Sunday, 24 May 2020

Flip Flop


Over two days of twelve hour shifts I have run the gauntlet of PPE
I'm not complaining , it's just a statement of fact
IMAGINE a large pink hairy pig being squeezed into a flaccid sky blue  condom
Add to the mix a tight plastic mask , the size of a large breathless yogurt pot, clinging blue latex gloves and a steamed up visor which looked as though it may have been born in Chenobyl and you may get the gist of what I have looked like since early yesterday morning.
One of my colleagues , whilst finally helping to  peel the sweaty plastic mess from my slug like body summed it up thus
" Jesus!!!!!You smell like fucking  Gandi 's Flip Flop!"

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  1. Bless. Cool shower. x

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  2. That is not the image I want to start my day on.
    I hope that after a shower you look, feel and smell better.

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  3. Now THERE'S a compliment if I've ever heard one, lol!

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  4. Anonymous10:07 pm

    12 hour shifts on your job can be difficult in normal times. Adding the necessity for the PPE gear takes difficult to an entirely different, harder level. I so hope you can comfortably enjoy being clean,relaxed and at home now. xx oo , -Mary

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    1. Mary ....I just needed an ice cold drink when I got home
      But non of the neighbours had ice!!!!!!
      Finally Hattie came to my rescue !!!

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  5. Dear John - it is things like this that make me stand at my door and clap every Thursday evening. Bless you.

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  6. Sounds like pure hell, John. And I know that so many are in the same situation protecting and taking care of us. Thank you. And may I say that "You smell like Gandhi's flip-flop" is now my favorite saying?

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  7. Skin was meant to breathe! This is one more reason why I admire health care workers, as well as lab workers, EMTs, police, etc - the uniforms they must wear are horribly uncomfortable under a lot of circumstances but they do it without fail.

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  8. Best saying in the world spouted right there!! Sorry you have been so uncomfortable whilst having to work 12 hour shifts. Gruelling.
    Are none of your neighbours G & T lovers?? Very unusual to have no ice.

    Jo in Auckland

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    1. In Australia we call them thongs.....but....
      Thank god you don't smell like Ghandi's thong

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    2. Oh, we call them flip flops, too. But, I never thought of one as smelly, so I thought it meant something else in other parts of the world. Thanks.

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    3. Practical Parsimony, you are quite right Flip Flops don't smell, not least because they are basically just a sole so plenty of air circulating to keep even John's feet fragrant. Put his narrative down to poetic licence and dramatic effect.

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    4. Gandhi flipflop
      Is a northern English saying which probably derives from Lancashire or liverpool
      It is an old saying which hardly merits discussion

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    5. Heidi3:34 pm

      Ursula why do you have to sully John's posts with your constant pathetic attempts to pull him down? The other commenters acknowledge the admirable work he's doing yet you accuse him of lying with your comment that he uses "poetic licence and dramatic effect" in his post. Your comments are always made in such a way as to cause hurt, I can only think you must have some woeful inadequacies in your own life if you feel the need to comment in such a way.

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    6. One should never answer a question with a question. So I won't. Instead of which I shall answer yours.

      I do not "sully" John's posts. I give them [the posts] their due. That I "attempt to pull him down" is conjecture. Yours.

      I am the first to acknowledge the value of the work John does. If you perceive my comments as "always made in such a way as to hurt" I am afraid that is your problem. Not my intention.

      Whilst speculating on my "woeful inadequacies in [my] life" maybe you'll be so good as to look at why you feel need to attempt to pull ME down at every corner in these comment boxes.

      Hugs and hisses, Heidi, chill,
      U

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    7. You do enjoy pointing out things alternative and often do that in a way which surpringly as it may seem, sounds critical Ursula
      It's the way you are

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    8. And no more discussion on the subject will be published

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  10. I hope you can relax and unwind now that the two shifts are over, or have you got a third one coming?

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    1. Enjoy tomorrow then and think only beautiful thoughts. x

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  11. What a lovely picture. Congratulations, you have found a way to include the sense of smell into the blogosphere.

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  12. oh darling. rest well, free of all plastic!

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  13. Barbara Anne11:13 pm

    Mercy! As a surgical nurse of 15 years a couple of decades before the virus, the worst I experienced from masks and face shields was fogged up glasses.

    Come to think of it, Ghandi's sandals were probably made from woven grass of some sort and were on well ventilated bare feet so may not have been stinky at all.

    Hope you have water freezing in your freezer now so the ice will be ready when you are.

    Hugs!

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  14. Time for a nice long shower

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  15. My youngest son has been working with covid patients but thankfully they only have one in intensive care now. His face looked like he had been in a boxing match when he took all the gear off, red and swollen.
    Well done all of you nurses you deserve a huge pay rise but I don't think you'll get it some how.
    Briony
    x

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  16. I don't envy you having to wear that PPE gear. Claustrophobic.

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  17. Blessings to you all for what you do under these crazy circumstances.

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  18. I'm so sorry that you are suffering with the protection that is necessary at the moment John.Just wearing a homemade cotton mask and sunglasses makes my glasses steam up at times.I saw a photo online yesterday of a Doctor who had indentations on his head made by a mask.it really doesn't seem right that you are all having to endure discomfort whilst working caring for patients x

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  19. Oh my, I almost snorted my rhubarb crumble out my nose. It seems unreal these days. We have fortunately had few cases of Covid in northern BC, so it almost feels like the hoax that "mericans" are talking about. In reality I know that we have a problem, but here, not so much. I just keep plodding along, making the odd mask and doing quilting and gardening, hoping it all goes away and soon. Take care, John.
    Barb

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  20. Don't envy you wearing all that :(
    Where did you end up with the NHS by the way, your local hospital or Ysbyty Enfys?

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    1. I didn't I'm still at the hospice x

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    2. Oh...lol got the wrong end of the stick there didn't I? :) x

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  21. Keep the gin in freezer?

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  22. And I complain about getting hot and sticky behind a simple mask!!

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  23. I've injured my rotator cuff, so can't even tie my own masks and aprons and have to get someone to get me ready.

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  24. It must be such a relief to get it all off. Ghandi's flipflop - haha, that's funny.

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  25. I really feel for you having to wear all that for so long and while it's so warm. Enjoy your day off.

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  26. A hairy pink pig in a blue condom. Is it hot in here or is it just me?

    I have a friend who is an ambulance nurse. The stories she tells. She's stayed away from home for weeks. Now, she showers at work and showers again when she gets home before she gets near her family. And she jokes the showers are not simply to disinfect. I had no idea Gandhi wore flip flops. A fashion icon. (Where do people come up with these comparisons? They're so entertaining.)

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  27. Must be hot with all that gear and will only get worse with summer upon us, my respect to you and all the other health workers, enjoy you day of tomorrow.

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  28. As Pat said, THAT is why we clap for you and all those like you who are on the frontline keeping us safe.

    I hope you know how much you are appreciated. xx

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  29. I feel your pain John! The bridge of my nose and my ears are so sore and as for my hands ouch and urgh! The worst part for me though is my specs constantly steaming up. Keep your chin up mate!

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  30. I'm sorry John but that's funny. I am so thankful I only have to wear a mask.

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  31. Keep your pecker up, it surely can't go on for ever. Can it?

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  32. jeeze...i don't know how you do it. i get claustrophobic from just a cotton mask. and back already tomorrow! have the best relaxing day today.

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  33. "Gandhi's flip flop" hahaha!! I love that.

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  34. Anonymous4:15 pm

    'like Gandhi's flip-flops....., how did he/she know?! Best wishes John, hope your Monday was a bit more sweetly fragrant and peaceful, well done to you, Terry in Reigate

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  35. Anonymous4:52 pm

    I don't care what you smelt like - you and all the other carers, nurses, doctors etc deserve medals and I for one am eternally grateful for all you do.
    Paul

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  36. It is the amazing sacrifices that you and other carers make that keep us all safe. Thank you doesn't even begin to express our gratitude. I'll be thinking of you on Thursday as I clap for our carers. xx

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  37. As a kid I was warned it was dangerous to put a plastic bag over your head. How ironic one now needs one to stay healthy.

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  38. Anonymous6:48 pm

    Gosh John, you have humbled me
    To think l uses to moan about wearing closed in court shoes with a heel and a stupid suit with natty blouse at my workplace.
    Stay safe, keep going and have an ooh la la bath, with lots of bubbles and a nice glaas of er, Tizer, or similar!
    Tess xx

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  39. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.

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  40. Anonymous9:13 pm

    As an anaesthetist my daughter has to wear scrubs,a gown, a mask, a visor, a scrubs cap, a lead vest and apron and two pairs of gloves. Hot, sweaty, tiring and whilst the masks impairs vision the two pairs of gloves hamper manual dexterity! Incidentally the mask was purchased at Screwfix as the NHS unable to provide one to fit her safely!
    All medical staff deserve a medal in my opinion. I rather like the idea of John Gray MBE!

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