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Drama queens – repeat blog entry

The other blog entry that Simeon posted that some people have not been able to open is re-posted below. Hope you are able to pick it up this time:

There’s more drama in Mum and Dad’s life than that in a marathon of amateur Shakespeare recitals!

The last blog post had doctors diagnosing the cause of all the bleeding he’d been having. Much blood has dripped down the drain since then.

He underwent a procedure on Wednesday afternoon to cauterize the wounds in his bowel and to stitch up a leaking

Sharing the drama!

mesenteric artery. Following a dose of fresh blood, Dad’s color and character returned, slowly, but he did improve.

Dad was discharged around midday on Thursday from hospital. I went and picked him up and on his way home he (or the morphine) wondered out loud where we should go for lunch. When Dad is told that he can “go home” what he hears is: “you’re good to go”.

In spite of Mum’s and my strong suggestions that given he’d lost around 3.5 liters of blood since the weekend, he really should just put his feet up and rest – he didn’t. Well he tried, but resting isn’t in his nature. If he’s still ‘above ground’ and there’s work to be done, he sets about to get it done.

This morning over breakfast he told me he’d lost some more blood during the night. To say that was disappointing news to hear is an understatement. We were all so hopeful that Wednesday’s procedure would be ‘it’ for a while. While I was finishing my morning coffee and he was having his potions and elixirs, the plaintive call of “Doug” came from the bathroom. Mum had had one of her turns and this time she was the patient and Dad was the nurse.

Shortly after lunch, Dad checked his colostomy bag to find that there was more blood and that there was a constant drip into the bag. Mum and I decided that we wouldn’t muck around and we’d just get him to the hospital to get him looked at (actually ‘treated’ is a different matter). While I was helping Dad get his stuff together, Mum called St Johns Ambulance for advice. They told us to wait there, they were sending some Ambos round.

While the St John’s boys were prepping Dad for the trip to hospital, Mum had another of her turns and they looked at her and decided that they should take her as well. Sweet, I thought, a quiet afternoon for me. Being the father of three young kids, I realize that an ambulance house call is not a crisis moment – it’s a Kodak moment! I got my camera out and snapped away. If only I’d had the foresight to grab the video camera I might have been able to engineer an entry to Funniest Home Videos. ‘Always be prepared’ and all that. Alas, I’m no boy scout.

With the afternoon with the parents out of the house, I set about trying to organize some of Dad’s files. No sooner had I written my siblings out of the Will than I got a phone call from Dad to say that I could come and pick them up. To say that was disappointing news to hear is an understatement – I hadn’t chucked a ‘save’ the corrected document yet!

There’s possibly a more accurate version of events, but I can only call them as I see them. Perhaps Dad will give you his perspective when he’s feeling a little better.

‘Till next time… Sim.

 
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Posted by on 6 September, 2011 in Humor, Medical, Personal, Photos

 

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.

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

 

What a difference a pint makes!

On Thursday I received 2 units (about 600ml) of blood at the Day Stay Unit, Nelson Public Hospital. As appears usual, Friday was a wipe-out: it seems the body initially tries to fight the new blood. On Saturday I watched Abraham play soccer in the morning, then flew to Wellington in the afternoon to stay with my ‘spiritual son & daughter’, Andrew & Hannah Gan and their lovely family.

With Andrew, 'Lulu', Vicky & Hannah at 'The Beijing'


We enjoyed a scrumptious meal at a chinese restaurant in Wellington on Saturday evening, endured a Wellington gale and storm on Saturday night before preaching at the Chinese Baptist Church in Newtown on Sunday morning. There was a church lunch, and then I met with the young people in the afternoon.

When I got to the airport to return to Nelson I was met after check-in by a family delegation from Tawa. Shona & Bruce, Helen & Peter and my neice, Amanda, Aubrey and their children. Helen is celebrating her 60th birthday today so it was nice we could get together.

Helen, me and Shona


the family delegation from Tawa

Last weekend, one service on the Sunday morning exhausted me. This weekend I had 2 flights, and 2 services over 36 hours and still felt quite well at the end of it. What a difference a couple of units of blood makes!

 
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Posted by on 16 May, 2011 in Family, Personal, Photos

 

Winners are grinners

Bronwen and I have enjoyed the first few days of our visit to Australia to visit the family and a new Grandson in Canberra. Abraham and Phoebe are with us and rejoin their mother when she arrives on Thursday.

On Monday and Tuesday I watched Grandsons Nick and Abraham at a Football coaching school in Geelong. The Coaching Camp ran for 2 days under professional coaches from Melbourne. Both boys enjoyed each other’s company and the coaching.

On the last day they had a mini world-cup. Because of the weather the game was played in the gymnasium. Nick was captain of a team including Abraham. They called their team Argentina and wonder of wonders, they won the Gold medal trophy! The favourite was an all-girls team that Nick’s team knocked out in the semi-final. Even the coaches were surprised.

Winners are grinners!

Abe, Nick (captain), Lachie, with Dave, the head coach

 
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Posted by on 13 April, 2011 in Family, Personal, Photos

 

Sibling reunion

Over the last weekend of January we got together with my siblings and spouses in Wellington for our annual sibling reunion. We spent one night in Wellington and then went through to Martinborough in the Wairarapa. We browsed the boutique shops in Greytown, ate at the Gladstone winery, went for long walks around Martinborough, laughed, joked, watched NZ succomb in another one-day cricket match (past a joke!!). A highlight was sharing stories of how our parents had impacted us in our christian faith and then celebrating Communion together.

For the previous two years the siblings have all had to travel to wherever I was having treatments. This year it was a blessing to be able to resume our ‘rotation’ and not be subject to medical appointments.

The clan at Gladstone (my mother's middle name was Gladstone, hence the 'connection'!)


celebrating Communion together


Ministering the Communion elements to Bronwen

 
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Posted by on 4 February, 2011 in Devotional, Personal, Photos

 

Still a bit of life in the old boy

Last Monday my younger brother, Alex and his wife Rosemary visited us from Auckland. We spent a couple of nights in a lovely B & B (we highly recommend it!) at Riwaka. On Tuesday we went on a day trip on a catamaran launch into the Abel Tasman National Park. It was glorious weather. When we reached our lunch spot opposite Tonga Island seal colony, Alex and I took to a sea kayak and ventured forth.

On the return voyage the boat stopped into a bay called The Anchorage where most of us disembarked and did a bush walk over the headland to pick up the boat again in the next bay. Considering I haven’t done any consistent walking for a long time, and that my iron and haemoglogin levels are still low, I was surprised how well I managed the hilly trek without having to use my inhaler or suffering any ‘anaemia-induced angina’.

Sea Kayaking in Onetehuti Bay


Bush walk over Pitt Head


The launch waiting for us to descend

 
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Posted by on 14 January, 2011 in Family, Personal, Photos