Cyclist wrote: ↑Mon May 23, 2022 6:00 am A batshit old biddy writes...Blimey, what a list of maladies. If my childhood had been that miserable I'd have wanted to be euthanized.
Woke please read! A love letter to a lost England of decency and respect MARGARET DOWNIE
https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expre ... iption/ampAs a child of the last war - my primary school years neatly encompassed the whole of it - I (and everyone else) was exposed to wartime drama which built very close family ties as trips away any distance were a non-event. Ill-health was a given.Now read on, if you dare.
I, along with all others, acquired in sequence:
* whooping cough
* german measles (this left me hard of hearing while another child in our class actually died from it)
* meningitis (this acquired at 11 plus age left me even deafer - and the child who gave it to me died)
* and finally polio.
I did escape scarlet fever.
However as antibiotics were not available I also was riddled with infection and in 1940 sent to a makeshift hospital near the banks of the Thames called Goodmayes where my tonsils and adenoids were removed in one day.
Two days later most of my teeth were removed.
I was there for two months and parents could visit for two hours only on a Sunday, just two people as there was little room.
We were in the midst of fighting a war there and great flashes on the walls which lit up the rooms as the Luftwaffe's bombs dropped.
Strangely, I don't recall anyone being frightened...
A lost England of decency and respect
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