The trials of Trevor by Angela Caldin
As must be well known to our regular and esteemed readers, our fellow blogger, Trevor Plumbly, is the mainstay of this blog. While his two female companions fall by the wayside in spectacular fashion from time to time, it is Trevor who doggedly carries on blogging, and keeps on churning out his opinions on a myriad of topics.
Stepping up to the plate
Well, it’s fair to say that his blogging sisters are now to be sorely tested because Trevor went into hospital yesterday. He is going to have back surgery to put an end to the acute pain he has been enduring for the last few weeks as a result of a bad fall. Painkillers didn’t work, even stronger painkillers didn’t work, two spinal injections didn’t work and all the while our Trev was putting up with debilitating pain which saw him in bed in the early evening for a restless and pain-filled night and prevented him getting out and about during the day.
As many of you know, Trevor calls himself a ‘blindy’ and up until recently, he got about in his neighbourhood of Ponsonby using a white stick with a revolving ball on the end. He is registered blind, but has some residual sight which enables him to read large print at close range, to use an iPad and to operate a special computer with a black background and yellow letters. Most of these pleasures were curtailed because of the extreme pain he was under, so that his main solace was listening to music – mostly classical, but with a few more modern greats such as Nat King Cole. This was a lonely and deeply depressing situation for someone used to fending for himself, being active in spite of his lack of sight and meeting Emily on a regular basis down at the pub.
Eventually, his loving and feisty wife, Pam, became exasperated with the whole miserable situation and wrote a strongly worded letter to the doctor, demanding that something must be done. Within days, an appointment came through for surgery. We hope fervently that it will be successful and that the wicked, witty, jovial, cheeky person we know and love will be restored to us.