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Heart Attack!

7 Jul

Kewpie doctor

Ward 3 Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria

Saturday 10th February 1990 7:30pm

Dear Evelyn,

How nice to get the fancy things from you. I at once put on the Marabou band thing- it’s a lovely idea. I first put it on the head, then as a collar. I love the little card; its what is called découpage. I remember Granny was in to that.

I am in the cardiac section of ward 3. I am the only female, all the rest are men in various stages of decay and illness. I am okay now and up walking about thankfully. I did not feel well last week. Mrs Shutt thought I looked ill. I had a lung pain (sometimes) and sore breast bone, at times. I know now that was the making of a heart attack. It was at 3:30am Tuesday in the study bed (high winds) that I took chest pain and arm pain and heavy profuse sweating. Things happen when one is alone. Luckily I just happened to know the name of the hotel in Aberdeen; luckily CV was delayed there for the night as ship was delayed with bad weather. I got directory enquiries to get me the number. I just lay still after getting up to make tea & fill hot bag. I did not get the doctor right away as I lay still thinking about Steps to take. Quite a thought.

I knew I would have to be put away to hospital also CV would have to get back home and before he got away on the ship to be told about it. Was that the right thing?

I lay exploring all the ways. No ambulances! Who will take me? Wills, Lydia? McGarry? I plucked up courage at 5am & phoned the doctor. He said I should have phoned at 3:30am.

I phoned Imperial Hotel. “I’ve taken a heart attack” No ambulances- only Police vans. Dr Doyle says. So I phoned Dr Will! Kil. 2166. They both came round and Dr Will set off with me leaving Dorothy to shut the front door. Oh yes, I also phoned David Henderson! Laura to come at once- key in lamp hiding place. I even put a furious Dennis out, luckily, as Laura didn’t arrive ‘till 4pm, (things would have been bad by then!).

I got into hospital at 7:30am.

It’s very nice and nice food. I am complicated by diabetes of course and blood sugar counts.

I have my Kewpie beauty bag and even nail varnish on my toes.

I put powder in my hair so as it don’t get greasy, and brush it up very fluffy. Eliz Boyd & Marilyn Wylie are supposed to visit me. I may get out on Tuesday. What happens then I just don’t know. If only Punk could drive. I wont get driving for a few weeks.

So if you ever get a sore breastbone and lungs, pain down the arms, it’s a Heart Attack.

The first time C.V. alone at Glen Eden was last night. No Ghosts! So he says. He’s at home tonight, as it was afternoon visits. He was to light the Library fire for TV with Punk /Dennis.

So Evelyn, I can see I may soon be much better. You can have a lovely holiday and I hope you enjoy it with V&L and with Emma. Don’t get sold into slavery, it’s a bad wee spot Turkey so they tell me. Hope to be better when I see you again,

Have fun – your loving Mother

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My Great Grandmother Jeannie McKechnie’s demise in the Asylum 1903-1952…

7 Jul

Gartloch3

Gartloch Asylum Glasgow.

Dear Miss Moir

It transpires that your Great Grandmother had a very long history of mental illness.  As the records are either not in a fit condition for copying or are in very heavy volumes, I have transcribed the salient passages.

She was admitted to Gartloch Asylum on 4 Dec 1903.  Her next of kin was recorded as being her husband.  Two doctors who examined her provided the following reports for the Sheriff of Glasgow (who authorised her admission):
1. “Incoherence of speech: thinks that her children are poisoned by her neighbours.  Voices continually speak to her.”
2. “She is dull, irritable & excitable & she is incoherent in her talk & has delusions of suspicion & persecution.  Her husband states that she neglects her household duties & has been very strange in conduct for several years.”

Her husband provided the following:

“Illness began 12 years ago – restlessness at night: would go away very early in the morning to see her father, leaving an infant.  Since lost oldest boy (14) in July last – he was accidentally drowned – has been much worse: thinks her neighbours had boy murdered for £100.  9 children, no miscarriages.”

On 25 Feb 1904 she was transferred to Govan Parish Asylum at Hawkhead (later re-named Leverndale) because under the Poor Law system Govan was the parish responsible for her.  The doctor who first examined her there wrote, “She is often unduly depressed and confessed that she is under the influence of delusions”.  She remained at Hawkhead, at least until 1917.  There is a gap in the records between 1917 and 1921.

On 30 Jul 1921 she was re-admitted to Hawkhead.  She is described on admission as a 55 years old widow, previously residing at Dalmary Cottage, Gartmore.  She is diagnosed as suffering from “Dementia secondary” and is said to have been insane for 18 years.

On 8 Oct 1929 she was transferred to the mental wards at the Southern General Hospital (also run by Govan Parish Council).  These wards were generally used to house chronic cases of incurable insanity, especially amongst elderly people.  Her next of kin is recorded as being her sister, Mrs Miller of 225 Holmlea Road, Cathcart.  She remained at the Southern General Hospital until her death, 1952.

I hope that this will help you.  Please bear in mind that it is very unlikely that we will be able to provide answers to whatever supplementary questions may occur to you.  For instance, the records do not state whether she was buried or cremated, nor by whom.  Nor do they indicate who visited her.

Yours sincerely

Alistair Tough

 

Tough

Mr Alistair Tough,

Greater Glasgow Health Board Archivist.

 

 

 

 

Shadow…our first & best Ferret.

23 Jul

Son James became interested in Ferrets as a young teen and his mentor Linda found him Shadow. A lovely, and probably deaf wee soul, so gentle and sweet, smelled of honey and very cuddly. He was one of 4 we had, twin females, very small, and one huge one who managed to escape. Here is Shadow…died a few years back & sadly missed x

Shadow

Lusitania’s Dead, Old Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork

21 Mar

As I searched for the three mass graves of the victims of RMS Lusitania at the Old Cemetery, Queenstown, now Cobh, my hair stood on end and my body tingled.

I quickly realised I had just walked over the first mass grave site…a  moment I shall never forget.

Web Spinners, Embioptera, in my kitchen…

20 Mar

Web Spinner

We just found a baby Web Spinner…Embioptera, in the kitchen this evening. I had not seen one for several years, so I am thrilled there is still a colony living under our heating boiler…

They weave a tiny nest, using web and fluff, and the nest I found had the shell of an M&M sweetie incorporated in it…exotic, harmless & welcome little creatures. I am very happy.

Photographer Captures Woodpecker Showing Weasel the World

3 Mar

TwistedSifter

weasel-riding-woodpecker

Aladdin jokes aside, what you are actually witnessing is a remarkable battle for survival as a Green woodpecker attempts to escape the predatory clutches of a weasel. The incredible photo was caught on camera by amateur bird watcher and photographer Martin Le-May who spotted the event in East London’s Hornchurch Country Park.

Since being posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon, the photo has gone viral and has been published by news outlets around the world. Le-May explains that the woodpecker was feeding on some ground-dwelling insects when the weasel went for the sneak attack. Naturally the bird tried to take flight and the pair got as high as 10 ft before landing again where the woodpecker managed to free itself and live another day.

[Sources: Mashable, Slate, Jason Ward on Twitter, Martin Le-May on Twitter]

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OLUSEGUN OBASANJO FOUNDATION

17 Aug

Oba

http://www.olusegunobasanjofoundation.org/

Oba & Goodluck

On February 8, the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation was officially launched at a gala hosted at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. The former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo was joined by an esteemed panel of African Presidents which included President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin, President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, with a special video message from President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon. Over 1,000 special guests from across the globe were in attendance to support the Foundation’s inauguration.