Thursday 8th June 1989   Morning surgery 10:40

Valerie Vaughan was in today with more pain. After she had told my Dad all her symptoms, he said to her: “Look, Valerie, I think we have all got to accept that life is painful. I am 59 years old. When I get up in the morning, my back is stiff.  When I try to reverse the car, my neck hurts. When I do a busy surgery, I get a headache. I don’t like using these pain rating scales but, if I did, I would rate a normal day as 3/10. I realize that your life is probably more painful than mine. I don’t think that there is any particular reason for that and I don’t think that there is much we can do about it. I think that we both have to just get on with things as best we can.”

Mrs Vaughan always tends to fear the worst and asked my Dad if he was sure that his headaches weren’t due to a brain tumour.

“No, I am quite certain about that. They are busy surgery headaches. I have been having them for years.”

Life is painful.
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