Monday 22 January 2018

This Woman's Life: So sick of our ailing hospital and cliche-ridden health minister rhetoric

Rita Ann Higgins. Picture By David Conachy
Rita Ann Higgins. Picture By David Conachy

Rita Ann Higgins

The minister was here and so was the novena. I have no way of knowing how long each will last in the memory.

We forget pain, hard as that may be to believe, but we forget pain. It lands and hides somewhere in the deep recesses of the mind. I had 'dry socket' once and it nearly did for me, the pain lasted for nearly three weeks. (Dry socket happens when you don't do exactly what your dentist tells you to do after an extraction.)

I swore I'd never forget the pain. Why would anyone want to remember pain and even swear to themselves that they would never forget it? I didn't remember the pain at all - but I did remember the misery.

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