Roddy Doyle's Charlie Savage: Having my own A&E crisis
You know that scene in Ben Hur where Charlton Heston encounters the lepers? He sees them coming out of a cave and he hides behind a rock. Now, the lepers were his mother and sister, so it must have been quite upsetting - because they would have been in much better nick the last time he saw them. But at least he could get in behind a rock and hide.
They don't supply rocks in Beaumont Hospital. Granted, Billy is neither my mother nor my sister. He's only a boring b****x from up the road. But, still, as I look across at Billy propped up in the bed, I envy Charlton Heston with his plastic rock. I've nowhere to hide and it's too late to turn and run.
I've been spotted.