OCovid-19 deepens and much of our daily lives will be impacted one way or another.
I will try to continue to do my daily walks and depending on the weather, exercises in the pool.
Tuesday 10th March
My usual good walk in the morning and in the afternoon exercise in the pool.
I have now settled on a dose for the Lyrica which seems to keep most of the pain away. There are some things which remind me the problem has not and will not, ever, go away. As well as the Lyrica twice a day also include two 6785 Mg tablets of Paracetamol and another dose at midday. It all evens out okay although I do refer to the Lyrica as mind altering drugs.
Wednesday 11th March
A walk along the Broadwater in the morning. Ahhh fresh air,sunrise and lots of people walking or running or pushing prams.
In the morning I did the Line Dancing music and decided to try a few dances myself. The Physiotherapist suggested now the meds are working, I cannot break anything – I might experience pain but I will not break anything. OK so tried dancing and did not break anything.
Afterwards I went to Southport to sort out a couple of issue I have with Medicare. I then walked to Australia Fair for lunch and as a treat bought some pork crackling. It is a bit harder than I am used to but I happily chomped away. All good. Afterwards I had a piece of Turkish Delight –Made in Turkey – and as I chewed there was a loud crunch and I was suddenly missing a tooth.
In the afternoon I had a doctors visit to have sutures removed and new surgery on another lot of Squamous Cells. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/squamous-cell-carcinoma/ Bad news. Last weeks surgery did not get all the cancer so he has to cut along the scar tissue. Not this week I said. Do a new section. Which he did. Several sutures and lots of blood later I was out of there. Did you know when the doctor needs a biopsy to determine if something is cancerous he has a purple marker which he uses to mark where he wants to take the biopsy. Then he stings you a bit with an anaesthetic and then uses a biopsy punch to take a sample. When he has the result and wants to do the surgery he uses the purple pen to mark out where he will make the cut so he can sew it easily and leave as small a scar as possible. Then he gives lots of stings of anaesthetic before he cuts the skin, cuts out the cancer and sews you up. I expect lots of small purple pen marks and lines with little stings over the coming weeks and months.
Next it was off to the Gold Coast Dental Hospital where I have an emergency appointment. The year 5 student who looked after me will join the dental workforce in May so she was pleased to have me as a challenge. She did a temporary filling and will research doing a crown.
Thursday 12th March
Went to the movies at Star Casino with Ngaire to see Midway. It was delayed by 30 minutes. That’s OK. We can people watch. In my case, I lady watch. Once we got into the auditorium it was quite noticeable the crowds were less. Either because it is not a popular movie or Coronavirus is of concern. Once we were seated there was an announcement. Sorry folks but due to a technical fault we cannot show Midway today. Instead we have CATS. There was a collective groan from the audience who then started to leave. So did we. I stopped at the door to chat with the attractive usherette who is in my age bracket. Yep she loves her job and they are looking for people like us. Hmmm!
Friday 13th March
Oooo wooo! Friday 13th Scary Scary.
Up and down to the Broadwater for my 3 Klm walk. A stiff breeze was blowing from the south so I wore a light jacket. Despite the threatening rain, the wind, the overcast and the early hour it is still a delightful walk.
Next up was the art group where we share art, coffee and laughs.
In the afternoon the dental student called. Instead of a crown she and the professor studying my x-rays and other data suggests I can have an onlay instead of a crown. I have an appointment on 31st March. It will be a good experience for the student to have on her resume. Hopefully it will be a good experience for me to have a new tooth.
Saturday 14th March
OK 5 am start for my walk, when almost back to my start point I met Bill so kept on walking to his car which as luck would have it was parked near the Beach Café. Hmmm. I did a 4 Klm walk. Let’s go and have a coffee. Which we did. Bills wife Sueji or Sooji ( I’m not sure of the spelling) does the remedial massage which I will try to do every fortnight to help my back problems.
Sunday 15th March
The usual 3 Klm, walk along the Broadwater followed by coffee with Bill and home to make my traditional scrumptious Brussel Sprout omelette.
I went grocery shopping and as expected there was no toilet paper, no hand sanitiser, no liquid hand soap, meat supplies are limited as is frozen meals and frozen chips. No nappies, no facial tissues, no kitchen paper. There were virtually no eggs. Health foods and vegan and gluten free products are basically untouched. Everything which is in short supply or not available there are signs limiting products to one per shopper. There was no shortage of people blocking the aisle and it was difficult to move. That said, I got what I could on my list and departed. It was crazy. Panic buying has set in.
I went to the movies at The Star Casino.
I would guess there was about 1500 people therte, I positioned myself where I had a wall on one side and I was more than 2 metres away from people in front, beside and behind me. This may be the last time the movies are screened for some time.
Saw the movie Bombshell at the Star Casino and had lunch there as well. It was a near capacity theatre and lunch afterwards was a long line up.
In the afternoon I did my hydrotherapy exercises in our pool.
Tuesday 3rd March
Met up with my cousin Vicki who has travelled all the way from Perth to see her sister Lynne who has Alzheimers. She mostly does not recognise Vicki. In the last year since Vicki was last here I have not tried to contact Lynne as it would only confuse her more. I collected Vicki and drove to Palm Beach and had coffee and a good catch up at the Surf Club. Vicki is a cousin on my Fathers side of the family while cousin Greg whom I caught up with last Saturday is on my Mothers side.
In the afternoon I had an appointment with the incredibly athletic Kellie the Physiotherapist. Apart from giving me a pep talk and a massage on a back muscle, she encouraged me to take Panadol three times day plus the Lyrica as well as continuing my walking, floor exercises, hydrotherapy exercises and mental encouragement that I will get better.
Wednesday 4th March
Doctors appointment today. We have agreed to keep the Lyrica at the current dose plus Panadol as suggested by Kellie. Last weeks biopsies have come back positive for Cancer. Before he got his surgical instruments together he decided which of the three locations he would incise first. As he checked under the special magnifying lens he realised that each biopsy location housed more than one cancer. From the three locations he counted seven cancers and that does not include the others on my face he has not yet carried out a biopsy for. I joked that we could do a biopsy a week and a surgery per week and fill up his calendar for the rest of the year. No it is not funny but that is how I am beginning to feel.
Cousin Vicki is due to fly back to Perth today but we got to have early morning coffee at Burleigh Heads. Afterwards she was to say goodbye to her sister Lynne before jetting away. We talked about me taking a trip to Perth this year. I think that is a safer option than travelling overseas this year.
Later in the morning I met up with Kym and Jan at The Rocks, Currumbin Valley. The plan was to once again walk to Cougan Cascades but once again very heavy rain put paid to the plan. The heavy rain would make the walk dangerous so we stayed around the rocks and took photos on different settings. We discussed possibly meeting next week at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for another photo shoot.
Friday 5th March
Today I booked in a remedial massage with Suji. I dunno what a remedial massage is intended to do but it sure loosened up all muscles and it took awhile before I could get co-ordinated enough to get off the massage table. It may be my imagination or it could be my medication but I am beginning to feel an improvement. Probably as good as I felt in early October but not worse than I have felt since late October. Is the pain less because I am getting better or I now have the correct dose of Lyrica?
Saturday 6th March
Today I did another workout in the pool. While in the pool I can feel the muscles being used. Once I leave the pool those muscles start protesting. That’s good Kellie the Physiotherapist told me.
I feel the need to talk about my new Samsung VR 7000 20W Powerbot. When I leave the house I make sure things like loose mats are picked up and close the door to the garage. I touch one button, lightly, and the Powerbot goes to work vacuuming the entire house including timber floor, tiles and carpet. Once completed it finds its way back to the charger base and re-charges. Once charged a message, FULL, appears on a screen. All I have to do is empty the cartridge of whatever it has cleaned including all the excess fibres off the carpets. I love it. I cannot vacuum and if I go out seven days a week I push the button seven days a week and it keeps my floors clean.
Sunday 7th March
Almost every morning I do my 3 Klm walk along The Broadwater at Labrador. It is wonderful being out in the fresh air. Some mornings I arrive later or earlier. Generally I see the same faces walking in the opposite direction and when I turn back I usually see them again. Sometimes they nod or smile in recognition. Often they have their head down in concentration or in the case of women, avoiding and eye contact with men.
In the afternoon, despite the strong wind and overcast conditions I did my exercises in the pool. Today I bought a couple of pool noodles. I cut one in quarters and taped two together so I can use them with my hands and also feet. Now I can do the full range of exercises mapped out by Physiotherapist, Kellie.
I accidentally missed my midday Panadol and the afternoon was difficult until I took them. Within an hour I was feeling pain free again. The large dose of Lyrica plus the Panadol work to keep me almost pain free. Any thoughts I was improving have been dispelled by missing a dose of Panadol. Kellie did tell me the healing will take a long time. It has already been a long time and it will be a longer time before I can be me again.
The time is almost upon me when I have to move to a new WordPress platform. There is a new platform design already set up and ready for new posts. The format will be slightly different but basic detail will remain. I expect that either next weeks post or the one after will be on the new platform. I will post details of any new address.
Well, as expected the doctor increased my Lyrica to 300 Mg at night and 225 Mg in the morning for another week. So far it has only been a couple of hours but the pain when sitting is still intense.
Also sort of expecting but hoping it would not be the case, the biopsy from last week is positive. Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The result is a bit worrying as the cells can move into other parts of the face and neck and worse, lymph nodes. That’s when they become really dangerous. Today instead of doing an excision he carried out two more biopsies. Overall I have at least 6 possible such cells – all in my face. I am wondering how they will carry out the surgery. Will it be all at once under general anaesthetic or one by one over several weeks. Of course we have not yet got to have a look at little lumps on my back and shoulders.
Today I also explored my WordPress account and realised I started two new Blog pages a few years ago and promptly forgot about them. Word press no longer give a free platform but these two locations have 3 Gb each which will be available for me when the current allowance runs out, possibly with only one more post until I have to make the switch.
Tuesday 25th February
Today I had an appointment with the Physiotherapist Kellie Nalder who is just back from her placing second in an Ironman Competition in Geelong over the weekend. Today she concentrated on massage of the big bad angry spasming back muscle. She reminded me that although I am in pain and experience pain in many day to day activities, none will cause any physical damage. So getting into a car may be painful as is getting out but I am not causing damage if I drive for a couple of hours.
Wednesday 26th February
Today I met two members of my Facebook Photo Group, Aussie Photography For Beginners. Both are ladies which was not unexpected as the Group has 456 members and only about 10% are males. Being Admin on the site takes a few hours each day but I do have a fellow Admin who does lots of work and we are looking for another to help us out.
Back to the group meeting.
After introducing ourselves we introduced our cameras then walked along The Broadwater at Ian Dipple Lagoon, Labrador and finding several items worthy of a photo.
Did my usual three kilometre walk along The Broadwater to Lands End and return to Ian Dipple Lagoon. This is such a wonderful location to walk and I see many familiar faces every morning, all doing their daily exercise of running or walking. Sometimes I go the other way and walk to Loder Creek which is about a 2.5 Klm return walk. It is equally spectacular, summer or winter, rain hail or shine. Well sometimes I skip rainy days.
We did get halfway to the cascades but stopped frequently to take photos. Just as we reached the Old Timber Mill I heard thunder.
Shortly afterwards there was a crack of lightning and thunder. Jan who lives in the Tallebudgera Valley commented that was a signal for drenching rain and we should head back to the carpark NOW! It was already too late as the drenching rain started immediately. Luckily I carry a beach towel and a light jacket in the car. We drove to The Rock Pools further down the valley where it was dry and we had a coffee.
Soon the lightning and rain began again.
We waited out the heavy rain and managed a few photos. We also plan another photo shoot next Wednesday.
Friday 28th February
Did my 3 Klm walk along the Broadwater.
Tonight we had our monthly Fish and Chips night followed by Bingo at the clubhouse. It was a fun night and I won $20.
Sunday 1st March
Went to The Broadwater and met Bill and Doug for a coffee at the Beach Café. The man who serves me knows what coffee I want and where I will be sitting. That must mean I am a regular customer. I do not think I have ever been a regular customer in my life.
After lunch I went to Paradise Point to listen to British and Beatles music in the park.
The singer had a music machine and a drummer.
My back began to pain after a few minutes sitting in the camp chair so I packed up and came home.
I went to the pool and did my exercises prepared for me by the Physiotherapist.