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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein


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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin












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#1 Morphine
#2 the most painful drain - the length that was in me was up to the threads (stitches)

Caine says:

Love the morphine shot. Very descriptive and expressive. #2, ouch. Reminds me of when I had 18 inches of wick inserted down into my breast just behind the nipple. Not the best memory I have, that damn thing hurt going in.

12th May 2009, 22:23

Dhamaka NLI says:

AmericanFriend - although it's out I have to have chemo. Probably radiotherapy too. I'll know more when the results are back in 3 weeks

Caine - ouch, but that wouldn't have been possible for me

12th May 2009, 22:25

Caine says:

No, I had a different thing going on. Still, when someone wants to stuff that much of anything in you, you know it's not going to feel good.

12th May 2009, 22:32

cariadus says:

Very clever morphine shot - brings back that queasy feeling all over again.
And ouch, Cringing just at the thought.
Glad you're home.

12th May 2009, 22:48

Spiderbaby says:

Wow. That's a lot of piping. Is it wrong to want to fave the top one? It is very dreamlike. I can't decide if you are really smiling in the shot or whether it's the swirling of the camera. Glad you're home anyway.

and faved :)

12th May 2009, 22:48

shitake says:

I don't know what to write.. :( ..:(
But right I'm too very glad that you are home now. :)

12th May 2009, 23:18

paintist says:

now that looks very very painful......

12th May 2009, 23:21

Caine - indeed and I'd not like to go through that at all (or the rest of what I imagine you've been through either)

AF - not at all, I'm sorry to have made you feel that way

Cariadus - thank you. Interestingly mouth morph doesn't seem to do it!

Spiderbaby - I was smiling and thank you!

shitake - thank you but I'm still smiling..

paintist -luckily I don't have a good memory for pain :)

12th May 2009, 23:51

Sprocket says:

are you dancing on morphine? fabulous shot

12th May 2009, 23:56

Sprocket - dancing, no. Spinning... it ws a bit like that

12th May 2009, 23:57

Sprocket says:

morphine has always been my drug of choice, tis a pity they don't sell it down Starbucks

12th May 2009, 23:58

beth says:

You could probably get hold of some not far away from starbucks..

good to see you back home :)

13th May 2009, 00:15

Evilmink269 says:

Home? For reals? Hope you're getting some rest and recooping done! Miss you online!

Gentle hugs!

13th May 2009, 05:48

:)
and thanks for the HL

13th May 2009, 06:26

So glad you're home. Doesn't a day in hospital take a long old time? Best of luck with the final drain, hope it's out soon. I had one into my stomach, and when they pulled that one out, there was a kind of popping feeling as it left my stomach wall, not entirely unpleasant! Take it nice and easy now, don't be doing anything that will put any strain at all on all that lovely new scar tissue which will be holding you together from now on! x

13th May 2009, 08:35

taniwha says:

Gosh I really feel for you. Sounds dreadful.

13th May 2009, 08:42

Puddlepuff says:

Aiwwww Aaaai That is a lot of drain to be inside of you.

xx

13th May 2009, 08:43

nige says:

Took me a while to work out that top one. Reminiscent of your tango pictures. Interesting juxtaposition! It's good to be home, I bet.

13th May 2009, 08:46

beth says:

nige > that's what i thought too.

13th May 2009, 09:54

beth says:

nige > that's what i thought too.

13th May 2009, 09:54

nige says:

We are in sync for Saturday then, beth :D

13th May 2009, 10:03

harimanjaro says:

Glad you've escaped, and I'm faving the morphine picture too. I've never had morphine, but from this I'm guessing it's unpleasantly like being drunk. (What's so unpleasant about being drunk? You ask a glass of water.)

13th May 2009, 10:23

Jane Doe says:

Glad you're home, love the top one ; )

13th May 2009, 11:16

Javama says:

Pleased you are home. Hope you are not feeling too ropy. Fingers crossed about the chemo.

13th May 2009, 12:21

minkey says:

Wish could send now a "pigeon voyageur" with a batch of choc muffins;-) for you to enjoy with coffee or tea. Much prefer the first one. Second one sending shivers

13th May 2009, 12:42

:)
It's wonderful that my mind feels so clear - something that takes it being shaken and stirred in a morphine-type way to really appreciate

Minkey - strangely I'm not feeling llike much comfort food at the moment (except I have a craving for a macdonalds). I still have 10 fudge fingers left over from hospital visit presents, which sprocket will tell you is not like me at all...

13th May 2009, 13:47

yourhermione says:

Seeing you smiling in the morphine shot has made my day. Gah I wish no one had to go through this!

13th May 2009, 14:54

MaggieD says:

Yay, yay and thrice yay! .... glad that they have let you out :) .... and that top shot is just ace !

Hope you are going to take it easy for a while ..... week after next is half term so maybe a 'Macbeth Meet' could be arranged? ....

13th May 2009, 16:44

yourhermmione - thank you. Sadly that's life

MaggieD - I am taking it easy, don't have much choice but that doesn't mean I'm stopping my life. If I can find a lift I hope to meet you all for breakfast at Shoot London. Where do I go to do that and what time?

Hotdog - glad to be back!

14th May 2009, 07:41

JokerXL says:

You escaped!
Well done miss D. Now we just issue you with that false passport and get you over the border to neutral Sweden.

The Tate modern cafe (inside the main entrance, ground floor, left hand side) at 10am Saturday.
Can't wait!
:-)

14th May 2009, 07:57

I did, thank goodness. Back this afternoon to hopefully get the last drain removed. That'll make things a little easier - went out to eat last night with it, and it's not particularly elegant

Will do my best :)

14th May 2009, 08:59

JokerXL says:

I have chocolate.

14th May 2009, 09:36

JEsson says:

Glad to hear you're home and planning time with friends. Sending more good thoughts and virtual hugs.

14th May 2009, 11:20

MaggieD says:

Shoot London: we are meeting in Cafe 2 at 10am (when it opens) ..... same as the year before last .... I really hope you can get a lift, we are all hoping to see you (no pressure of course) ....

.... the Macbeth Meet (the three witches) can be arranged later ....

14th May 2009, 17:20

midlife says:

I'm glad to see you are back. :-) ((((((((H))))))))

15th May 2009, 04:45

:)
I have friends coming over that morning to help find a wasps nest and they'll be bringing me along

midlife - thank you!

15th May 2009, 07:33

SLG says:

faved the top shot, totally portrays morphine induced haze.

would be good for a 'scottish play' meet ;)

15th May 2009, 13:43

foreverben says:

I have been going through your story and also pondering on your sensitive pictures. I am very moved. Allow me to tell you that you have something of a hero for me.

20th May 2009, 06:38

Thank you Ben, although I don't think the compliment's justified. Let's see if I can a) manage the rest of the treatment in the same way and b) not bite everyone's heads off when they behave towards me differently than before they knew :)

20th May 2009, 08:38

foreverben says:

Yeah, you're right. We're humans with all these typical, sometimes very painful stereotype communication habits. Prepare yourself. Anyway, the silently suffering are the real heroes.

20th May 2009, 08:47