Hi guys and thanks for the new comments demonstrating yet again how much care there is here for me from Balsam and fullofdoubt (glad to see you back by the way).
i have just responded - albeit two weeks later to my dad's text. Here's what I put - and can I just thank LT,DB74and Tijkimo for your input and support when asked for your advice:
"Hi dad, sorry took time to respond, been manic at work with nearly 3 months to catch up on plus 2 secretaries have retired giving me triple the work between gruelling physio sessions. Thanks 4 asking - still need a crutch 4 longer distances but can limp around house and office withtou. Got news a few weeks ago that the metal plates, screws and rods will have to be removed in Feb, thought they stayed in permanently! So will eb unable to walk for several weeks until holes in bones heal up and then partial weight bearing on 2 crutches for a few more weeks then months of physio and hopefully normal walking by autumn 2006. So pleased to hear of [name of my sister removed for privacy] marriage, if a little after the fact. I wanted to send a congrats card,care of you, but maybe she'd prefer not? Perhaps you can let me know what u feel is appropriate? Love ninax " (Just realised what a long text that was - hehe!)
So lets see if he replies and how ....I've been generous spirited I think and kept the tone light and chatty.