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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The strange world of ward 14


Imagine a hospital ward away from other wards down a long empty corridor. Entry is gained by an electronically secured entry system.

There is only one patient, a young man, who the staff visit and leave as quickly as they can. There is no small talk.

Medication is delivered in a lead container.

Visitors can visit at any time of the day, but may only stay for 30 minutes.

Who is the prisoner on this ward?

Well actually it’s my son who is undergoing radiotherapy.

He’ll be out tomorrow hopefully. I wonder how long he’ll glow in the dark?


  1. "I wonder how long he’ll glow in the dark?"

  2. Best wishes to you all.

  3. I hope your son makes a full recovery, FE.

  4. I wish you & your son all the best.

    My wife had a radioactive "plaque" applied to a tumour - visitors had to carry a Geiger counter when visiting. The click rate increased as you approached her from a low rate at the (special room) door to an urgent & worrying buzz when near her. Unsurprisingly no-one stayed for long. She was concerned when hearing the buzz, but illogically untroubled by it as long as the Geiger counter wasn't there (as if there was no danger without detection)!

  5. I'm glad you still have your sense of humour through what must be a worrying time for you.
    I'm not sure I could keep mine under those circumstances.

    I hope your son gets well soon and makes a complete recovery in due course.

  6. It must be very boring just sitting there waiting for the activity to drop.

    Hope he's home tomorrow. I suggest deep baths - possibly with bubbles or epsom salts - as laying around in water helps the kidneys work.

  7. Best wishes to him for a quick recovery.

  8. I really hope that young Mr FE is discharged from hospital tomorrow .. as it will be cause for a double celebration .. the homecoming of a loved & treasured one .. and of course "Trafalgar" Day .. I'm sure that a few glasses will be raised by the FE family .. ;)

  9. Chin up, FE. I am sure he's inherited your fortitude.

  10. Sorry only just seen this post Mr TFE, my best wishes and I hope for a speedy recovery.

    Take care.

  11. Thanks for all your kind words. He was let out this morning. What he hasn't noticed is that when he's in one room, we're in another. For instance every time he crosses the living room, the telly goes mad.


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