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THE REVEREND JIM FIELD PARISH PRIEST
Revd Jim Field
My dear Friends,
It's been a long haul but since my unexpected illness in April/May I've been left somewhat incapacitated and both Lily and I have had to re-think our immediate future.
First, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your prayers, cards, flowers and best wishes for a full recovery. I have been really blessed by all your kindness and love.
Second, I feel I ought to explain what has happened to me. It seems that and unknown to me at the time, one of my kidneys wasn't functioning properly and on the day in question the second kidney, not wanting to be left working on its own, decided to do the same! I had gone to bed early feeling under the weather and Lily, having cancelled her planned trip to visit our daughter at Bognor, found me hilarious [or do I mean delirious?] in bed. She phoned the new help/advice number, 111, and a paramedic was at the vicarage within minutes. I was given a shot of morphine and an ambulance was called. Apparently in the A&E at the William Harvey Hospital my condition worsened and I was whisked into the resuscitation unit. There Lily spent several hours holding my hand with one of hers while reading the small print on my life policy with the other! I was finally moved to intensive care where I had a heart attack and later, it is thought, I managed a slight stroke. Eventually I was packed off to the intensive care at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital to receive expert treatment in their Renal Department. Despite all the negative criticism the National Health Service seems to be receiving at the moment I must say I have had brilliant treatment. Brilliant response from the emergency service, brilliant treatment in the A&E, brilliant specialist medication from the doctors at the K&C, superb nursing throughout and wonderful love and care from Lily who was with me every day, all day, for four weeks.
But now thirdly. The poison that spewed around my body has done much damage and left me with kidneys, now restarted, but with their function impaired, in addition to some heart and a little brain damage. In discussion with Bishop Trevor, who has been most supportive, we are decided that I will not regain the strength I previously had or need to fulfil the role as Incumbent and I have decided to retire. Easter Day will be my last.
I shall in the meantime 'be around'. Lily and I will occasionally attend some Benefice services and functions, we will begin to wind down our ministry here and will enjoy our last few months with you.
Finally and most importantly do enjoy the love and peace of the Christ Child this Christmas. As society seems to me to be progressively less at peace with itself, seems to be losing its integrity and even its humanity, do hold onto the peace, that deep peace, which comes from knowing Jesus and also knowing that God himself holds both you and me in the palm of his hand.
With my love,
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