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Bill Chesneau
Jun 25th, 2017, 7:11pm
 
Anyone know the whereabouts of Bill Chesneau Sound recordist TFS?

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Re: Bill Chesneau (Sound Recordist)
Reply #1 - Jul 3rd, 2017, 9:21am
 
Bill suffered a massive stroke and is now in hospital.


Stroke Unit WARD 9
HIGH WYCOMBE HOSPITAL,  
QUEEN ALEXANDRA RD., HP11 2TT,


Bill's loyal friends, Jim McCalister and his wife Karen, are regular visitors.

Any email for Bill can be sent to this address:-


karen4bill@btinternet.com
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Re: Bill Chesneau
Reply #2 - Jul 5th, 2017, 12:48pm
 
Thank you for your kind words, Maggie. (Please all note, our surname is McAlister, though we are used to it being spelt all kinds of ways so don't worry!)  Thank  you also for suggesting we join this forum in order to give updates, answer any questions anyone may have, or to pass on to Bill any message anyone wishes to email to us at karen4bill@btinternet.com.

Yes, Bill suffered his massive stroke on 27 April, just a few weeks following Valerie's death in March.

The stroke affected Bill's right arm and right leg and also took away is speech.  He was very poorly for quite some time.

Thankfully he is now making a remarkable recovery and he has regained some movement in the affected limbs.  However, it seems very unlikely that he will regain his speech.  That doesn't stop him talking though!  He is really quite cheerful and still has that cheeky smile and twinkle in his eye and he will chat away and tell us funnies - mind you, we can't understand what on earth he is telling us!  

What he hasn't lost, thank goodness, is his understanding of language;  he can follow a conversation and he can answer a straight question with a thumbs up or thumbs down, and he does recognise people and has been thrilled to see the couple of other people - and Maggie of course - who have visited him.  

We think he's getting a bit bored with just Jim and me now!  It would be wonderful if other ex-colleagues would visit him.  What he really needs right now is the stimulation of visitors, conversations and new 'old' faces.  It worked really well when Maggie visited him together with Nigel (DoP) as they chatted and reminisced and Bill listened in avidly as well as jumping in with his own take on the subject.  He enjoyed that so much and it was good to get his brain perked up.

Just these last few days we've discovered that Bill can now read again, so that's another leap forward.  He always loved his crime thrillers.  We've taken in our laptop to show him the Jacqui Lawson ecard that Maggie sent and he loved it;  sadly though, when we suggested that he might like to try typing something into a Word document he refused, so maybe it is still too early for him to form words for himself, rather than reading existing words (IYSWIM).

Should anyone wish to visit Bill we should warn you that Ward 9 in the Stroke Unit is quite difficult to find.  If you'd like to email me I can give you directions.

That's about it for now but I will do my best to give you regular updates.

And thanks, Irvine, for admitting Jim and I to the forum.

Best wishes to all,
Karen McAlister

Jim:  ex-Assistant Sound Recordist to Bill, then ex-Sound Recordist at Ealing, then ex-Black Box Video.
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Reply #3 - Jul 5th, 2017, 1:00pm
 
Marvellous Karen, apologies for the type-error (I at least have it right in my address book) I do hope that old BBC friends will respond. It is not easy to track with the many categories available but I believe one can put a name in the top right hand SEARCH slot on the HOME page. x
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Reply #4 - Jul 6th, 2017, 12:28pm
 
No worries about your typo Maggie, there are so many variations of our name that we get a different version every day!

Yesterday when we visited Bill we met Martin Patmore, who has been visiting Bill every week but we didn't know as this was the first we bumped into him.  Thank you so much, Martin.

Thanks also to Dick Manton - Martin told us that you have visited too.

This is just what Bill needs  Smiley

Bill looked quite different when we saw him yesterday.  His white beard had become quite long and luxurious while he's been in hospital so that he was almost looking like Santa Claus!  But it was irritating him being so long.  Well, someone had done a hack job!  But at least it is now short and manageable and his 'tash no longer hangs into his drinks!

More when we see him tomorrow or Saturday...
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Re: Bill Chesneau
Reply #5 - Jul 11th, 2017, 2:09pm
 
I just wanted to let everyone know some good news!

This afternoon Bill was transferred to the Rehabilitation Unit at Amersham Hospital.

Once he's settled he will be receiving intensive Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy (and goodness knows what other therapy!) which is just what he needs.  He was beginning to stagnate and really needs stimulation and motivation.

He was actually very lucky to be admitted to this Unit as they only have 17 beds and so have to be very picky about who they accept.

You can read about the unit here:
http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Our%20clinical%20services/A%20to%20Z%20of%20cl...

and see details re visiting, etc, here:
http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Our%20clinical%20services/Wards%20and%20visiti...

Rehabilitation Unit - Amersham Hospital
Whielden Street
Amersham
Buckinghamshire HP7 0JD



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Re: Bill Chesneau
Reply #6 - Jul 14th, 2017, 1:57pm
 
We saw Bill on Wednesday at the Rehab Unit and he had already settled in well, thank goodness.  

I say 'thank goodness' as we heard from Martin Patmore on Tuesday (the day of Bill's transfer) that he had visited Bill at Wycombe Hospital and was there while the nurses were packing up Bill's things and apparently Bill was really upset and distressed about the move.

Bill has a very nice room, nice and roomy with an en-suite and equipped with microwave, kettle and fridge (we suppose the kitchen equipment is for learning to make food and drinks with an Occupational Therapist - in fact the room is named the 'Independence Room').  The staff did say he may be moved to another room in time, but at the moment he is well settled and cheerful.

We were told that Bill had had a busy morning, which is understandable as all the Therapists needed to meet him and discuss his needs and treatment.

Simon Simpson was with us and Bill was delighted to see his mate, as well as us.

Should you wish to visit him, head for the Neurorehabilitation Unit.  This is on level 1.  As you exit the lift turn left, then left again (you pass through the Rheumatology waiting area which has lots of grey armchairs).

Visiting is between 3 and 8pm, which allows for patients to enjoy their intensive therapies in the morning  Wink

So the correct address is in fact:
Neurorehabilitation Unit - Amersham Hospital
Whielden Street
Amersham
Buckinghamshire HP7 0JD


We will, of course, keep you updated as soon as we hear any more info.
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