Another ‘neglected’ Ambulance Story, from 2012.
This one is in praise of the resilience of women.
Don’t look in the carrier bag
In the 1980’s, people in their late 70’s had been through the Second World War. The women in particular had endured special hardships. They had been left to cope without support from husbands, fathers, or brothers; often managing a life torn between work, and having to cope with young children, or trying to bring up large families. They did this during bombing raids, with rationing in force, and often having to work in hard, manual jobs, previously done by the absent men. It made them resilient, it hardened them to pain, and they also learned not to complain about things, as it made little difference. By the time they had reached old age, they were a force to be reckoned with.
One morning, we were called to an elderly lady, to take her into hospital for an arranged admission. Her age was given as…
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