Good news, sort of: there is no sign of cancer in the Hub (though they didn’t look at his soul; I don’t think they have a camera for that). They biopsied a polyp but they tell us that’s routine. However, if no news is good news, it’s still no news; there’s no explanation yet for the Hub’s anaemia. He will be called back for a discussion at some point and he just has to keep taking the iron tablets.
It was a long day yesterday. The Hub was to be given a sedative and had to be accompanied home afterwards; I don’t drive so we had to get a taxi to the hospital: two buses and a fair bit of walking are two buses and a fair bit of walking too much for the Hub at the moment. He’s not breathing well – a combination of the anaemia and a chest infection; his pallor gives the word ‘grey’ a bad name; he is in more pain than usual because he had to come off the anti-inflammatories; and he has the ongoing CFS/ME, of course. He is one sorry little puppy. He’s so unwell, we haven’t had an argument in days; never thought there’d be a day when I missed his pig-headed shouty view of the world; but I do.
Still, enough about him. I had a horrible day too, but nobody wipes my brow. While I waited for him, I had to read two books and the paper, drink tea, eat crisps and chocolate and sit on a chair deemed too cruel for use by the Spanish Inquisition. That was a long three-and-a-half-hours. Well, it would have been, if I hadn’t had two books, the paper and lots of snacks to keep me going. Why don’t hospitals add a library or a tv room or something for family & friends? Even a comfortable chair would help. But no, it’s all spend the money on the patients; look after the patients; make the patients comfortable while they wait two hours for their procedure.
We arrived twenty minutes early, so that bit was our fault. They took him in early and made him wait over two hours, so that was their fault. They prodded and questioned before the Big Probe and gave him paper boxers to wear under a girly gown. You check in your dignity along with your valuables when you go into hospital; luckily for the Hub, he’s used to that, appearing in my blog every day. He said they pumped him full of air and he lay in a ward at some point, having a fart-off with the other testees. He swears he did one four minutes-long. At last I have competition!
Pardon my vulgarity; I was not brought up that way, as Rizzo would say that Sandra Dee would say. Of Irish Catholic descent, I come from what my mother called the capital of Ireland, Liverpool; and we are a refined lot. We always say ‘please’ when we ask for your wallet and jewellery; and we never steal your tyres without resting your car on even piles of bricks.
It must be the Mancunian rubbing off on me after all these years, though I don’t think it does take years: Tarik the taxi driver, who told us he hasn’t been here that long, had a fund of horror stories to share about his life in Levenshulme; most of which seemed to involve being on his break and eating pizzas and kebabs while he watched young men knock out their drug addict girlfriends and youths insult grannies and generally behave in an anti-social but all-too Mancunian manner.
The taxi driver going home was Stockport-born and bred, but he talked just as much. So much, in fact, that he forgot to turn on his meter until we were halfway home, and had to ask us how much he should charge. I gave him a decent tip. I wouldn’t have normally, what with being Scouse and knowing the value of a penny; but my husband had just been told he was cancer-free and I was in the mood to celebrate. Now, if I can just rile the Hub so he yells at me, we’ll all be happy.
The prompt for this week’s We Write Poems is What’s for dinner? I haven’t been in the mood to write poetry this week, so I dug up some old ones on the same theme.
A Recipe For Torture
Too many cooks
Not enough broth
One paralysed nation
Stir until hatred reaches a peak.
One concrete cell
One bucket of water
Two bare feet
A dash of electricity
Throw together and watch carefully
as your suspect surges the walls.
Look on in satisfaction.
Please note: No guarantees can be given that
following this recipe will produce the desired results.
Recipe for Contentment
good film, children home, husband,
dog. Mix well. Relax.
How To Bake A Cake
With care and good scales
or you’ll fail.
You’ll burn it;
flop it; scrape
it off the
plate and pop
it in the bin,
to your children’s accompanying wails.