Category Archives: Family

Time-less

It was a usual hectic time-starved week: preparing classes, marking and grading papers, managing classes, while at the same time preparing the materials for the next teaching period. Here I find I am dependent on others delivering their components in … Continue reading

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Grave memories 6 – commando operation

The story of Eva’s gradual decline now reaches its apogee: that should be the high point, but in this case the high point is Eva’s last operation, appropriately called a commando operation. It was the most extensive operation she underwent, … Continue reading

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Grave memories 5 – treating cancer with light

Eva’s cancer kept returning. Our local ENT-oncologist suggested going to Amsterdam, to the main cancer hospital Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, since they were better equipped, and he thought Eva was a candidate for PDT or photodynamic therapy. ‘What’s that?’ we wondered. … Continue reading

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Grave memories 4 – mouth cancer

Eva had been complaining of pain in the mouth for months. The pain simply did not go away. I could see nothing, nor could Eva, when she used an intricate series of mirrors. Our family doctor sent Eva to the … Continue reading

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Grave memories 3 – lithotripsy

Lithotripsy – that is, ‘breaking stones’ – the next stage in the story of how I came to take Eva to her final resting place at Číž-Kúpele 1300 kilometres from home. And it’s becoming a long story (see Grave Memories … Continue reading

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Grave memories 2 – sewing butter

Chronic pancreatitis. I was only vaguely aware of the pancreas. If you have no problem, you don’t know it’s there. But if you get a problem, you damn well know it’s there. The pain is excruciating, and nothing helps. Morphine … Continue reading

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Austrian schnapps

We had travelled through Austria so many times on our journeys between Maastricht and Bardejovské-Kúpele in East Slovakia. However, Austria was usually simply a through-route, with only rare stops off the highway. OK, Eva and I had stopped briefly in … Continue reading

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