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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Health. Matters

Bonk Eye.

Recently, I've noticed something.

That, in itself, is remarkable.
Moving on . . .
I work with a group of elderly people.
Some of them like nothing better than talking about their health.
Or lack thereof.
I've been treated to stories of gall bladders.
Knees.
Hips.
Hearts.
Lungs.
Mysterious lumps.
And a plethora of aches and pains.
I cluck sympathetically.
Knowing that each of these ailments will probably visit me at some point in the very near future.
But what is truly remarkable is the fact that the very young people I also associate with, ie. my grandchildren, are equally interested in their health.
Scrapes, bruises and cuts are examined minutely and then displayed, accompanied by a lurid tale of woe.
Often.
Sometimes, a tiny wound might go undetected for several days. Have scabbed over and be well on its way to healing. But once discovered, it must be fussed over and bandaged and kissed.
Several times.
My two-year-old granddaughter had fallen and bumped her head.
Just above her eye.
After the initial tears and hysteria, she had examined her wound in the mirror.
There was a distinct bruise.
“Mom!” she said loudly. “Bonk eye!”
Her mother agreed that, yes, she had 'bonked' her eye.
But that wasn't enough.
She had to tell everyone in the room.
Several times.
Later, at dinner, she mentioned it again.
Several more times.
Her uncle Tristan, having been at an activity, was late to dinner.
He slid into his chair and started dishing out food.
Here was someone new to tell.
“Unca Tristan!” she said, “Bonk eye!”
Tristan looked at her. “Yes, I see that you bonked your eye,” he said. He started eating.
“Unca Tristan, look! Bonk eye!”
“Yes,” he said.
“Bonk eye, Unca Tristan!”
“Yes.”
She took a couple of bites of food. Then, “Unca Tristan!”
“I know,” he broke in, rather wearily.
“Bonk eye!”
“Yes.”
This went on through the remainder of the meal.
And every time we saw her for the next few weeks.
Long after the slight bruise had healed.
And until the next injury pushed it off the front page.
Then it was, “Unca Tristan! Look!”
He looked at me. “On, man. Are we going to have another chorus of 'bonk-eye'?” 
I laughed.
Health issues.
Most important at each end of the age scale.
Differing only in seriousness.
Not in concern.

14 comments:

  1. I'm not much better at keeping my bonk-eyes to myself, and I'm right in the middle of that age scale!

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    1. Me, neither. And I keep touching them just to see if they still hurt. They do!

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  2. I've never heard that expression before, must just be an American/Canadian thing. What is it, a black eye, where she bumped into something?

    Joan (Devon)

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    1. I'd never heard it before either, Joan! I think it's a toddler term!

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  3. I am at the age where I think about it (too often?) but try and keep it to myself.

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  4. I hate to say it, but, as we age, we return to childhood - in more than one way.

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  5. Health does matter, even in those that are young as well as the elderly, for I've seen many young people with really bad health issues as well, which is why we all must try to keep good care of ourselves the best we can.

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    1. You only have one go at this, right, Lon? Better to take care! :)

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  6. Wounds heal much faster when closely attended to, by every single person within viewing range.

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    1. Little Bonk Eye would definitely agree with you! :)

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