I was tempted to write a piece about writing today but since I’ve been totally absorbed in writing for most of the day I fancied taking my brain off the heat for a short while.
A post on The Redneck Pricess’s blog caught my attention and looked like fun. I usually check through my bloggy stuff in the morning but I had my writing groove on today, actually to the point where my fingertips have gone a little numb! I’m happy – I’ve burned through 2 chapters so far. Yay!
So, Five Question Friday, here are my answers to the burning questions!
1. Have you ever had surgery?
Yep indeedy! Had operations on my ears when I was a young un, Reckon I was about 4 or 5 years old.. I don’t remember much but my dad told me I was in that much pain I used to bang my head against the wall and cry all night. Sounds horrific doesn’t it? I don’t think I was deaf, well, not that I can remember, and I’m certainly not deaf now. Seems like whatever the operation was for did the trick eh!
In my mid 20’s I had a nasty hernia and got sliced open. That was fun. I was in hospital for 2 days. Doesn’t sound like much but damn it was painful! I had one of those tubes to drain “stuff” into a bag from the wound. The worst part was when the nurse came to yank it out and I asked if it was going to hurt. Not at all, she said with a smile. I wonder if they teach nurses how to lie so convincingly at Nurse Academy?
It still makes me shudder thinking about that tube wriggling around inside me as she pulled it out! Eeww! So very VERY gross! A strange side effect of the anaesthetic was that I couldn’t do a poo for about a week after! Not sure I needed to share that but there it is!
2. Ever ride in an ambulance?
Oh yes. A good friend of mine took a load of pills one night in my flat when I was 18. I found him slumped on the floor in the living room trying to talk to his ex-girlfriend on the phone. She told me he wanted to kill himself because she had dumped him. Scary. I rode the ambulance with him to the hospital. He was given this weird charcoal stuff to drink and a nice cardboard hat to puke into. Lovely!
When he finally came home his dad arrived to pick him up. It was a few days before Christmas and bloody freezing outside. When they got him strapped into the car his dad came to the front door and put his hand on my shoulder. I expected some kind of telling off but instead he just looked right into my eyes, like really into them, and said. “Thank you.” Now whilst that might be quite touching, the words had considerably more weight to them because his dad was a Vicar! I’m not much of a religious type but I felt all tingly when he said it.
3. How are you in a medical emergency? Panicked? Calm?
Calm and cool as the emergency is unfolding, after though it’s usually shaky hands time and that thought about how it could have been so much worse. We’ve had our share of the kids coming in the kitchen with cuts and stuff, and whilst blood doesn’t bother one bit, the fear that something could become very bad very quickly makes me feel kinda cold inside, like I’m suddenly detached from emotion. There’s that need to protect and assure which takes over. That’s quite reassuring really.
I remember when I was about 17 and with some friends taking a short cut through a church yard in the centre of town. They all leaped over the rails but when I followed I landed on one of those nasty iron spikes used to keep people out. My friends had to come and physically lift me off the spike that had trapped me. There was a considerable amount of blood oozing from my thigh which I actually thought looked kinda cool at the time.
My friends rushed me to the hospital where I got stitched up. The one thing I do remember was how calm they were, and the one chap who was driving seemed more worried about the blood leaking over his back seat and insisted I sat on a plastic bag! Good times!
4. Do you have a garden? Flowers or veggies?
Well it’s hard to say. We have some flowers in hanging baskets. We used to have flowers and other assorted green things growing in pots until the rabbit came and et them all. We grow tomatoes, potatoes, sweet peas, lettuce and other small and easy to care for edible stuff. Sadly now we have had to raise them all off the ground, not only to protect them from the ninja rabbit but to stop the dogs from digging and rooting around in the dirt.
5. When did you move out of your parents house?
I was 18. It was not an enjoyable experience. I’ll leave that question short. It’s a memory I don’t care to dwell on too much. I just have to take it day by day and try to move on 😉
That was fun!
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In order to cheer myself up after Q5 I’ll leave you with a nice photo I took of a dinosaur made out of LEGO that I took a couple of weeks ago!