Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

Hadfield Frog
Like sporty people say, every now and then, life throws you a curved ball. Forrest Gump said, “life is like a box of chocolates”. Like I say, “shit happens”. Little did I know that 2016 was going to be eventful, and not in a good way. It all started in early March.

After an attack of ‘food poisoning’, and a couple of days failing to recover, I dragged myself to the doctor. She said that I should take some paracetamol and get some rest. 24 hours later, I was in hospital. CRP is an indication of inflammation due to infection. A CRP of 20–80 is bad, 200 is serious. I had a CRP of 345. I don’t do things by halves.

Hadfield Reservoirs
One of our precious cats decides to embark on an unexplained sympathetic illness. We are both in hospital at the same time, though hers is a lot smaller and more expensive. Both of us pull through, shaken but not stirred, with big boxes of pills.

As we languished in medical care, my mum developed a mysterious illness, which got progressively worse over the next few weeks, and she ends up in hospital a month after I am discharged. Life has become a series of car journeys, hospital visits and an education in medical jargon. My mum’s health stabilises, but no one knows for sure what the future holds.

Hadfield Moorland
Photographic trips become a rarity in 2016. Uninspiring scenes seem to be everywhere. I guess there is only so much space in one’s head, and Photography gets relegated to the box room in my brain. With health issues seemingly everywhere, life becomes more about survival, and spare time becomes a much more straightforward brief escape

Ploughed Field
None of this is helping me expand my photographic portfolio.

Close Family of Sheep
Still, it makes you realise that family, health and time are the most important things you have. Things couldn’t get any worse, could they.

Well, I suppose my dad breaking his hip might complicate things.

Middle Black Clough
At least I don’t have hundreds of great photos to process from this period. This lot is the best from the whole of Spring. Next stop, Summer…

2 thoughts on “Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

  1. Meks

    Sorry to hear you and your family have been (or still are) on such a rough patch. Yes, health is so precious, and I hope you have made a full recovery. Your doctor should be forced to shut down her practice – diagnosing people so completely wrong it becomes life-threatening is certainly a reason!
    Here’s wishing you and yours all the best. Things can only get better, can’t they…?

    The photos are still great, no matter how little time you had for them or how uninspiring you found the world around you at the time.

  2. Keith Nuttall Post author

    To be fair, it was a quick appointment and she wasn’t a fully qualified doctor. She organised the blood test, and I was called the next morning with the warning to get to the hospital.

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