528. Overheard conversation V

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(This is the 5th of 6 in this “Overheard conversation” series. I’ve just spent a week in a hospital ward – a mixed ward, men and women. It can become tedious, so I jotted down some overheard conversations; some on the phone, some with visitors, some with other patients, some seemingly spoken into thin audienceless air. Slightly edited!)

Margaret (to visitor #1): You wouldn’t believe what they served us for dinner two nights ago! Fish and chips! That’s fish with batter! Batter! And fried chips! That’s the last thing Lydia over there wants. She’s in here to have a pacemaker put in! Fish and chips in the coronary care unit! Take a good look at Lydia. You’ll never see one like her again. She’s as rare as hen’s teeth. Her heart’s on the wrong side. It only happens in one in millions. Have a good look! And they gave her fish and chips! And Andrew in the corner. He’s in for angioplasty. And they gave him fish and chips! That won’t help his bowel movements. I heard him tell the nurse this morning that had hasn’t had a crap for two days. They’re thinking of giving him a pill so the stool can pass easily. And then there’s…

Margaret (to visitor #2): You wouldn’t believe what they served us for dinner two nights ago! Fish and chips! That’s fish with batter! Batter! And fried chips! That’s the last thing Lydia over there wants. She’s in here to have a pacemaker put in! Fish and chips in the coronary care unit! Take a good look at Lydia. You’ll never see one like her again. She’s as rare as hen’s teeth. Her heart’s on the wrong side. It only happens in one in millions. Have a good look! And they gave her fish and chips! And Andrew in the corner. He’s in for angioplasty. And they gave him fish and chips! That won’t help his bowel movements. I heard him tell the nurse this morning that had hasn’t had a crap for two days. They’re thinking of giving him a pill so the stool can pass easily. And then there’s…

Margaret (to visitor #3): You wouldn’t believe what they served us for dinner two nights ago! Fish and chips! That’s fish with batter! Batter! And fried chips! That’s the last thing Lydia over there wants. She’s in here to have a pacemaker put in! Fish and chips in the coronary care unit! Take a good look at Lydia. You’ll never see one like her again. She’s as rare as hen’s teeth. Her heart’s on the wrong side. It only happens in one in millions. Have a good look! And they gave her fish and chips! And Andrew in the corner. He’s in for angioplasty. And they gave him fish and chips! That won’t help his bowel movements. I heard him tell the nurse this morning that had hasn’t had a crap for two days. They’re thinking of giving him a pill so the stool can pass easily. And then there’s…

Margaret (to visitor #4): You wouldn’t believe what they served us…

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