Departure and diagnoses

Thursday 17 January 2013

Another very cold morning. Shortly after 08:00 the Explorer is to be seen on the drive of his family’s house. He is stationary on his microscooter, muffled up in winter clothes. A few minutes later, the Explorer and his father Mr CH (who isn’t wearing gloves) set off from home. They wave to Mrs CH as they leave.

I phone cousin Naomi this evening. She tells me that Henry, the father of her friend Jane, has recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He and his second wife live just down the road from Naomi. His first wife (Jane’s mother) was the best friend of Naomi’s mother, Evelina. She died during cardiac surgery.
Jane herself suffered from bleeding on the brain a few years ago. It has led to dizzy spells, and problems with her memory.
Davey, the husband of Naomi’s friend Jen, now has new health problems in addition to the problem with his hip.
A friend of Jen and Davey has recently died. His GP failed to diagnose a brain tumour, attributing the symptoms to a build-up of ear-wax.

[Original posting 17 January 2014]

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