A short message from Alex's doctor.
I am sorry to tell you that Alex is gravely ill. He came to my office late on Thursday evening, suffering from two problems. Firstly, his stomach was in terrible pain and I saw immediately that he had severe food poisoning. Secondly, he appears to be suffering from temporary insanity. He was weeping as if he had experienced a terrible trauma. When he arrived in my office, he could not speak coherently; he could only say these words: “cheese… fudge… cheese… fudge… NO! NO! NO!”
Later, when he had calmed down a little, I asked him how he had become so sick.
“Doctor,” he said, “I made a terrible terrible mistake.”
“What did you do?” I asked him.
“I ate cheese with fudge!”
“NO!’ I gasped. “Not… not… not CHEESE WITH FUDGE???”
“Yes, doctor. CHEESE WITH FUDGE!!!”
‘Why did you do it?” I asked him.
“It’s Ana Paula’s fault,” he said. “She told me that I should eat it. I think she wants to kill me.”
I called an ambulance immediately, and Alex is now in hospital, recovering from his ordeal. It is possible that he will never completely recover, and he will probably have nightmares about his horrible cheese and fudge experience until the end of his days. However, he will write his blog again in a couple of days, if he is healthy enough to do so.
I hope everyone who reads this blog will learn from Alex’s traumatic experience. The lesson is simple: never, never, NEVER eat cheese with fudge.
Dr Loco Exhag
We often use the adverb gravely when we are talking about health problems. It means ‘seriously’ or ‘terribly’. So, ‘gravely ill’ means very ill.
If you eat food which is too old or not properly cooked, you might get serious stomach problems. This situation is called food poisoning.
‘Insanity’ is the noun form of ‘insane’, which means ‘crazy’. ‘Temporary’ is an adjective which means ‘only for a short period of time’. Therefore, ‘temporary insanity’ is the medical phrase for being insane for a short or limited period of time.
The verb ‘to weep’ means ‘to cry’.
A trauma is a very bad physical or mental experience. The adjective form is traumatic.
If you speak coherently, this means that your words and ideas make sense, and people can understand you.
To gasp is to breathe in suddenly, when you are shocked or surprised by something.
A dream which causes fear or other bad feelings is called a nightmare.
‘Until the end of his days’ is a rather ‘poetic’ phrase, meaning, ‘from now until the end of his life’.
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