471. Sunday 20th December 2015. A Tipple at Tipplers and the flu arrives…

Monday 14th December

A neighbour here in the village, Jim, kindly offered to take me to an appointment with the Pain Management Clinic. To use public transport would require four changes of bus and light rail and would be almost two hours travel time…both ways! Jim drove me there in less than 30 minutes. Thank you Jim.

My appointment lasted longer than 90 minutes and I came away with three prescriptions.

Two are for building up Zinc and other minerals needed by my body to build bone, muscle, tendons, blood vessels, NERVES etc.

A third prescription is an anti- inflamatory cream to quickly reduce swelling in the wrist and fingers. This cream is only available through a Compounding Pharmacy in Southport.

All three will help the healing process in respect of the nerve damage.

I also came away armed with the knowledge that the side effects from the Lyrica 300, drowsiness, unsteady on the feet, dry mouth, speech difficulties, memory loss AND a huge gain in weight, are all reversible.

Slowly.

Getting off the Lyrica will be as slow as the healing process.

Late in the afternoon I collected the first two prescriptions from the Compounding Pharmacy at Harbourtown across the street from our village.

Tuesday 15th December

In the morning I walked to the Hand Therapist and was rewarded with the news I have made huge gains in getting full use of my hand ahead of expectations. Regardless, my hand exercises will continue for a long time.

At midday I attended a village Christmas Lunch with a traditional Christmas dinner provided by a mobile caterer. I went dressed in a big red T-shirt painted with a beard and a red coat and bulging belly with a big black belt. Just the right piece of camouflage to hid a bulging belly. I wore a Christmas stocking type cap adorned with flashing lights.

In the afternoon I caught a bus to Southport, collected my healing cream – Diclofenac – and returned home by bus. The entire trip took 80 minutes.

Hmmm! Sometimes public transport is quicker and cheaper. Parking around Southport is via parking meters.

Wednesday 16th December

Donnis and grandson Chris were due to fly bout of Sydney today. A freak tornado tore through La Perouse on the north side of Botany Bay (the Kingsford Smith Airport is located at Mascot on Botany Bay – most flights taxi and take off over Botany Bay along a runway extended over a main road and extended into the bay) across the bay and slammed into the quaint bayside suburb of Kurnell – (we visited Kurnell at Post 403)  –  (Lieutenant – later Captain – James Cook, first stepped ashore on Australian soil here in 1770) with winds up to 213 Kph – http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/kurnell-the-worst-affected-as-tornado-strength-storm-hits-sydney/story-fni0cx12-1227647109421  and shredded about 20 houses before slowing to a storm and dumping rain, hail as big as golf balls, lightning and strong winds across Sydney. The airport was closed and all flights cancelled. When the storm passed, the airport was opened again but there was a huge backlog of flights to get through. Donnis chose to re-schedule for a flight on Friday morning. She and Chris took the train back to Wollongong for a couple of extra days holidays. Our friends Geoff and Margaret C live at La Perouse and video -taped the heavy rain.

Friday 18th December

Donnis arrived home today but she brought home a big dose of the FLU which she caught visiting the granddaughters. It seems Errol was the culprit.

Saturday 19th December

Today we joined friend Glenda B and jumped aboard the unusual passenger ferry, “RUM RUNNER” for a one hour cruise to South Stradbroke Island. On this occasion we visited Tipplers Resort a mid- range type of resort with some camping spots, some island tents and cabins. There is a bar and dining facilities which I would label as “pub food”. The resort is owned by Gold Coast City Council and three new jetties and pontoons have been installed.

Entry to Tipplers Resort.

Entry to Tipplers Resort.

Tipplers Resort

Tipplers Resort

One of dozens of jet skis.

One of dozens of jet skis.

Hmmm! None of them thought the inflatable was overloaded.

Hmmm! None of them thought the inflatable was overloaded.

The Ice Cream man cometh to visit all boats.

The Ice Cream man cometh to visit all boats.

That said we had an enjoyable day except for Donnis who slept most of it away on the beach. She is suffering from the flu.

I went for a walk along the beach to watch as a sea plane – Cloud 9 – taxied into the beach to drop off passengers at the Gold Coast Adventures, Island Adventure Camp.    http://goldcoastadventures.com.au/island-adventures/   Loud music, barbecue meals and lots of cold drinks. Everybody seemed to be having fun.

Gold Coast Adventures Cruise boat.

Gold Coast Adventures Cruise boat.

This is a private entrance to a private wedding location.

This is a private entrance to a private wedding location.

An older jetty.

An older jetty.

A pregnant woman finds a way to cool off.

A pregnant woman finds a way to cool off.

The goanna blends in amongst the forest floor debris.

The goanna blends in amongst the forest floor debris.

Seaplane taxiing to the Adventure Beach.

Seaplane taxiing to the Adventure Beach.

Passengers step ashore.

Passengers step ashore.

Last year we travelled on “RUM RUNNER” to Curran Cove Resort but this year was more fun.

Delightful view of a beach near Tipplers.

Delightful view of a beach near Tipplers.

The skipper and a couple of friends put on a guitar and ukulele show for passengers and resort patrons alike.

The lead ukelele player is also the skipper on RUM RUNNER and also leads the walks,.

The lead ukulele player is also the skipper on RUM RUNNER and also leads the walks,.

On the journey home our table was treated to impromptu ukulele lessons.

These new breed of ukulele are battery operated and tuning is a breeze

These new breed of ukulele are battery operated and tuning is a breeze

Donnis strums a few chords. Hmmm! How did that tune go again?

Donnis strums a few chords. Hmmm! How did that tune go again?

Sunday 20th December.

Not much happened today except a couple of personal achievements.

I drove the car out of the garage.

I washed the car.

I drove the car around the village and back to our driveway.

I am on large doses of Lyrica 300 and they make me wobbly, forgetful, and sleepy. As well I have trouble finding the strength to change gears and hold the steering wheel.

I am not permitted by medical instructions to drive.

So be it.

Donnis will have to drive us to any adventures including Christmas at Noosa.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Rewarding NEW YEAR.

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7 Responses to “471. Sunday 20th December 2015. A Tipple at Tipplers and the flu arrives…”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    At least you aren’t letting the wrist stop you from enjoying the beautiful weather and water:) Hope the new meds moving the healing along so you begin to withdraw from the pain med.
    Marry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Donnis!

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  2. wendyviney Says:

    I came off Lyrica (150m) in two stages, 3 weeks apart. Yes, it can be done. For a few weeks, had disturbed sleep, bizarre dreams, and felt cold all the time. But back to normal after a few weeks. Good luck.

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Wendy, thanks for the heads up. I know coming off Lyrica will not be easy. I have spoken with the surgeon, the GP and the phycologist and the pain management clinic and they are all sort of relaxed and just say I have to come off slowly. Only you have given a better idea of what I will be facing in a few weeks.

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      • wendyviney Says:

        As you have been told, gradual is the key. I did not seem to have any il effects at all when I dropped the first 75. Three weeks later, when stopped altogether was when the above things happened. Some drs seem to deny it has any withdrawal effects.

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      • frankeeg Says:

        Thanks Wendy, I seem to be a bit luckier…if that is the word… all my medical team say yeas that unless I come off slowly I will have withdrawal symptoms. I started on 10Mg, it did not help. Went to 75Mg, same story. Only the 300Mg stopped 90% of the pain. I guess I will come off the same way i went on. I hope so.

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  3. shan Says:

    Hi frank, this all sounds really promising. glad that you went to the pain clinic 🙂 I agree with your friend in that you have a very good attitude and you don’t let the pain stop you from enjoying your life. you are making great progress.

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Shan, yes I am mostly enjoying life with only a few dark moments here and there. Mostly from impatience that things are not happening quickly enough. The bike is sitting in the spare room gathering dust. Sigh! MY next appointment with the pain clinic is mid January.

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