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.
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.
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.
Last year we travelled on “RUM RUNNER” to Curran Cove Resort but this year was more fun.
The skipper and a couple of friends put on a guitar and ukulele show for passengers and resort patrons alike.
On the journey home our table was treated to impromptu ukulele lessons.
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.