Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Game-Day Buffet in the Physiotherapy Gym!
Half a minute after I took this photograph, a nurse arrived with five hundred thousand french fries, to go with all the pretty packets of mustard and ketchup scattered between the olive bowls and potato chip plates. The fries were exceedingly tempting, but the nurses and the physiotherapists and the orderlies beat me to it and I made it out of the scrum with one solitary french-fry in my hand. I wonder what all the cardiac patients thought? All those middle-aged men with big bellies and scars down the middle of their chests and the daily lectures on healthy eating and do you want it to happen to you again?
With the High-Noon Chile-Netherlands game playing in the middle of my session, physio today was a gas. None of the 12:00 patients showed up, and the place was pleasantly empty and strung with bunting, and those of us who were left - with the audibly disappointed exception of those tied to beds by ultrasound or electrical equipment - decided simultaneously that we needed to do our cardio work right NOW, thank you, whether it was in our physio regimen or not - on account of how the bikes and walkers and elliptical trainers are all situated right underneath the big TVs. And when we ran out of cardio we simply stayed. The physio staff didn't particularly notice. The game was on!
The fellow who does hand rehabilitation was looking pretty twitchy. His setup is a semi-circular table - he sits inside it with a TV mounted over his head so he can monitor his charges while they load spindles with wooden buttons and tie shoelaces and watch TV while they work. Fortunately for everyone in the gym, his last patient abandoned him at 12:07, and he could stop looking like a candidate for an imminent coronary, and come around to the other side of the table and watch.
And then I left, because I had things to do and places to be and it almost killed me to go. But I waited, listening for the city, but 1:30 came and -
Nope. Well, not exactly. Not this time, anyway.
And the city was silent as a tomb.
And Mr Tabubil cleaned up scandalously in the office pool. He's got to stop betting against Chile. Just for once.