Archive for May, 2010

From Twitter 05-30-2010

Monday, May 31st, 2010
  • 07:25:41: @jonk I don’t believe that Superman needs to breathe at all. There, settled!
  • 07:29:53: @jjjap Wow! Very cute!
  • 07:58:30: Mornimg, all. Day 19 in the nuthatchery. Sunny day. I am officially stir-crazy. That is all.
  • 08:00:40: Plus, I can’t spell or type. NOW that is all.
  • 13:52:48: @jonk Thanks. Send me a hacksaw! 🙂
  • 20:05:30: A quack just prescribed something for me without telling me what it is for. I won’t be taking it without words with the quack himself.
  • 21:23:35: @RayLevesque Many yrs ago I wished a cow-orker a “Happy Yom Kippur”. I was told to say “Have an easy fast.” #redfaced
  • 21:40:38: @RayLevesque Here in the UK it’s the Late May Bank Holiday so if I weren’t in hospital at the moment it would be a Happy LMBH indeed.

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From Twitter 05-29-2010

Sunday, May 30th, 2010
  • 05:54:43: @kirkpng praying for Enya now.
  • 16:25:56: Afternoon, tweeps & peeps. Lazy Sat. in the nuthatchery. The supply nurses they get here try to take your blood pressure from your forearm.
  • 18:28:19: @kalandaka I’m certain you’d get the point of shopping if the shop was The Nut Stop.
  • 18:31:34: RT @jupitusphillip It has been a decade & we are no closer 2 discovering who did indeed, let the dogs out. Without closure, how can we heal?
  • 18:40:53: I want a pic of the offending organ RT DentonPolice 05/29/2010 10:01:42 | 22 yo | URINATING IN PUBLIC
  • 18:43:10: RT @sm1else I just had a lovely meal at Chik-Fil-A. That’s like enjoying a nice slice of Black Forest cake at Das Hitler Haus.
  • 19:28:33: My new neighbour is here, with visitors, including a child chanting “Baa, baa black sheep”. I will strangle him. No jury will convict me.
  • 19:41:09: The good news: the little bastard just left. The bad news: his last words were “See you tomorrow, Dad!”

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From Twitter 05-28-2010

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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From Twitter 05-27-2010

Friday, May 28th, 2010
  • 06:42:09: @jonk One word: lutefisk. That is all.
  • 07:10:29: @jonk Once you’ve tried lutefisk I guarantee you won’t want to know any more Norwegian.
  • 07:15:24: Morning, all. PICC line day today. No more cannulas!
  • 09:14:20: @sjjh eh? Question?
  • 12:39:37: Got my PICC line. Waiting for lunch. Bored. Zzzzzzzzz……..
  • 22:12:27: Well, tweeps & peeps, another day in the nuthatchery comes to a bitter end. My new neighbour is very irritating. That is all. Good night!
  • 22:15:14: @MrPandaBehr Congratulations! Well done!
  • 22:20:58: @TheRealRyanHiga I will make it into my screensaver!

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Still in the nuthatchery

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As it tends to do, Time marches on, even when one is incarcerated in the hospital. On the health front, my foot seems to be improving, according to the Professor. It was re-dressed again today (with my help, as the wound specialist was at the European Wound Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and enjoying herself with junkets onto the lake and the like) and the vacuum pump put back on. I was also taken down to X-Ray for a PICC line to be installed, just as during my last stay as a guest of the NHS. The external part of the line is slightly different than the last one, but it works as well, and thhe cannula has been removed. However, it looks like the Professor won’t let me out this week or, seemingly, next. I am going quietly crazy.

The ambience of the ward, however, has been spoiled by our newest inmate. I’ll call him H. H is from Surrey (judging by his accent), and he has spent much of the last year in hospitals. He had a spinal operation last year that went wrong (a surgeon mistakenly perforated his colon). This resulted in infections and finally in a large wound and a colostomy. He is in litigation with the NHS, but more importantly, he is a singularly demanding person.

There are limited food choices on the menu here, and most of us confine ourselves to what is on offer. Breakfast is cereal, porridge, or toast, with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. There is sugar available for those who can use it. Most of us here are diabetics (H is not diabetic) so eschew the sugar and jam for our toast.

H wanted toast, 2 glasses of milk, and porridge (=US oatmeal). He wanted sugar and salt, as (he repeatedly said) no self-respecting Scot would eat oatmeal without salt. The breakfast trolley does not carry salt. He went spare. Then the breakfast server said that he could not have 2 glasses of milk as it would not leave enough milk for the rest of the patients’ cereal. Complaining about this kept him occupied until lunch. I was livid, as I don’t particularly like hearing that kind of groundless complaint.

At lunch I got sugared Jello, not sugar-free. Rather than complain, I gave H my Jello as well as a packet of salt (hopefully he’ll save it for use tomorrow morning).

This afternoon, one of the nurses, a nice older Caribbean woman who has always treated me very well, was asked to change H’s dressings. Now H is very particular about how his dressings should be done, but the nurse was doing it the way she was taught. For 45 minutes he argued with her about the dressings, getting louder and louder. I found this quite upsetting. Now he does have the right to get the dressings done as he wishes them to be done, but he didn’t make that clear beforehand. So he is now trying to complain to the NHS about the nurse (who doesn’t seem to mind) and about his treatment generally. I am not looking forward to tomorrow.

Now if Mr. McDonald were still around, perhaps he could return and strangle H like he tried to strangle P, my previous neighbour. No jury would convict him.

Jesus wept.

From Twitter 05-26-2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
  • 08:13:25: Morning, all. Quiet night in the nuthatchery. My neighbour finished his sentence & was released last night. I hope the next one is quiet…
  • 09:31:30: @JoexEd As long as the men are good at it I don’t mind…
  • 13:11:01: I get my PICC line tomorrow but won’t be out until sometime mid- to late next week.
  • 21:07:32: Well, all, off for a PICC line tomorrow so must get a good night’s sleep. The nuthatchery tends to prevent it but I must try…

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From Twitter 05-25-2010

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
  • 07:33:23: Interesting mental picture… RT @JoexEd @UncleDeej I quite want to just ear you up
  • 07:46:00: @jonk lots of guys rode rails. Very dangerous but lots of sex, apparently.
  • 07:47:18: @kylekendoll hi Kyle. Love ur vids.
  • 08:06:09: @JoexEd indeed. Something to do with earlobes & lips, I guess.
  • 08:08:59: @jonk yeah, man sex. Cooped up in hobo camps what else to do?
  • 08:10:45: @kylekendoll recuperating in hospital at the mo. You?
  • 13:45:40: My towel is hanging on the radiator; I’m glad I know where my towel is. #towelday
  • 22:41:22: @angelxxxcruz te amo, mi amigo!
  • 22:43:08: RT @TrevorWesley I think It’s better to be an authentic loser than a false success, and to die alive than to live dead.
  • 22:44:05: @JoexEd about to go to bed in the nuthatchery. You?

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From Twitter 05-24-2010

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
  • 07:35:24: Morning, all. Would the men on this ward who insist on peeing on the seat and floor please swallow their macho & sit to pee? KTHXBYE
  • 07:40:40: @JoexEd I didn’t know Tumblr HAD a jail…who knew? Looking forward to your release.
  • 07:52:01: @jonk hm…piercing friendly. Intriguing. Nipple piercings don’t faze doctors much, unless you’re getting an MRI scan.
  • 08:03:39: RT @AsCorrespondent Tales from Mongolia, by @jothejrno #travel
  • 11:58:08: Yes RT @pierregoh Don’t you just hate it when your socks go sliding halfway down your feet in your shoes? Nobody knows but you. But still.
  • 12:08:27: RT @Rainer_Seiffert You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”–Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 12:16:42: Me too! Sending good thoughts your way! RT @JoexEd @UncleDeej Hope everything goes well for your Dad, Danny!
  • 16:43:29: @IvyBean104 Glad to see u back online, Ivy! I’m in hospital at the moment & I miss my online friends!
  • 16:45:25: @jonk it’s 30 degrees C/86 F here in London. Please take the hot weather away!
  • 20:07:07: If you liked The Producers, you’ll love this: Today’s Theatre Organ Gem
  • 22:48:26: Good night all…another day in the nuthatchery…hope to be out in a week or so. Encouraging news from the quacks helps.

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Today’s Theatre Organ Gem

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I’m absolutely certain that nearly everyone on my flist has seen The Producers, hopefully the original with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. I am in love with that movie.

Well, I am also certain that those of you who have seen the film are really hankering to hear Springtime for Hitler as played on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Jonathan Ortloff. I know I was. And while I’m still in the hospital, I could do with a smile or two.

From Twitter 05-23-2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010
  • 07:50:40: @JoexEd he’s not a real Scot as he’s wearing undies under the kilt.
  • 07:56:44: @jonk I would kill for a Ring-Ding.
  • 10:21:55: RT @ruskin147 Loads about privacy in papers but thought this about right 2 intrude on Triesman’s privacy was interesting
  • 10:29:07: Morning all. No assaults last night but lots of coughing. I thot they’d transferred me to the TB ward.
  • 11:44:56: @soveren yes, a man w Alzheimers wandered to the next bed and tried to strangle my neighbour. Lots of excitement.
  • 11:54:19: @JoexEd very nice but next time less clothing? None, perhaps? Your public awaits!
  • 12:41:59: @JoexEd Why not let us be the judge of that! I think you’d be fabulous!
  • 13:02:13: @pierregoh I like ur shorts too.
  • 22:21:29: Good night, tweeps & peeps. Two tries for a new cannula today. I was quite profane. Tomorrow a progress report. Sleep tight y’all.
  • 22:24:18: RT @SunnyRainer Whatever you are, be a good one – Abraham Lincoln
  • 22:26:10: RT @Rainer_Seiffert “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • 22:26:59: RT @iamkio I am who I am I will not change for anyone beside myself god created me in his image and I will stay that way he made me
  • 22:32:21: @LegalMoose comgratulations! Great work!

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From Twitter 05-22-2010

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

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From Twitter 05-21-2010

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
  • 06:43:57: Morning, all. The chatterer entered the next room & hit the guy. Mayhem. They put him in a room by himself. Another night in the nuthatch.
  • 09:32:13: #ff @mariocruzxxx
  • 09:46:10: RT @IanAFletcher: OMG! Just walked into a toilet at work to find a patient with his cock in the dyson airblade hand drier!
  • 09:55:55: @soveren Glad I brightened your day. At least it wasn’t a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
  • 09:57:22: @Squibby_ You’re alive because Twiglets are a complete meal in and of themselves.
  • 14:31:55: #ff @devinjay

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From Twitter 05-20-2010

Friday, May 21st, 2010
  • 00:45:30: Well, tweeps & peeps, new cannula tomorrow, a hypo tonight, restless natives. Heaven on earth in the nuthatchery!
  • 07:58:30: Morning all. New cannula (painful), chatty guy now exhausted and asleep after keeping us up all night. Ugh!
  • 18:47:29: @JoexEd love the photos; they help pass the time in my hospital bed. Thanx!
  • 21:16:11: @kalandaka we call the squirrel who owns us “Daring Squirrel”. She still agrees to eat our peanuts.
  • 21:29:50: @jonk at least you didn’t discover it by stepping in it…did you?

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From Twitter 05-18-2010

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

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From Twitter 05-17-2010

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
  • 06:08:20: Morning, tweeps & peeps. The natives are restless this morning. Vacuum pump comes off today. Hope it did some good.
  • 06:24:35: @twisymbo thanks, waiting for nurse to take BP & give IV.
  • 07:55:16: Aw, u spoilt it… RT @jonk sweaty from screwing; should have done it BEFORE shower (literally, screws with a screwdriver, you nasty boys).
  • 08:59:52: RT @LucasLascivious *faints*
  • 09:00:53: RT @SunnyRainer “Every achiever that I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.” – Dr. Robert Schuller
  • 23:09:02: Well, tweeps & peeps, another day in the nuthatchery ends. Sleep will elude me. Faugh!

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From Twitter 05-16-2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010
  • 06:57:27: Morning, tweeps& peeps. OK night in the hospital. Overnight the number of LGBT bishops has doubled! Rejoice! Congrats, Bishop Glasspool!
  • 18:32:22: @ramseym I like my coffee like I like my men: strong, hot, and black, as Mother Superior said.
  • 21:33:57: Good night, tweeps & peeps. Another week in the nuthatchery beckons. I despair. HWMBO is the best, BTW.
  • 22:50:51: RT @jonk @AJHab amen! #screamingbabiesarenotcute

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From Twitter 05-15-2010

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

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From Twitter 05-14-2010

Saturday, May 15th, 2010
  • 00:06:51: Good night from the hospital, tweeps & peeps. Perhaps a blog entry tomorrow if HWMBO brings the netbook.
  • 07:20:42: Morning, tweeps & peeps. Another day dawns bright in hospital. Vacuum pump on my foot ’til Monday now.
  • 15:51:09: @mkrigsman try talking to Tom Gilb. If he didn’t research that statistic, he knows who did.
  • 23:12:09: Good night, tweeps & peeps, from the nuthatchery, where the natives are stupid and shout insults at each other all night.

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My life and welcome to it

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I realise that I haven’t blogged for a while. Here’s the scoop.

On Tuesday last week, I went to the foot clinic. They told me that the bacterium I had was not sensitive to the antibiotic I was taking, They changed the antibiotic to another one (and took me off metronidazole and put me on ciprofloxacin, which means I can now drink alcohol but must be careful of milk), and told me to come in on Monday.

Well, on Monday they said that they wanted to admit me as the infection was worse. However, I waited there all day and there was no bed, so they told me to come back on Tuesday. The only problem was, on Wednesday night I would be installed as Master of Goliath Lodge, and my brother and another member of Philanthropic were travelling to London to see it. I just couldn’t be in hospital for that.

So, I agreed to be admitted for one night, filled full of antibiotics (I think it’s called meropenem) and then let out Wednesday afternoon for the ceremony. The hospital would try to keep the bed for me, and I’d return Wednesday night. They would call my mobile phone if they couldn’t hold the bed.

So I checked out Wednesday, bussed back home, and got ready for the meeting. Harold (my brother) and Rick were there and we exchanged presents. Harold had turned a gavel on his lathe (he is an accomplished woodworker) out of something called cocobolo wood, which is very dark and hard. They also brought me a little ceramic statuette from Philanthropic Lodge, a letter from their Master, lots of other stuff that is useful around the house. So we got ready and took a bus. As soon as we got on the bus Rick realised that he’d forgotten his camera, and so had I. So we got off at the next stop, he ran back and got the cameras, and we proceeded to Freemasons’ Hall.

My ankle and foot ached, but I just had to go through with it. I would be terribly disappointed if this day, which I’ve prepared for over five years, had to be postponed or cancelled. So I suffered.

The meeting went swimmingly. I took my oath from memory with no prompting, was allowed to sit at times I should have been standing, was invested as Worshipful Master, and then was saluted by the Board of Installed Masters. I then needed to gavel that to an end, but as I gavelled (using Goliath’s own gavel), the head broke off and dropped to the floor. I said to someone “Look through my brother’s bag—there a gavel in there.” So we used that gavel through the rest of the meeting.

We then dined at the Grand Connaught Rooms, where the food had improved but the service was terrible. Never again. Bro. Ben Rowe, the blogger, sang the Master’s Song for me and I gave my response to the toast (rather well).

After everything Harold, Rick, and I took a cab back to Kings College Hospital, where they (miraculously) had not released the bed, so I was “readmitted”, recannulated, and more antibiotics pumped into me.

On Thursday they steam-cleaned the wound—debrided it using something like a Water-Pik. I stayed off it all day as it oozed, and Harold, Rick, and Wai-Liang visited in the afternoon. This morning they have fitted a vacuum pump over the wound to suck out more of the bacteria. They may have to do a little operation to scrape off some infected bone, but they merrily said, “You won’t miss it, and the wound will heal faster.” Oh, I see…

The denizens of the ward (I’m on the same ward as in November, but a different room) are pretty rum, but not as rum as before. There’s a young man across the aisle who will not keep his hands off the female nurses and makes suggestive remarks to them. He is filthy, and messes up the toilet when he uses it. They put Depends on him a couple of times, but he’s just too lazy to try to get to the toilet even if he isn’t wearing them. As with many people who are not used to being in hospital, he treats the nursing staff as his personal servants, so even though he can get around (he’s bigger than me so has some mobility problems, but can move around) he’s constantly calling the nurses to perform trivial tasks. “NURSE!” he incessantly cries.

The Scottish alcoholic in the next bed to mine treated the hospital like a hotel and was out every night and pretended to still be ill. Finally, yesterday Social Services told him he was being discharged. He got quite profane but disappeared. I was relieved, Guess who turned up tonight, fibbing that he had ordered a dinner and trying to “borrow” a pound from me. I asked the head nurse if he could shoo the guy away as I was afraid that he’d ransack my bedside table if I went to the loo. After it was made clear that he was not getting dinner, he disappeared. Any bets on him turning up tomorrow?

I do not know when I’ll be let go. I am so grateful that the bed was held that I’m designating the Kings College Hospital Charity as my preferred charity for my Masonic year, and whatever we collect as alms will be sent to them with the request it be donated to the Diabetic Foot Clinic. The Water-Pik nozzle they use for the debridement is one-use, and it costs

From Twitter 05-11-2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
  • 07:33:22: Well, tweeps and peeps. Off to Kings later for one day of antibiotics. Then out tomorrow for my installation. Probably in again on Thursday.
  • 21:16:18: RT @ianvisits RT @lordofmisrule Dave’s first act as Prime Minister: call an exorcist to banish Lord Mandelson from No.10
  • 21:21:20: RT @blogofthorns People will forget what you said…what you did..people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

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Short update

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I am going into Kings for a day today for intense antibiotics. Then out tomorrow for my installation. Probably in again on Thursday for an extended stay. Good thoughts and prayers (if you do ’em) would be much appreciated.

From Twitter 05-10-2010

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
  • 07:51:01: @jonk Is there anything else that COULD be said about it? Enquiring minds want to know…
  • 09:32:01: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Off to the clinic now. I feel better (not recovered, by any means) but better. More news later. Fingers crossed!
  • 16:59:32: Well, tweeps & peeps, they’re admitting me to hospital tomorrow for overnight IV antibiotics. Out Weds AM, then in again Thurs?
  • 17:07:03: @danieljohnlewis thank you! Think good thoughts.

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Good and bad news

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Good news: I should be able to attend my Installation as Master of the Lodge on Wednesday.

Bad news: I will be admitted to Kings College Hospital tomorrow morning for a day and a half of IV antibiotics. I spent most of the day in the diabetic foot clinic (today I had a sandwich and a Diet Coke to eat and drink) and they wanted to admit me tonight but couldn’t find a bed. Tomorrow there will be a bed and they will fill me full of antibiotics to try to kill this bug that’s in my foot.

I may be readmitted on Thursday to continue the IVs but they are not sure.

I hope they aren’t fibbing to me and planning to keep me in on Wednesday against my will.

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Monday, May 10th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 05-09-2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010
  • 00:48:37: Well, tweeps and peeps, if the foot wasn’t enough, I had a hypo just now. Have remedied it, but waiting before bed again…
  • 15:37:09: Happy US & Sg Mother’s Day to all moms out there. My mum is no longer with us so I wish you all a very happy day!
  • 15:41:29: I thought u said England’s YOBS. U can have those. RT @Naoij @Squibby_ I’m just here to steal English’s jobs.
  • 17:54:34: @callummay different genesis of the two days–read the wikipedia article on Mother’s Day.
  • 18:39:59: RT @JonSHarvey RT @paullashbrook: Proportional Representation explained by John Cleese in 1987!!!…
  • 22:08:40: Well, tweeps and peeps, feeling better today. Clinic tomorrow. Wish me luck. Brother still stuck in Marblehead. Wish him luck!

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From Twitter 05-08-2010

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
  • 19:55:28: My brother’s flight to London from Boston has been cancelled TWICE! ETA now Monday evening. Fingers crossed the ash disappears for a week.

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From Twitter 05-07-2010

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
  • 07:38:48: Good morning, tweeps and peeps. I wake to a hung parliament this morning. BNP got no seats (yay!) Greens got 1. Simon Hughes wins again!
  • 18:41:25: @charlesarthur Robinson is still a member of the NI assembly so still First Minister.

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Election notes

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Well, the election is over. However, the shouting has just begun. The electorate has mumbled, not spoken. Labour has lost around 90 seats or so, with some high-profile losses such as Jacqui Smith and Charles Clarke, former Home Secretaries, and some junior ministers. The Tories have gained around 90 seats, some in Wales, which was surprising. The Liberal Democrats have lost quite a few seats, including Lembit Opik, the erstwhile consort of one of the Cheeky Girls, and Susan Kramer. My own MP, Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat) was returned with an increased majority, crushing the Labour candidate and leaving the Conservative in the dust. The Greens have their first-ever MP, in Brighton (the gay mecca of England).

Now when the smoke clears, the difficulty is that no party commands a majority in the new House of Commons. This has not happened in 36 years, since the first election of 1974.

For those who are not living in a parliamentary democracy with more than one possible governing party, here is the situation.

Gordon Brown is still Prime Minister. Even though his party no longer commands a majority, he gets the first try at forming a working majority in the House. This is why the electorate shoudn’t mumble so much. They are mumbling “We don’t want Gordon.” but they didn’t speak clearly enough.

The big loser of the night is Nick Clegg. There was a flurry of newspaper stories after the first debate intimating that the Liberal Democrats would do very very well indeed. The polls said the same thing. But, as usual with the British voter, s/he got into the voting booth and thought, “Oh, no, I can’t vote for the Lib Dems. They can’t win.” This happens in every election and no one seems to have mentioned it this time. Well, the truisms of former elections seem to have held true this time.

Another surprise was the fact that many polling stations, which were required by law to close at 10 pm sharp, had long queues of people waiting in vain to vote. The doors are shut and no more ballots were given out. There were many angry voters who were not allowed to vote. The Electoral Commissioner has said that the law is clear and the Returning Officers are responsible for the orderly conduct of the vote. Some polling stations ran out of ballots, and didn’t bother to get any more. Something will be done, no doubt. The Electoral Commissioner says that we have a Victorian voting system, which is true. I believe that in the United States, generally, if you are in a queue to vote when the polls close, you are allowed to vote. I think that’s the only reform needed here.

So what will happen? Labour will try to form a minority government, It won’t be able to command a majority and will lose a vote of confidence. However, this won’t happen until the end of May. Then David Cameron will try to form a minority government, and he will probably not lose a vote of confidence. What he will try to do is get some flashy programs off the ground so that he can have another election by the end of the year—probably in October. The Liberal Democrats will sit tight and not upset anyone’s applecart, hoping for proportional voting to be brought in by a referendum (under a Labour government).

From Twitter 05-06-2010

Friday, May 7th, 2010
  • 10:05:06: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Had a tussle with the GP’s office today, who wanted to cancel my daily injection as a nurse had called in sick…
  • 18:56:29: @soveren Very good; I voted yellow too, as did my Chinese husband.

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Today’s Near Disaster

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I have scheduled visits to my GP’s practice each day for my injection. I am feeling slightly better (but not out of the woods yet) and feel that the injections and the pill are helping.

So this morning I get a call from the GP’s surgery where the receptionist said, brightly, “Sorry, Nurse E is ill today and we’ve cancelled your appointment.” “But, but, I need this antibiotic desperately. I need it every day!” “We’ll call you back.”

I decided to call the District Nurse (=US Visiting Nurse) and throw myself on her mercy. About 15 minutes later, she called me back and said that they would slot me in.

Now I am very grateful to them. But my life is suddenly flashing before me, and it’s not good. Depression looms like a black cloud over my life, and has done for almost a year now.

Had I known this was going to happen, I would have just let my toenail fall off naturally last year rather than go in for all these consequences to be set into motion.

From Twitter 05-05-2010

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
  • 08:02:27: Good morning, tweeps and peeps. A restless night, but I did get _some_ sleep. Off to the GP at 11:20am and then wait.
  • 15:02:45: @kathyclugston sorry to hear it. Get onto ur bank soonest. Happened to me a few months ago but managed to stop any losses. Good luck!
  • 17:58:49: @seashellseller many many thanks!
  • 18:04:22: RT @Shelbycub Better Marriage Blanket – New Lower Pricing!
  • 22:53:37: Well, tweeps and peeps, another day…I feel OK but not right. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and prayers. Off to bed now.

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I’ve been remiss in keeping this up to date with my health problems, so this will have to do. I went to the foot clinic last Friday and they cut more flesh off my right foot and sent me home with my cast. I was still having injections of antibiotic and taking metronidazole orally. On Tuesday (Monday was a public holiday here) I went in, ostensibly to see the vascular surgeon about possible angioplasty. He had a terrific bedside manner. However, bad news: having the cast on my left foot had affected my gait to such an extent that my right foot was seriously affected. In addition, the antibiotics they were feeding me were ineffective against the bugs I have. So they then had a tussle with the microbiology people to determine whether they could give me ertepenem by injection and ciprofloxacin orally. It took quite a while for them to win, but that’s what I’m now taking, They also gave an air cast for my RIGHT foot, and padded my left foot so that there should not be much strain on the much smaller ulcer I still have on that.

They kept me there from 11 am until 5:45 pm with no lunch, no drink (there was no water bottle on the cooler) and one pee break. I am not ashamed to say that when I came home I sat down and wept for 1/2 an hour. I go again next Monday and if my condition has deteriorated or the antibiotics have not taken, I will be hospitalised. Next Wednesday is when my installation as Master of my Lodge is scheduled. My brother and a friend arrive from Marblehead on Saturday. I am heartsick.

This was all so preventable. All they had to do is remove my left big toenail last June. None of this would have happened in this way had they not done that.

If you’re a person of prayer, then I would appreciate an occasional prayer. If you’re just a person of good will, kind and healing thoughts are just as welcome. Thanks.

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 05-04-2010

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
  • 09:55:53: Please vote. It’s very important. RT @Squibby_: I don’t think I’ll have time to vote. Oh well.
  • 09:58:09: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Surveyors have come and the house will not fall down. Off to the Foot Clinic shortly. Wish me luck!
  • 20:46:59: Well, tweeps & peeps I spent most of the day at hospital & am now out of the cast & on different antibiotics. Pray, pls, if u do that!
  • 23:01:00: Well, tweeps and peeps, off to bed now. I am very depressed so good thoughts would be most helpful. See ya tomorrow!

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From Twitter 05-02-2010

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
  • 07:41:50: Morning, all. Slept OK, but my foot does feel better today. Gloomy and rainy outside though. Can’t have everything.
  • 21:44:25: Well, tweeps and peeps, almost bedtime.Odd day today.Not feeling good but not as bad as Friday. Will concentrate on getting better.

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From Twitter 05-01-2010

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
  • 09:29:15: Good morning tweeps and peeps. Feeling a bit better today. Not out of the woods yet. Tuesday back to the clinic to see about leg angioplasty
  • 16:40:05: @jonk thanks!
  • 20:35:31: @angelxxxcruz yay for us Scorpios!!!
  • 22:45:31: Good night, tweeps and peeps. Knocking on wood while I say this; I have felt much better today than I have in a week. Hope it continues.
  • 22:46:36: @urbanbohemian and you!

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From Twitter 04-30-2010

Saturday, May 1st, 2010
  • 23:04:56: Well, tweeps and peeps, a hard day today. Lots of bed rest and maybe everything will be OK soon. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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