Barriers

Persimmon tree in the shepherd's field

Persimmon tree beset on all sides

The photo shows a laden persimmon tree under a road bridge. I took it today with my phone so the quality isn’t fantastic, but the point is the contrast between the golden fruit and the various un-aesthetic structures and barriers around it.

I’m feeling a similar contrast at the moment. There’s on the one hand the physical beauty of where we live, the tranquillity, the security, and on the other hand the excessive bureaucracy.

A case in point. I phoned this afternoon to ask if Clive could change from two-piece colostomy bags to one-piece, both of which types he’s used in France. Bear in mind that a tight – cruelly tight – rein is kept on quantities issued in Italy.

The steps are as follows:-

  • receive samples sent by post – obligatory but there will probably only be enough for a couple of days
  • decide if they’re OK and tell someone in the hospital department who may or may not answer the phone
  • do something inventive to bridge the gap as last month’s supply will by now have run out
  • collect a letter from the hospital department (an hour’s round trip not counting waiting in line)
  • drop the letter off in the pharmacy (40 minutes round trip) and wait for the doctor to pick it up
  • collect the prescription from same pharmacy a couple of days later if the doctor hasn’t forgotten to write it
  • take the prescription to the ‘distretto’ (Thursday mornings only) to get a new monthly supply sheet
  • take the sheet to the pharmacy if one can be found that is prepared to order the material

Pier, crash barrier, shack, gate, wire fencing –  the persimmon tree’s surroundings don’t come close!

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  1. November 26, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Damaris dear – would it not be altogether less stressful to try and get all you need via somewhere else in Europe. After all we are all in the EU this sounds dreadful. There must be an alernative surely.xxxx

    • November 26, 2015 at 1:10 am

      Thank you for your comment, Jennie. Colostomy materials are almost exclusively issued through health systems after viewing of the colostomy. As it is, we’ve made a stretch because no-one will visit Clive at home which would be the only way to achieve that.

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