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Monday Watercooler

By neilb@uk ·
Not the best of weekends. Went down to Brighton with my mate and his family yesterday to take my Goddaughter and friends out in the boat for an 11th birthday treat but the weather was bad so we toured the harbour.

We went out to the harbour entrance to watch the coastguard shepherd in a yacht with a broken mast and, just as we were turning back in, we got swamped by a ten foot wave from out of nowhere and everyone got thrown around the boat. Mostly scrazes and bumps except for yours truly who cracked his head and split open the top of his ear.

I would like to announce that socialised medicine can work - even on a Sunday evening. Got seen in A&E in twenty minutes (ER). Gorgeous Nurse Practitioner was immune to my attempted flirt: "How many of me can you see?" "Only one - but two wouldn't be such a bad thing". She made arrangements for me to see an ENT surgeon who stitched the cut in my ear (nine! ouch!) while nurses gave the kids hot chocolate and biscuits and we were all on our way home in a couple of hours.

I haven't seen the stitching as I'm bound up like something out of "The Return of the Mummy" but my Goddaughter and friends (the ones who'd look) saw it before the dressing went on and reckon that it's "really cool - better than your other one" so I'm reassured.

A couple of days off watching Discovery Channel and STNG reruns can't be so bad...

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hey dad

by jck In reply to Monday Watercooler

sorry to hear about the mishap with the ear.

Should I bring the beer over?

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Yep - and pick up a curry

by neilb@uk In reply to hey dad

I've checked the antibiotics and there's no mention of alcohol. :)

The ear's (probably) OK. The split was a bit over an inch long but because it went right through the cartilage, they put in lots of stitches. I'll see my doc tomorrow and have the bandage off and let him have a look at it.

The sympathy from my workmates has been profound - not!

From my boss: Neil, I'm sorry to hear about your accident. I've stopped your team making ear jokes. I said "Ear jokes". Oh, for God's sake "EAR JOKES!" Oh, forget it.


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daft workmates and beer

by jck In reply to Yep - and pick up a curry

No pints for the workmates then. I'll bring the curry...

BTW...know anyone in Ireland who wants to hire me? ****...I'd even be open to Edinburgh or Newcastle.

God, I hate the EU regulations. 2 companies now have wanted to talk to me, but can't until after they interview and discount all remotely qualified candidates.'s Monday. I'll try not to complain too much. Ooops...too late...

I'll bring double the beer...good pain reliever :)

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Well at least you'll probably

by OnTheRopes In reply to Yep - and pick up a curry

get some sympathy from Mae.


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Of course he'll

by maecuff In reply to Well at least you'll prob ...

get my sympathy. I'm NICE. Sheesh, how many times do I have to say that??

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I know you're nice and I'll tell that to anyone.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Of course he'll

After all, I'm still "walking around" relatively intact. B-)

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Thank you..

by maecuff In reply to I know you're nice and I' ...

I feel much better now. Well, better than Neil at least. :)

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When the boss said that, you should have shown

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Yep - and pick up a curry

true British aplomb and said " 'Ear, 'ear." in agreement. Or maybe you didn't like the sound of that.

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by Tig2 In reply to Monday Watercooler

Neil, you aren't supposed to try to remove your ear. Van Gogh tried it too- bad result.

I don't know about daytime TV over there. Here it is like being sentenced to hard labour. 250 channels and NOTHING of merit to watch. Sad, really.

As you know, my weekend involved pain too- just different pain. If this morning is any indication, my week will involve pain as well. Oh well...

Pass the ibuprophen, please!

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by neilb@uk In reply to OUCH!

Our (for once) wonderful National Health Service sent me on my way with nine stitches, dressing, antibiotics, ibuprophen and paracetamol with no charge. I don't use ibuprophen so if I could email it to you, I would.

Your pains are earned and - if they have to be borne - should be done with pride.

My pain is because neither me nor the guy at the wheel were watching the sea - always wrong when the weather is bad. We were lucky no-one went overboard with a half dozen 11 year old girls on board so I'm feeling OK. They've all got a tale to tell though some of them may not want to come next time. :)


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