Sean is Relieved

Woke this morning free of pain and without perceptible fever. That’s more than two weeks since the first symptoms. I’m told the primary focus of infection on my left leg will be permanently scarred, but I suppose this is a minor consideration, bearing in mind what else might have happened. Because of the drugs I’ve taken, I shall spend the rest of the summer slightly depressed, and will spend the time thinking much. But I seem to have been cured – and by the NHS, which does a good job with medical emergencies.

Many thanks to all for the sympathy and moral support. Having friends is a therapy in itself.



  • I went through 2/3 years of having recurrent leg infections of a similar type to yours. They left permanent scarring, but there are things that can be done about that. My problems included two lengthy hospital stays, and I agree the NHS are at their best in emergencies. It’s amazing what they can do really.

    • My sympathies. These infections are nasty things, and increasingly resistant to antibiotics. I intend to be paranoid in future about infections. I shall need to be for the next few months of impaired immunity.

  • Good news, Sean. Now this surely means that you will be able to skip to the polling booth and vote to leave the European Union on 23rd June and thereby set us free from all that is Evil.

    • I have serious misgivings about leaving the EU, and leaving everything else unchanged, or having BoJo/Gove in the driving seat. On the other hand, I’ve promised so often to vote Leave that it would be shabby of me to do otherwise. Also, I suppose we shall need to leave at some point. If it’s now, I suppose it has to be now.

      • I have it on good authority that my predictions of Cameron’s demise have effectively already come true and that my article of a couple of weeks ago on the possible successors is fairly accurate. However, the Cameron continuity candidate may not be Theresa May. We may be looking at a repeat of November 1990, when Thatcher fast-tracked a young man into the Cabinet and then the premiership within a year. The fear seems to be that May, Osborne, and Morgan are all damaged goods and so in all likelihood Cameron’s puppet candidate will be someone most of us have never heard of.

        • Could always bring back John Major. He might not be so awful second time round.

          • He was only awful because his Party was (and still is) awful. Sir John Major himself was the best of a bad bunch throughout the 1990s and I maintain that his foreign policy was wonderfully restrained, despite the demented babbling of a certain Lady Thatcher foaming at the mouth about invading Iraq. Oh, didn’t a later PM do that? I wonder where Princess Tony got that idea from…

            • In retrospect, the Major Government had much to recommend it – fewer gross invasions of liberty than Thatcher-Blair, no wars worth mentioning, a good economic recovery, and reasonable control of the public finances.

              • Some nice tax cuts too, post 1993 anyway. But one of the most poorly executed privatisations of the period, the railways.

  • Sean, that moment when you recover from illness and appreciate just being in good health is very precious — we don’t always appreciate just getting up in the morning without pain and in good health. Savour the moment!

    • Thanks. I’m also thinking of all the work I’ve had to push aside. I managed to keep going with the essentials, but I spent a lot of time sleeping.

  • Sean, I’m glad to hear that you, like Mafeking, have been relieved.

    But I can’t agree with your praise of the NHS. My view is that the NHS only survives because of the professionalism of the people at the sharp end. There are many fine people working there; not just doctors, nurses and specialists, but practice managers and even some of the low level “bureaucrats.” (I worked on a Scottish NHS project back in 1993, so I have some inside knowledge there). The problem is that, the higher you go in the NHS hierarchy, the more politicized, irresponsible and wasteful they become.

    May I suggest that you might want to thank for your recovery the individuals who made it happen, not the system. I doubt that, if by some perchance BUPA or another “private” system had been dealing with your illness rather than the NHS, the people who would have helped you would have been much different!

    And please don’t be depressed. As you say, “Having friends is a therapy in itself.”

    • Oh, I agree the system is broken. But the medical staff do a good job. Also, in the absence of proper free market reform – which goes far beyond finding ways to enrich the usual special interest groups – something like the NHS remains necessary.

  • Sean, I missed all this. Glad you’re better now and not dead.

    • Not as glad as I am, but many thanks.

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