Some of you may have noticed a dearth of posts on this blog recently for which I apologise. I had a stroke from which there are complications and I find it quite difficult to write (rather inconvenient for an author).
There are, however, some very funny games to be played. For a start off I can now join in with Hypochondriac Poker which is a National Sport in France. Whatever someone is suffering from, another person has to “black cat” it, coming up with a friend or relative who also had this condition. Scoring is easy. Double points if they actually died from it, astounded the medical profession and lived or total trump if it was you personally who had it.
In my village the average age is well past retirement so I can indulge in “see your ovarian cancer and up you permanent brain damage”. This is much appreciated and why we all discuss our most intimate bodily functions at the chemist’s because it is another chance to get in a quick round of “my sister died of that!”
The other major hilarity is that, like many stroke victims I am losing my speech and words disappear completely. Being bilingual I can usually find what I mean in one or other of the languages but now I am …not home, directionless, satnav doesn’t work….lost!
My patient husband is becoming used to having to play “Sound Charades” with me as in “on head, not hat, no not cap, hair, false…wig! Yes! Wig!” but the swearwords when I am frustrated always come out clear as a, thing in tower, church, Sunday, ropes … ding dong etc;
Today we hit rock bottom when he found me wandering around the supermarket with a tin of tuna in my hand looking vague. (yes, this is quite normal) When asked what it was for, I looked baffled and then said triumphantly “Solicitor!”
He nodded and put the tuna in the basket. He knows that the French for solicitor is avocat and that we have two avocados in the fridge.
On the upside, books 1 and 2 are now available in paperback and e-format on all the usual sites, Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and also now from The Book Depository which is great news for those who like paperbacks but don’t want to pay the crippling postage costs – free delivery to anywhere in the world. Huzzah.