‘Thanks’, I say. ‘How sweet! – Cadbury’s Milk Tray’. The annual, unimaginative, unwanted treat.
You: ‘It’s nothing.’
True! But you think it will do… When we were 6 and fell in love, you promised a jewel in exchange for a playground kiss – and gave me your iced diamond biscuit.
But I reminisce…
‘Got to fly’. Happy Valentine’s – important meeting, mustn’t be late…’
Words that creak
The obligatory peck on the cheek
I smile, and swallow a sigh
Poor Mr Plausible – betrayed by the anticipatory lustful glint in your eye
Go! Meet with your latest legs-up-to-armpits 20-something ‘secretary’. You’ll have sent her out to buy these – you always do.
No tears: I’ve known for years. What’s good for the gander will suit this goose. The red dress awaits, new undies too, bought for another man’s illicit pleasure.
I’m anticipating a day of exhausting leisure!
‘The Health/Art/Libraries (HAL) project was founded in 2015 by Somerset based GP, Dr Malcolm Rigler and Liverpool artists John Campbell and Moira Kenny: THE SOUND AGENTS.
The aim of the project is to design and deliver a series of Arts Projects, Events, Publications, Workshops and Training Sessions to offer help to patients and carers in their search for information and understanding about health, social care and life changes from 0 to 100 years, working along the theme of “ Libraries on Prescription”…’ http://librariesandhealth.com/
The link to the full BMJ editorial, ‘Humanising Healthcare’, mentioned in my earlier post (Robin Youngson & MB, Christmas edition 2016) can be found there under the ‘READ’ heading – http://librariesandhealth.com/recommended-reading.php
On the same page is the link to ‘Redundant Subjectivity’ by Professor Stephen Pattison, Hon Fellow RCGP : ‘…instead of attending to my concerns, the GP…insists on taking my blood pressure and interrogating me on my lifestyle before giving me unasked for advice about how I could live a healthier and better life (as if I didn’t know that I could do that, and were not ashamed of the fact that I don’t). I leave the surgery edified but effectively deafed out, both guilty and demoralised…’
How many of us have had similar encounters? We are all individuals. We need healthcare to take account of that individuality, not treat us according to guidelines and generalisations.
For all those wishing to make healthcare more humane and compassionate, here’s two gifts for you this Christmas
1. “From HERO to HEALER – Awakening the inner activist” – a free book just for you!
If you are feeling ground-down by the craziness of the healthcare system, and wondering how you can possibly make a difference, here’s inspiration from Hearts in Healthcare co-founder Robin Youngson. His new book is offered to you FREE (or you can choose to pay a ‘donation’ price).
- Learn how the traditional Western ideas about leadership and success actually prevent us from building a better world.
- Find out how you can be an ‘inner activist’ in your workplace, inspiring positive change around you.
- Powerfully align your work with your deepest values and ideals
To access your copy of ‘From HERO to HEALER‘ order here:
2. Great news about our cause!
Each year, the international medical journal the BMJ publishes a special Christmas edition. We’re absolutely thrilled that the BMJ invited us to write an Editorial on the subject of ‘Humanising Healthcare‘ for this Christmas edition, which reaches 1.5 million subscribers worldwide. The editorial is already published online in advance of the print edition. This is an open-access, full-text article so anyone can read the editorial or respond in the comments section.
Here’s your chance to support the cause – please click on the link to ‘Respond to this article‘ on the BMJ page and post your comments. Let’s thank and encourage the editors for their support by making this the most discussed editorial of the year. And don’t forget to ‘like’ the article too!
Wishing you all a happy and relaxing time for the festive season and best wishes for the New Year!