Can you recognise these checkouts from films and TV to win a Nintendo Switch?
To enter the quiz below, make a minimum donation of £5 for Jenny’s life-saving surgery in the US, via the fundraising page gofundme.com/savejenny (any extra amount that you donate will not affect your chances of winning, though obviously it would be wonderful if you could give as much as you’re able for Jenny’s urgently needed surgery). Email your name and quiz answers to [email protected], along with a screenshot of your donation (make sure your name is clearly visible) as an attachment to the email. If you do not include the screenshot of your donation as an attachment, your entry will be invalid.
The quiz closes at midnight on 31st December 2021 so make sure you get your entries in before then. The winner, and the answers to the quiz, will be announced shortly afterwards.
A Nintendo Switch has been donated as a prize for the winner of the quiz. If there is a tie for first place, then those tied entries will be put in a hat and one will be drawn out randomly to win the prize. The 2nd prize winner will receive a paperback copy of Jenny’s poetry book ‘We Are The Winter People’. This poetry book is raising funds to get Jenny the life-saving surgery in New York. You can buy it as Christmas gifts for people on Amazon here, for which Jenny would be very grateful.
Read why Jenny needs life-saving surgery in the US that’s not available in the UK here.
This quiz is entirely Jenny’s brainchild. As those of you who have encountered her quizzes before will know, it’s very Jenny.
Enjoy puzzling over the quiz with family and friends over the Christmas period!
Christmas Checkout Quiz
Name the film or TV show in which the following checkouts appear. NB We’re using the term ‘checkout’ very loosely!
Round 1: films
Round 2: TV shows
END OF THE QUIZ
Why Jenny needs urgent surgery:
During her first year at university in 2004, Jenny became ill with a virus that caused severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord), causing Jenny to become bed-bound and acutely ill for the last seventeen years.
In May 2015, after genetic testing, Jenny was also diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This genetic disorder causes the body to produce faulty collagen. The biggest problem for Jenny is that the faulty collagen causes the ligaments and connective tissue in her neck to be lax, which means that it can’t support the skull. So the vertebrae and skull move around and subluxate (subluxation is like dislocation) and blood flow is severely reduced, causing increasing numbness.
This neck instability became life-threatening and Jenny had to have an operation in January 2020 to try to fuse her neck in place to save her life, as well as a decompression surgery for Chiari Malformation. Unfortunately the fusion surgery was not a success and Jenny became a lot more disabled and it’s too dangerous for her to move her neck or head at all. The only neurosurgeon in the world who specialises in fusion (and fusion revision) surgeries and invasive bolt traction testing to determine the correct fusion position for highly complex Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients, is in the USA. Jenny is clinging to life by the skin of her teeth and has been trying to hang on for over a year while trying to fundraise enough money for the three surgeries that this neurosurgeon has said Jenny needs to have a hope of staying alive and regaining some sort of quality of life.
Jenny hasn’t been able to move her head off her pillow since the unsuccessful fusion surgery. She can’t look down, up or side to side. She can’t be washed or have her pyjamas or bedding changed because if she moves her neck even a tiny bit in the wrong direction, she does massive extra damage to her neck and blood flow is reduced further. Any extra bit of damage could very easily kill her. Nurses have tried and failed to wash her or change her clothes without seriously harming her neck further. The subluxing vertebrae have moved the neck into a structure that obstructs her airway quite a lot and she is always in respiratory distress. There is nothing more any doctor in the UK can do for her. So she has been left in this condition until she can raise the money needed to be treated by the surgeon in New York.
Only a patch of ceiling directly above Jenny is within her field of vision. The only part of her body that she’s seen since the operation are her hands, which she can raise to her eyes to see but she can’t look down to see anything else. She’s rarely able to look at the screen of her phone, even though she tries to hold it up directly above her head to put it in her field of vision, because doing so damages her neck more. Her only solace has been audiobooks.
If you would like to donate further, you can do so through her fundraising page, which is gofundme.com/savejenny . Jenny would very much like to stay alive and is very grateful for any donation you’re able to give.
Read the latest health update here from Jenny herself (as well as some audiobook reviews).