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Now We Hope And Wait And Trust

I went home for a flying visit last night to see the kids. They needed me to be there for a few hours to put their minds at ease, but the truth is I probably needed it more.

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Cassandra Buckle - October 14, 2015 - 12:56 am

Sending lots of good vibes and hope that they can get her awake and back to you as soon as possible. but she is in amazing hands there

Nat Bowser - October 14, 2015 - 1:21 am

Thank you. Just.. thank you. You are going through the MOST emotional time of your life and you are sharing it with us. We do appreciate it because, although most of us have never met you or Tracey or the kids, we feel as if we’re an extended part of your family. You’ve let us in. So.. thank you. All extremities are crossed.. and the most positive thoughts being sent your way xx

Susan - October 14, 2015 - 1:32 am

I wish you would take some money Bruce just to help you with petrol, car parking fees, food for yourself, & you may not have any income coming in for you, l know u worked at the boq in gympie l may send some money there to you, all the best Bruce still praying for you all.

Anonymous - October 14, 2015 - 1:45 am

Thinking of you all at this time. Although we live in the UK and have never met you it feels like we know you thanks to your amazing blog. Everything crossed for your lovely wife and you all. Xx

Tracy Kearney - October 14, 2015 - 2:35 am

Sending you and your loved ones lots of love and strength at this very tough time for you all.. hugs love and light. Xxxxxxz

jacqui - October 14, 2015 - 5:06 am

Youre doing great Bruce. Hang in there. You have got a lot of people hoping and praying and hoping some more that she will be ok x.

Kassey - October 14, 2015 - 5:25 am

I hope this morning is a good morning for Tracey and you all.

Ria - October 14, 2015 - 5:42 am

Each time I read ur story Bruce I shed tears knowing of how so very hard it must be for u n the kids… Ur strength is beyond words … Many emotions…. Stay strong sending you all positive blessings .. Hope after this last op they can start giving u better news.

Deb - October 14, 2015 - 6:04 am

Good on you for mostly holding it together. Prayers, luck, vibes in your direction. Wishing Tracey the very best in medical treatment, and all the good painkillers as well.

Andrea - October 14, 2015 - 6:06 am

Stay Strong Bruce. My thoughts are with you and your family. And thank you for sharing your journey, as many have said, although we have never met it feels like we know you so well.

Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker - October 14, 2015 - 7:03 am

That little update is the best thing I’ve read today.
There seems to be something (relief?) in my eye!
You’re going a great job. xx

Doing The ICU Cha Cha

Last night I posted on Facebook what I thought was some game changing news. Tracey’s been fighting a mild temperature all week and I thought they’d found the cause. I’m afraid it’s not that simple…

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Susan - October 11, 2015 - 11:02 pm

Thank you so much Bruce for taking the time to up date us all on your blog on how Tracey is going, l am so glad for you that they do not need to go into Tracey’s tummy, please continue you to update us if you can, as you have alot of people waiting to hear how your family is going, l will keep praying for you.
All the best.

Kirsty - October 11, 2015 - 11:12 pm

Sending healing thoughts

Arlene Mackay - October 11, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Hugs again tonight Bruce. If you find another grey hair, take the blame for it! My daughter says one for each child (I have five), now I think I adopted an orphanage.
If she is fighting the sedative, she hears you and wants to be with you. Keep talking to her, get a book and read it aloud, even if it is the latest photography magazine or the daily newspaper. Anything you do is right, as long as you are doing it for Tracey. Go through your old blogs and read them out aloud. The familiarity will be comforting, and your voice will be soothing. Eventually even the longest rollercoaster comes to an end.
Bless you both. Here’s to a better day tomorrow.

Alice Carter - October 11, 2015 - 11:19 pm

I’d love for you to keep on letting us know what’s happening, if you have the energy and the time. It’s great to hear that others have been visiting to support you and sit with Tracey. Thinking of you from Sydney, with all your other friends around Australia and beyond!

Collette Jacobs - October 11, 2015 - 11:25 pm

I for one, am happy to Cha Cha with you through this ordeal, you are not alone and I know as a nurse/ mother/ human being, I believe that you will all come through this. Much love and prayers for you and your whole family. Hang on to all of the funny moments, they will be the stories to tell Tracey when she wakes.

Angelina Bell - October 12, 2015 - 12:34 am

Keep fighting Tracey, your almost there. I have you and your family in my thoughts and heart and looking forward to hearing the news of when you are awake and with us again. Xoxo

Kristy - October 12, 2015 - 1:50 am

Hi Bruce,
When I was lost for words I would read to my son when he was in icu. Does Tracey have a favourite book? Music can be good too.
Love from my family to yours.

PurpleLuna - October 12, 2015 - 2:37 am

Bummer hope Tracey’s temp regulates and gets to a normal level
Though good germs are not ideally preferred it is ironic they are looked on as good!

No more talk about grey hair or mortgages LOL!!

Praying all this time is giving Tracey the needed rest for her body to recuperate and heal

Love the cha cha meme ICU is like that all looks good so take 3 steps forward and then all of a sudden it can be 2 steps back
Hope Tracey will be cha cha charing all the way forward very very soon

Love the duck meme too !

Praying for Tracey that she is well on the way to recovery

lisa - October 12, 2015 - 3:28 am

I found your blog one post before Tracy got sic.
I visit dayly to see how its all going, sounds like you have it the bottome of your down swing and are on your way back up.
I look forward to ready the post where your all on your way home and Tracy is kicking your but over the grey hair. Lol
Stay strong

melbo - October 12, 2015 - 3:42 am

Thank you again Bruce for the update. Stay strong and don’t fret about bringing us along for the ride. It is what it is.

Totally nicking that duck meme.

Love to you and the family.

SandraK - October 12, 2015 - 6:14 am

What a journey you are going through at the moment. A totally useless expression we use in my family is ‘chin up young player’. It gets funnier each yeah with each passing grey. So chin up.

I think reading the blogs is a good idea but might be too emotional for you. On which case reading a book to her is a good idea.

Monica - October 12, 2015 - 6:34 am

Hang in there Bruce. You may feel alone but trust me you have all of us there with you. I too have a love/hate relationship with ICU but they know their s#!t and it’s the best place for Tracey right now. I hope with all my heart things improve and your little family can be all together again doing your little family things. Sending love and positive vibes for a full recovery.

Jeanette Elphinstone - October 12, 2015 - 6:51 am

You are certainly in the finals of “Dancing with the Stars” and I know Tracy will be practising with you to win at the finals
I am the neighbour and friend of your Aunt. What possibly seems to you at the moment as a distant half forgotten memory of holidays on the farm, your Aunt and I remember your holidays and socialising with my two older children Leesa and Sean as very pleasant memories.- just another subject when you are speaking with Tracy.
Please remember me to Tracey even though I have not had the pleasure of meeting her personally.
When you visited in the holidays and were adventuring with my children and the two Ferris boys, I always considered you as part of my extended family. One of “my kids” for however long you were you were around
So we are all on your side of the audience and cheering for you every time you and Tracy gracefully step to the sometimes quick and unpredictable beat of the music

Bruce Devereaux - October 12, 2015 - 6:58 am

They were good holidays. Whenever I’ve seen someone with your surname come through work I’ve asked if they’re related to the Elphinstone’s from Bororen. I always think about all those calves you hand raised and how your daughter refused to eat dinner because she suspected it was her goat. Have I got that right? Thanks for the message, Jeanette, it’s so lovely to think about better times 😀

Pauline - October 12, 2015 - 7:14 am

Thoughts are with you Bruce. The only thing I can say of any use is “Bugger of infection! it’s time to let the girl wake up and get back to being “normal” family.”

Sandra - October 12, 2015 - 7:29 am

Just wanted to say I’m thinking of you guys. We had a very tumultuous ICU journey with my Mum so as I read each of your posts I can relate in someway to your roller coaster ride and the emotions you may have.
Sending good vibes, hang in there x

Marlene Owen - October 12, 2015 - 8:01 am

Bruce just keep being yourself Tracey wouldn’t want you to be anyone else thinking of each & everyone if there’s anything I can do for you please let me know love to all even if it’s a game of bridge xoxoxo 😘😘😘

Anonymous - October 12, 2015 - 8:33 am

Hi Bruce and family you are never alone we are with you all the way stay strong , when its over you will be able to laugh at the things you said while she was asleep and she will laugh with you , can you sing ? she would probably get a kick out of that Regards Del & Bob Grant

Kris Blieschke - October 12, 2015 - 9:27 am

I know you don’t know most of us, but we are here for you; whether that’s riding the roller-coaster or doing the cha-cha. Can’t help with the ducks, though. Those damn things have a mind of their own….

Vanessa Rowse - October 12, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Oh Bruce, what a roller coaster. Sending lots of love and healing vibes Tracey’s way. x

Alison - October 12, 2015 - 4:02 pm

I’ve been on the ICU rollercoaster as well (the NICU version) and it sucks. I don’t necessarily think telling Tracey about the grey hair is a bad thing, if she’s anything like me it’s probably motivation to get the hell out of there and fix it already. Best wishes to you and your family, and I hope today has been a better day.

Also be careful driving – I swear they need warning signs around hospitals, I used to be in tears every damn night going home. Honestly they should probably make it a 40kph zone for at least the first 5 km.

Linda - October 12, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Why don’t you try reading Tracey her favourite book. That way she knows you are there and you don’t get into trouble from the nurses. Just a thought. Hang in there, there are lots of people praying for her and all your family.

Bruce Devereaux - October 12, 2015 - 7:52 pm

That is so true.

Bruce Devereaux - October 12, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Thank you. That made me laugh 😀

Bruce Devereaux - October 12, 2015 - 7:55 pm

I’ve been singing her the song I wrote for our wedding.

Nomie - October 12, 2015 - 8:46 pm

We’re on this roller coaster with you Bruce and you definitely do not need to apologize for it! I will continue to hope, send love and pray for you all! And I look forward to the day when you are able to share that she has opened her eyes and told you you’re insensitive for pointing out her greys 😉

Marisa - October 12, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers! I can just picture Tracey coming out of sedation, looking at you Bruce and saying, Did you say something about grey hair?
Stay strong!

Susan - October 13, 2015 - 1:47 am

I don’t even remember how I found your blog. But it always makes me smile because your always so real. Never more so than now. I’m praying for you all.

Anonymous - October 13, 2015 - 4:58 pm

I hope Tracey’s condition starts to only take forward steps soon. Sending positive vibes and well wishes, though I am sure Tracey could manage just fine with only her own will power.

Being there for family in the ICU is terrible – it’s never simple and things can change so quickly. I didn’t realise how stressful I found it until my dad’s 3 week stay was up and I could breathe again. Make sure you have someone to look after you when they bring her out of sedation and she moves to a ward. When it’s no longer necessary to hold it all together, you’ll let it all go.

Heidi Hayes - October 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm

I’m a silent appreciator of your witty column (and your wife’s wittier comebacks!!). I went to high school with Tracey and I really wanted to let you both know that you’re constantly in my thoughts. Bruce, you’ve married a tough chick – she’ll sort those ducks for you! Sending you all my best wishes and support xoxoxo. Am looking forward to hearing good news :-)

Hayley - October 13, 2015 - 10:45 pm

I am very touched by what you are writing. Tracey is very lucky to have you as a hubby! I am a doctor and we often suggest that loved ones write a ‘diary’ for the person who is sedated like your sleeping beauty, Tracey. The main idea behind it is for Tracey to have something to relate to when she is talking back again! A lot of people find it quite difficult to get their head around the fact that they haven’t been aware of whats going on around them (and with them) for weeks and it might MAKE her take things easy when she realises what a fright she gave everyone. But mainly it helps people deal with what is quite an intimidating situation. Little things like ‘Nurse xy came to wash you this morning, the doctors did their rounds and said….then I had a chat to you and was sure you were trying to answer back but couldn’t quite yet, then they moved your central lines..’ Just anything that happens, listed day by day.
Keep strong, she will be fine. It’s her way of making sure you get a few grey hairs as well!

No News IS Good News

There is really nothing to report since the last post, but I’ve been getting so many concerned enquiries I figured I better let people know that.

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SUSAN - October 10, 2015 - 12:53 am

Wonderful news that Tracey has passed the tests with flying colours, l continue to pray for your family, have lots of rest bruce, sleep is healing, so glad that everything is going better for all of you.

sarah - October 10, 2015 - 1:21 am

Thanks for the updates. I know its not easy to update nothing. :) No news is good news. I keep checking your blog each day for an update, and it feels weird to care about people you do not know. Its even weirder to say to other people, Im concerned about a blog writer I read, he is sort of like a friend….but here we are, and Im so grateful to hear Tracy is alive and slowly getting better. :)

Arlene - October 10, 2015 - 1:33 am

Keep hoping good thoughts Bruce, Tracey gets agitated when you are there, only because she knows that she shouldn’t be in hospital. (Yes we know she needs to be there…but she doesn’t.)
The time in the car is your personal time, where you can let out your feelings without anyone knowing(except for all us in blog land). Mine used to be the shower. You are stronger than you realise.
You and Tracey are touching more people than you could ever guess. If good wishes were tangible, you both would be wrapped in them. May you, Tracey and the children get through this hard time, and come out the other side stronger and happier. Sending you my blessings and good wishes.

Bailey - October 10, 2015 - 3:10 am

Glad to hear your sense of humor has not dampened Bruce! And your descriptions of the ICU experience resonate deeply in my memory! Tell Tracey we’re all thinking of her and are still sending rainbows and butterflies, and all other beautiful things her way!

Terri Emery Jeannin - October 10, 2015 - 5:48 am

Your strength and humour is truly admirable. Keep it up. I think about Tracey often and am sending her all my good vibes. Stay strong, both of you.

Karryn wheelans - October 10, 2015 - 6:19 am

Sending best recovery wishes! What timing – hope all goes well

purpleluna - October 10, 2015 - 7:13 am

Awesome news about Tracey
When family members are in ICU it is like the whole world stops but when you go out the hospital doors you suddenly realise the world has gone on, it is still turning

The doctors and nurses in ICU are truly superheroes what they go thru everyday
Being stoic for the family of the person under there care when they in reality they are only human, sometimes knowing the outcome may not be a good one, or will be a long stay while there body recovers

Great idea donating to Care flight

All the best to you and Tracey

Bobbylea keaney - October 10, 2015 - 9:18 am

hi Bruce My name is Bobbylea and I am an old school friend of Tracey’s … I was so upset when I first heard the news of her being unwell… Stay hopeful she will be ok and u and your family will be ok too…please when u are talking to her let her know I said a big hello and I will keep reading your updates of her progress. My thoughts are with u all and tell her we all can’t wait to see a picture of her happy smile on your blog so she better get well soon … Keep expressing your thoughts in writing it is an excellent coping meganism… Take care and big hugs to all 😘😘😘

melbo - October 10, 2015 - 9:59 am

Good news of the cautiously optimistic kind and much welcomed. Not much left to add but you are in my thoughts.

Josh Van Reenen - October 10, 2015 - 11:08 am

Hope Tracey continues to improve.

Anonymous - October 10, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Great to hear that things are progressing in the right direction, albeit slowly.
ICU nurses are amazing, my daughter-in-law is one of them.

Kerrie - October 10, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Glad to hear that Tracey is moving in the right direction, albeit slowly.

ICU nurses are amazing, my daughter-in-law is one of them.

Steph - October 10, 2015 - 4:14 pm

I’m so glad she’s doing okay. Can’t wait for the update that says “all is great!”

I too love careflight.. they have saved a number of people throughout our time in NT… They are a very under-rated service until you need them! Thanks for promoting them..

Melanie - October 10, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Thinking of you and your family and looking forward to the future updates and hearing how well she will continue to recover!

Anonymous - October 10, 2015 - 9:14 pm

GREAT news tonight. Urine test picked up an infection which they’re treating. Hopefully that will get her temp down to a more reasonable level :)

Bruce Devereaux - October 11, 2015 - 10:35 am

All gone to shit again. Temps are over 40 and they’re doing a scan and considering going back in to check on things. Waiting on more news.

Nadine Kennedy - October 11, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Hi Bruce, PLEASE give your beautiful wife a BIG KISS from me. I am thinking of you, her and your gorgeous kids everyday and wish there was something I could do. I have really missed our to and fro little messages these past couple of weeks and can just image how much you must be missing your best friend too. Stay strong xx

Jannett and Greg Corbet - October 11, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Have been reading about what has been happening with Tracey. We send our best wishes for Tracey, you and your family. ICU workers are always the best,she is in good hands.

Lisa - October 11, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Just wanted to let you know that there are many people who hold your family in their thoughts. I hope that you are taking time to look after yourself too. So sorry to hear that she is still fighting a nasty infection. Tracey sounds like a remarkable woman with an equally remarkable husband.

Susan - October 11, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Sorry to hear Tracey’s recovery has turned bad Bruce still praying for you all & l hope you have good news on Monday, May God bless you & all your family & that Tracey’s recovery is very fast.

Stable Is My New Favourite Word

Today was going to be when they brought Tracey out of her induced ‘slumber’ and back to reality. It wasn’t.

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Susan - October 8, 2015 - 12:05 am

Glad to hear Tracey is doing ok, that brought a tear to my eye, praying for all your family.

Dianne - October 8, 2015 - 12:31 am

Praying for a quick recovery! Having stayed in ICU waiting for my daughter to recover, I know the emotions you described very well. Keep strong, Tracey and the kids need you.

melbo - October 8, 2015 - 3:29 am

Bruce, such a great idea to give money to Careflight – they really do marvellous work. I hope Tracey surfaces today and I imagine it will be very emotional for you both when she does.

I don’t know if it helps but it sounds like you have explained things well to the kids. It isn’t wrong to drip feed information particularly at a time when you aren’t sure yourself what is going on. Master 10s inital reactions are a normal part of reacting to that kind of news but you probably know all this. Remember to look after you too .. hard as that is right now as you are focused on your wife.

I’m thinking of you all and wishing Tracey a good and steady recovery.

Anonymous - October 8, 2015 - 6:34 am

I so love your blog and was so upset for you and your gorgeous family when I read about Tracey. I am praying for you guys that everything is good. Take care and God bless

Debbie Kettle - October 8, 2015 - 6:35 am

Get well soon Tracey thoughts are with you all

Alice Carter - October 8, 2015 - 7:02 am

Thank you for the update, I’ve been thinking of you. I hope Operation Wake Tracey goes smoothly. Then you can start to look forward to Operation Bring Her Home. Sending “Zen” hugs.

Trish MLDB - October 8, 2015 - 7:09 am

Happy Anniversary Bruce and I hope your sleeping beauty Tracey wakes up this morning.
I saw an Ambulance Helipcopter landing at the Base hospital yesterday and I said a prayer.
The note is perfect.

Anon - October 8, 2015 - 7:13 am

Thinking of you all at this tough time. Through it all, Bruce, you still manage to write something that makes us laugh (and cry). You seem to have it all under control, on the outside at least. All the best for good news today, we will be looking for your update.

Melissa Ellis - October 8, 2015 - 7:32 am

Thank you for the update Bruce. Oh Tracey, please hurry up and wake up. My love and prayers are with you everyday. I miss chatting with you :(
Love to all your family xxx

Bailey - October 8, 2015 - 8:07 am

You brought tears to my eyes Bruce!
The staff at rbch icu are awesome!! They have saved the lives of two of my little helicopter passengers in the past!!
Thinking of you both, and the kiddies!
Sending rainbows and butterflies!!

Mandy - October 8, 2015 - 8:56 am

No words are adequate. I feel for you and your family and join my prayers for Tracey’s speedy and complete recovery with everyone else’s.

And just for the record, no fair making me laugh and cry in the same article :-)

Belinda - October 8, 2015 - 9:28 am

My heart goes out to you all. Praying that Tracey will soon be fighting fit again. Thinking of you all.

Glenys Barns - October 8, 2015 - 10:46 am

Bruce you and Tracey and your beautiful family are continuously in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong (you are amazing). Hope Tracey is waking for you and praying for an eventually complete recovery for her. Praise to the Dr’s, Care Flight and YOU for being there for her. All of Gympie is rooting for her.

Kerrie Richards - October 8, 2015 - 11:04 am

Oh Bruce you have me bawling. I’m so sorry to hear what you are all going through, Tracey especially. I’m praying to The Lord Jesus for your family and for a quick recovery for Tracey. Love and Kisses to you all.

Cari - October 8, 2015 - 2:51 pm

oh Bruce, it’s so scary! In 2008 I sat by my adult sons bed as he was in an ICU not so different, yet half way around the world, as he lingered in a coma for 5 weeks (not induced) after an accident. Trust me, the nurses have their shit together, you won’t distract them. It’s good for Tracy to hear your voice and to feel you hold her hand…. They say in a coma the hearing is the last to slip away & the first to return, so she will be reassured by her voice. Thinking good thoughts for her.

Anonymous - October 8, 2015 - 3:07 pm

So pleased to hear Tracey is stable, the next best thing to being awake or better which I am sure will come. Take care of yourself, I am sure Tracey is aware of your presence at her bedside every day.
Lots of love to you all …….. Klara

Lisa Wilson - October 8, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Bruce It is so good to hear Tracey is on the road back to you and you children. She is an amazing woman and if anyone is going to come back just as strong if not stronger its Tracey. Love and prayers from my family to yours and hopefully she will be awake for you all tomorrow xxx

Elise - October 8, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Lots of love to you and Tracey Bruce, not to mention your kids at home worrying about her.
I hope for you both tomorrow is the day she can start to surface xx

Debbie Gluch - October 8, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Thinking of you all. We hope it isn’t long before Tracey is awake and giving you a hard time.

Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond - October 8, 2015 - 8:48 pm

Our thoughts are with you and your gorgeous family, fingers crossed for tomorrow. I’m sure she can hear you, just keep talking, she’ll be back with you soon x

Hannah Mundell - October 8, 2015 - 8:50 pm

The thing about your blog Bruce, is that we feel like we know you and your family – having followed your honest and hilarious journey through life and parenthood. Having a family myself I can only imagine what you are going through. Your story has touched us- we are praying for you, Tracey and the kids for a speedy recovery! Kia Kaha (Stay strong)

Amy - October 8, 2015 - 8:50 pm

I am in tears reading this. I truly hope for the best outcome for your lovely wife. Sensin5 live and strength to you and your beautiful kids.

Jess - October 8, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Sending all my love and healing prayers to Tracey and your precious family. May she be home soon with you all!

Carly-Jay Metcalfe - October 8, 2015 - 9:22 pm

Hi Bruce – I’m an agnostic pastoral carer in one of Brisbane’s big hospitals – possibly the one your wife is an inpatient in. The best piece of advice I can give you is to stay with and talk to Tracey.

I’ve been in a couple of comas myself, and I remember my loved ones talking to me which gave me immense comfort. You’re right – stable is golden. I’m thinking of you and your family and sending all the positive vibes I can your way. I hope you’re getting adequate support, too because it’s so important for the loved ones of patients to be supported in such a foreign and often scary place.

Anne - October 8, 2015 - 10:27 pm

I am so sorry your family is going through this. I am a mum with an incurabe case of the big c (blood cancer) for 7 years now, and I know another mum who was in a coma with suspected heart problems at age 37, she’s fine now. You r doing a good job with your kids. I’ve not read your blog before, but reservoir Dad tweeted your situation today. If you need some contact with a mum (and hubby) who spend way too much time in hospital, but come thru each crisis ad sways maintain a strong love for our children, write to me. In hospital you need take things with a grain of salt, I have had many poor prognosis talks, all wrong. You guys will know, “the vibe” of the patient is pretty accurate I find. I hope you all find a new normal soon. Xxxx

Anne - October 8, 2015 - 10:37 pm

P.s. these times in hospital do create a lot of litte extra expenses we find. Please do let people help you out with some money if they offer, it’s done with love and can be a good support for times when hospital stays are long. You will get a chance to help others out in the future. It’s your turn to be nurtured with whatever support comes your way. Do talk to Tracey, you might be able to build up more each day. Reading the kids letter, or bringing photo albums in so you can describe the photis and those happy times will give you something to say. Your voice is important. Maybe treat it like a gym callenge and increase your talking time each hour. She will certainly want to hear how each child is, and who s caring forthem etc. Maybe you can use your phone and have the kids record voice memos you can play to Tracey. There’s no right or wrong here mate. xxx

Sarah - October 8, 2015 - 11:20 pm

So glad to hear Tracey is doing well! What a difficult way to spend your anniversary. Keep on healing and thank you for the updates, your family is so loved!

bek - October 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm

It will mean the world too her that you are there.
Wishing her a speedy recovery.

An Update On Tracey

The word the nursing staff keep brandishing about regarding Tracey’s recovery is ‘remarkable’ and I don’t think they’re exaggerating.

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Susan - October 5, 2015 - 11:33 pm

I have been praying for your family, l know from a few post of yours that you don’t believe in god, good to hear she is slowly getting better, if l can do anything for you l will, just let me know, even though l am in geelong, may god bless your family.

Helen - October 5, 2015 - 11:51 pm

So glad to hear Tracey is doing so well. Hope she’s out of icu soon and back on her feet

Kathy - October 6, 2015 - 12:15 am

Thrilled that she’s come this far and it’s all looking positive. All the best for a full recovery and restful recuperation at home amongst family.

Kerrie - October 6, 2015 - 1:25 am

This is promising news and so welcome. Best wishes to all of you and I hope Tracey’s recuperation is as easy as possible.

Janine - October 6, 2015 - 3:04 am

Hopefully Traceys recovery is swift and successful. Good luck to you all.

SandraK - October 6, 2015 - 5:04 am

I usually love reading your adventures but this is one ‘adventure’ I wish you didn’t have to go on. She will be very tired in the recovery from a blood clot. I had a massive dvt 9 years ago and it just makes you very tired for a while. I think it diverts all your bodies attention to repair for a time afterwards. All the best. Sending prayers your way.

Jo-Maree Stokes - October 6, 2015 - 5:59 am

Of course you are getting amazing messages, you are both great people and all that know you are praying and hoping and wanting to give whatever aid we can.

Anonymous - October 6, 2015 - 6:13 am

I woke up this this morning thinking about Tracey. So glad to hear it’s all positive. Will be thinking of you and your family

Pauline Naug - October 6, 2015 - 6:22 am

Bruce I hope things continue to improve. I bet you never thought when you quit your job it would be to look after your wife as well. Timing is everything. Thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous - October 6, 2015 - 6:39 am

Sending you and yours all my love. I have faith that Tracey will be giving you curry again before you know it. Keep your chin up.

selena - October 6, 2015 - 6:42 am

glad she appears to be out of the woods, what a terrifying journey. Tracey has a lot of people who love her at home and I’m sure that helps spur on her recovery. stay strong

Jan-maree N Jack Shepherd - October 6, 2015 - 6:49 am

Thinking of you all and wishing for a speedy recovery

Sarah - October 6, 2015 - 7:01 am

Still sending prayers and positive vibes to you all.

TruDie - October 6, 2015 - 7:30 am


robin - October 6, 2015 - 7:48 am

we will keep praying for Tracy .Our thoughts are with you.

Bernadette O'Neill - October 6, 2015 - 7:52 am

Tracey is in safe hands . You take care of yourself and our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family.

Lindy - October 6, 2015 - 7:54 am

Thinking of you and your family praying for a speedy recovery!

Tracey Garrett - October 6, 2015 - 9:44 am

Tracey, we love you with all our hearts and are stalking Bruce’s page for updates every couple of minutes! Rest up and take care of yourself Beautiful Girl. Big cuddles from your Soul Sisters XOXOX ps Bruce, I am in Brisbane and so close to you guys – PLEASE let me know if I can help in anyway xoxox

Johanna - October 6, 2015 - 10:33 am

I am so pleased that Tracey is on the mend. It is so frightening when our loved one gets so sick. Praying Tracey has a full recovery

Kris - October 6, 2015 - 11:24 am

I’m so pleased to hear that Tracey is doing well. My brother was in a medically induced coma in ICU; I spoke to him incessantly. When he finally woke, he was unsurprised I was there (I live in a different state, so he should have been) and knew where he was although he’d been unconscious when he arrived at the hospital. So don’t be surprised if Tracey rags on you about not paying the mortgage 😉

katepickle - October 6, 2015 - 11:30 am

Oh so scary for you all!
Sending love and strength and all the healing vibes I can muster!

Russell Painter - October 6, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Bruce, I see you have been getting quite a lot of support on line and I dare say quite a bit more off line as well. This is a pretty fair indication of your standing in your world. I am proud to be a very small part of that world and I keep on sending prayers and good vibes up for you. Tracey has given me the chance to return some of the good things that you have done for me. Keep your chin up even if it seems hard at times. There’s a lot of sup[ort out here for you two.

Kristy Bryant - October 6, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Just know you and your family are VERY loved!

Kassey - October 6, 2015 - 1:14 pm

You’ve got this Bruce. Wishing Trace a full recovery and hope the kids are going ok too.

julie hawksworth - October 6, 2015 - 4:09 pm

So much luv and prayers to u guys. Just keep being there and talking to her mate. It makes a difference.

Jo Carson - October 6, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Love. Hugs.

Jen - October 6, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Best wishes for a continued remarkable recovery. I also hope you find the banking passwords :)

melbo - October 6, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Thanks for keeping us posted Bruce. I hope things just keep getting better from here on in though I imagine it will be a long road for her. I’m just glad you finished up at the bank so you can be there for her now and when she gets home. All the best.

Becca - October 6, 2015 - 6:48 pm

I’m amazed that you are keeping it so well together as to write so eloquently; and that you still manage to make us laugh even with what you and Tracey are going through. Try and get some rest before she wakes up, you’ll get even busier then. Thinking good thoughts, and thank you for the updates. All the best. (and call the bank, I’m sure they’ll understand. If they don’t, time to change)

Emma - October 6, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Thinking of you and hoping Tracey is feeling better soon. Don’t forget to look after yourself too, you’ll need all the energy you can get one she’s home

Donna Atthow - October 6, 2015 - 8:18 pm

We have been thinking of you all during this time Tracey, Bruce & your beautiful family. My dear sister Julie has been keeping us updated amid her worry for her friend. Stay strong, Tracey will be home with you in good time. Love the Atthow Family

Katie - October 7, 2015 - 8:19 am

Fast healing to Tracy. Sympathy to you and the rest of the family Bruce. Having someone you love unwell and being unable to do anything to get them better is hard!

Shannon - October 7, 2015 - 4:01 pm

My thoughts are with you tracey and as well you bruce. Keep strong and im glad she is slowly recovering.

Vanessa Rowse - October 7, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Medical staff are amazing and I’m so glad Tracey is getting the care she needs. I hope you feel the support for you too. Sending love to you all. x

Marisa - October 7, 2015 - 9:59 pm

Of course she rolled her eyes at you, Bruce!
Don’t worry, Tracey, he can’t muck things up too badly while your body is healing. I know that we’ve never met, and all I know about you is through Bruce’s eyes (which are beautifully rose-tinted by the way; your husband adores you and it’s so refreshing to see), but I know that any woman who is both tough enough, kind enough, and loving enough to be the kind of Mother you are is also going to be strong enough, not only to recover, but to let your hubby wait on you hand and foot :)
You, Bruce, and your wonderful children are all in my thoughts, prayers, and deepest well-wishes. You’re the kind of Mom the world needs more of, Tracey, so get better soon and know that a whole host of people you’ve never met think you’re awesome and are sending you positive thoughts.
Your Friend from PA, USA

Jo Chapple - October 8, 2015 - 8:21 am

Thinking of you all still. Glad things are slowly on the up & up. From what I know of you guys, Tracey is a wonderful, lovely tough cookie & will be back on her feet in no time. I will let Zachary know as he is now in Brisbane & I don’t catch up with him as much.

Take good care of yourself too or you’ll burn out. XX

Sandra Schmidt - October 9, 2015 - 8:38 pm


Bridgette - October 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm

So glad she is getting better. I’ve found all the hospitals you mentioned very helpful. Sending get well thoughts and wishes to you all.

Jim - October 10, 2015 - 9:52 am

Keep your chin up, mate. We’re all thinking of you and the missus. It’s going to be ok.

Dorothea - October 12, 2015 - 7:12 am

We know you can do it Tracey…be strong…praying for you and your wonderful family…

Kev & Judy Lewis - October 13, 2015 - 9:25 am

How good it was last night to see all your lights on and the car in the garage. Judy and I have been — and will continue — praying for Tracey’s recovery and for you all, as the most positive, practical and supportive action we can do for you. When our daughter went through 8 weeks of hell recently, (surgeons had nicked her pancreas during an endoscopy), we endured an overwhelming sense of helplessness, which ran riot over our emotions for days on end, so we have just an inkling of how you might feel right now.
Will try to pop over the road when you’re home today — relax, it’ll only be a brief visit, I know it’s easy to get ‘peopled out’.
And — like the nurses say — keep talking to Tracey, and stroke her hand or her arm as well — she’ll tell you about it when she wakes up.

Bruce Devereaux - October 13, 2015 - 2:41 pm

It was just a brief recharge with the kids. I’m back on duty down here again and for the foreseeable – or at least until I need to stock up on hugs again. It was great to touch base with the family.