Poodle Springs*

“So, how are you?” The lovely young doctor says, pen poised over my notes.  He’s the same one who I saw last month: tall with blue eyes and brown hair. “Well my mood has dropped,” I say, “so I’ve put my antidepressant dose up.  So I need some more of those, if that’s OK please? […]

Allergic Reaction*

“What are those ones?” I ask the allergy doctor.  I’m staring at my arm where the prick tests are starting to develop.  There are four which have erupted in red, itchy marks. “So those are house dust and both types of house dust mites – the country mite and the town mite – and…did you […]

Allergic To Death*

“So, that’s an eclectic collection of tablets that you’re taking,” the allergy doctor says, in a slow, kind voice.  We’re sitting in his high-ceilinged-book-lined consulting room.  There’s a clay bust of a unicorn on the windowsill.   Gazing at Harold Macmillan and The Cecils and Napoleon I say: “Yes, well I’m on carbamazepine and duloxetine […]

Strange Days*

It’s been a strange day full of some unsettling things.  So, here are some nice things: 1.  Love my Seb. 2.  Will spend some proper time with him soon. 3.  Enjoyed this evening’s artichoke.   4.  And a spinach, beetroot, avocado and sweetcorn salad. 5.  This Rioja is good. 6.  Enjoyed my allergy doctor.  Am […]

Wild Goose Chase*

“The thing is,” I say to Mum as we stand in the kitchen, “I’m so hot all the time: I’m burning up inside.”   I’m just back from a bike ride with Dad, after receiving my Zolodex injection at the doctor.  And I’ve got thrush again.  Who knows why. “It’s all very well you telling […]