Category Archives: Lifestyle

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Nursie

doctors may think they’re important,
but it’s the nurses that get you well

This has got to be the shortest Jethro Tull track ever.

The nurses in this hospital have been very good to me, especially when I couldn’t get out of bed at all.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

none of my nurses look like this

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Utah Landscapes

sometimes we have to go back to seeing the world in black and white

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It’s a long road to my recovery

Hospital Introspection

knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

I think that it’s acceptable for me to be apprehensive, introspective, and a little depressed ~ I’m pretty certain this is day #5 of my lying on this hospital bed.  I haven’t been able to get up at all, because of the tubes, drips, and because moving is painful for me.  Being immobile on a hospital bed, with very little control of my own life, and very little privacy isn’t a joyous time.

At least the catheter was removed this morning, right after the phlebotomist took my blood for the umpteenth time.  Nobody tells you that catheter removal is painful, and that there’s probably going to be blood.  At least the nurses make me a cup of tea after they wake me up at 5 a.m.  I thank them profusely for that.

As it happens I am not looking forward to going for a pee.

I have been trying to make the best of things;

We ought to hear at least one little song every day, read a good poem, see a first-rate painting, and if possible speak a few sensible words.  ~  von Goethe

My concentration has come back sufficiently for me to do most of that ~ the sensible words thing may still be eluding me.  Maybe the things I write on here contain a few sensible words.

One good thing has come out of this, I have realised that many of the people who know me on here, genuinely care about me and my welfare.  I am pleased to call them my friends.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I like the California desert

I wish I was there now

Survival from Illness

hospital is brief moments of fear interspersing long periods of boredom and pain

It’s my fourth day in hospital with kidney problems.

I see an oncologist tomorrow, I think it’s just routine.  It’s also very scary

But, if I get though all this with my health intact, it will be a supreme and liberating experience for me; annulling routine expectations, providing new contexts and challenges, widening my horizons and opportunities.  I believe that this scary episode is testing my abilities, nourishing my honesty, individuality, stoicism, irony, humour, fortitude, humility, and the complexity of my character.  I hope I come out of this a much better person.

Above all this is a reminder of the shortness of our lives, and that I should make the most of what is left of mine.

Instead of being scared, stressed, and depressed, I should try to look on the bright side of things with humour and humility.

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Jack Collier

jjackcollier7@talktalk.net

This picture helps me feel calm and peaceful

In Pain ~ In Hospital

hospital life sucks

In a hospital bed, in an 8 person ward, and I can’t even get out bed to go to the bathroom.

I’m having my blood taken every 4 hours, and my blood pressure tested  ~ bp is 108 / 83, and my heart rate is 115, at 05:00 this morning.

Let me tell you a catheter is not fun.

Not as bad as the pain in my right kidney.  Latest guess is it’s an infection, so I’m now on antibiotics  But I know that stress and depression on its own can make you physically Ill.

Today I had my first bed bath, which was a little embarrassing, but not as embarrassing as having a catheter inserted into my penis by a lady doctor and a nurse.

Thank you all for your kind wishes.  Lucky they have Wi-Fi in this hospital.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

This picture makes me feel happier

In Hospital

people tend to die in hospitals

Unfortunately, after all the medical tests I had the other day I’m now in hospital with a fairly serious problem in one of my kidneys.  I wondered what the back pain I’ve been suffering was all about.

I’m on a drip and lots of fluids.  I feel pretty bad, and likely to be in hospital for a few days.

I will not be in touch very much while I’m in here.

I could use some good friends right now.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

this picture makes me feel happier

Songs on Saturday II ~ London Beat

senza una donna, e quanto è lontana, e sono senza unna donna

A very cool, tough, strong, grounded, together, harder, tougher, sensitive, wiser, self-confident, and self-aware guy doesn’t need a woman to make him happy.  Not much.

Not so long ago a woman almost broke me, physically, mentally, emotionally spiritually.  Luckily I’m over her now.  But not much

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

she hurt him with her lovely eyes

Medical Tests

medicine is a pseudoscience of uncertainty and probability

Today I will be out.

I’m going to Newcastle upon Tyne for a series of medical-type tests;

  • A long, long Q & A session.
  • Lots of measurements including body fat, BP, and pulse rate.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Full-body MRI scan.
  • Brain MRI scan, (wish me good luck with that one).
  • Heart and body MRI scan.
  • Neck artery ultrasound scan.
  • Dual-Energy x-ray Absorptiometry scan.
  • Full blood work up.
  • Urine tests.
  • Treadmill heart monitoring

All in all I’m told it should take about 5 hours.

All followed up by 14 days of heart monitoring using a patch.

Ergo, if I’m not around later you know where I am.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

most men like most nurses,

most of the time

Songs on Saturday ~ Fleetwood Mac

even seven would not be too many…..

Seven wonders…..  why is it that most legendary, mystical, and magical things all come in sevens.  Except the three witches of course ~ maiden, mother, crone.

I remember this from the days of my youth, when Stevie Nicks was second only to Debbie Harry in young boy’s dreams.  And just who is Sara?

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

not all witches are unattractive

the cat is called Pyewacket ~ a minor demon

she walked on eggshells

you don’t lie to the person that you love

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skilled liar

she was carnal

and I truly adored her

I never knew the real woman

she walked on eggshells around me

why do I adore a false chimera, an avatar?

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jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

 

and she never tells the truth

 

 

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