H is one of those people who give generously of themselves, his expertise, his time, his money, and his blood. If there are such things as Pearly Gates, he will not have to plead his case but will be allowed to walk straight through. Hopefully he will put in a few good words for me!!!
He seems to be at the top of everyone's list for being the jolly fine fellow who is called upon to carry out tasks, the one who never says never and always says yes.
He used to deliver our local Parish newsletter to about 200 houses. He also delivered boxes of the newsletters to other helpers too. Four years ago he was delivering them in the winter when the weather was cold and the ground freezing. Suddenly his feet went from under him on someone's drive and he badly bruised and hurt his shoulder. He had just got over a serious operation on his spine, and I said enough is enough - fortunately he heeded my words.
On Sunday morning he was out delivering newsletters again, but this time for the political party that he supports. It was a very hot morning and he set off with his rucksack full of newsletters on his back. Walking around here consists of tiring routes going up and down valleys and the terrain is difficult.
I saw him return home through the window several hours later looking very hot and tired. I remarked how late it was and how hot he looked, it was then that I noticed his hankie tied around his hand, and covered in blood.
Whilst making a deliver at a house, all seemed quiet and peaceful when suddenly as his fingers pushed open the letter flap they were grabbed by some very sharp teeth. He went into complete shock at the unexpectedness of it and rapidly withdraw his hand not knowing what he might see. I could show you a photo, but some of you are possibly about to eat or are of a disposition that might find it upsetting.
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We were unsure what to do, so I quickly looked on the internet and discovered that it is important to wash the wound under cold running water immediately for at least 2 minutes. From the appearance of H's hand should it have been a child's hand then half the finger would have disappeared and presumably been gobbled up. It is important to wash throughly because dogs have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, and some of you may have read my post on bacteria last year.
We then rang the out of hours surgery and they arranged for us to go to our local cottage hospital. H's fingernail had been completely split open from top to bottom and he had deep teeth marks in the skin around the nail, but the doctor felt that it did not require stitching. He gave him a tetanus injection and put him on a strong dose of antibiotics. He was given strict instructions to return should his finger start to swell or turn red. I have now banned him from delivering political newsletters. The hazards are too great, and surely there must be younger people more capable of taking on these tasks.
H says we should have special sympathy for our postmen and women for whom this is a daily occupational hazard. Because of this we felt it was important to inform the police. If the house had exhibited a warning on the door then he would have been extra careful or not left a leaflet. The police took it seriously enough to visit the owner and inform her of what had occurred. The police told us that the lady was very apologetic and wanted to send a letter of apology. However, our wish was that she should have a protective cage fitted inside the door to catch the mail and a notice clearly stating 'beware of the dog'.