Before I got my D3, I always joked to Kelly that it was called the wrist breaker because of it’s size and weight. The irony did not escape me when yesterday morning at 5.30am I woke up to a my right wrist in absolute agony, so much so that something had to be done immediately; option one was to get completly drunk to numb the pain however I realise that would be a completely waste of my precious Johnny Walker Blue Label
So, plan B was to get to the Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s A&E and see a doctor immediately. I imagined the A&E to be quite empty at 5.45am. I was pleased to see two girls from Finland and another girl who I never got to chat to because she had her Ipod on. I presumed the wait would only be 30 minutes…30 minutes later the assessment nurse (the lovely Angela) took down my information, took my blood pressure and (excitingly) my heart-rate which is a very pleasing 67BPM WHOO HOO!!!!
I was asked to wait further in the waiting area, Angela soon came out to tell me the wait would be about 90 minutes! I sighed but didn’t complain as I know how strained the British NHS system is regardless of what Michael Moore reports
I was prepared for the wait, I bought along a book I’ve been trying to finish for almost a year but I get easily distracted by Photography magazines, however I had to focus on my book called Songman by Will Hodgkinson bought for my birthday last year by a friend known as “her who cannot be named”. I highly recommend it; Hodgkinson asks musicians how they get ideas, compose and go about writing hit songs. He totally demystifies the process and makes it clear that it is about luck as it is about persistence and talent.
8am came and a doctor shouts out Mr Lee Terry in a strong accent. I make myself noticed and follow him into one of the examination rooms. After alot of questions and twisting he gave me a blood test and arranged an x-ray.
It seems I have inflamed joints due to excessive stress so he gave me a very cool splint to restrict movement of my right hand and told me to take Ibuprofen as that acts as an anti-inflammatory for a few weeks.
SO, in conclusion, BEFORE you buy a Nikon D3 beware of the consequences. It is a beast of a camera which does take gorgeous pictures but do not underestimate it’s weight. Treat it with respect and it’ll look after you by taking awesome photos.