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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 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 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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Grave memories 1

My journey through central Europe took me to my wife’s grave in Slovakia. It was an emotional return, but less sad. Two years ago I had brought her ashes to a tiny spa village on the Slovak-Hungarian border and interred … Continue reading

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