Life's specs, drugs and sausage rolls
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Paul Harding, presenter at Torbay Hospital Radio:
As I get older things tend to get harder and my joints ache more and I seem to have new ache every morning.
In fact, when I am in at Torbay Hospital radio on a Monday with Hugh to present our show it’s often like a game of top trumps as we compare our various ailments.
Replies are often not forthcoming as we have not heard what the other one says, but we do say ‘yes’ a lot just in case.
Of course, there can be no winner. Who would want to win that sort of contest?
Needless to say it happens with everyone I meet. Feel free to contact us if you fit into this category.
How are you? Fine apart from my... and, yes, we are away with top trumps again.
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Luckily, we have ‘body mechanics’ who can help us. Yes, doctors and nurses and physios who can keep your clapped-out old body everyday ready.
Last week I had a cortisone injection in my ankle and for a short period of pain while I was jabbed, I am hoping for an extended period of little or no pain as I walk around.
What do they say, no pain - no gain?
It does mean I will have to complain about something else when I am talking to my mates.
Of course, the list of faults only increases with age.
There seems to be many design faults and the days of bionic replacements I fear is still a way off.
Eyesight, hearing, bending, blood pressure and not forgetting Covid-flaming-19.
My body is beginning to feel like a pin cushion with vaccinations and injection therapy and soon a flu jab.
Hey, mustn’t complain. But if I don’t moan where is my conversation going to go?
Perhaps I should give it a try?
When in the radio studio I am reminded of one thing, that there are many people who are worse off than me.
So that is why a Monday afternoon’s show officially named Country Connections or unofficially A Bucketful of Racoons, is hopefully providing some light relief, so that patients can perhaps forget about those ‘body mechanics’ or aches for an hour or two.
A friend of mine reminded me of an old joke the other day when he asked me what I thought was important in life.
Now I went through all the usual things - good health, family, happiness. He just smiled and said that all he needed was a local optician and pharmacy and a Greggs in walking distance.
He added that he still felt young and for him life was still 'specs, drugs and sausage rolls'!