Posts Tagged ‘suffering’

Consciousness
To think or not to think? That is the question.
Whether ‘tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of cancerous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against these troubles,
And by suppressing end them: to repress, to ignore
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To displace, to sleep.
 
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Keeping DVT & PE at bay.

Keeping DVT & PE at bay.

Pain – you’d think it came in one colour. Well it doesn’t. In comes in various shades, more case of grey that torrid red. Friends and survivors of worse conditions than mine widened my palette, though thankfully (so far), I have not employed the whole range. 

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3 holes in just one arm

3 holes in just one arm

Had the cancer operation. And not by hands-on surgeons, but by the Da Vinci robot.  Yes, I kid you not – by robot. The same sort of technology that enables a beef/horse-burger eating techie in Utah to put an armed drone onto a jeep full of guys in Kandahar, piloted the knives in my innards to cut out my prostate gland. Nothing less. But nothing more either. The NHS surgeons told me that they were pleased – so I should be too. Millions of pounds of technology applied. Tax Payers out there – a big thanks! (more…)

Getting There

Go there by bus. Or by ambulance. Its nearer than I thought. I was there for much of last week. It was warmer there. The food – interesting. As for the sounds and smells – different. All sorts of nationalities here, and I’ve certainly been forced to ponder on life and death while visiting. Last Monday I was meant to be in Israel. Instead I was in hospital. 

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Good Friday in Trafalgar Square. The crowds were there. The photographers were there, creeping about and blocking our views. “Ooooooooooh, it’s a miracle – I want that picture!” “Aaaaaargh, a man being nailed alive to a piece of timber – better still. Better pic. More colour!” No worries – Mary of Nazareth won’t be giving evidence at the Levenson Enquiry.

The camera men, the crowds, all added to a sense of … reality. I was struck how vivid the whole Holy Week story is. It has real drama. It tells not only a divine story but also a very human one too. Atheists, agnostics and believers can all get something from it, if they so wish.

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