Category Archives: Health

Centenaries

The working week was rather nondescript: I can’t say that of the work anything stood out. The classes went as expected, with hardly any untoward events. It was not boring though. You cannot ‘get’ boring when you encounter topics ranging … Continue reading

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Medical reminders

Small things can escape through the sieve of memory. Events can wrench them back starkly. A recent stay in hospital brought back many little reminders of things I had forgotten, or rather stored deep and inactive in my memory. I … 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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