5 comments on “The Patient’s Story, part 9

  1. Oh, my. I couldn’t help laughing at the thought of you being “microwaved”. But, point taken, and even better, good to see this little saga will be over relatively soon. As you say, it’s not a fun topic, but it’s well worth having as a record and as a reminder to others that such things need to be taken seriously.

    As an aside, how are you folks doing with rainfall? My friend in Milton Keynes is despondent. Things are so dry for her, a beloved privacy hedge is dying and nearly gone. The patterns just haven’t been “right” this year, whatever the cause. As she said, she’s planted for a temperate climate and is getting semi-arid!

  2. Good luck with the radiation treatments. Hopefully they won’t be too bad, I think (from what I’ve seen) the chemo is worse.

    Wish I could send some of the rain we’re getting here in Oregon. We’ve had more than our fair share the last few days, and it is predicted to continue for at least the next week. That hammering and sawing you hear is me building an ark.

  3. We have not been particularly short of real rain recently here in Cardiff but mostly it has been cold and dry. Today is typical – solid grey cloud cover, a very cool breeze and it looks as if it might rain – but it has forgotten how.
    We have had a few hours of very welcome sunshine now and then and the gardens are looking healthy – and at the present rate I will soon be getting some healthy exercise when moving lawns.
    I believe that there are hosepipe bans in force across most of south-east England and reservoirs, normally full at this time of year, are very low. Meanwhile, North Wales and large areas of Scotland have been having plenty of rain. We have been here before, quite a few times in recent decades. Needless to say, there has been much talk but no practical progress towards moving excess water to where it is really needed.

  4. Until the drought breaks, the best thing is for people to learn to conserve water. In areas where people are accustomed to plentiful water, it can be tough. I’ve lived in California under drought conditions, households were limited to 25 gallons a day per person. That’s not a lot of water. Lots of ways to adapt though, it almost becomes a game to see how much you can save. Most people waste unbelievable amounts of water: leaving faucets running while they walk off to do something, long showers, overwatering yards & gardens where it runs into the street (trust me, that pavement is never going to become a cash crop). Even here in Oregon where we have yet to have to deal with that, I still watch my water usage.

    • Agreed. In fact, don’t get me started on waste: Unnecessary packaging – too much of which will take ages to rot away in landfill and too much also ends up as litter; food, transported thousands of miles when it could be grown/produced locally – and a third eventually thrown away; millions of motor cars and other consumer goods that the world didn’t need, but it gave the marketers (not needed either) something to do; and there are plenty more examples that we could examine in great detail.

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