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Uta’s 2017 February Diary, (continued for the 2nd time)

25 Feb

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After about two hours in the Day Surgery waiting room Peter was taken to one of the Holding Bays. I was allowed to go with him.

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Peter’s things were put at the end of his bed.

Peter had been given a hospital gown to change into. The nurse took Peter’s blood pressure and put some stockings on him.

 

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At 1,15 pm Peter was taken into the Operating Theatre and I had to leave. Peter had had no food and no drink, not even water, since 9,20 the night before! He could have consumed something till midnight, but he chose to go to bed early.

I had had a bit of breakfast before we left at 9 am. I welcomed the chance to go for some lunch when Peter went into surgery. I took a bus down to the Mall and went up Keira Street to the Indian Restaurant where we had been on the 9th of December when Peter had had the other operation. On the 9th of December happened also to be Caroline’s birthday. Caroline took some carer’s leave, Matthew was on leave from Uni and Monika was on her annual leave. This is why they all could stay with me and we all had lunch together in that Indian Restaurant.

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This was my Lunch Special for only 8 Dollars.

This lunch turned out to be delicious. When I returned to the hospital by 3 o’clock, I was told that Peter had only just come out of surgery and was in Recovery now where I could not see him. The receptionist advised me to come back by 5 o’clock. I passed the time having coffee at the Hospital’s Cafeteria. Next to the Day Surgery Centre is a beautiful spacious lounge room as well as an outside terrace with quite a few seats. First I tried the terrace, but it soon got too hot there in the afternoon sun. So I found a lounge seat next to a table with several magazines. One magazine announced that Prince Harry is getting married in September. I also had our TIME magazine with me. In the TIME magazine I found for instance a very interesting article about sleep. The following is one section of that article which confirmed my belief that 7  hours sleep each night is the most healthy.

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The following two links show what I wrote about Peter’s operation last December.

https://auntyuta.com/2016/12/15/utas-diary-december-2016/

https://auntyuta.com/2017/01/12/the-last-month-of-2016/

Shortly before 5 o’clock I went back to the reception desk on floor 1 near the main entrance. According to their computer Peter had just been released from Recovery and was about to be taken to B 4 East.  I then took the lift to level 4 , where Peter had just arrived and was given a bed in the ward that is mainly for Urology patients.

Peter soon could send messages from his phone: One message to Monika, who was still at work in Wollongong, the same message to Caroline and Mathew in Sydney and also to our son Martin in Melbourne. They all were happy, that the operation did go well without any complications.

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In this ward Peter stayed for only one night. The following day he was allowed to go home.

On Tuesday, the day of the operation, our daughter Monika had changed her shift from 9 o’clock start to 10 o’clock start so that she could pick us up and drop us off at the hospital. After her shift, which ended at 6 pm on that day, Monika came to the hospital to see Peter and then take me back home to Dapto.

I ended up being extremely tired when I arrived home that night. Regrettably,  I had then some quite restless sleep that night, but got out of bed very early the next morning because I could not go back to sleep.

Monika came again to pick me up to take me to Wollongong where she had to be at work already at 9 o’clock. We left early to beat the traffic. Shortly before 8 am I was already in the hospital and could go straight to the ward to see Peter who had just received his breakfast tray. The policy in the hospital is, that one person is allowed into the ward from 8 am on already. From 10 am on more visitors are allowed in. Peter was happy that I could come in early.

Peter stayed in the ward till lunch time. One woman in Peter’s room had to cancel her meal, probably for some medical reason. We never talked to her, for she was behind a curtain. But the nurse offered me the spare meal which was Mac/Cheese. I accepted and really enjoyed this meal. It was an excellent meal. Very tasty! Peter had a meal with lots of vegies and some chicken.

We know that Monika had to work till 5 on that day. To ask her to take us home would have meant many hours of waiting time. Peter felt well enough, to go to Dapto by bus and catch a taxi back home from near the bus stop in Dapto.

A sister said she’d have to ask the doctor whether it was ok for Peter to go on the bus. Luckily the doctor said it was ok. So with great relief we were home by early afternoon.

As compared to the operation in December Peter recovered this time much more quickly. This is really good.

 

 

 

 

Uta’s February 2017 Diary (continued)

24 Feb

 

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Yesterday I wrote: Shorty before 11 am we went up by lift to Level 2. Immediately we were let into the reception area, which was well equipped with chairs and some screens. On the TV screen we noticed that there had been an Air Crash in Melbourne near Essendon Airport.

Uta’s 2017 February Diary

23 Feb

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Mt. Keira can be seen from the Entrance to the Hospital.

 

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On Tuesday, the 21st of February, Peter was booked into hospital for another operation. We arrived early and waited near the Main Entrance for the assigned time to be let into the Day Surgery Ward. We went up by lift to Level 2 shorty before 11 am. Immediately we were let into the reception area, which was well equipped with chairs and some screens. On the TV screen we noticed that there had been an Air Crash in Melbourne near Essendon Airport.

 

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Uta’s February 2017 Diary continued

17 Feb

This morning I cooked some spaghetti with some sea salt. I added a bit of butter, one whole red chilli and some Spanish onion as well as a tiny bit of fresh ginger. It made a delicious meal!

I spent about an hour outside cleaning bits and pieces in the garden area at the back of our house. Also, taking some photos, actually lots of photos!

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This is where our chillis grow.

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Peter joined me for a while outside. We were sitting at the table in the shade, talking about this and that.

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This is the other table at the north side where it soon got too sunny and hot.

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This Jasmine bush is growing out of a pot and has a tremendous amount of buds at the moment.

Some of the buds opened up already. They have a beautiful, very strong scent!

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One Day after Valentine’s Day in Australia 2017

15 Feb

This is the morning of the 15th of February in Australia. We’ve just have had breakfast. I am very much looking forward to continue reading Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’. I have only a few more pages to read.

Last night we watched ‘The End is my Beginning’.  This was a very thought provoking film about the end of life. It was filmed like a documentary and based on the life of an Italian journalist and his family.

https://auntyuta.com/2017/02/14/the-end-is-my-beginning/

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A Rose for Valentines’s Day 2017 and a lot more novel reading is still waiting for me.

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This pizza we were looking forward to eat on Valentine’s Day unfortunately turned out to be not to our taste.

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Luckily though we had wine and a delicious salad.

 

The End Is My Beginning

14 Feb

http://cineuropa.org/nw.aspx?t=newsdetail&l=en&did=200173

Terzani recounts his life in

The End Is My Beginning

by Vittoria Scarpa

25/03/2011

A man on his deathbed recounts his life and experiences to his son in what should be a film teeming with flashbacks, seeing as how the man is Tiziano Terzani and the theatre of his adventures are Vietnam and its devastating war, Mao’s China, Ghandi’s India and the Himalayas.

Instead, The End Is My Beginning [+], an adaptation of the bestseller by the great Italian writer and journalist, directed by Jo Baier, is a long dialogue between father and son, noteworthy performances from the leads (Bruno Ganz and Elio Germano), a theatrical film shot in one setting: Terzani’s real house in Tuscany, where he spent his last days among the pristine countryside and mountains, talking to his son Folco about life, disease and death.

Adapted for the big screen by Folco Terzani and the film’s German producer, Ulrich Limmer, the memories of the unforgettable Asian correspondent for Der Spiegel and Corriere della Sera, who passed away in 2004, are presented directly and simply: “We wondered whether or not to use flashbacks,” said Limmer, “but then decided to show something increasingly more rare: one man speaking, and another listening”.

The choice was a decidedly courageous one, and it paid off thanks to the intensity of the cast, the quality of the dialogue, and viewers’ awareness that they are watching an authentic and in some way illuminating adventure. “More than a film, it’s a unique experience,” said Germano, who to portray Folco spent two months at the Terzani’s house “in contact with the stars, mountains and wind, and collecting chestnuts”.

The challenge pays off also thanks to the total lack of melodrama. Everything is measured, restrained, like Germano’s emotions. Though his gazes and silences, the actor expresses the undeniable conflict of a son towards a larger-than-life father, as well as his curiosity and the desire to understand his parent.

Produced by Collina Film Production and B.A. Production in collaboration with Beta Film and RAI Cinema, The End Is My Beginning is released in Italy on April I by Fandango on 60 screens, after having garnered 230,000 admissions in Germany.

(Translated from Italian)

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Uta’s February 2017 Diary

13 Feb

This is early morning Monday, the 13th of February. I just had a look at what the Sydney Morning Herald published last night about the weather and I put this in another post this morning:

https://auntyuta.com/2017/02/13/hottest-place-on-the-planet/

Just now all this feels quite unbelievable to me.  I do not say that it is not true, it’s just that where I am it feels right now more like a cool winter’s morning: The outside temperature is a cool 15 C.  What a change from two days ago!

“The coast and parts of the ranges were the only areas in NSW to escape high-30s or 40s on Saturday.” This is what it says in Peter Hannam’s article in the SMH.

Further it says:”NSW and other parts of south-eastern Australia were the hottest in the world on Saturday, according to the Climate Reanalyzer website.”

Here is what was said about fire conditions a couple of days ago:

“Soaring temperatures across much of the state have led to warnings of catastrophic fire conditions. In Walgett, the temperature has hit 46 degrees.

As NSW faces the “worst possible fire conditions” in its history with ‘extreme’ and catastrophic’ warnings in place across large slabs of the state, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the situation was as “bad as it gets” and warned it was set to get worse on Sunday when winds are expected to sweep through scorched parts of mid to northern NSW.

“To put it simply [the conditions] are off the old scale,” he said. “It is without precedent in NSW”.

As of 11am, the RFS reported 76 bush and grass fires across NSW with 26 not yet contained. Deputy Commission Rob Rogers told ABC news:  “It’s going to be a really tough day.”

I am sure a lot of fires in rural NSW are still burning now. It is a huge task for fire crews to keep them away from homes as much as possible.

Here is a comment I made yesterday:  “We were quite lucky today. we had an overcast sky, all day and a bit of wind and the temperature went no higher than 28 Celsius which I find very pleasant. The rest of NSW still has sweltering conditions and severe fire alert. Today, I was able to do a lot of reading in the Novel “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen.”