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It stealthily creeps up in the darkest hours.
Don't touch. It's unbearable.
What to do! Don't move! Keep still!
Take the medication.
Nature calls!
What to do? How to move!
Inch by inch - excruciating pain - inch by painful inch.
Where did it come from?
How did it get here?
It wasn't there yesterday.
Dressing gown and TV today
Keep your spirits up.
Keep your leg up.
Take more medication and rest.
Easing now.
Only a digit on a flaming foot!
I am not an old man indulging in venery pursuits
And I don't drink port
But I do get
Gout!

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    Ouch! That hurts Marion... but not in the way you might think! Seeing my name in lights in your headline was a shock. Who out there knows my school nickname, the only name my wife and all her family and family friends still know me by? For I was an avid teenage Goon Show addict. Very strange to see it in print!
    Re the drabble... wonderfully teasing! You had me barking up the wrong tree from the off and what a delightful, if extremely painful denouement! Great stuff.... but worried about the ‘True stories told as fiction’ label. I really hope it doesn’t relate to you, Marion. I’ve heard it’s excruciatingly painful. 😩

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    Marion E Ball about 2 months ago

    Definitely true.
    Definitely me.
    Definitely easing now though.

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    Very pleased to hear that it’s easing now Marion. Poor you though. My best friend (a former Drablr contributor too) had it and it was really debilitating and extremely painful.

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    Gout has always been the butt of jokes, and until my friend had it I hadn't realised how debilitating it is. And, bless you, you don't even drink port ;) Hope it goes soon Marion.

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    Neville - just Lurgy or Dreaded Lurgy? (To quote The Lost Boys, "enquiring minds need to know")

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    Marion E Ball about 2 months ago

    The port was a bit of a lie Drew. I do enjoy one occasionally but not last night.

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    Lurgy Hunt, that’s me Drew. And that’s maybe why shy, ultra polite Mrs H came up to me at the party so many years back and asked me those unforgettable words, “Are you Lurgy?”. It seems that she sat next to another girl in class I had dated a bit, who must’ve liked me because the word Lurgy was written all over her pencil case! (They were only 16 after all!). That’s what my wife’s family and my schoolmates all call me, even those who’d prefer not to! Beats Neville!

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    Marion, I'm shocked! No, I'm not, port is a lovely drink, especially at Christmas :)
    I'm jealous Neville. I always wanted a cool nickname, and Lurgy would have been great. Some of my friends had cool names, Spider, Thrasher, Crust (who got called Robespierre for a while, strangely), but me, I was always just my name. Or that Russian name, Sodoff, or similar (but worse!)....

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    I’ve always been proud of my nickname, Drew, which I’ve had since the age of 13. It was never used as a term of abuse (as far as I knew!), just an identifier as I used to go round with my mates, pulling funny faces and declaring that I had the Dreaded Lurgy... and it stuck. I suspect though Drew that you’re a man of a few names. I’m guessing that your name is Andrew (Andy) Martyn (poss Martin) Stockton.. or is that just a tees? Drew Martyn is a really cool name though!...

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    ....I have many names, not all of them good, viz Isaac, Mike, Eric and Oozac! But my brothers and cousins call me none of them, they call me Bob.... which I don’t really like, because my first name is Neville. But if anyone calls me the wrong name, for them, it’s really weird and I almost won’t hear it! Hey, there’s enough material for a drabble or so here......

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    Actually Neville, you're spot on :) But I like the name Drew Martyn (plus, when I write the great 20 volume sci-fi classic that becomes a worldwide best seller complete with international film rights (Peter Jackson obviously), it will sit close to George RR Martin on the bookshelves... :)

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    Hehe! I like your approach to planning, Drew! Drew Martyn is a really cool name as I said above. It’s slightly unusual, but not so much that you can’t pronounce it and as a reader, someone of that name is your buddy! (Wrt that, did you ever see The Sure Thing... a great Rob Reiner film starring John Cusack? He’s hitching a ride with a girl across the US to California and she pretends to be pregnant, up the duff with a jumper. They argue over boys names... Nick’s yer buddy I think he says, but it could so easily have been Drew (4 letters!). Love that film! 😊

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    I haven't seen that film for a long time. Must watch it again soon, thanks for the reminder Neville :) - and thanks for the vote of confidence for the name :)

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    Brian Mackinney about 2 months ago

    I was Twinge, a snivelling little brat. I preferred the previous one .. Kinema.

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    Kinema is a really cool name, Brian, with associations of Hollywood, glamour and lots of adoring fans! Twinge though is maybe more arthritic.

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    Brian Mackinney about 2 months ago

    I wish. It was the local flea pit. When I was trying to impress I went to The Palace or The Savoy.

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    What a shame you didn’t go to The Palace more often. You might have been given the handle ‘McKingey’... very regal.. (but the Regal was the ABC cinema in my home city,)

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