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Yesterday I was feeling unwell, really quite rubbish.

But as I'd cancelled my endo appointment once already, I hauled my sorry self out the door.

I was waiting out the front for my taxi, when one of my neighbours came out. He was heading to his car but stopped to say hi.

And then it came out in a rush: his brother's not well. Really not well. Lung mass, biopsies are being done, known prior history of asbestos exposure. My neighbour is a nurse, so he said he had immediately figured the likely outcome (probably no more than 18 months to live) but had to bite his tongue.

(And rightly so, I guess, since the biopsies would not be done if there was any doubt). He described his brother as being 'very positive' but I'm never quite sure what that means.

He is also worried about their mum, who's 88 and inclined to worry. And will be told face-to-face soon.

He apologised for the outpouring, but I was totally okay about it...poor guy!

~~~

But then my taxi turned up, so I climbed in and off I went, and my neighbour went off to the hospital where his brother is.

And my very lovely taxi driver asked me how my day was going.



I am pretty good - and pretty deliberate - about keeping pleasantries pleasant.

But I'd barely had time to draw breath, so he got to hear about my neighbour's unhappiness about his sick brother and their mutual concern about telling Mum, and then for added kicks he got to hear about how grungy I was feeling.

Apparently his day had been going okay.

When we got to my appointment, he didn't have any change so I paid a much reduced fare.

Poor lad!

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pondhopper
Sep. 9th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sure your neighbour appreciated being able to unload all the burden. Sometimes a listening ear makes all the difference.

Your taxi driver sounds like a lovely man...
davesmusictank
Sep. 10th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
That taxi driver sounded like a really nice person.
splodgenoodles
Sep. 11th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
He was. I've been very lucky with taxi drivers in the last few years.

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