical management." I hope this maybe helps you feel just a bit better.

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  18. Hugs from New Zealand. Wishing you many happy trips in your new car.

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  19. So much easier on a body to slide into the car than crawling out and up.
    Sorry about Tom, sending hugs.

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  20. My sister has one of those cars as a runaround, and they love it. Sis's hubby is of large build and he is happy to drive it. Love to Tom xxx

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  21. My Dad worked for a glue firm,Bostick,most of his working life.My Mam still thinks that, that contributed towards his lung condition.My Dad had never smoked,never been a drinker...It just isnt fair....Glad that you have both had a nice day in Brighton and hope that you both enjoyed your coffee Debi,xx.

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  22. That is so sad about his lungs. I hate to hear that. Loving that red color. I have a Prius and I don't sit low but mom has a Saturn and it is terrible. I feel like my rear is dragging the ground.

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  23. I'm so sad to hear about Tom's diagnosis. This is why we need regulations when it comes to products and work conditions and yet even the stupid US government is rolling back regulations just for the sake of making money, not caring how things affect people or the environment. It's terrible. Congrats on your new car. It looks lovely and is very important to have reliable transportation. Have a blessed day.

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