A new day dawns - much like the last and the one before that. Yes the weather changes but that's about all that does. My single carer comes at half past seven in the morning, gets my breakfast, makes my bed, helps me dress- this morning gave me a shower and washed my hair. I am not sure I shall ever reach the stage where I can shower without help again. Even the news stays much the same - Covid, Brexit, t h e state of things in America. Everything is depressing and there is little to brighten things up unless we happen to get a sunny day - not going to happen today - it is a grey sky.
The Times no longer makes exciting reading. Today is Fashion Day in Times 2 but who wishes to buy new fashion when there is nowhere to go to wear it? I already have one pair of trousers, one sweater and one (yes, another) leather jacket all unworn.
So - what to do to get a bit of interest going around my head? Well there are the Mind Games in Times 2 and, providing I do them early rather than later in the day I can usually do them all fairly easily - and that does give me a sense of satisfaction that the old brain is still working. A couple of chats with friends is good. Chatting with all of you takes up another hour or two and keeps the old mind working - and I really do value your virtual friendship - thank you
So what is there in today's Times that is worth thinking about? Well, Matthew Parris is my favourite columnist and he writes every Wednesday a column called 'My Week' and there is usually something controversial in it. Today it is private medicine in a crisis. He is in urgent need of a partial knee-replacement and he does not have private insurance - considering it unethical. He is having increasing difficulty walking and feels it wrong to go on to an NHS List for an operation during this crisis - so he has booked himself into a private (self pay) hospital. Private consultants feel that although the NHS paid to requisition beds in private hospitals during the pandemic they never actually used them. This meant that consultants whose specialisms were not Covid related anyway were denied the opportunity to do operations. So - is he right to 'buy' a bed in a private hospital, to pay for the operation? He feels misgivings. Is he right to?
And on the subject of Covid - was Boris right to go on a ten mile bike ride for his exercise? Peter Black's cartoon in today's Times shows two Police Officers carting Boris off while he is saying that he was only testing his eyesight. Poor old Dominic Cummings - he'll never live it down will he?