Time Shifts Slowly

A matter of routine. The days morph into weeks. One week down already. A long and slow descent. As my cells die slowly.   Within this room I lie. With four familiar walls. Shuttered window viewpoint. On Autumn world outside. It's a limited life.   Here in isolation. Yet not alone at all. Friends and … Continue reading Time Shifts Slowly

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Too Young

For the second time in three months I have attended the funeral of a friend who has died of cancer. Another peer (a year younger than me) who succumbed to this dreadful illness.Pete was externally positive and always thinking of others. Today's funeral was as much celebration as anything else. The church was packed and … Continue reading Too Young

Just In Case

We left Tanzania on the 2nd April, for a family holiday in Kenya. I would not return again.  When I eventually returned to the UK for treatment on the 18th April I came with a small bag of holiday clothes totally unsuited for the British Spring. I was able to add a small number of … Continue reading Just In Case

Doldrums

It would be fair to say that life is becoming routine. Six weeks after my return to England and three weeks after I was released from hospital there is a new equilibrium.  Life has changed do much in the past month and as the tornado disperses I am now finding myself in a calmer place … Continue reading Doldrums

Normalcy

This weekend has been a normal weekend in that it has been a weekend of doing normal things.  You might well wonder what is normal when you have spent much of the past three years, as I have in Tanzania? Actually not that different to the UK. it's been a normal weekend inasmuch as it … Continue reading Normalcy

Wired to the World

I am stuck in a side ward a room no bigger than 5m by 3m at it's biggest. The outbreak of vomiting virus means that I have not been out of the room for almost 5 days. It would be very easy to go 'stir crazy' in here. In fact since Maunday Thursday (April 13th) … Continue reading Wired to the World