Red Red Wine
A colleague returns to work after Christmas limping.
I ask if he's dropped a present on his foot or injured himself playing
tennis on his son's Wii but no:
"Gout! Damn Gout!" he snarls.
My friend though not in the first flush of youth is not yet ready for
retirement and gout is an illness that I somehow associate with times
gone by, comedy, old men and port.
My lack of serious concern prompts him to take off his black sock the
left one stitched through in yellow with 'Monday' to reveal a swollen and sore
looking stump of a digit.
I begin to feel a little more sympathy for him as he looks up and
vows to cut back on the old red wine in the hope of staving off
another painful and really quite unfunny attack of 'Gout! Damn gout!'
the joint in dad's big toe
Gout is a very painful condition and the below links offer an explanation of the condition and the symptoms associated with it:
The boxer Alex Ramos reveals that he and many retired boxers suffer from gout.
Also, and people will laugh, a lot of fighters suffer from some kind of gout. I have three fighters right now, that can't walk because they have gout, Alex being one of them. Yesterday I got a call from a guy that was in so much pain, and I told his wife to go buy a basket of cherries, because cherries will cure gout. I'll tell you what, we know how to get the job done. A box of cherries cost $1.29, and you know what, we do what we've got to do and I know how painful it is to have gout. Alex had a bout where he literally had to crawl around his apartment and he has gone through periods this year where he could not walk.
Johnny Vegas the UK comedian and actor has tried to lose weight and drink less to avoid the bouts of gout he's been getting and to live to see his son grow up.
• Johnny Vegas appeared to have made a career out of his full figure, even starring in his own Channel 4 quiz show entitled 18 Stone of Idiot. For this northern comic, his reason to slim down was to be around longer for his son, Michael. His regular doses of gout also influenced his change of habit, though he has said he feels some sense of guilt over the fact that the main pie producer in his hometown of St Helen's has since closed three of its shops.