This week’s theme on the weekly Nostalgia Link up at the Save Every Step website is old memories of staying in hospital as a child.
As someone who spent quite a lot of time in and out of hospital growing up (nothing exciting, ‘just’ eczema) I’ve got quite a few old memories swilling about to record for posterity.
- The joy of the ‘elimination diet.’ Basically being allowed to eat fruit, vegetables, plain crisps (?!) erm, and that’s about your lot. That was fun. (Not.)
-wet wrap bandages which basically made you look like something that’s escaped from one of the Egyptian tombs.
There’s some more interesting memories though.
In Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, being half dragged out of a Maths class (yes, they had a little school classroom so you didn’t miss out on your schoolwork) by an overly giddy nurse and careering us down the corridor.
The reason? Shakin’ Steven’s was here.
I didn’t have a clue who the bloke in the long grey swishy coat was, surrounded by squealing people thrusting paper at him to sign.
I just knew I wasn’t half glad to get out of that Maths lesson as I hated long division!
I’d be doing a jig now as a lover of all things cheesy and 80’s.
Or there’s the time Ken Dodd came round to tickle us all with a tickling stick and make us laugh,and a little baby in his pram he pulled faces at burst into tears.
I think I would too if he’d have stuck his head in my pram…
Or there was playing Space Invaders on those big arcade type games in another hospital when I was about 5. I used to love that, and got to huge levels on it. You can’t beat the good old fashioned computer games.
The metal hostess dinner trolleys that used to get wheeled onto the ward at mealtimes, and the breakfasts which, regardless of how many times you told them sugar on cereal was RANK, they still (Every. Flaming. Time) threw what seemed like half a bag of sugar over your cornflakes or rice crispies.
Then, when a bit older and in my teens, had friends come over to visit sometimes.
Riding up and down in the lifts stopping at random floors just for the fun of it.
Seeing how fast you could run up and down the stairs.
Having about seven people try and squish on the end of your bed without falling off onto their bum.
Oh, those were the days, and I’ve enjoyed reminiscing. Which seems a bit of a strange thing to say when it’s supposed to be about hospital stays…..
Do you remember any hospital stays? If so, link up to the Nostalgia linky