A crowd of us stood in the Edinburgh sunshine holding giant eyeballs on sticks. The world is watching, our campaign banner proclaimed, ‘AIDS Treatment for All by 2010′. Photographers snapped pictures to wire out before the close of the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles.
My first cervical screening at 25 was quite a negative experience due to the nurse being the opposite of reassuring and giving me the wrong information. After that first test I simply didn’t go back again. Years passed, I worked overseas, moved house a lot and just always seemed to be able to avoid thinking about another screening.
Today I was given a rare gift: a day alone with my little girl. Just her and me. A girls’ day out. She understands immediately when the attention is undivided and starts to giggle the moment I lift her into the car, clearly excited at the absence of small demanding boys on the back seat!
Doctors are allowed to have personal beliefs, just as long as these beliefs do not interfere with the rights of the patient and service provision.
BBC journalist Justin Webb talks about his experiences of the advances in preventing heart attacks and his narrow escape.
Nobel Peace prize winner Albert Schweitzer once quipped: “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory”. A bad memory? Well, who doesn’t have a skeleton or three in the closet they’d rather forget!
Many years ago, I lost nearly all my upper frequency hearing as a result of military action. What prompted me to get my hearing tested was Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony. One evening, I started playing the record, and remarked to my wife that the LP was dirty, or the needle needed to be changed, because I couldn’t hear the strings or woodwinds. My wife said that the sound quality was fine, and I realised that the recent explosions were to blame.
I seem to be in a never ending storm of feeling blue, tired, run down, fed up, lonely and sad and I’m having a tough time finding the sunshine again.
I was planning lessons for a year 7 class today, about short story writing and how to create a three dimensional character. One of the ways we learn about a character, I teach them, is through what other characters think, say and feel about them. It occurred to me that this is perhaps at odds with the rather modern concept that we should worry less about what others think and instead be brave and confident in ourselves.
Life hasn’t quite worked out how I expected it to and I do have a tendency to walk the harder path (i.e. drop out of uni, then have to work up the career ladder from the bottom) but I didn’t plan to walk a path on the edge of a cliff, with loose boulders that could fall away at any time.
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