Health Archive

It’s the liquid. The amount of liquid involved, that flows out, that covers the space, that shocks you, me; the most. Forget tidal waves of emotions – this was a tidal wave of a birth. Delivering your own child is a strange, never to be matched experience. The experience is further heighted when you, sometime after, try to piece it all back together again. There are the obvious whys – as in, why were we there? Why did it happen that way? Then there are the hows – how did someone not respond in time? How did we ever get through that together? We got through it with help. With a reassuring voice on the end of the phone; from a midwife trained to deal

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Memories, friendships, calories and Mulino Bianco products – are just some of the things I will be taking back from this trip. They are the lucky ones. For not everything I have with me in Milan will be making the return leg home. My shoes, which have served my working life and rare smart social appearance requirements so well to date (they’ve been crap, actually) – did not quite make the full trip. Neither did the toenail on my left foot. I’m not exaggerating when I say how much it rained yesterday – and how wet I got. My trusty Harrington is still damp, some 15 hours later – but the shoes are beyond saving; well, beyond wanting to save. The sole gave up the

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Ten pints Eight cans Eight bottles of wine Four gelato Four cornetto One pound! That’s how much the holiday cost me; one, solitary, single, easy to burn off pound in weight. Sorry if there are parts of the blog that appear to have descended in to the territory previously occupied by a certain, female diary – but, well, I can’t write a post, pre-holiday called a Weighty issue, and not at least make reference to it upon my return. The fact I only put a pound on proves, more than anything – that a healthy balanced diet is nothing without exercise. Four course meals, ice creams the size of a baby’s arm and plenty of booze was – give or take one pound – offset

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