Saturday, October 11, 2008

Yves Le Foll Hospital, October 10th.

After 23 hours fasting and purging, and twenty minutes anesthetic, there is warm chocolate out of a large white Duralex bowl, three tartines I spread with melting butter and a plastic packet of apricot jam, a small, round, cellophane-wrapped madeleine. And encore de sucre, s'il vous plait.

The colour has returned to his lips.

(Addendum: This wasn't the final op, just a day hospital examination under a general anaesthetic to ascertain whether to go ahead with it. Tom says he doesn't want anyone to think he hasn't got further suffering to come... still it's good to have it over! The patient is remarkably chipper and dying to get out on the garden.)

17 comments:

Barrett Bonden said...

A madeleine no less.

Don't like the name of the hospital. As my dictionary says: foll > fou.

But glad about the returning colour.

Jean said...

So glad it's over. Wishing Tom a good recovery, and love to both of you.

Lucy said...

Thanks, both.

BB - yes, it has been remarked before that Yves the Madman is perhaps not a very reassuring name for a hospital...

Jean - Unfortunately that's not the final act, just a preliminary examination, in for the day. But it's still good to have it over, and the love is always appreciated!

Reluctant Blogger said...

Oh yes, I hope he feels better very quickly. It sounds like he will.

Zephyr said...

May there always be chocolate after such an ordeal. Hoping for gentle days for both of you.

marja-leena said...

What a lovely reward! Hope the prognosis is good and Tom does not suffer too much in the next round. Love to you both.

Tall Girl said...

(o)

Granny J said...

My very best wishes to you and Tom, for a comfortable return to your good everyday life.

Rosie said...

glad thats over then!
never nice to have people messing with your doings...but chocolate does help.
courage for round 2
xxx
(by the way your students were sweethearts!)

Tori said...

Hugs to you both.

meggie said...

Glad Tom is chipper.

marly said...

And here we were having a 17th birthday frolic... The world is so strange that way.

Hope the garden fortifies him for the next round.

HLiza said...

Wishing him a speedy recovery..

Lee said...

Thoughts for you both!

Dave King said...

Obviously a very resilient guy. deserves a speedy recovery - hope he gets it.

Crafty Green Poet said...

wishing Tom a speedy recovery and much chocolate too

Stew said...

I apologise for not having read your blog for a month or two.

Lucky for me you are dilligent with your categorisation, so I could catch up.

I'm glad Tom's on the mend.

My son was in hospital in Angoulême a few months back. The care was excellent but the food was degeulasse! There was wrapped edam that tasted worse than the plastic it came in.