Tuesday, 20 November 2007


It's not often I'm left not knowing to say. Today's blog won't be particularly coherent and it may become uncomfortably sentimental, so be warned...

You know that horrible old cliché: "A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet". It's trite, it's banal,

And it's true.

Caroline, Robyn, Maranta, and so many others of you who've sent your thoughts to Tom, you've finally succeeded in taking my words away. If ever we needed confirmation that the Internet is more than just an information resource for paedophiles, an insult forum for brain-donors on YouTube and a route to market for V1agr@ and C1al1s, it's staring us in the face.

The world isn't going to hell in a handcart after all. There are good people all around the world with the energy, the compassion and the power to pull us all back from the brink. People who are your friends even though you may never meet.

Thank you guys. You give me hope for our stupid little species.


Jem Shaw said...

I should mention, by the way, that Tom's operation has been postponed to Friday as there wasn't room in Intensive Care for his return from theatre on Monday. They needed the money to give the Chief Exec his pay rise and enlist a few more administrators to lose Tom's notes again.

The consultant, Mr Price, who impresses me greatly, felt that Tom would be happier at home and temporarily discharged him at 9.00am yesterday. He left six and a half hours later when the admin system fimally caught up.

Caroline said...

This is really unbelievable! It's inhuman to send him home for a few days when he is mentally ready to have the OP. They should be ashamed (I wanted to say 'rot in hell', but that's no language for a lady...)
If it may be a consolation: a friend of mine, 48 years old, mother of 3 girls also had a brain tumour. Operation succeeded, little pain,2 days in IC, 10 days in hospital, full-time back at work after 3 months.
You'll be in my mind, good luck to Tom!

Jayne Ferst said...

Hi Jem,

Popping up to say that my thoughts and good wishes are with Tom and your family, I wish him well and a speedy recovery.

You are right about the Internet, it’s nice to know people you may never meet care enough to say hello or to jolly you along when you are feeling low, and blogs especially make it fairly easy to avoid the ones you’d cross the street to get away from anyway.

Aptly, I had just watched Yes Minister ‘The Compassionate Society’ episode before I read your blog entry, all about hospital administrators. And that was filmed in 1981; surely the jokes shouldn’t still be so relevant… Frightening, really.