Here’s a somewhat nicer story about travel, enjoyment, people being kind and friendly……
All of my Customers are special but some are VERY special and we have become friends.
Many are medical but for some reason a few days ago, I was thinking of three special ladies who are in a specialised medical field who have been with me several times and I was thinking of their possible harmful exposure to danger in the current crisis so here is a precis of what I wrote to them:
Good afternoon to the three of you !
We seem to have buggered things up somewhat don’t we?
Whenever I think of you three I always get a smile on my face and felt I needed one of those today, the first of our “lock down” days here in the UK.
The government tried social isolation a week or so ago, like you are doing over there, but given a lovely sunny weekend and the TV cameras watching thousands of people walking up Mount Snowdon in North Wales and more than thousands frolicking in London’s parks, compulsion was the only option. We have to stay home except to go to the supermarket or pharmacy. We are allowed one limited outside exercise a day ALONE. Only people in essential occupations are allowed to go to work. And I can see this going on for months.
Will you guys end up having to go back to hands on practical doctoring in a hospital or was that all too long ago? I worry about you and all my other friends (and Customers) who are having to expose themselves to harm to save others. They / You have my utter respect.
I am self isolating – I am not classed as particularly vulnerable albeit I’m in my late 60s, asthmatic and a big chap. But Bev and I are hunkering down for the duration.
I must tell you a doctoring story regarding the (just) four year old granddaughter, Daisy – what a little darling she is. So she and her brother were with us last Wednesday – the last day we will touch them for months – and she was playing at doctors using her kit!! She was looking in my ears and using the stethoscope and in the end she turned away and said: “There is nothing I can do for you”. I said what’s wrong with me and she said “Its no good I can’t cure you” adding “You will have to go to Gloucester” (our main hospital!!!). She said she could only help people who were sore or needed plaster casts etc!!! Fortunately I have it all on video for posterity !
My mother meantime is in a care home and of course we are not allowed to see her – fortunately she has a phone but we end up hoarse from the shouting when she refuses to put in her hearing aids!!
I am thinking that next year, if people have the means and desire, I will have one more summer of work especially with my favourites…..otherwise I will morph into retirement 😢
Girls…..please be careful and I hope to see you all again when this madness is resolved.
ONE OF THE REPLIES
I haven’t cried through all of this craziness until I read your email and saw the pictures of the children, Bev, and you. I can’t quite understand what has me so muddled by these images or your words. Maybe I’m just ready for a cry and your faces unleashed it, or maybe the pure simplicity and loveliness of seeing all of you looking so happy and relaxed and full of life, stirs a worry that things will never be the same. Maybe it’s seeing my husband so worried about work, or lack of it, because the local hospital has stopped non-essential surgeries in order to preserve hospital beds for potential coronavirus patients: he’s in full doom and gloom mode. Maybe it’s thinking about your mother and all the other care home residents, wondering, if their minds still work well enough, if they’ll be the next to get the dreaded disease; missing their families. It’s probably the thought of a fourth night of homemade macaroni and cheese with homemade chili, both of which are good, but… Fortunately we are “flush” with toilet paper.
Seeing you all and remembering our beautiful lunch there in your backyard with our delicious treats from the outdoor market, remembering the frenchman at the bakery in the market, telling me that the croissants and cookies could not live in the same bag, when I asked him to throw them in together, the look on his face absolutely incredulous that I would even suggest such a thing.
I don’t know what it is that has brought these tears. I do know that I’m grateful for them and all the memories and events and people, you all especially, that have brought me such warm experiences. You see, even though we haven’t known each other, all of us, for a very long time, the time we have known each other has been so good and it came into my life at a very important time, for whatever reason. You are all a big part of me and my happiness. And even though we don’t communicate regularly, you all are always there. What a comfort.
THANK YOU ROB LITTLE AND FAMILY!!! Thanks (I think?) for making me cry 25 minutes before I have to do a phone appointment with a patient. Stay well, dear ones, and mind the social distancing. XO A****
EXCUSE ME FOR SHARING THAT WITH YOU…..But I thought it might being a warm and fuzzy feeling to some of us! For me, it gives me great satisfaction that I am in the “Happiness Business” !!
Let’s Tour England !