The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Monday 27 January 2014
11th & 12th March, 1948 - Ron gets up, tries a bit of embroidery and goes to the cinema..
Every morning between 9a.m. and 12 mid-day we are
not allowed to smoke. It is during this
period that the inspections by the officials & M.O.s take place. Yesterday the Colonel I/C the camp came around
and as a result I was told this afternoon that I could get up for a while.
I felt a little dizzy after being in bed
without food but this passed off and I sat out on the veranda in the Sun.
Not quite finished...
The walking around made me quite tired and
in the evening I sat by a chum’s bed and continued the embroidery of my badge,
given to me by the Sister in charge of handicrafts for the patients. There are various things which can be done in
this way to break the monotony of days in bed.
All come under the impressive title of “Occupational Therapy.”
This morning as an “Up” patient I had to
wash in the wash room. There are also
showers and baths in the ablutions.
When a patient is up he is required to help
with the duties in the ward. These
comprise such tasks as dusting and washing lockers, supplying bed patients with
“bottles,” washing water, meals, drinks etc.
This all helps to occupy the time and for
the other spare time we read, talk and listen to the Radio. I think I shall go out on Monday. I heard the doctor tell the sister this
morning that I was ready to go out.
This evening I went to the hospital cinema,
it is very much of a barn but quite large and well seated. On the walls are small murals of scenes in
the Arab lands.
The film was a Cowboy type and passed an
evening away if of no other value.