Thursday, August 25, 2005

Day 91 - What use is a life jacket

My children are back from "Up North" and I have just been asked the question what use is a "life jacket 20k feet above sea level in a plane hurtling hundreds of MPH towards the ground as there is no sea between Exeter and Bradford" I said non what so ever so my son moved onto to his next question, what use are oxygen masks, ,,,blah blah.... you know the score.

Yes they are back and boy I have missed them big time, missed then not only in the 2 weeks they have been away but in the months I have been ill. I love them so dearly I have pacing around tonight just waiting for the plane to land down back in Devon and my children to be home.

I have been progressing well pain levels about 6/7s rather than 7/8s. First thing in the mornings have been tough with sore throat and mouth a wash with the tar like squirmy phlegm which makes me sound like a washed up 60's porno rock star who has one giggie too much the night before. Once the piankillers are in you loosen up and start the day with fending off a shed load of questions from the district Nurse.

One thing the NHS seriously needs to sort out is the consumption of garlic by its employees it seems the sweet district nurses are worse for shovelling in the stuff behind managers backs. With chemo you notice smell and food smells can make you vomit meters off, if fact the past 3/4 weeks virtually every doctor, nurse of member of catering staff with the exception of Yeo wards answer to Mrs Doyle "Maureen" reeks of the stuff.

There you are being injected by nurses saying mmm yes avoid this and that when it is their breath actually wanting to make you you puke, now not even the brave "Nigel" has thought of a way of tackling this one any suggestions!


mazzagee said...

Yeh tell the truth or just say the one thing guaranteed to make you puke is the smell of garlic on someone else's breath. They would have to be pretty thick skinned not to get the message. After all you are not saying it is them only suggesting it. They might avert their mouth. If not you could always wave your hand in front of you face to really get the message across.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you just offer them a mint or minted chewing gum, that usually gives people the hint and if they ask, " does my breath smel?" be honest.

I do appreciate that nigel ia unable to eat mints or chew gum, it's just a suggestion.

Anonymous said...

At Last ,somebody else who has had the "Garlic breath experience".My relative also thought all his medical & nursing staff had all overindulged in the stuff, but when he asked them,was told this was one of the side effects of the Chemotherapy, & would lessen with time.
Be reassured Nigel, this effect will pass.