Great tour – no pushover
OK, OK. I’m missing them.
And I’m not a royalist, nor a republican – simply someone enjoying attractive people relating to those who would otherwise never see them. Never a foot wrong by the guests. Visible and touching emotion by the hosts. A memory for children to enjoy now and as adults. No obvious stuff-ups.
Not like 1953 when a pre-tour crusade by the Auckland Star called for tough crowd controls on a Queen St drive-though straight off the royal yacht.
Result one: Wooden shutters and sticky tape on display windows to prevent broken glass and injuries on ‘‘massed crowds expected to pack the footpaths’’.
Result two: Big, comfortable but not enormous crowds, mostly four or five deep.
Enough room for me to canter up and down behind them, sweating under a military field radio, my link with the Star.
A doctor’s view from Peter Parkinson: ‘‘Your comments about doctors’ ties and our stethoscopes need a little fact added.
‘‘Firstly, it is worth considering the price Dr Ignaz Semmelweis paid in the mid-1800s when he identified doctors’ clothing as the source of the infection that killed the majority of mothers with puerperal sepsis that came into hospital.
‘‘Clean clothes and washed hands rid his ward of puerperal sepsis.
‘‘As a result he was dismissed from his job, ridiculed, abandoned by his family and later, as a pauper, he gained access to a delivery, cut his wrists and rubbed the cuts with the obstetrician’s sleeve announcing: ‘This woman and I will die of the same disease on the same day!’ ‘‘And that’s what happened. ‘‘When working as a newborn cardiac registrar in a London clinic, we all wore a tie bearing the clinic’s emblem. There was a problem with recurrent staph infections in the surgical post op unit.
‘‘The surgical senior registrar was the one who had swabs taken of doctors’ clothing (including the stethoscope). It was on the tie, and only on the tie, that the offending staphylococcus was found and not on the stethoscope. This doctor also lost his job!
‘‘Improved doctor-patient relationship is another bonus that I became aware of when I abandoned my tie. The children were much more relaxed and this improved history taking, examination and their co-operation with the therapeutic plan. So in acknowledging your comment; ‘how often do stethoscopes get any sort of disinfecting?’ this could well be an oversight worth considering.
‘‘However, in the past the stethoscope has been found to be clean, and in defence of the doctors’ icon, it is shiny and thus unlikely to pick up bugs. Furthermore it is selectively placed on clean, rather than infected surfaces. On the other hand the honoured necktie does hang round rather indiscriminately.’’ – Peter Parkinson A follow-up on legal highs: ‘‘I am dealing with a university student addicted to legal highs after a very short time. He has become suicidal, depressed, vomits, shakes, hallucinates, does not want to eat and is very anxious.
‘‘I wonder if the other two suicides at Auckland University last year had something to do with legal highs.
‘‘The university doctor put him on antidepressants. He is going to Community Alcohol and Drug Services with a hope of getting him into a rehab programme but they advise that they also have many people queued up on legal highs needing help so it will be a very long and slow process.
‘‘Speak to people at Rehab and also CADS to see the damage these legal highs are doing and how very addictive and damaging they are. The government must be burying their heads in the sand if they cannot see what is happening to so many people.
‘‘What is so hard about making such dangerous substances illegal?’’ – Name provided
Royal tour: ‘‘Attractive people relating to those who would otherwise never see them.’’