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The green laser beams are aligned with inked tatoos that they put on you so that they can relocate you exactly each time you receive the treatment. The alignment procedure takes about five minutes and the actual radiation is about five seconds top and bottom. There is no feeling associated with the treatment – all you hear is the buzz of the monster machine.
After the top has been done, the whole machine pivots on the wall and can be directed throughout the full 360 degrees to get to the area to be treated. (see next photo)
And, you know, this treatment costs you nothing – as does the daily transport to and from the clinic by ambulance – or the accommodation required for your stay in the city.
Show me another country where terminal or chronic illness is treated by the government’s national health scheme without out-of-pocket costs to the patient. A friend, who spent many years living in the US was telling me today that she was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack. After an overnight stay and being told it was a false alarm, she was sent home with a bill for some thousands of dollars.
Whilst we are down in Melbourne for radiation treatment at the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute, we took the opportunity to visit my fathers sister, Lorna, the last survivor of my fathers generation. She turned 99 last July and is so fit and well she will undoubtedly outlive me.
Widowed seven years ago, she now lives in a retirement unit but still cares for herself in every way – she even takes the empty dinner dishes back to the kitchen.
Lorna has fought off a couple of cancers, including having a breast removed, and is currently working on a melanoma on the side of her nose. Is she complaining? – not bloody likely! Her mind is as sharp as can be and she shows no signs of boredness or frustration.
She is a lovely old lady that makes you feel good just being around her.
Reducing your carbon footprint around the home is really easy once you accept that we have spent a lifetime wasting cheap energy and living a disposable lifestyle.
The place to start is with reducing our use of electricity.
The time is approaching when we will no longer be able to buy traditional light bulbs because of the mandated change over to the low energy fluorescent type. In England, traditional lightbulb sales soar – and that is a selfish move!
Unfortunately, some don’t fit many standard light sockets – particularly table lamps where they protrude out from the light shade.
The light output leaves a bit to be desired. The ones I have used give off a cold glow – more blue than the traditional brown light of incandescent bulbs. And, of course, dimmer switches do not work with these energy efficient bulbs. I find them quite ugly and bulky but they do a job – and they save money and energy.
Next on the agenda is to get out of the ‘disposable’ lifestyle. Be selective in your shopping and refuse to buy excessive packaging. At a bare minimum, pick up your game in recycling everything that can be recycled. In England, one ecofriendly family have cut their waste to the point where they now throw away only 100g of litter every week – the equivalent of filling one rubbish bin every six months.
Anti-poverty campaigners claim that those with ‘affluenza’ have already caused more carbon emissions in 2009 than a person in the poorest countries will create all year, and that Going green can save the average family £1000 a year.
What other ideas are you practicing?
There was a ‘must read’ on ABC Online on Tuesday morning titled ‘Stillborn baby’ comes back to life in hospital fridge.
In Israel, a 27 year old woman was aborted at 23 weeks due to internal bleeding. After wrapping the foetus and storing it under refrigeration for five hours, they were taking the it to be disposed of, they found it to be still alive and the baby was transferred to intensive care.
There is the miracle of life at it’s most desperate!
Reading between the lines, it would appear that as they were doing an abortion, it was presumed the baby would die and it was not checked out – simply stored away for later disposal. That got me thinking about the current abortion vote before the Victorian Parliament.
Maybe it is because I am in palliative care and have a new appreciation of the value of life, but I can not understand how anyone in the medical profession can be prepared to deliberately take the life of such a viable foetus. The Victorian government is currently debating legislation to allow pregnant women to take the decision to abort at this late stage.
I had previously not thought much about the abortion issue, but this baby has galvanised my thoughts.
20.08.08: Mudflow bubble in Sidoarjo explodes
The Indonesian ‘Mud Volcano” created by Santos mining activities in May 2006 is about to consume yet another village after one of the many gas bubbles in the mud flowing in Sidoarjo, East Java, exploded on Tuesday. Jalaludin Alham from the mudflow special committee at the Sidoarjo legislative council said that the government should pay special attention to the emergence of gas bubbles in Siring and other villages. (Background information here)