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Dogs, Cats, Clarinets and Cornets

Posted 10-09-2008 at 20:42 by West Ender
Updated 10-09-2008 at 22:57 by West Ender

It all started at the weekend when our Jo rang to say she and John were going to Majorca for a week - the next day. She wouldn't usually have a problem but Peter, who would have been there looking after the dog and the 3 cats, had announced he was staying at his girlfriend's parents' house as they were going away and she didn't want to be alone.

Right, says Jo to me, the neighbour is going to come in several times a day and feed the cats but we don't know what to do with Travis, the dog. He's not up to date with injections so no kennel will take him and he can't go with Peter as Clare has a dog and Travis, a big soft, loving lump with all humans (except postmen whom he regards as cannon-fodder), hates other dogs.

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A Date With The Consultant

Posted 30-04-2008 at 22:33 by West Ender

The Day had arrived at last. I was to see the consultant at Warrington hospital on Tuesday 29th April at 3.50 p.m. This was the 4th appointment I'd been given. The first was to have been the 8th but that was changed to the 15th followed by a change to the 29th at 3.15 which was subsequently changed to 3.50. Still, here it was, Tuesday the 29th, and it was all systems go.

Parking is well nigh impossible at the hospital between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. even though there are 2 big car parks in the grounds and other little nooks and crannies round the buildings, all Pay and Display it goes without saying. To save me the hassle of trying to park within walking distance my daughter finished work at 2 p.m. to take me. She had to be...
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Nostalgia

Posted 12-04-2008 at 19:30 by West Ender

I'm lying in my bed. It's a lovely Summer evening and the curtains in my room don't block out the light. I can hear children's voices as they play in the fields behind our house and I don't want to be in bed but, oh, I've played outside all day and now I'm bathed, comfortable and very sleepy. I am 4 years old.

I can hear music. It's my father playing the piano in our front room and he's playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. I listen to the lilting jazz concerto with its undertones of the varied ethnic diversity of 20th century New York. I love the music, I love my dad, I love my home. Tears of contentment and happiness form in the corners of my closing eyes.

I wipe away the tears and open my eyes. For a...
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Breakdown

Posted 28-01-2008 at 18:11 by West Ender
Updated 28-01-2008 at 18:16 by West Ender

My 5 year old dishwasher is poorly. It's not dead yet, it's still showing numbers and symbols in its little display window, but it won't program. It won't do anything.

I was just about to go to bed, last night, when I found out. The dishwasher was loaded up with 2 days pots, pans and cutlery. We generally use it every other day as there's only 3 of us, me, my daughter and my granddaughter. We normally put it on when we go to bed, too, so everything's clean for morning. Anyway, I switched it on and all its symbols came on at once. I couldn't do anything with it.

Daughter and I got the manual out of the top of the "mugs and dishes" cupboard. There's a small section saying "If your appliance doesn't...
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Gee, It was Fun in the Horse-pickle. part 3

Posted 23-01-2008 at 16:55 by West Ender

The NHS has many failings but I cannot fault the diagnostic and medical treatment I had in Warrington Hospital. The only trouble was a complete lack of dignity.

As soon as I recovered from "the squits" they decided to do an ultrasound scan of my heart. This was while ward A7 was still where B17 should be so it was a case of a long trek, by wheelchair, round the corridors full of staff and visitors while clad in my dressing gown and slippers and with an oxygen cylinder shoved down the back of my chair. I was pushed by 2 auxiliary nurses who were deep in conversation about a colleague and I began to know how a toddler feels when being transported by a chattering parent. Once at Ultrasound I was parked outside in...
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