Hi all, Its been very interesting reading all your views on spitting. It seems my thoughts on this were not in line with the majority and I can now see why.
In my 2nd life as I call it after coming round following 4 weeks of sedation on ICU, I was faced with a massive battle ahead to get back on my feet. My life had changed from being very independent to now being completely reliant on all around me. I was in effect paralyzed and not even able to roll on my side or lift my hand off the bed. Another thing that was new was I was coughing up loads of sputum, this was being sucked out by the ICU nurse with a vacuum tube. As my condition improved I was given control of this vacuum tube even though Matron wasn't happy with this situation, she thought I may suck out the lining of my mouth. I felt pretty embarrassed about constantly coughing up this endless supply of mucus but the nurses and physios were always making jokes about it and did there best to make me feel at ease with shifting the gunk off my chest. They new how important it was to help my breathing situation. This went on for months and they even rigged me up with the same vacuum device down on the wards.
By now I had become quite used to coughing up sputum and sucking it out with the vacuum pipe, it was disgusting but very necessary, at visiting time the small 4 bed room could be full of visitors and I would be there coughing and sucking, the sounds were pretty awful and I used to get lots of disapproving looks from those who didn't understand my situation. In the end I gave up trying to hide it and looked after myself by keeping my chest clear.
Anyway I guess what I am trying to say is I have become desensitized to what others think of coughing up this awful sputum but as usual, you my lovely people have given me a reality check and I can see the error of my ways.
I think maybe I will start carrying something with me to catch and take home this gunk and dispose of it in a safe manor.
Thanks to you the streets will be a cleaner place around Malvern and you won't have to wear your wellies no more.
Tony The people of Malvern thank you all!!!!