'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 17 November 2008

A room with a view

It's 11 pm and I'm just back from Hamilton.  After "Nil by Mouth" almost all day, they finally decided to give T. dinner at 9pm and try to get him under anesthesia tomorrow.  A young lad came in about midday with a crushed toe, so the more urgent cases like him go into theatre first.  Fair enough too. 

T. is his usual genial smiling self about it all, but tomorrow will be his fifth day in hospital and I know he'd like to get home.  He introduced me to the other men in the ward;  The Car Accident (arm in two and leg in four places), the Heart (rushing around getting me a chair and talking on the ward phone until the nurses said "This is your last call!"), the Knee Replacement (worried about being bored in retirement "My brain might go to mush") and the Crushed Toe who didn't have much to say at all, unsurprisingly.   
They have a nice view from their window, 'though:


  1. Yep, that's a full and bushy beard, alright! LOL! He does look cheerful, bless him.

    Good luck with the op tomorrow!

  2. Ok now THAT'S a serious beard !!!

    No wonder they suggested he was a bit old to be messing around on a skateboard....a special long one or not. I bet he'll look like a teenager if and when he shaves that lot off.

    And 5 days in hospital ? And in a bed !! We can only dream of such decadence with the poor old NHS.

  3. Your son needs to lose that beard! It makes him look like Grizzly Adams. Also - and this puzzles me - how come you gave your children alphabet letters instead of names - I mean T and N - come on! How about Thomas and Naomi - much nicer. Did you manage the WHOLE alphabet by the way?

  4. I thought you were exaggerating the bushy beard thing. He could make wigs a small village.

    I hope he is better soon - and that is a nice view.

  5. Aaah he looks great! BUT he'd look even more irresistible without the beard. Please tell him his British fans would like to see him without it.

  6. Hmm, she knows that the NZ population grew from 3million to 4.2 million (see earlier post), there are 26 letters in the alphabet - I feel a hypothesis developing here, or am I thinking that 2 and 2 makes 26?