Monthly Archives: July 2011

I’m getting to be well known among my ‘blood brothers’

It’s nice to make friends wherever you go, but there’s always some you’d be happy to have a little less to do with.

I walk into Medlab for a blood test and get a cheery “hi, welcome back” from the staff there. The nurses at the Hospital Day Stay Unit where I get the transfusions recognise my voice on the phone and seem happy to be seeing me again. They are all becoming ‘blood brothers’.

I had a blood test on Monday and the results showed my haemoglobin had dropped to 89 after the bleed 2 weeks ago. My iron levels have also dropped significantly. That usually means an automatic transfusion so I had another test today for cross-matching. The GP has set up an appointment for me to have 3 units of blood transfused into me this Friday.

I called the Day Stay Unit to confirm details and they are already primed for my arrival at 7.45am. The nurses are always so warm and cheerful. Just wish I didn’t have to keep meeting them like this.

I hope I can hang on to this next lot of blood for longer than the 2 weeks the last 2 units stayed with me!

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Posted by on 27 July, 2011 in Medical, Personal


66th Birthday bash

Although the day ended in a bit of a medical crisis, the rest of my birthday was celebrated in grand style.

First of all Bronwen and I went for lunch at the Tahuna Beach Cafe with Ron and Jocelyn Tucker who live just down the road from us and whom we’ve known for many years.

In the evening we went up to Becky’s house where she’d cooked a lovely roast chicken dinner for us. We also enjoyed a chocolate-iced marble cake that Abe and Phoebe had helped to make.


Posted by on 26 July, 2011 in Family, Personal, Photos


Better news on lungs

I went to the doc today about the coughing spasms and tight-chestedness I had on Tuesday night. He listened to my lungs and assured my I am getting a good volume of air into the lungs. Nor is the problem related to the lung metastases. He said I have picked up an upper respiratory lung infection and should just lie low until it gets better. He said I need to be careful exposing myself to the cool night air.

I came away quite relieved.

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Posted by on 21 July, 2011 in Family, Medical, Personal


Since when did birthdays become like Halloween?

Yesterday I celebrated making it to my 66th birthday. Overall it was a great day but somehow turned into ‘trick or treat’.

The day was calm clear and cool. We went into the city and Bronwen bought me a lovely warm shirt for the cooler months. We then went to lunch with Ron & Joce, some lovely friends and strolled along the beach. It was a balmy afternoon.

When we came home I ended up having some coughing spasms that lead into a mild asthma attack. I also discovered that I’d lost 250ml of blood.

Later we went to Rebekah’s for dinner where she had cooked a lovely roast chicken and veges. Abe & Phoebe had made and iced a marble cake. We had the party hats and all. It was very pleasant.

When we got home it went from treats to tricks again. I had another coughing fit that lead into more severe asthma that lasted till 4am. I also continued to lose blood and ended up giving away more than the two units I had received last week. Fortunately the blood loss stopped at 850ml at around 5am.

Not exactly the climax to a wonderful day that I had expected. On the other hand, you could say that God saved His gift until the evening – another large measure of His enabling grace through another physical hurdle.

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Posted by on 20 July, 2011 in Medical, Personal


Most people my age are trying to forget them!

Today is my birthday.

Today I am 66.

In 2008 nobody seemed to think I’d make it to 66 and I’m proud to be here and grateful to God for reaching the milestone. Thankyou to all those who have sent greetings.

66 is also the number of books in the Bible. I just hope this chapter for me is neither the last, nor too much of a Revelation!

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Posted by on 19 July, 2011 in Personal


Light in my long night

I’ve finally put a video clip together for the poem I wrote some time ago, set to the cello solo that inspired the words.

It can be seen on YouTube:

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Posted by on 15 July, 2011 in Articles, Personal, Poetry