Jacquies Rant Page

Blogging the world from the middle of Norfolk.

Thursday, February 12, 2004
Health...again! This time not mine.
I am so angry on behalf of a friend. She has a bad skin rash on face, neck and chest and went to our 'wonderful' surgery on Monday. Instead of referring her to a skin specialist, she was given anti-histamines and told to come back after 2 weeks if it didn't clear up. This morning on the 'phone she is tearful and clearly very stressed.The rash is worse and she doesn't feel like getting out of bed. She is also reluctant to go back to the doctor because he said to wait 2 weeks!!
What kind of a health service do we have here, when patients have no confidence in doctors and at the same time have no real alternative? I daresay someone with lots of cash could go to a skin specialist and pay for treatment immediately but for the rest of the population, there is the overworked GP, doling out pills and praying, no doubt, that we all go away!

Sunday, February 08, 2004
It's been a funny old week really. Had a visit from an old friend from college days....40 years ago! Oh dear...............the mirror told a very scary story but what can you do? Life leaves its marks on us all. As it turned out, we had a great time and appearance was totally unimportant.
My friend is a writer and after the visit I thought hard about my own use of the English language.
Living in Germany for 17 years, working in an American school, resulted in a 'mishmash tri-lingual' sort of language, conversationally. When we returned to England we realised that there were new words and expressions in use which we didn't fully understand. my answer was simply to copy them, mimicking the sounds and hoping they were appropriate. However, German words often come to mind before the English equivalent and then I have to translate................or I find there is no accurate translation.Friends smile or even laugh aloud at American expressions which slip out so readily..........oh the perils are endless so I am determined to 'clean up' my language and try to be English once again:-)