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Maurs asks, as we lie together in the aftermath of our lovemaking on this sunny Sunday morning. “I am now,” I say, as an irrepressible burst of laughter passes my lips, which is one of the reasons I love her to pieces. Later on, my son Geoff visits and, because the sun is shining, we sit outside in the backyard. I get the wool I bought yesterday while I was in town with Maurs for her thirteenth dose of radiotherapy (fifteen to go) and start the rug I want to make for our first grandchild in purple, green, yellow and red.
As soon as they’ve gone, Maurs and I hold each other and cry. It’s all too much. It’s not fair to expect Maurs to make a clear and informed decision in her own best interests when she’s just now been told the facts. It’s times like this when all my prejudices against the brutality of the Western medical system come to the fore. No wonder I’d given nursing up completely by the time I was twenty-one. Unfortunately, I have to go because I’ve arranged to meet my friend Moss in Lygon Street for lunch.
You were a patient on Ward 53? ” Her whole attitude changes. “We take special care of the womyn on Ward 53. ” Maurs is quiet, too quiet, from fear of what these symptoms might entail as well as the pain, I suspect. The intern doctor on duty figures it might be a postoperative blocked bowel and sends Maurs upstairs to be admitted for observation and to get something for the pain—an immediate necessity as it’s getting worse. I accompany Maurs to see her settled into bed before I trail off home again for a shower and to finish off the POW script for an Amazon Games gig on Saturday.