Of course, it doesn't help that my mother was trying not to make things seem urgent either - the closest hint to how bad the pain actually was came when she said the pain was "worse than childbirth", and that was only after the paramedics arrived. My family has a habit of doing this. My mother's notorious for pretending she's quite alright when she isn't, and her mother even moreso. Nan will never ever live down one incident from a few years ago when she was competing in a long distance cycling event in the southern North Island. She came off her bike in a tunnel on the track that follows the route of the former Rimutaka Incline railway and shattered her shoulder, but just shrugged it off as "a minor fall" and completed the competition - with the finish line days away. I don't doubt that her failure to seek any form of medical attention at all until she finished the competition contributed to how bloody long it took her shoulder to mend! If there is one family trait I'm glad I don't have, it is that blind refusal to heed injury.
On a totally unrelated topic, I never realised just how much I'd gotten used to living in Queensland. Daylight savings down here is really throwing me off; it seems obscene for it to still be light at 8:30pm. In fact, as I type this, it's 9pm and I can still see some light on the horizon from my lounge window. It just feels wrong to be cooking dinner while it is still as bright as 3pm. I feel like I should be making a late lunch! I'm so used to starting on dinner when it gets dark. In fact, while Nan was here, we clearly still ran on Queensland time as none of our dinners came earlier than 8:30pm. I'm sure that given some time, I'll adjust quite easily, though I still don't see the point in daylight savings. I really don't care either way whether it is or isn't used, though it's not something I feel is worth implementing in areas that don't already have it, and resetting clocks can be a bit of a pain. Ah well, I suppose I might appreciate the extra light more when I have places to go, things to do, and a Kate to take out on dates. Or, being an albino, I wouldn't be shocked if I just got sunburnt and cursed daylight savings all the more!