Tag Archives: health

A Lifesaver…

Mothering Sunday. There are your favourite huge lilies in a vase, filling the air with the perfume of heaven. White and pale lilac blooms wait with the chocolates, destined to fill another vase. Your granddaughters have made beautiful cards for … Continue reading

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For a bacon sandwich…

Although this was written a few years ago during a relatively minor, though annoying, health problem… now that I can no longer swallow effectively with the cancer, it seems to fit the bill perfectly 😉 I’m just a tad bored … Continue reading

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Acts of kindness #cancer

The nurse, her eyes above the mask both understanding and sympathetic, reached out a gloved hand and squeezed my shoulder in passing. That was it. It was all it took. The floodgates opened and for the next half an hour, … Continue reading

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The inconvenient walking dead… III #COVID #cancer #carers #lockdown

Following on from posts One and Two: “Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?” Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Last spring when we went into lockdown and we were encouraged … Continue reading

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The inconvenient walking dead… II #COVID #cancer #carers

Continuing from yesterday’s post… A few days after speaking to my GP and before the hospital referral process could kick in, both I and one of my lungs collapsed. I was lucky to have my friend with me at the … Continue reading

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On hold…

The dog and I watched the dawn come up from the doorstep. We had seen the stars sparkle in the moonlight and watched the mistwraiths dance in the fields as the first pre-dawn light crept over the horizon. It was … Continue reading

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Afghanistanadventures#39 – Learning who’s who at the Lal clinic ~Mary Smith

Reblogged from Mary Smith’s Place: Lal October 1989 After the excitement of arriving in Lal I experienced a sense of desolation when Khudadad left next day. Although we’d been travelling companions for barely two weeks, not only had I come … Continue reading

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Sensory Deprivation?

I was no more than five years old. We were staying with one of my great-grandmothers for a while. She was an old lady by that point, with a sharp mind and a wicked sense of fun. She was also … Continue reading

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Afghan Adventures#31 Women’s health, women’s work, women’s place in the scheme of things ~ Mary Smith

Reblogged from Mary Smith’s Place: Next day, I spent the morning in the women’s clinic with Zohra. I was embarrassed at finding it difficult to understand the women who fired questions at me, making me feel my command of the … Continue reading

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Afghan Adventures ~ Mary Smith #13 #Babies

Reblogged from MarySmith’sPlace: Although Hussain didn’t encourage house visits he could never bring himself to refuse, even though experience was teaching him the messenger’s ‘emergency’ was probably nothing worse than an indigestion attack. But there was always the fear that … Continue reading

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