My Isolation Whiteboard

I suppose you could call this post a “black and white comparison piece of writing”. This week’s, weekly photo prompt: Comparison

Dear readers for the last 5 days of my 2 weeks(so far) hospital stay, I’ve been in isolation, and to help me fill in my singular time here I’ve been using a large whiteboard to write my poems on, and I’ve been writing a poem or Haiku everyday, and of course, my whiteboard is now full. Hopefully this is a sign!!, and it’s nearly time for me to go home. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process, both physically and mentally, and everyone around me has appreciated my writings, my nurses, doctors, attendants, administrative staff, and all my visitor’s, have all come in and had a read of my whiteboard over these day’s. I don’t think this isolation room has seen the likes of a plumber/poet before, and the buzzing atmosphere of expectation, in room 5 on level seven, has made it a pleasant place to be..

Ivor Steven (c) 2018

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

86 thoughts on “My Isolation Whiteboard”

  1. I do hope you get to go home soon! They’re going to have to add another whiteboard or you can leave some poetic graffiti for them. I love how, despite being in the hospital you continue to gift us (and then hospital staff) with your wondrous words!

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  2. I love whiteboards! And I love the way you have passed the solitary time in there. You bknow if you weren’t in isolation I think You would have been included in the hospital tour! Brilliant Ivor, absolutely brilliant! πŸ™‚πŸŒ·πŸŒ·

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    1. Oh dearest Sue, a big smilely thank you ❀️ 😊. It’s 1.15am and I’m about to go to sleep again, and your lovely comments will be a great sleeping pill, nite nite 😊 xx

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      1. Good morning Sue πŸ˜ƒI’m not sure what time I said hello to Shefali, but it’s one of those times when I wake-up, my sleeps are about 2 hours at a time, and the last 3 nights I’ve been able to get back to sleep each time, I’m finally starting to feel like I have had some sleep, although it be broken sleep πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

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      2. I used to do that, but now I turn off the power to my iPad and phone, (always next to my bed) it took a while to get used to not having the phone switched on, but it has helped me to switch off my mind. It was needed because I was in danger of allowing blogging to take over and so much so that every time I heard a bleep I would immediately reply to someone. Today I’m more disciplined and although I wake up early I now sleep uninterrupted. Try it! πŸ™‚

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      3. I am, i switch off my phone completely, i do some writing to make myself tired, and then back to sleep. It’s an ongoing gradual improvement for me, 😊. When I was caring for Carole, I used to live on 3 hours sleep a night, I did that for 30 years, and now slowly I’m improving my sleep habits. 😊 😊 ❀️ πŸ’•

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      4. Did you know babies have to learn to go back to sleep in the middle of the night. They have become used to 3/4 hours sleep and then mummy feeds them, at least during those first couple of months, so it’s difficult for them to get back to sleep without that feed, but they eventually learn and that’s the same with us. we get used to a routine of waking up during the night and replace the feed with another activity so we too need to re-learn the technique of going back to sleep without an activity. It takes a while to get back into a proper routine of six or seven hours non-stop sleep. Experts say it’s doable for each of us. I’ve eventually learned to do this too.

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  3. I love this! πŸ™‚ Your writing is meant to be shared! πŸ™‚ I’m sure you have been a bright spot 🌞🌞🌞 to all of those who came into your room! πŸ™‚
    Everyone needs a poet in their life…and if he is a plumber, then so much the better! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
    I hope you can go home soon, Ivor! And get back to un-isolation! πŸ˜‰
    Hang in there until you are sprung! You know we are all hanging in there with you!
    Healing HUGS and continue prayers and best wishes!!!
    OH, and Coop sends some Cooper-KISSES! 🐢

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  4. I am so glad I made it here today Ivor. I love the positive approach you have taken to your elongated hospital stay and the white board is over the top!!! Thank you for the nice song too, I have never heard it, but I am really enjoying it as I type this.

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      1. Yes indeed .. although a couple of weeks later when I was allowed to go home 🏑 .. was when I had my stroke and the ambulance had to come and take me away again πŸ€”

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    1. It definitely took away the boredom of the situation and I would forget how sick I actually was … my fever was that bad they had to change my bed 3 or 4 times a day …


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