Monday 20th January.
The only thing which stood out today, being a workday was my visit to the Proserpine Hospital for X-Rays of my nasal cavities. We are looking at what causes my, apparently seasonal, nose bleeds. On my way home through Airlie Beach I noticed a big cruise ship parked out in Pioneer Bay. It was not there this morning.
Tuesday 21st January.
Another work day with the highlight being my visit to the doctor to discuss the results of the X-Rays. Yes, my left nasal cavity has some sort of blockage due no doubt to ???? something. Before embarking on a visit to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist we are going to try the famous tablets method. I am not sure what 5 days treatment of roxithromycin antibiotics and 9 days treatment with Prednisolone steroids will do but I am willing to try…on one condition. The steroids will not pump up my body mass and give me aggressive tendencies where I look for a bikie bar. The doc and the chemist smiled and said they are not that sort of steroid. Pity! I thought a bit of a stoush might be fun. Not really. Just kidding.
Oh yes said the doc when I said what I was really worried about was the blood in the urine. No results from the urine or blood tests so as he said “no alarm bells are going off”. He sent off a referal for me to see a Urologist but not the urologist who treated me six years ago. Seems he is retired or moved away. Now I have to wait until the Urologist deems me worthy to fit into his schedule.
I also got a call from the Veterans Affairs guy who is handling my hearing loss and tinnitus claim. They now want me to see yet another hearing specialist in Mackay next month.
Sigh! This application has been going on since April 2013. If I get a benefit I sure hope they back date it.
The cruise ship has gone.
Wednesday 22nd January
I took some photos at a covered walkway at Airlie Beach. It is a lovely spot and on a hot day the shade produced by the covering and the surrounding shrubbery and overhanging trees is delightful, especially if there is a breeze blowing from the south.
Thursday 23rd January
Another cruise ship is parked off the beach. Hmmm! A few photos are in order.
I hear there is expected to be in excess of 80 cruise ship visits this year. On average that is a cruise ship visit every 5 days. Those visits are a good thing for the local economy. Although the tourists are only in town for 6 hours they spend a lot of money. On average around 1,500 ships passengers come ashore. Many of them take tours on the local cruise boats to the nearby islands. That’s a lot of people and money injected into the town in one day.
Friday 24th January
My day off and the beginning of a four day long weekend.
My intention was to drive to Townsville to visit my daughter Shelley and the grandchildren for a couple of days. I had planned to leave Flametree about 8am.
Well… You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men…!
One phone call, this morning, which I will not go into detail except to say it left me… aghast! As well, the trip had to be postponed. Maybe tomorrow if the dust has settled.
Then it was on to Cannonvale Beach and a few photos and then a longer drive to Conway Beach where it is always windy. Conway Beach lies at the extreme northern end of a large shallow bay. So, even a light wind will create short sharp useless annoying waves which break for a couple of Klms offshore.
I seem to only visit this beach when there is an unpleasant hot humid wind blowing from the south. From here I drove over a hill to Wilsons Beach which is an old fishing village and cane farmers beach shack retreat now being bought up by well-heeled people with more money than sense. Wilsons Beach is really a beach at the mouth of the Proserpine River (a crocodile infested river) and is subject to flooding as other major creeks which often flood, feed into this river.
After that drive it was time for lunch and a cold beer at the original home of Hogs Breath Café in Airlie Beach. http://www.hogsbreath.com.au/the-hog-story and
Saturday 25th January
I drove to Townsville today. Between the towns of Ayr and Townsville there was an accident between a big semi-trailer and a little car. The direction each vehicle was pointing did not make sense.
Then at Shelley’s house we had fish n chips for lunch. I finally met my grandson Matthew although to be honest I did meet him a few days after he was born. After a bit of shyness he came out of his shell and spent a lot of time talking at me…as children do. Most of it I could not understand but neither could anybody else. Georgia who is 12 and Jack who is 10 are both shy and did not come out of their shells.
I tried to take family photos but the battery went flat and I had forgotten to re-charge my backup battery.
Sunday 26th January …Australia Day.
Shelley worked last night and slept in this morning. I took her and Matthew to McDonalds for breakfast I could have some father and daughter time together.
The we had a barbecue lunch and the neighbours dropped by. A barbecue lunch on Australia Day is a pretty typical way to relax and enjoy the day. There was an Australian flag tablecloth with Australian flag cups and plates. Without a functioning camera you will have to take my word it looked good.
Although the day was threatening rain with a scattered clouds it was just a typical hot dry Townsville Day. In fact the locals say the rain circles the area and rarely rains. Locally the town is referred to as Brownsville. It lived up to its name as the countryside looks dry and brown.
I decided to drive home after lunch to avoid the heavy holiday traffic tomorrow and avoid the threatening rain. As I neared the Whitsunday region the wind picked up and the rain came down in bucketloads making driving in the dark a bit of a challenge even with wipers on full speed.
I was so pleased to see the dry haven, WWWGO.