By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

In addition to having to keep up with my mom’s working shifts and changing our routine accordingly, there was always the disadvantage of the diseases she often brought home with her. My younger sister and I were usually the first in our classes to come down with the latest strain of flu making its rounds and we were the only two who always tine-tested positive for TB (mom had worked in a TB ward during her nurse’s training) and had to get follow-up x-rays.

 

On the bright side, we never suffered from a lack of meds. Mom, like most nurses in those days, had access to the generous samples handed out by the pharmaceutical companies. Having been the only kid in my class with an allergy (I was allergic to fleas and mosquitoes), having a good supply of antihistamines, steroids and calamine lotion really helped!

 

We also had access to free memo paper, courtesy of the old yellowish-orange sheets used to protect x-rays. Both of us used it for our homework and I remember going to school one morning when a sudden downpour hit and soaked my canvas schoolbag. The homework I’d written out in ink had turned into a bunch of illegible spots!

 

Her job also gave me a solid supply of surgical tubing for the slingshots I used to make from branches and shoe tongues.

 

Another benefit I still remember was being able to take home my tonsils (I had a tonsillectomy, which was thought to be effective in reducing the number of colds in those days) in a vial and bringing them to class for “show and tell”.

 

My two stays for surgery in the two-doctor hospital (one for the tonsillectomy and one for an inguinal hernia repair) were also very good, since all of the nurses and staff were my mom’s co-workers. Someone was always popping in to check on me so I never felt alone.

 

Finally, like most nurse’s children, we unconsciously absorbed first-aid techniques as mom treated us. In my case, I started reading through her nursing school textbooks when I was in the fifth grade, so I gained a lot of information about anatomy, surgical procedures, mixing medicines and such. What I learned back then served me well in the years that have followed.

 

More than half a century has passed since those days, and it’s been more than 25 years since my mom passed on. During that time I’ve had the opportunity to teach many students whose mothers were nurses and I’ve found that I can more or less pick them out of a group instinctively. I guess we all share the same traits.

 

看護師の息子(2

母の2週間毎に変わる勤務に合わして妹と私がルーチンを調節する問題以外に母が持って帰って来る病気も難儀だった。2人はクラス中でいつも誰よりも早く流行している風邪にかかっていた。それに毎年の学校での結核のタイン・テスト時に学校内で2人だけが陽性反応だったのでレントゲン撮影に行かされていた(母は看護学生時代に結核病棟にいたので母も陽性だった)。

 

明るい面を挙げれば薬品には困ったことなかった。母は当時の看護師同様、薬品会社が大量に配っていたサンプル薬品を簡単に貰えた。学年でアレルギー(ノミ、蚊)をもつたった1人の私にとってはありがたいことだった。母が持って帰った抗ヒスタミン薬、ステロイドやカラミンローションは大変役立った!

 

私達は沢山のメモ用紙も病院から頂いた。当時のレントゲン写真はオレンジ・黄色の用紙に包まれていた。2人はメモ用紙以外に宿題にも使っていた。但し、濡れるとある日、学校に向かっている途中土砂降りになった。布製の学生かばんがびっしょり濡れて、中の宿題用紙上の字も大きなインク溜まりに化けた!

 

母の仕事のおかげで、木の枝や靴の舌革で作るパチンコに外科チューブも貰い放題だった。

 

他には、他の子には手に入れない自分の手術で摘出されたへんとう腺もアルコール漬けでクラスの「show and tell(見せて話す)」時間にも持って見せた。

 

田舎の医師2人の病院の2回の入院(へんとう腺手術と鼠径ヘルニア手術)滞在もとても楽だった。医師、看護師や他のスタッフが母の同僚だったため、次々と病室を覗き、寂しい時間も全然なかった。

 

それから、殆どの看護師の子供と同じく、無意識に救急手当も覚えた。好奇心の強い私の場合、5年生から母の看護学校の教科書を読み始めた。それらから解剖学、手術、薬品の組み合わせなども学んだ。その頃に覚えた知識は今まで数えきれないくらい役に立った。

 

その時から半世紀以上が経ち、母もあの世に行ってから約25年。不思議なことで数多くの生徒を教えてきた中、『看護師の子』に出会うと本能で何となく解る。

By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

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Books published by AELS (AELS出版書籍)

魔女学院&光塾:魔女ガールズの冒険

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools – English Edition (魔女学院&光塾(英語)

By Billy Hammond

迷える魔女の戦い (魔女学院&光塾シリーズ第2)

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Lost Witch (Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series Book 2) – English Edition (迷える魔女: 魔女学院&光塾第2弾:英語版)

By Billy Hammond

幸せを運ぶ魔法のチャレンジ 魔女学院&光塾シリーズの第3(Fate & Magic Jp)

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

“Fate & Magic” Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series – Japanese Witch Schools Book 3 – English Edition (幸せを運ぶ魔法のチャレンジの英語版)

By Billy Hammond

Regressed 「過去に生きて・・・」

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Regressed – English Edition

By Billy Hammond

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