The Anonymous Widower

How To Remove A Fish Bone

I was reading Melanie Reid’s column in The Times yesterday, which was all about waiting for an operation, when I remembered an incident with a fish bone.

C had breast cancer a few years before she died and a couple of days before she was due to have her operation, we went to have a fish supper in a restaurant in Cambridge.

Unfortunately, I got a bone stuck across my throat and we ended up in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  They repeatedly tried to remove the bone, but after a couple of hours, it was decided that it would be best if I came back in the morning and they gave me a general anaesthetic to get it out.

So I duly arrived in the morning and I was admitted to a ward to wait.  They said it wouldn’t be long.

But I waited and waited and the staff nurse was getting fed up with having one of her beds blocked by a fish bone. Apparently, there had been a whole series of serious emergencies and they’d run out of operating theatres.

Eventually about four in the afternoon, the staff nurse got so fed up, she forcibly recruited a very junior doctor, to remove the bone, in the way that Dr. Finlay would have used. That is by means of pure medical dexterity.

The first two attempts were complete failures, mainly because I wasn’t calm enough.  So partly in jest, I suggested they got a pretty nurse to hold my hand. So they volunteered this Spanish nurse to hold my hand.

It worked and a couple of minutes later the bone had been removed from my throat and the staff nurse got her bed back.

If there is a moral to this story, it is that so much of the old skills we use for all sorts of actions in all professions are being lost and not handed down through the generations.

March 23, 2014 Posted by | Health | | 10 Comments

The Shard Mucks Up My Journey Home

I had lunch today in Carluccio’s at Canary Wharf and afterwards went to the excellent Waitrose there to get some shopping that is difficult to find closer to home.

As the DLR wasn’t running due to engineering works, I decided to get the Jubilee line home.  I can either change to the Overground at Canada Water station or go to London Bridge station and get a 141 bus home.

But on windy days like this, only a large person would go via London Bridge, as the wind around the Shard makes the bus station a rather unpleasant place.

So I used the Overground!


March 23, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Her Majesty’s Daily Telegraph On Peer-To-Peer ISAs

Anybody interested in using an ISA with peer-to-peer lending should read this article in the Telegraph today. It is entitled, How an 8 pc peer-to-peer ISA could work. This is the first two paragraphs.

Peer-to-peer lending could be included in tax-free Isas within 12 months and savers may be able to hold this new type of asset through major fund shops such as Hargreaves Lansdown.

The Telegraph understand the other options under consideration include a new type of Isa account established to hold peer-to-peer lending, or the peer-to-peer platforms offering other types of investment.

The Telegraph has been very detailed in its discussion of this topic and when they publish anything about peer-to-peer lending and ISAs, it’s always worth reading.

March 23, 2014 Posted by | Finance | , | Leave a comment

Beware Of Angry Neighbours In Edinburgh!

This story from the Daily Mail is a cracker, that describes how angry neighbours cut Fred the Shred’d hedge down to a reasonable size.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy’s hedge!

Are we sure it was a chain saw, or was it a lot of ginger-haired Scotsmen with claymores?

March 23, 2014 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment