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Making mortal jumps

A very young Florence making a 'mortal jump'

A very young Florence about to jump

The Italian ‘fare salti mortali’ (literally: making mortal jumps, or somersaults) means ‘moving heaven and earth’.

We did just that, and some, so we could go to the hospital on Friday morning for Clive to have his catheter checked with a view to possible chemotherapy.

Then this morning the hospital phoned and cancelled – no reason and no new appointment.

I honestly don’t know how many more mortal jumps are in me.


  1. gwenniesgardenworld
    November 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    In Belgium every hospital has a “complaint person”, if you have a complaint against something that happened in that hospital or against a doctor or a nurse, you write or Phone that person and she has a duty to investigate. What happened with your husband is just horrible !!!

    • November 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts and you sympathy. There’s such a person here, too, in charge of ‘Patients’ Rights’. We’ve sought his help on occasion and he’s usually kind and willing enough but ultimately he has very little power and he perceives his role as being to support the system and help us to understand it rather than combat it.

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