Barry Jackson Writes
Recently received from one our most prolific contributors, Barry Jackson (Warning contains medical references)
Please stop blowing this cold, wet and windy weather my way (editor). Well, the good old NHS or should that be in anticipation the NHUSA cancelled my last appointment on the Thursday before the Reunion so I would have been able to attend after all.
Anyhow, it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves, some even more so because of my absence perhaps. I do expect the landlord at The Bull (my old watering hole) would have been the only one financially put out by my non-show. I did get through my earlier visit to the Dermatology Department, however. they did several examinations of my skin and concentrated a lot of effort on my fingernails which have been steadily disintegrating, they took numerous photos of my hands to use as a marker against future changes. They concluded I don’t have any fungal infections and that the problem is probably a combination of Raynaud’s and my low Thyroid levels. You’re never going to guess how difficult it is to do simple things like pull on socks without complete hard nails. At least it doesn’t look like I’m going to lose any fingers or parts thereof which is great news, as at my age I don’t want to start learning to use a different hand to wipe my nether regions.
Anyhow, the outcome is another load of blood letting, I get the feeling they might have misplaced my earlier results or there’s a market for my blood in some faraway Chinese province. I don’t feel any worse in myself, I’m walking and bowling regularly but just feel so lethargic afterwards. I refuse to accept the theory that this is all due to the numbers on my birth certificate. I don’t know if I’ll get any treatment as I noticed that N.I.C.E have recently concluded much thyroid replacement treatment is either unnecessary or inefficient. I’m more concerned that they locate my missing white blood cells, I’ve personally looked inside the settee and down the back of the dog without success!
I did like the collection of reunion photographs from the CVTHS Archive and I recognised many of them, it’s just a pity some pictures lacked the names of the lads in view, however, many thanks to those who took the time to collect and submit the content.
One of the things raised in the subsequent Comments sections was the ability of many to reel off the names of the colleagues in their class. As you might recall Derek Ash and I have long debated if 1U -1959 consisted of 29 or 30 boys, we can certainly recall 29. I insist there was another but can’t name him. One of the exercises I would be willing to undertake is to collate a list maybe class by class of all those attended who Cray Valley before, for obvious reasons it will soon become impossible. Well that’s all at the moment as I have get outside and chase the Polar Bears off the lawn before my own keeper returns.