As you can see I have a small collection of elephants made from various materials - wood, glass, alabaster, resin, precious stones - all collected on my travels. The large figure in the middle of the picture is Quan Yin riding on an elephant. Quan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy and important to me in that I call on her when practicing Reiki. (Reiki will be another post somewhere down the line).
I don't know what it is about elephants that I love - perhaps their gentleness, slowness, the fact that they live in family groups and really care about each other. They are fiercely protective of their families and grieve for their lost ones.
I have been lucky enough to see elephants in the wild, so to speak, whilst in Sri Lanka we visited an elephant orphanage where lost and injured elephants are looked after. The orphanage didn't just look after young elephants, there was an old bull elephant that had been badly injured by poachers who were after it's ivory, the poor animal ended up blind. However, it was well looked after in the orphanage. I also got to ride an elephant on the beach in Sri Lanka, which had been a dream of mine for a long time. You can guarantee if there's a programme on the television about elephants I'll be watching it!
Friday 9th March
I had a really bad night last night. I ran out of Codiene which I had been given from hospital and was reduced to just taking Paracetamol - unfortunately this is just not enough to kill the pain! I was up at 2.30 a.m. reading, trying to take my mind off the pain until 4.30 a.m. when I could safely take some more. I have telephoned the doctor this morning to ask for a prescription - the receptionist said she will see what she can do and I have to ring back at 3 p.m. There's going to be trouble if I don't get them!
PS 3.35 p.m. got my drugs - phew!