The Tell Diaries


- (Added 24. Oct. 2018)

 The Tell Hicks Diaries.

Yesterday (Tuesday 23rd October 2018), Mark O’Shea, Mark Plimmer and myself, went to visit Tell in hospital.

It was a very positive day. Obviously on the drive down to Somerset, we discussed Tells condition, the nature of the accident and the long term implications of his current situation.

We continued the drive talking of just about everything except Tell – anticipation of seeing him I guess.

After a seemingly endless trek from the hospital car park through numerous buildings and corridors we eventually arrived at Tells’ room!

He was lying with the bed facing the window and seemed in a light sleep. He was very happy to see us, as we were to see him.

He was very upbeat, very positive and cracking the odd joke. Telling us of some of the more amusing bits of the various things being done to him.

We talked of his future plans (which are many) and discovered, that there will be a meeting of the surgeons, this coming Friday, to discuss the possibility of surgery possibly within the next couple of weeks to discuss (as Tell put it) re-attaching his head!!

To say the three of us were happy on the return journey would be an understatement!!

Tell has a very strong constitution and is determined to get back to painting as soon as he possibly can.

Great news from a great day.


More uplifting news


- (Added 8. Oct. 2018)

 My spirit was lifted again today!!

 

At about midday, whilst out with my dog I had a call from Eileen, Tell's wife.

On seeing her name on my screen, I feared the worst, but my fears were very soon put aside. 'I'm putting you on speaker phone' - says Eileen, 'so you can talk to Tell'. It really made my day. Tell sounded his usual self and we had a laugh. I told him to begin dictating his presentation for next years’ 50th Anniversary event.

He is obviously concerned about his condition but I feel he is taking strength from all the love and positivity which is surrounding him and his family.
I am now looking forward to seeing him, once he is moved to the Hospital in Salisbury.


Keep fighting mate!!


Tell Hicks - A Glimmer of Hope at the start of a long tunnel


- (Added 7. Oct. 2018)

I had this just a few minutes ago from Dylan Tells son – it really lifted my spirits.

 

Hey Alan, here's an update for the IHS family regarding dad.

Just a quick update on Tells condition.


He is stable and succeeding in raising his arms a few inches from the bed. Although very painful he is determined to try to get some movement back in his upper body. He is still very positive and is talking about dictating a book to accompany his paintings. He is stable enough to be moved out of HDU on to a ward while he waits for a place at the spinal unit. He has special glasses which enable him to watch TV (or his feet) while lying flat. Our daughter-in-law Zoe Hicks spent hours collating all the good will messages he has received and we have been reading them to him.


Thanks once again for all your messages, hope the next post will be even more encouraging


Tell Hicks - Donations


- (Added 7. Oct. 2018)

 PLEASE PLEASE - take note.


Following the excellent response to the online fundraiser set up by Bob Ashley and others in the US, we will be having a collection bucket on the IHS tables at the Doncaster show next month to add to the fund.


Tell is currently paralysed from the neck down and obviously is unable to paint.

Everyone who knows him and of his plight, is praying for a miracle, to enable Tell to continue with his fantastic work.

 

Please consider making a donation - Tell was one of the founder members of the I.H.S. and is always in attendance at our Breeders Meetings.

Two of Tell’s sons will be manning his tables in November and making video greetings to play to Tell in hospital.

So stop by and say Hi to Tell.

 


Tell Hicks - a SAD update.


- (Added 5. Oct. 2018)

Tell Hicks - a sad update.

The family had a meeting with the surgeons last night who have decided that surgery is too risky and would almost certainly make his condition worse.
It would not give him any more movement or lengthen his life expectancy!
If they do nothing but palliative care, the neck will heal itself but the spinal cord will not. 
He can still talk and joke - but like me (Dylan) he must be crying inside at the injustice of it all.

 
He will be moved to Salisbury next week where he will be better cared for.

 

On behalf of the IHS and myself, I wish Tell every good wish - miracles do happen and I know we are all praying for one right now.

Our thoughts are with Eileen and his family in this terrible time.

 



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