It's a mark of respect to call a doctor in Spain 'Don - whateverhisfirstname -is.
'Ha,' I said. 'No thanks, with my 2 new hips I can do this easily now.'
We’d exchanged a few pleasantries before this question.
'Did you get the new hips here or in England,' he asked seriously.
'Here,' I said.
'Aha. ' he replied. 'Well then, when Brexit happens, we might have to ask for them back.'
I’m Irish I said. 'Can I keep them?'
It’ll be quiet there I said to my friend. It was, and we both did some meditation. I’d already done my 20 minutes at home by real candle light.
My son says if you put in 50c , all the candles light up she said. I immediately gave her 50 cents. Two candles lit up.
I didn’t look at the cookery book anymore because it was now 16 ours since I’d had anything to drink or eat.
I’m sitting enjoying observing life in the day ward, but also remembering what it was like being hooked up to chemo 29 months ago, when all of a sudden a terrible cold came over my body. Panic.
Jezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh NO, how could this have happened?
I was a mess inside. Brain freeze and dollops of how cold I have been so incredibly careless surged.
I called my policeman landlord, but forget to tell him where the spare set of keys are hidden.
Don’t worry he said super calm and lovley as ever. I’ll go now, and if necessary I’ll take the screws off the back door and get in that way.
Look through the widow first I said, you'll see if the candles are still alight.
I now have three blankets wrapped around my body. It’s an extremely odd feeling being alone in an empty ward !!
The day ward closes at 2 .30 when the surgeon go off to eat, so I’ll probably be done at about 4 she says.
I could never ever grudge a surgeon a siesta, but I got that wrong.
Other surgeons start their day at 3pm. So why did Tamara tell me they would come back and do me after lunch?? Malentendido ( misunderstanding) on my part.
It's not as easy as he thought it would be. Remember that children's story of pulling the turnip out of the ground? Bit like that. The little metal implant seemed to have grown roots.
Tamara and I bond.
My friend gets lost but eventually finds the empty ward where I’m waiting, miraculously I'm not hungry.
Her parting smile was unforgettable.