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Another Stroke - In the Shadow of Leaves
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Another Stroke
The youngest and last of my mother's brothers & sisters surviving died suddenly this week. If my calculations are right, he would have been the same age father was when he died, but it sounds like he was spared the slow, suffering, decline in hospital. Of course his family are devastated. This leaves only one aunt on my father's side alive of my parents' generation.

Health Updates
Not much new to add when it comes to either chemotherapy or my friend. The 3-day test for the new specialist was a bit of a trial, physically. I did use part of it to help get in training for today's big expedition — a 2-hour history tour of the crime haunts of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, specially dealing with the notorious Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine. Pretty well washed out by chemotherapy and tests, so I was worried if I'd make it through, but with a bit of luck and care, and leaning on another friend, we got through without too much trauma. (Photo album, 17 pictures, taken by accompanying ABC person. The 702 ABC Sydney blog post about it.)

Slow progress with friend's stroke. One of our big helpers, a childhood friend of his, was away for a week. I was first knocked about by Uncle's death, then the chemo and other stuff. Next week his partner will have to go back to at least part-time work. She wants to make up time now so she'll have hours up her sleeve when she's needed later during his rehabilitation. He was understandably pretty down at heart.

But I'm told they were able to take him out in the chair to the 'lounge area'. At least you can look out the windows (ward windows look out on a blank wall) and get away from 24-hour presence of the other patients.

More slow steps for us both. Plodding on.

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mjlayman From: mjlayman Date: September 20th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. Good news that you got through the tour, though, and that your friend got something to look at!
mcpye From: mcpye Date: September 21st, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
Here's a link to some Facebook photos of the tour, taken by the local ABC person along on it.
mjlayman From: mjlayman Date: September 22nd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
Thanks, but I don't have Facebook and don't think it would be a good thing for me.
mcpye From: mcpye Date: September 22nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
That's a public photo album, you don't need to be logged in or have a registered account to view it. It's probably because the ABC want as many people as possible to just be able to drop in & look at the pictures.

There are ways to make pictures more private, viewable only by the poster, their friends, assorted connections, etc. You'd need to be identified to see them - there's similar layers in Flickr. That may be what you're thinking of.
mjlayman From: mjlayman Date: September 22nd, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
Oh! I thought it was all blocked. Very nice pictures; I wonder about the brothel with the railed gates -- were they to keep people in or out?
mcpye From: mcpye Date: September 21st, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
LJ behaving iffy. Or maybe it's me. Posting too early. Thanks for your good wishes.

I said before that it was a bit of a facer back in 2007 during the run-up to the Federal election to have both possible future Prime Ministers celebrate their 50th birthdays. Meaning I was older than them. This attrition of the older generation, meaning it's you who gets to be Wise Old Elder, giving wisdom & guidance, taking responsibility, being strong, can be bloody-hell scary.
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