El­bows at the ready for fights over bar­gain sprouts

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THREE things caught my eye this week in the news. Firstly I was pleased to read – at last – from a medic who said he thought the Alzheimer’s test was not a good idea and that he wouldn’t have one.

Most doc­tors keep quiet about their per­sonal opin­ions on this, and if they haven’t suf­fered it in their own fam­ily will have no idea what it is like to live with on a daily ba­sis.

Un­for­tu­nately they are given £55 for ev­ery case of de­men­tia they di­ag­nose which I sug­gest is the most ap­palling idea ever in the history of medicine.

For all the rea­sons I have stated in pre­vi­ous col­umns – and many of you have backed me up – this doc­tor has also come to the con­clu­sion that it is self-de­feat­ing to know early on you were go­ing to get such a se­ri­ous, life-chang­ing con­di­tion.

Yes, they are ex­per­i­ment­ing with drugs all the time but it’s only tin­ker­ing around the edges, and sadly does not al­ter the fact that there still is no cure.

Watch­ing my mother’s slow de­cline from a lively gre­gar­i­ous woman to some­one who could not dress or feed her­self, speak or recog­nise any­one, in­clud­ing me, was bad enough, but if she had known what was com­ing it would have ru­ined the happy years that came be­fore.

The sec­ond news story I want to share made me very glad to be a non-meat eater, as it’s un­likely I’ll ever find my­self push­ing peo­ple out of the way for re­duced radishes or Brus­sels sprouts.

Did you see the pic­tures of peo­ple fight­ing over cut-price chicken and steak at a Tesco store in Northamp­ton?

I do how­ever hope this hasn’t set a trend which could even­tu­ally re­sult in scuf­fles over cut-price cheese or soya. Quorn wars any­one? El­bows at the ready...

Fi­nally, I gasped over the story of stow­aways who have bal­anced in the un­der­car­riage well of planes.

How do you find the courage to even think about at­tempt­ing this?

Merely book­ing in at air­ports is ten­sion enough, par­tic­u­larly go­ing through the scan­ner which in­vari­ably pings and is fol­lowed by the in­dig­nity of a frisk.

Most chal­leng­ing for me is that it’s such a se­ri­ous busi­ness and laugh­ing is def­i­nitely out of or­der, even when Mr F, with belt re­moved, is try­ing to hold on to his dig­nity as well as his trousers.

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