1 EAGLETON NOTES: Life - An Update

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Life - An Update

I'm now out of hospital and getting some R and R before my scans and cancer review next week.

Before I respond to the comments on my last couple of posts (and I hope you will forgive me if I give general comments and just answer specific ones where a specific point has been made) I just want to update you and show you a few of the things that have amused me and kept me going over the last week or so.

Several post-cards from my brother, CJ/Scriptor Senex:

Although, as CJ pointed out, this is an unrealistic representation of life - libraries no longer have books and pigs trotters cannot manage the keystrokes (although he supposed that they could have asked the librarian volunteer member of the public behind the counter.
The cartoon arrived in one of the messages I received although I can't recall who sent it - sorry. I think it encompasses so very much my philosophy of life and is an important part of playing The Glad Game. Anyway it's Saturday, the weather here near Glasgow is wet, breezy and very uninviting.  I have little doubt that we shall venture out at some stage but for the moment I shall visit Blogland and write good old snail mail letters: I have a lot of people to thank for helping me through the last 10 days.
 

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  1. R and R - very important. Hope your review goes well.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny, I've every confidence that it will.

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  2. I applaud Snoopy's response. Fingers crossed, next week you will pass your M.O.T. test once again and then get back to your real life on Lewis.

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    1. Well I got that wrong, YP. I had told myself that your comment would be about the first post card.

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  3. How I love all that Charles Scultz created! I am sending you positive energy! It has a long way to come to you but combined with all the rest from all you family and friends, I hope you feel the love.👍

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    1. Thank you Kay. All positive energy is welcomed!

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  4. Great to hear you have survived their administrations. Look forward to seeing or hearing you are back home.
    This sepsis is getting serious. A chap in the glen ripped his forearm on a bit of fence last year. I gave it four gaffer tape butterflies and a good wash with that savlon water spray stuff. He was fine but a couple of days later went to Perth for his check up, apparently he is diabetic and has to go in case his foot falls off. They redressed the wound which was about a foot long and an inch deep and that was the last we saw of him for about six weeks. Mucky places are hospitals. I'd have been better peeing on his arm.

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    1. PS. I think that ought to read ministrations. Never mind adding a few letters makes one sound educated.

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    2. The brain is a strange thing, Adrian: I read your first word as 'ministrations' anyway. Oddly my first attempt at sepsis was completely unrelated to a hospital visit ('though not to my kidney problems). It is unfortunate though that if one is susceptible to these things anything can trigger it.

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  5. I'm very glad you'll be out of hospital, Graham - hope you are able to stay somewhere nice and quite near, so you don't have that rather long and inconvenient trip again in order to return. And good luck with the tests next week. I love your selection of illustrations on this post. I am not usually a huge fan of Charlie Brown but this is very nice indeed. I'll be beaming you some good wishes for the next couple of weeks and I hope you will let us know when you are back on the island again.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes, Jenny. I'm fortunate to have a friend in Bishopbriggs with whom I stay and with whom I share concerts, exhibitions and many other things including mutual friends. If I'm honest I couldn't say that I've ever followed Charlie Brown but I did enjoy this one.

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  6. yes very important to rest and relax, as for libraries and books I haven't visited one in a while, must join up with the one up here, just gotta get time to read.

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    1. Amy, R and R is very important as you say and a few days out in your boat in the warmth would be my idea of heaven just now. One of the first things that made me feel that I 'belonged' when I lived near Napier was join the Napier Library: a very vibrant institution.

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  7. Great to read that you are out of hospital Graham. Rest and relaxation is certainly the order of the day for you. Thinking of you

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    1. Thank you Lynda. As the temperature just claws its way above 0℃ today here in Glasgow I shall think of you.

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  8. You are a very patient man to go through the marathon you've been on and still be cheerful.

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  9. Prayers continue for your health. Humor is vital to life. The Funnies/cartoons are a favorite as they deliver quickly, and don't make me have to think too long. :)

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    1. Thanks, Maywyn. Without humour life would be unthinkable for me. It is such a healing friend.

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  10. Well you seem to be back in blog circulation so something is going right.

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  11. My very best wishes to you and I hope your review goes well. X

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  12. Wishing you wellness, a good review, and all things wonderful! Thankfully, our libraries still have books (along with music and movies) and I have gotten back in the swing of reading again. CJ recently told me about the Stuart MacBride crime series, and I've just finished the first book. Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Thank you Mrs. S. The Stornoway Library is also full of goodies as well as computers and proper librarians. I use it as much as I can on the 'If you don't use it, you lose it.' basis.

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  13. I'm so glad you receive such good care and that you have a knack of being in the right place most of the time. Hope your review goes well. It must be your turn to catch a break surely!

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    1. Pauline, good to see you. I hope you enjoyed your Birthday. Yes, I'm one of the world's lucky people when it comes to being in the right place most of the time! I'm sure the review will go swimmingly as always.

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  14. Good to read you are getting better and have been so well cared for all the time. I hope your upwards curve continues!

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    1. Thanks, Meike. I've been fortunate this far in life. I feel I've got a bit more luck still to come.

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  15. Hope you managed to get a restful etc* weekend in between your hospital-related adventures.
    *I looked up that 'R and R' phrase to check on its meaning, and found three alternatives for the second R: recuperation, recreation, relaxation... You could probably do with all three, so I leave it open! :)
    I like Charlie Brown & Co, sometimes they really manage to sum up Life in just a few words.

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    1. Yes thank you, Monica. The weekend was restful. I've always thought of R & R as 'rest and recuperation' but, as you say, all three alternatives work.

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  16. It's good to "see" you, Graham...and I hope you remain being surrounded by loving, helpful folk. Take things easy...you are in my thoughts....my best wishes go out to you...all very positive ones. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lee. I hope that you are feeling better too now.

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  17. I'm so glad you're up and about again, Graham, and do hope the results of all the tests etc are good.( Love the cartoons, especially the piggy one!)

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    1. Thanks, Frances. The preliminary results were all positive.

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  18. Keep positive like snoopy. Sorry to hear you have had a rough time.

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    1. Diane, I was fortunate to be born a Pollyanna (male version!).

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