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It”s been a struggle

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My fight – Weekly Update – 25 Oct 2008

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Dear family and friends

I never reported in last week and I have been duly reprimanded by a few dear people.  The fact was that I have done it tough over the last two weeks.  The pain events have shifted from mornings to evenings and they are harder to handle.  It is frustrating to see Pauline absolutely helpless whilst I cry with pain.  The reality is that there is nothing that she can do to help.

This brings the dubious ‘quality of life’ issue to the fore.  I cannot define the term.  I am having serious pain events and, at times, medication does not help.  At these points, you question your quality of life.  The doctor tells you that with the bone cancer, intense pain is to be expected. The best I can do is to puff the magic dragon and where is the quality of life in that?

After the respiratory problems I experienced with pneumonia, I am working on giving up cigarettes with the aid of a prescription medicine called Champix.  The course of tablets is over a four week period and you continue to smoke whilst on the tablets.  Within two weeks, the need for the nicotine fix is gone and the cigarettes start tasting badly.  From here, you have to overcome the pure habit of reaching for a smoke.  I am in my second week and I am headed in the right direction.

The vegetable garden is booming.  Pauline has been out at daybreak every morning hoeing the weeds from “Percy’s Plot” (named after my grandfather) and I am busy replacing the weeds with vegetable seeds and plants.  I have rhubarb, bush peas, snow peas, sweetcorn and popcorn, bush beans, climbing beans, tomatoes, capsicum, celery, chives, garlic chives and French shallots, lettuce, pak choi, strawberries, parsely, cantaloupes, pumpkins and potatoes … and Percy’s Plot is only half full. When all the seeds have emerged I will give you some photos.

And then there is the orchard plot and the herb garden which I will tell you about another time.  I have no idea what is growing in the now abandoned  garden down on the creek (the original Percy’d Plot) but I suspect there will be a good crop of garlic, broad beans, silver beet and snow peas which all self seed.

Today, I made a rare visit off the property and attended the official opening of the new Gentle Annie Bridge over the King River at Whitfield meeting friends, neighbours and local dignatories.

Both the mayor, Roberto Paino, and the CEO, Doug Sharp came and enquired about my health.  Having been a long term critic of the Rural City of Wangaratta, I did not expect that and I was very surprised to find that this BLOG is being followed by some of our councillors.

Of course, I didn’t let that get in the way of criticising their new bridge and I am happy that the suggestion to beatify the area below the bridge – which serves as our public swimming pool – was taken on board.



Written by Greg Naylor

24 October 2008 at 11:11 pm

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  1. “puff the magic dragon”

    Umm, Mary Jane? You hippy.


    25 October 2008 at 1:48 pm

  2. Greg, that’s great to hear about the campaign to give ciggies the flick. Listen, tell you what, anytime, night or day, if you want to call an ex smoker when the habit becomes hard to resist, 026024 1121. I guess I was one of the lucky ones as I just went cold turkey on 40 / day + a few pipes full of Erinmore.

    Best, JR


    25 October 2008 at 2:01 pm

  3. Ray: Puff the magic dragon is driven by Mary Jane … ooh! there she is now … a’knockin on my door!
    JR: Thanks for the offer. I am down to two fags today. None tomorrow?

    Greg Naylor

    25 October 2008 at 8:48 pm

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