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Gilded Cage

Five days in a hospital.

Expecting a visit of a few hours for tests.

I have what I stand up in together with one book and my phone.

The future changes. 2-3 hours becomes 3-4 days. Eventually 5


The more I recover the more trapped I feel.

The room becomes a gilded cage.

I’m there for good reason.

The view makes me want to escape as soon as I can.

The help and support is magnificent!

Checks every 2-3 hours mean no sustained sleep.

The bureaucracy is a nightmare!

Visits are a welcome respite from the monotony of being a slave to the master ‘Intravenous’.

The changing scene of the monsoon arriving becomes a fascination

A camera phone becomes a way of amusing myself and keeping my mind occupied.

This is how I saw those five days within this cage, and the view I had from it.

Next time I visit a hospital for anything I will prepare for all permutations.


  1. This is brilliant and ceratinly takes me back to my mormories. The day we got the discharge from the hospital was really full of actions … fun and learning.

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