Tuesday, June 24, 2008

rum and raisins

The door opens and a querullous voice issues down the passage...

"Sue, my back is killing me, I need raisins."

I start to explain.... again.... that raisins are not a cure for backache. Backache is a very normal and common aspect of aging, and eating raisins will not help it.

The voice rises several decibels... "I KNOW that raisins help it, and I have been asking for raisins for 3 WEEKS NOW!"

"Dad, you have been asking for raisins for 2 days, and Max bought a large bag yesterday."

..."splutter splutter.... well I didn't know that!"

Here they are....

I try to keep calm, although inside I am quivering like jelly, pity there isn't any drink in the house, I bet a large neat RUM would be really good right now!


Sometimes all you can do is see the funny side, and from now on, I know the prescription to use when anyone complains of aches and pains... instead of raisin' my blood pressure, I will run for the raisins!
Thank goodness for aquarobics and heated swimming pools... breathe in.... breathe out... relax...
I'm off to escape for a couple of hours,

the heated pool, you didn't REALLY think I would show all us large geriatrics in our costumes??!!



cheers for now.

7 comments:

dot said...

I love your reflection picture! Having worked in nursing homes for about 30 years I know some of what you are going thru. The difference is that I could go home at the end of my shift. I have to admit I never heard of the raisins for a backache tho!

Diane said...

Hang in there, Sue! I'm so glad that Max takes good care of you--you need that! Good for you for swimming and finding ways to "get away" when you need to!
Diane

Janet said...

Raisins for a backache, huh! That's a new one on me. Your dad sounds like a real handful....good luck.

Darn! I was hoping for a shot of you in your swimsuit!!

Suzi-k said...

Janet, trust me, the world is NOT READY for shots of me in my swimsuit! Although our sensibilities are being constantly eroded by "gross-out" movies and series like fear factor, I think it would still be a bit much!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Don't swim in there Suzi.. I see a blue octipus ready to pounce.. quick throw it some Raisins.. and run.

imac said...

Cor, I was hoping to you all IN the pool.

photowannabe said...

We suffered from the same "malady" with my Mother in law. Things never quite made sense. Sometimes one has to laugh...its the only way to get through the situation.
Breathe in...breathe out...easy does it.