It’s at the weekend that a sane man can be driven to the very brink of insanity by the silence of it all. Being in traction and without the excitement of a visit from a doctor, physiotherapist or the old woman who wheels the League of Friends trolley around the ward to look forward to, one feels depressed. It can have a similar effect on a man as a lengthy spell in solitary confinement.
To fend off madness I resolve to amuse myself with some stimulating mental diversions in order to maintain my feeble grip on sanity. Fortunately there’s a large wall outside my bedroom window built of red bricks. In fact, that’s all you can see out my window. It’s a very tall construction that looks as if it might be the wall of a prison exercise yard. To occupy my mind I decided to count the bricks... just for fun you understand.
I’d managed to reach brick number 1867 when my HCA (Health Care Assistant) popped her head round the door to deliver yet another customer survey form, this time asking for my opinion on the quality of the doctors' ward rounds.
Bugger! I lost count. I had to start all over again. On second thoughts I decided that it wasn’t as much fun as I had thought it might be so I cast my eye around for something more interesting to do instead and came up with a short list of distractions that might just enliven the day a little.
- I'm going to try to predict whether the Romanian tea lady will add any tea to the hot water and milk she usually serves me.
- See how long I can listen to the hospital radio without gnawing my arm off up to the elbow.
- Try to play dead and scare the shit out of the HCA when she next pops in to collect that survey form.
- I'm going to dip my thermometer in my cup of tea when the nurse’s back is turned.
- Finally, I think I'll pour some apple juice into the empty urine sample glass and then wait for the nurse to come back before drinking it in front of her.
Now if you think you can come up with some even funnier japes for a bored man in traction to perpetrate then please let me know by calling 09874 999999. Calls cost £1.50 from a BT landline. Calls from other networks and mobiles will cost considerably more. Any suggestions involving sport, rambling, DIY or dancing will not be counted. Lines close at 9am on Monday.