February 29, 2012. Well, well, well, guess what? I commented
on Sue's Meal on Wheels last night as I poured my own feed down my tube
and asked if the service was free. "No way," Lindsay said, "$9 each...
$45 for a 5-day week." Hmmm, and that's for only one person. Lindsay buys
his own food - frozen ready meals from the supermarket. When I was carer,
they got me for free and all their groceries/food/meals delivered for about
$30 a head, 7 days a week. On average I could feed the 3 of us for the
cost of 1 Meal on Wheels. But that was back in the good old days before
Lindsay remarked, "You can't even do anything for Sue now."
Tomorrow is pay day. The last one was two weeks ago, the day I got my
first zap at Port Macquarie. Two weeks seems like ages. Normally, the weeks
between pay days fly but not now. It's probably the lack of things to do...
no cooking, no shopping... maybe even no interest in anything.
Averil came to the rescue this afternoon with a bit of a natter to help
my speech therapy, and to provide a change of routine. She reckons my speech
is getting better and that my tongue is improving, which is all good. I
do have a shortness of breath now and then and that's something I've been
meaning to talk to my doc about. Maybe I could do with one of those puffer
thingies asthmatics use.
Back in late 90's after I'd met and gotten to know Cody, I'd had a series
of ISPs over the years rip me off by charging a fortune. Then I did a search
of ISPs and found a stack of them, some charging as little as $40 a month
which back then was el cheapo. One was Comcen, and I went with them. They
were great and helped me out a lot as a novice webmaster, especially with
hosting MRB and other sites, including this one. Their own techies helped
me out too by popping around to my place and fixing things for a few bucks
"on the side". One actually built me a machine out of odd bits and pieces.
Their place was just a few suburbs away. Anyway, I'm still with them, and
this is what they look like
today. I just got their email message.
Yes, a lot has changed since those MrB days, but according to Comcen's
usage stats, Codysworld is still getting between 3.5 and 4,000 visits a
month, and MrB is getting about 5,000 a month.
Well, I better post this Waffle and settle into the evening routine...
for what it is. Gary
February 28, 2012. And one more to go cos it's leap year.
Not much leaping
around here though. Lots of sleeping instead. My dietician wrote to say
the banana was a bit ambitious hehe. Yeah, well ya live and learn. The
problem with all the mushy snack stuff available is that I'm not a sweet
tooth and most of it is desert.
TX Greg sent a reminder about the negative side to putting on weight:
And you have to be careful about putting on too much weight so you don't
get Dunlap Disease......
What strikes me most about that pic is what exactly do you ask for when
you walk into a shop to buy one. Anyway, since my return from Port Macquarie
at least my weight has been stable. I think if I lost any more I'd disappear.
an interesting vid I spotted on Youchewb titled "Now That's A Bomber!"...
interesting viewer comments too. Also, I heard a comment on a news program
the other night that over 40% of the world's military budget is spent by
the US. Wow. That's BIG.
It's 31.4C (88F) now but according to the weather page it "feels like"
34C (93.2F). Dunno why but it does. I kinda toyed with the idea of spending
a bit of time outdoors but.... well... in a temp that feels like 34? Maybe
not. It's a bit sticky as well.
It was Averil's birthday on Sunday, and naturally I forgot. She turned
79. I was there on Monday (the day after) and saw all the cards on the
coffee table, including one from our landlady (she owns both houses) wishing
Averil all the best for her 80th. Oops! So that explains why the rellos
were visiting for the week... Av's B'day. I'm hopeless at remembering those
After another slow and dreary day (seems like forever since I was at
Rotary Lodge) I suppose I better post this Waffle and toddle off into whatever
land until the sun rises to do it all again. Gary
February 27, 2012. Well, I don't know where former PM Kevin Rudd
got his numbers from but his challenge to PM Julia Gillard for the leadership
of the Labor Party this morning resulted in Gillard 71, Rudd 31. So now
Kevin's not even our Foreign Minister any more - no more galavanting around
the world and staying at posh hotels - he's now on the back bench. Methinks
the fat lady ain't sung yet, and that the Labor Party will still fail to
win the next election.
Anyway, that's been the talk of Oz town this morning, with the exception
of my barber shop... while I was there, the talk was about my big C drama.
Gillard took a back seat. So my haircut and Gillard's win were to the two
highlights of my day. Other than that I drove out to my doc's and delivered
a document he was meant to collect last time he was here... stuff from
Port Macquarie hospital. No drama...
The other night Australian Story had a program called Mary and Me, about
a grandmother with cancer. Her survival was hailed a miracle attributed
to Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint. I wasn't in the mood for all
that miracle stuff so I skipped it. Last night, the show was repeated on
another ABC channel and I kinda got interested, so I watched it. The miracle
business was treated in a professional, journalistic way, without sensationalism,
which I appreciated, and I quite enjoyed watching the program. You
might like to watch it on line (if there's no copyright problem).
Whether or not there was some kinda divine intervention, it's still
a remarkable story.
BTW, my barber told me to put on some weight. Yeah, well that's easier
said than done. I'm still weak and sleepy so I reckon that'll be a while
February 26, 2012. Having installed my new digital telly I'm
now able to watch programs
like this (which is also accessible on the internet) Planet America,
a take on American politics by a couple of Aussies, which makes the subject
more easily understood by me. Besides, the bloke on the left is funny.
OR Richie wrote: Still I have been following everything on WAFFLE
and thought the morning script was pretty damned funny. Actually, that
Cleese piece was sent to me by a Red Bubbler who wanted to cheer me up.
Averil's rellos are going back home Tuesday so I whizzed in today for
a bit of a chat and a chance to practice a bit of speech therapy. I don't
appear to have improved much over the past week. But at least it was something
different to do and a change of scenery. Writing used to be enough to occupy
me at home most of the day but not now. My brain isn't inspired to think
very creatively, and I'm constantly tired.
The surgeon who headed the team on my cancer operation back in Sydney
said it would be about 6 weeks before the tongue settled back to normal.
Well, it's 52 days so far, and I'm getting a bit antsy.
The rellos are stopping off at a few places on the return trip to Cairns
where they live. We were talking about some of the places I know including
Ballina. It was a little seaside village when I was there 40 years ago;
now it's a tourist resort of 100,000. Nearby Lismore is the commercial
hub where I worked as an announcer for 2LM back in the late 60s, early
70s. The audience must have tripled or quadrupled by now, and for me the
area would be unrecognizable.
Well, ladies and genitals, if you think of anything interesting to tell
me, please do so I can spread it around. Times are pretty dull around these
parts lately - except perhaps for the leadership battle of the Labor Party
tomorrow between PM Julia Gillard and former-PM Kevin Rudd. I personally
think their effort to reunite the party under solid, reliable leadership
is like the deck-chair trick on the Titanic. It's all over Rover. I honestly
believe no matter who wins the leadership tussle tomorrow, the party will
lose the next election. The damage has already been done. Gary
February 25, 2012. A friend of mine came across this piece by
TERRORIST THREATS IN EUROPE
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist
threats and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to
“Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated”
or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the
blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized
from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued
a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish
The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s
get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason
they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its
terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in
France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by
a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively
paralyzing the country’s military capability.
Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly”
to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective
Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”
The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance”
to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher
levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only
threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to
deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish
navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries”
to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey!
I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie
is canceled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation
— John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person
Ah, yes, the Brits and their sense of humor. Remember the Cold War's
Red Button that would launch an attact on the Russians?
Meanwhile, I gotta find something to keep me occupied during my convalescence
- this monotony is driving me nuts. I think I'm beginning to lose my sense
of reality. Since when is feeding oneself through a stomach tube 5 times
a day normal behavior? And since when is eating a banana a terrifying challenge?
I've been looking at a banana on the kitchen bench since yesterday wondering
if the thing will choke me to death if I dare eat it. Well, I just cut
a bit off the end and tried... and guess what? I ate it... what's more
I survived. It wasn't quite as easy as I remember it, and it felt a little
foreign-objectish, but at least it didn't kill me and it did more or less
what it was supposed to.
Ah! On my second try I discovered why I was so nervous in the first
place. I had some difficulty distinguishing my tongue from the banana -
my tongue is still partially numb. And there were still two lumpy unchewed
bits when I rinsed my mouth after thinking I'd eaten it all. But fortunately
no blood. So there ya go... I think that little experiment was a tad ambitious.
I'll stick to mashing for a bit longer.
So now it's time to post the Waffle, watch at bit of telly and then
hit the sack. Gary
February 24, 2012. Very heavy fog this morning, the heaviest
I've seen for a long time. Not sure what that means but according to the
forecast, it'll be sunny and warm for the next 7 days.
My dietician is encouraging me to eat more orally so that I can ditch
the tube when my radiation treatment is over. I have one more "quad" that
I'm aware of but I'm not sure what happens after that. I suspect I might
have to wait a few weeks after the second quad for any after affects to
appear before a decision is made to remove the tube. Anyway, I'll do a
little shopping today for stuff I can eat without too much trouble... fruit
puree, mousse, ice cream, creme caramel, etc. I think it'll be a while
yet before I can eat lumpy stuff.
Dave from beautiful Ormond Beach reckons his radiation treatment was
a piece of cake: Three or four years ago I had radiation treatments
for prostate cancer, something that involved forty sessions (8 weeks, 5
days per week) where I was only under the machine for around 10 to 15 seconds
on each visit. I had absolutely no ill effects from this treatment,
and the cancer was completely cured (although I have annual visits for
five years to make absolutely sure). I was told that prostate cancer
was by far the easiest to cure with the treatments I had.
Dave is right when he says at least I won't be accused of talking too
much with this fat tongue of mine. It really is a pain in the ass. He also
mentions the Wing Suit Jumping and how dangerous it is. I guess that's
what draws people to it. I would assume that the idea of flight first drew
humans to it because it was a way to get from one place to another more
quickly, but Wing Suit Jumping is not about practical transportation. For
starters you gotta climb a mountain first before you can jump. I'll leave
all that thrillseeker stuff to the loonies, thank you very much. I'm happy
being a wuss.
Back from shopping... lemon squash (old fashioned lemonade), apple and
blackcurrent juice, creme caramel, yoghurt, fruit puree, etc to supplement
the tube stuff. The speech therapist phoned to see how I am and solved
the mystery of the number of "quads" I'll have - three - one this month
(which I've just had), one next month (March) and the final one in April.
They're hoping I'll be able to have the stomach tube removed after the
second quad, which means I should be eating as much orally as I can now
to keep the muscles working.
Legalizing same sex marriage is an issue in the US as well as Oz. The
other night 3 same sex couples and their kids dined with the Prime Minister
to discuss same sex marriage issues. Sandy and Louise are raising two beautiful
young boys in Sydney. John and Steve have been together eleven years and
own a butcher shop together in Melbourne. Elaine and Sharon live in Brisbane
and flew all the way to Canada to be married, only to come home to a country
where their union isn't recognised.
Well, that's about it for today. Seeya tomorrow. Gary
February 23, 2012. TX Greg is wondering I
wonder what Cody would have thought about Wing Suit Jumping...
Well, I dunno. Cody loved surfing for sure, but I don't think he was a
thrill seeker. He may have seen some connection between wingsuit and wingnut
though. Anyway, it seems Wing Suit Jumping has its dangers, which I guess
is why some people engage in it. Here's
Jeb Corliss's jump off Table Mountain last month that didn't quite go as
planned... One lucky dude!
Adrenalin is something I've never been addicted to, and I think it's
a bit late to change now hehe. I don't even like flying in airplanes. Have
I been in a crashed plane? Yep. Fortunately for me, I was in it a week
before it crashed. I was checking out a small commuter airline in Sydney
to write some radio ads for it, and took a tour of a Beechcraft in the
company's hangar. A week later, that same aircraft had a problem gaining
height on takeoff, turned back to the runway, failed to make the deck and
crashed right into it, killing everyone on board. That would have been
about 30 years ago.
It's been a pretty busy day by my standards. My doc arrived this morning
(my GP) with a medical student in tow who was keen to check out my stomach
tube and remnants of the operation in my mouth, etc. The doc took my blood
pressure, asked a lot of questions about my condition, effects from the
radiation therapy, pronounced me alive and left. He'll see me again in
a month after "quad" 2 at Port Macquarie.
Then I was pouring Nestle Resource 2 down my tube in the kitchen when
the new Digital TV arrived. Lindsay didn't see any reason why that should
stop me from signing for it, but I convinced him otherwise... and he did.
Then Averil phoned and wanted to know why I hadn't been in for "speech
therapy" so I zapped in there to chat with her and her rellos for an hour.
When I arrived home I unpacked the TV and discovered that it was a piece
of cake to assemble, and that it automatically searched for the various
channels available in this area. It's got a remote as well, which died
some years ago on my last telly. So all is good.
And I slept a lot today in dribs and drabs. I have no idea why I'm able
to sleep several times a day for hours at a time, and all night long as
well. Maybe something to do with the body repairing itself. So now I've
got a new telly with lots of extra channels... that should keep me happy.
February 22, 2012. Almost breakfast time - 60ml water + 200ml
Nestle Resource 2 + 30ml Calogen + 60ml water. Sound yummy? I guess it
all looks the same once it's in the tummy, and mine goes straight in there
through the tube.
This is the weirdest February I've encountered weatherwise: it's normally
hot and humid but right now I'm dressed in track pants and T and feeling
a little cool. Outside it's cloudy and about 18C, with a forecast top of
26C. Mind you I'm not complaining. I'd rather this pleasant weather than
the steamy and uncomfortable humdity we normally get this time of year.
I'll bet the rellos next door are happy too. They hail from Cairns where
it's oppressively tropical this time of year.
The problem with having something delivered to your front door is that
you have to be there when the postman arrives, and not in the shower, which
makes taking a shower on the same day you're expecting a delivery something
of a dilemma. However, I seem to have avoided a clash because there's no
card at the door to say I wasn't there. It's not that I'm particularly
excited by the prospect of my new slimline digital TV, it's just that I
wouldn't mind something to relieve the boredom. It's not all that thrillling
sitting here all day measuring the distance between tube meals ya know.
The next one is in 15 minutes.
However, I did get an email from my dietitian with a bunch of questions
about how I'm doing, so I answered all those.
Otherwise I've been thinking about identity again, and how being sick
reduces your ability to be YOU (whatever that happens to be). I'm not even
sure I know who the hell I am anyway. I think one of my probs is my lack
of family closeness. I really don't identify with my parents or brothers,
and never have. At least my bros have families of their own to relate to.
Maybe this period of recuperation from the Big C is giving me too much
time to think dumb thoughts. I need to be DOING more but I don't have energy
And my new TV? Nope, didn't arrive, so it will tomorrow. Gary
February 21, 2012. According to Averil's rellos life is all about
having a large caravan and three little toy-type dogs to take for walkies
in the mornings... even if it's raining a little. That was the vision that
greeted me this morning when I looked out our kitchen window into next-door's
backyard. Av's rellos are in their fifties, I think, and kinda headed
for retirement... but not just yet. Now they're sitting on camp chairs
in the backyard drinking coffee while watching the dogs scratch the grass
and sniff things. Does it matter that this is Tuesday in the middle of
suburbia with people and their alarm clocks and kids getting ready for
school? No, the rellos are on holidays.
Well, I think I can do without three spiky little pooches and their
anuses, and a caravan that's 30' long. And fluffy pink slippers for that
matter. An old Ford Ute and a slide-on will do me... and the Joneses can
bloodywell do whatever they please.
I'm having a coffee now, which is nice, but it would be better with
a piece of toast. Trouble is I can't have a piece of toast cos it requires
biting and chewing which I can't do yet. Grrrrr.
So what's my new slimline, digital TV gonna be like when it arrives?
Slimline and digitial, I suppose. And black. And the picture will be a
different shape, and there'll be more channels. My old Samsung, an ancient
analogue with the big tube out the back, which sits on a NEC VHS tape player,
is destined for the scrap even though it still works. Obsolete and useless,
except maybe to some collector of technical bits and pieces. That VHS tape
player cost over $400 12 years ago. Now a DVD player costs less than $100.
Cest la vie.
Lindsay informs me he's just organized Meals on Wheels to deliver meals
to Sue every day. She must be getting a bit tired of the standard of his
culinary talents, which are practically zero. At the same time, he must
be getting a bit tired of rustling up the grub every night during his favorite
TV programs. The poor thing. He didn't say how he's gonna take care of
his own meals. I guess he's had his last fillet or T-bone for a while hehe.
Meanwhile, no one is looking after me except me.
NC Art responded to my mention yesterday of the Japanese bombing of
Darwin Harbor in 1942, which I figured he would: Thanks for the link
to Darwin under Japanese attack. So much hell was going on in the Pacific
it was hard to single out incidents in the early days of that war. Bulletins
daily or hourly about this or that being bombed or overrun kept us busy
just trying to locate faraway places with strange sounding names. Someone
said the only way Americans learn any geography is when we get into war.
The bastard was right on, worse case. I'd never heard of Magdeburg or Peenemunde
until I found myself with nice overhead views of such German territory.
Rotary Lodge. How does that operate? Does Rotary International have
a connection as a global civic organization? Clubs such as that have different
area of interest. I was a long term member of Lions International, which
mainly worked in services for the blind. Happy to hear you are more energetic
and squawking about L&S. Keep on keeping on.
I guess Rotary does have a global connection. And I noticed that the
room I occupied in the Lodge was furnished by Lions. My doc belongs to
the local chapter of Rotary (they sponsored Joshua's Public Speaking Night
a couple of years ago). Belonging to Rotary is the thing to do if you happen
to be somebody of note in the community.
Since I'm free of being Sue's carer and therefore also the clutches
of Lindsay, I'm also free to live with whom ever and where ever I choose...
alone or share. But with whom would I share? What if they have annoying
habits, or dorky friends, or talk too much or whatever? L&S keep to
themselves, sleep most of the day and night, never have any visitors/parties
and rarely speak to me. They're also like a couple of rottweillers in that
they discourage other people from visiting hehe... which suits me. I'm
tempted to get a place of my own but I'm not sure it's worth it, especially
if I have to pay double the rent. Hmmm...I think I'll leave things as they
are at the mo.
By the way, I don't know if you've been following Justin's
Blog lately but here's a recently entry:
All drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name. Example,
the trade name is Tylenol and its generic name is Acetaminophen.. Aleve
is also called Naproxen. Amoxil is also called Amoxicillin and Advil is
also called Ibuprofen. The FDA has been looking for a generic name for
After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently
announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Also
considered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin, Dixafix, and of
course, Ibepokin. Pfizer Corp announced today that Viagra will soon be
available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power
beverage suitable for use as a mixer.
It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff
Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new
meaning to the names of 'cocktails', 'highballs' and just a good old-fashioned
Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT &
Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants
and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by
2020, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge
erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.
And there goes another day. For me I guess I'm improving a little although
it's difficult to measure... it might take a week or two before it's measurable.
I can't wait until I'm back to my old self again. Gary
February 20, 2012. I phoned Averil late yesterday to ask if her
digital TV plugs straight into the existing aerial, and it does. Cool.
Then she asked what size I was getting. "That's not very big!" she said
when I told her. Okay, so it's not... I don't want a big one. I want a
little one. How the hell am I gonna fit a biggie into a slide-on caravan?
Why do so many people insist big is better? I WANT A LITTLE ONE! By the
way, I bought it on line today and it happened to be $20 cheaper as a one-off
TX Greg was under the impression that Sue paid my carer's allowance.
Nope. She's too stingy for that. She's still got the first penny she ever
earned. Perhaps S&L should fork out the extra $50 a week for your
cooking and shopping while you still live there, only fair. You could hang
a sign in the kitchen "Gary's Bistro" and then charge them for meals!!!
Actually, the Kelly menu looks pretty tasty. I know Lindsay misses my
cooking already, and so does Sue, but that's too bad. The chef's quit.
Besides, I'm on a liquid diet through a stomach tube, so I ain't cooking,
and I probably won't be for another month or so. It's all a bit of a culture
shock for Lindsay because he's been riding the gravy train for 10 years.
I was never his carer but he got fed anyway, and all his shopping done.
Meanwhile, Greg's been paying attention over the years and making notes
of what I cook hehe, and he knows it all by heart. He reckons I'm a great
cook. Well, I'd say I'm adequate.
Once I get back to being able to eat properly, I'll start to cook the
things I like again instead of always cooking stuff for BORING OLD LINDSAY
AND SUE who have the most dismal tastes in food. They don't like spicy.
A samba started playing this morning as my email downloaded and sure
enough there was Joao's name: We are in plain Carnaval here in Brazil
and what I’m doing? Sitting on a chair, reading a book. Old age makes strange
changes in our interests. I don’t have to tell you this… But what is really
important is that you’re getting well little by little. Radiotherapy is
not exactly a piece of cake but it’s not also a new level in Dante’s Inferno.
I saw the photos of Port Macquarie, the Rotary Lodge is situated in a very
pleasant scenery. A lot of trees, low constructions, I even think
I saw the kookaburras in a photo. In my ignorance, I thought a kookaburra
was some kind of parrot, but now I know it’s a coraciiforme, the order
of the ravens. Here in Brazil we have a very similar bird, of the
same order, the martim pescador (fisher martim), that eats fishes as its
name says. It’s very good to know that you are again writing more long
waffles, hearing birds, taking photos, and thinking of the Odyssey.
Nope, Oz has lots of parrots (as does Brazil) but the kookaburra is
not one of them. It's a relative of the kingfisher but it doesn't eat fish.
And yes, it's good to be getting a little healthier and thinking about
the Odyssey again. What else would I do? Thanks, Joao. I'll keep eating
my vitamins and saving my pennies.
Just phoned the upholsterer bloke who's gonna fit the replacement floor
carpet I bought on eBay last year for the Ute. According to the Ford dealer
he does a great job, but he's busy as hell again so I gotta wait till after
I get back from my next radiation treatment in Port Macquarie about mid
March. Oh well... no worries. It'll be nice to have that part of the car
tidied up, though.
Averil's niece and her husband arrived in their caravan today to stay
for a week or so before moseying on... taking some sort of leisurely trip
somewhere. They live in Cairns Queensland. Later this year, they'll be
traveling the country for 5 months. I think they're planning to do the
big one one of these days but haven't quite prepared for it yet. Anyway,
Averil's all excited about having guests for a while to fuss over... and
I suppose I'll pop over sometime during the week to say g'day.
Aussies have been remembering Australia's Pearl Harbor this past week.
Australia's what? Yep. It's 70 years since Japanese bombers swooped on
Darwin, in northern Australia, sinking Allied ships in the harbour and
killing hundreds of people. For years the attack was rarely mentioned,
but now the story is finally being told. Read
on and learn a little about one of our less dignified battles.
And in other Aussie news, it looks like we'll have another leadership
battle next week when Parliament resumes between PM Julia Gillard and former
PM Kevin Rudd. I
don't like either of them.
Well, it's that time of day to post the Waffle and then relax with a
bit of TV and something to eat. Yeah, right... liquid down a tube. I'm
really hanging out for something to CHEW and SWALLOW! I can grind my side
teeth but there's still not much feeling in the underside of my tongue...
and it's still swollen. But maybe it won't be too much longer before I
can eat properly again. As NC Art says, these things will pass. Gary
February 19, 2012. Thanks to TX Greg for alerting me to a prob
with one of the pics on the Rotary Lodge album yesterday (#7). Fixed now.
I rather liked that place... especially all that open space in front of
the main window (even though it was a car park with a hospital behind).
On the other 3 sides it was mainly bush with lots of birdlife. Mornings
were a cacophony of bird calls, and a rather pleasant way to greet the
day. It's a similar situation here in Taree but not quite as intense and
the space isn't as open (houses all around and a main road outside).
This cancer thing has caused me a little soul searching lately, and
to wonder who I am. I've been many people over the years, from the song
and dance man on radio to the writer/producer on TV and video to the unemployed
washed-up has-been of the late '90s. Then along came Cody and I became
MrB, creator of Daniel's Diary, and then the author of 2 Green Rooms. Later,
the idea of Aussie Odyssey appealed to me and I adopted that as my identity
even though it was almost impossible to get it happening. And then whammo...
the Big C. Who was I then? I could have fallen off the perch without a
trace... Mr Nobody. Even Lindsay said, "You're no good to Sue any more."
I felt quite alone and desperate during those dark brooding moments wondering
what the point of my existence was.
So now I have to make an extra effort to get my Odyssey act together,
and to get well again. I have to stop dreaming and start doing. If I don't
make the Odyssey happen, who am I? I must have my stories to tell and pictures
to show. The Story Teller Man. That's who I am.
760kms so far on the Ute trip meter since the Ford Service and the engine
oil is still full (and clean), so I guess that puts paid to any worries
about leaky valve stem seals. Almost 3 months I've had that car now, and
I reckon I've done okay.
Late yesterday, as I waffled about budgets, etc, I reminded myself I
hadn't renewed my Lotto subscription, so I did... and guess what? I won
a minor prize this morning hehe. Gotta have my few bucks on Lotto...
it's called Hope. As to the budget, I just completed my application on
line for transfer to age pension from carer. That's it. Over and done with.
Outta the way. Seeya later. I'm not gonna be beholding to L&S any more
for any reason. For the time being I'll remain living here to share the
cost of rent and power but that's it. I'm Mr Independent. They can do what
Back from a natter with Averil, which was a bit of a change from the
regular routine and an excuse to exercise the tonsils. Gotta keep those
vocal muscles lubricated ya know. Averil asked about the side effects of
the radiation therapy but I said there weren't any - yet. In fact, I'm
feeling much better than I was before the therapy started. Also, my mental
agility has improved... I'm writing better and thinking better. So don't
ask me what these doctors and nurses are saying about pain and discomfort.
I seem to be doing okay.
After watching the TV in Rotary Lodge the past few days I think it's
about time I flicked this old analogue of mine. I bought it used for $90
7 or 8 years ago and it's just about had it. Besides, analogue ceases transmission
in Oz about mid year and it'll all be digitial. I could get a set-top box
but it's not worth it. So
here's a little cheapie that seems to do all the right things. I won't
bother with pay TV... don't watch enough to warrant it. Digital free to
air has about 20+ channels... that'll do.
Seeya tomorrow. Gary
February 18, 2012. Home again in Taree! I was kinda getting used
to my room at Rotary Lodge in Port Macquarie and the new routine. Maybe
that's a clue as to I'll settle down in various places along my travels
during the Odyssey... so long as I have my little "house" on the back of
the Ute, I'll be sweet no matter where I am.
On the drive back along the Pacific Hwy this morning, a police car went
past me like the clappers (and I was doing 10kph over the limit hehe).
I spotted him some distance later with another copper booking two truckies.
Those truckies fly and I'm surprised they don't get pinched more often.
Meanwhile, the Ute runs like a dream along that sealed ribbon of 4-lane
Roite, just finished putting together and posting the pics and journal
of my 4 days at Rotary
Lodge for the radiotherapy, etc. All very exciting.
It is with some trepidation that I face the immediate future, and even
longer term. I told Lindsay today that I'm quitting being Sue's carer and
transferring to age pension, which will be mean almost 4 grand less a year,
or a fifth of my total annual income. That's a pretty big chunk. It means
I can't save without some difficulty, and spending-cash won't be easy to
come by. I can manage, but only by being pennywise... no booze, no smokes,
no gambling (cept Lotto), no restaurants, etc. I'm not sure how it'll affect
my slide-on camper plans.
Anyway, I've got a while to think about these things more deeply while
I recouperate from this cancer biz. Catch you tomorrow, dear Breth. Gary
February 17, 2012. Oops, got yesterday's date wrong... fixed
now though. Pretty easy to lose track of time here. Just back from my second
day's first zap... pretty straight forward. Bit claustrophobic strapped
alone in that huge machine though, with all those whirring and clicking
noises. I've got a couple of pics of it plus a few others which I'll post
NC Art wrote: Aussie Medicare is a system Americans should
envy! We can't agree even on contraceptive use by women. Shussh! Glad your
day was a better one, and apparently your brain is not so scrambled as
you think; writing is coherent, matey.
Radiation therapy is a strange beast. One example
concerns my brother-in-law who had a jaw cancer zapped. He was told to
stay out of sun UV exposure for months. Instead he pruned his orchard trees,
mowed the grass--and suddenly lost his hearing.
After a year of hearing aids he suddenly regained full hearing.
Five years later the ears betrayed him again and it was back to hearing
aids which he turned off when he didn't want to listen to gabbling people.
He is now 95 and missing such nuisances as a gall bladder, prostate gland,
Life's a real goofy drama, what?
I'm thankful for Medicare of course...if it weren't for Medicare I wouldn't
be around to be thankful for anything. So far, the main and second operations
have been free, all hospital accom, 3/4 lodge accom and part public transport
(train). I've not heard about petrol but I won't bother... I don't wanna
be greedy. I've even been given stacks of free tube food!
OH Jace wrote and reminded me that it was Valentine's Day (as did OR
Richie). Both the guys and their ladies celebrated, which was nice. Jace's
e-card get-well message to me wanted to known how to email a hug, which
I thought was cute. Thanks Jace (I suspected it was June's idea hehe).
Meanwhile, all the Ohio gang is fine except for little Ryan who has a bruised
chin from learning to crawl. Poor kid. But most importantly, Jace succeeded
in finally convincing local authorities to honor something very near and
dear to his heart: I got some very good news. Remember me telling you
about Paul Mardis? Well, after a bit of emailing the Veteran Services they
have decided to name a bridge in Paul's honor for his sacrifice in Iraq.
I did say I would pay for it to get them to agree. At first they said it
could not be the same color as the KIA signs, red, so I suggested blue.
Now they have decided it can be red, which will make it an officially sanctioned
memorial sign with all the trappings. Of course it will have DOW (died
of wounds) instead of KIA.
Such tributes mean a lot to Jace so I'm glad for him. He must be chuffed.
As to me, I'm feeling quite a bit better and even more energetic...
I can walk further without tiring or worrying about having to sit or rest.
Maybe all these good wishes (and prayers from Justin) are working hehe.
The radiation doesn't seem to have kicked in yet but the nurse this morning
said that may take a few days yet. We'll see.
Yesterday afternoon as I waited my turn for the zapper, an old bloke
emerged and was talking to the operator about his house in Mission Beach
QLD between Townsville and Cairns, which he said was demolished during
the last cyclone. He said there was nothing to do but replace it. "I'll
have to rebuild it!" Oh yeah? And he's 95? Hehe. Nice to see an old geezer
still looking foward to life. And he had nothing but praise for the
beauty of Mission Beach. I've not been there but I've been to Townsville
and parts of the GBR.
I've just had my 11am tube feed andI'm still hungry, so I'm pigging
out on an apple & cinnamon puree... I guess I am feeling better.
It's 5pm and that's the last of the radioscans for this "quad"... back
in a month. I spoke to the dietician earlier today and told her about Aussie
Odyssey. She asked how long I expected it to take me to fully recover,
and then she answered her own question by saying I should be prepared to
give it at least six months. That doesn't surprise me.
So now I'll update Waffle and have another tube feed, watch a bit of
telly and then drive home tomorrow morning. Gary
February 16, 2012. Just got zapped by radiation for the second
time today, and have another two sessions tomorrow before I drive home
Saturday morning. I've been told lots of stories about radiation therapy,
but for me - so far, after two squirts - I've noticed no difference. Not
a tingle. Nuthin. I'll letta ya know how it goes after another two bursts
I settled the Rotary Lodge account today. The hospital decided to pick
up the tab for 3 days and I paid for only one, that $43. How's that for
cool? That's comfort, privacy, and no noisy snorers! Beats the hell outta
a public ward.
How's that for Aussie Medicare?
OR Richie wrote and mentioned Port Maquararie. It's a lovely spot about
half way between Taree to the south and Coffs Harbor to the north. I was
last here when the HMB
Endeavor was in town. Richie mentioned any photo opps this time around
but I'm a little too sick to bother. My brain is still pretty scrambled...
kinda like alphabet soup and I have a lot of trouble sorting it out...
although I do feel a little better today. I'll mention OH Jace tomorrow.
February 15, 2012. Arrived here day before yesterday and am installed
at the Rotary Lodge. A few hours ago I updated the Waffle page and stuffed
it up again after it took ages... I can't concentrate or construct sentences
very well. It was only 2 paragraphs.
Saw my dietician yesterday, and speech therapist today. Tomorrow I have
two appointments with the radiologist and two again the following day,
then I drive home on Saturday.
A bloke called into my room at the Lodge today and invited me to a BBQ
in the common area but I had to refuse... can't eat solid food. Can drink
beer but I better not. I can smell it too, and he seems a real nice bloke.
And one other thing, I slept like a log last night and woke this morning
to more kookaburras and other wild birds than you can poke a stick at...
this hospital is out in a bush setting. Gary
February 13, 2012. I leave tomorrow morning again for Port Macquarie
and stay until Saturday morning, but I'll have the netbook with me. On
Thursday and Friday I'll be given two double doses of radiation as the
beginning of my radio therapy, then I'll have a break for 4 weeks before
the same thing happens again.
I trotted into Averil's place today for a bit of a chat... walked there
and back which was a bit of exercise. It's the first time she has seen
me since early January, and she was very happy to do so. I rather enjoy
a bit of a natter with the old girl too... as well as the others who pop
in and out through the day. Apart from that it was a change of scenery
from sitting my office all day or sleeping all night in my bedroom. That
old routine gets pretty bloody monotonous. When I return from Port Macquarie
this time I'll make it a habit to pop into Av's place regularly for a chat...
it'll be good for my speech therapy and also exercising neck and facial
muscles generally. L&S are hopeless as conversationalists, even with
each other. Check ya tomorrow. Gary
February 12, 2011. Apart from reading email and filling the Ute's
tank with petrol today (and taking Lindsay with me just in case I couldn't
manage the walk from the bowser to the checkout) all I've done is tube
feed and sleep. I have soooo little to energy to do anything, it's driving
me balmny. At the mo my life revolves around 5 little bottles a day of
hospital food... 8am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm. That's it.
TX Greg wrote: I was hoping you were doing better, but that just
suxs!!! You didn't say but has the surgery healed ok? "Since the operation
on my neck in early February" Oops you meant January! Thanks,
Greg. Yep the first op was January 5. The original surgery healed okay
but the tongue is a bit slow to get back to normal. It's better but I still
can't eat properly or speak properly yet. They said six weeks, which is
it is what it is now.
Dave also writes and suggests I'm very concerned about the radiotherapy.
Yes, I am, and particularly its affect on my throat. "Imagine the worst
sunburn you've had in your life," to quote the doc Dave also talks about
travel between Taree and Port Macquarie. That's by car, Dave. Train is
what I use when I travel to Sydney, about 4 times as far. As to seeking
a second or third medical opinion, I'm a freebie. I get one choice and
once choice only. But I appreciate your comments and wishes, Dave. Thanks.
Good ol' NC Art wrote: Missed your banter while you were in hospital.
Sorry about all the crap, but just pull up your testicles, hang on and
don't let the bastards get you down. I queried JustinO if he had heard
while you were incognito, he sent query on and a Stateside acquaintance
who called the hospital just after you were discharged. The gang was wondering,
pal. I'm afraid there's not much of the banter left, Art... my humor
has failed me as has my mental and physical energy. I don't feel like ME
One of Justin's followers wrote: We're pulling for you over here
in the cold North. Hope your feeling better soon.
Even Justin himself wrote
yesterday and responded to my reply today:
Hey there Mate. . g'day! Very good to hear from you. I do
understand the utter lack of energy to do much of anything. . .even to
write an email. Having spent weeks recovering from several surgeries
I know how weak we can get. . .even a high schooler in his prime. . hehe.
. the over-all lassitude. . . empty weakness. From reading the happy replies
from the guys you've got to know we love you and appreciate you and want
only the best for you. So, duude, we are energizing you, collectively
raising you up, praying for you, holding you in our hearts. . . take your
pick. . . "ain't thet noice?" hahahahaaa
One day at a time. . . or often, one hour at a time. . . you are healing.
Peter says to tell you you've got to get better: you have too many guys
to take care of yet. . .;-))
love from us,
Peter and JustinO
And of course OR Richie wrote to say I'm in his thoughts. Thanks everybody
for reminding me who I am. Gary
February 11, 2012. Back home again after a confusing time at
the hospital. The main doc laid down the law; he wanted to know if I was
confident of making it through the full six weeks of radiation therapy
and I said I wasn't sure. People keep telling me stories about how horrendous
it is or can be, particularly in my case - radiation of the throat (both
sides) which will cause severe burning and swallowing difficulty. He says
if I don't practice swallowing food and drink regularly (and rely too much
on the stomach tube) the 200 muscles used to coordinate swallowing as well
as some speech will become useless. He said if I don't go through the radiation
process, and the cancer returns, I'm a dead man. Well, you can't get much
more direct than that. Then he offered me an alternative treatment. A double
dose of radiation over 2 days (4 doses) and then a 4 week break before
another double dose. I'm not sure how how many double treatments there
are... maybe two or three. He says the alternative treatment is not as
effective but my chances of sticking to it are better.
Many people undergoing radiation don't have major difficulties with
side effects because the parts of the body being treated are not as sensitive
to radiation as the throat is.
Last December I walked around Circular Quay, Sydney, taking photos of
the Harbor Bridge, Opera House and parts of the city. Now I can hardly
walk 50 yards. Since the operation on my neck in early February, my stamina
has evaporated. Even taking a shower exhausts me. My health has gone and
there's no way I can contemplate traveling Oz in this condition. No way.
I also have no appetite. All I want to do is sleep.
How I'll feel after the radiation treatment in a few months I don't
know. It'll be wait and see. Meanwhile, I'm not sure who I am anymore.
By the way, Lindsay says I'm no good as Sue's carer any longer. I can hardly
look after myself. He says I should quit my carer's pension and move over
to the age pension. That'll cost me $50 a week... I think he wants to take
over the job. He forgets I've been taking care of him for 10 years without
pay. Ungrateful shit. Gary
February 7, 2012. Here I am at Port Macquarie Hospital in a ward
with two rough and tumble country blokes and one very proper Englishmen.
I'll be here for a few days at least being fattened up and hydrated in
readiness for the radiation therapy which starts next Monday. Whether I
remain here during the full length of the radiation treatment (6 weeks)
or commute from home each day, I'm not sure - no one is, so stay tuned.
February 6, 2012. Before I go any further, I've been having difficulty
writing lately. I think it's something to do with my eyes - my focus -
after a while my eyes get tired of focusing on particular words and seem
to jump in and out of focus, causing some distress. So I'm keeping my writing
down to a minimum. I'm also hallucenating to some extent, mainly during
sleep...imagining difficulty breathing and odd things happening to my body...
as if I'm losing my sense of reality. I think the feelings are related
to tube feeding and a total absence of my previous normal routine. It's
a bit scary, actually.
Speaking of not normal, Francois wrote: With your flooding, you're
sending us a tropical cyclone: not normal! If I survive to it I'd come
and kick your ass when you're better ;) So prepare soon your ass, Gary!
Then you'll not be even able to sit!
hehehe see you soon in good health
Yes, we're getting another serious dose of last year's floods, especially
in NW New South Wales and SE Queensland. What a mess! And it's rocking
Richie often sends links to pics of aircraft (including a few of those
on which he flew to S. Africa recently). Here's
one of Cape Town with Table Mountain in the background. This
is the Delta jet they flew to SA. And here's one just for the helluva
a beautiful old Constellation.
Looks like I might be using Rotary House for accommodation - it's provided
by the hospital at Port Macquarie for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Meanwhile, the doc phoned and said he and the team are worried that I'm
not getting enough hydration and nutrition prior to the start of my radiation
treatment next Monday, so they want me in hospital tomorrow morning to
be fattened up for the next few days. I'll take my phone and netbook with
February 5, 2012. João from Brazil wrote: This summer
isn’t being for you that kind of summer that deserves to become endless,
like a surfer’s one. Well, don’t complain, you’re not a surfer… yet. In
the last few years you have created and performed some extraordinary projects
so I’ll be not surprised if someday I see you surfing in Byron Bay.
I know that your present project is the Odyssey (for me the most extraordinary
of all), but since you’ll have to stay home for the next months I suggest
another herculean task you can do comfortably seated in your room:
to explain Australian football to the rest of world. It won’t be easy,
I know. I’ve tried to understand and gave up. Logic won’t help it doesn’t
matter if Aristotelian, Cartesian or Boolean. Maybe irrational numbers
could be useful, I’m not sure. What I’m sure of is: if you could do this,
you can do everything. I hope you keep on considering me a friend after
my suggestion. Take care and keep getting well.
I understand your joke, Joao. Ho, ho, ho. But I'm afraid I don't understand
the game. In fact, I don't understand ANY football code. I made up my mind
as a kid that I didn't want any part of running around a field chasing
a ball with a bunch of other kids. I felt the same way about using bats,
rackets, hands, feet or any other form of propulsion. Any follower of football
can check out this
website which lists Frequently Asked Questions about Aussie Rules.
I think I'll take your advice, Joao... take care and keep getting well.
February 4, 2012. Sue's back from having seven teeth pulled.
I'm glad at least someone else is enjoying life as much as I am. Meanwhile,
I thought I'd check the oil level in the Ute's engine. Remember, there
was some concern about valve stem seals? Well, it's only in the past few
weeks that I've had the chance to clock up some miles between here and
Port Macquarie, about 400kms. That's a total of about 500 or 600 since
I had it serviced. And the dip stick shows full. No worries. Once I start
the radiation therapy in mid Feb I'll be covering 1000kms a week so I'll
keep an eye on it as well, but I expect it'll fine.
NC Art wrote: To be bored would just add another near intolerable
strain on a body and brain already overtaxed by repeated violence! Take
it as one small blessing and let the hours do the healing at measured pace.
I agree, Art. Allow the body and mind total freedom to mend themselves
the way they see fit, without any interference from me or sense of guilt
about too much sleep or too little effort. Gary
February 3, 2012. Lindsay walked down to the river this morning
to see it almost at street level. We've had a stack of rain lately. There's
been a lot of flooding up north as well, and Queensland is copping a bit
too. This is the wettest as well as coolest summer I can ever remember.
That's the most interesting thing I've said all day. In fact, that's
all I've said all day. How's that for awesome? I wrote the first paragraph
this morning and now it's coming up to 4 o'clock. In between, I've gone
to the loo a few times, had a few tube meals, slept and/or stared into
space. And I'm not bored. Can you imagine that? I'm not the least bit bored.
I think I'm too mentally drained to be bored; too exhausted by the past
month's events to bother with looking for mental or physical stimulation.
I tried to answer an email from Justin today and got all tangled up
in sentences. I'm finding it very difficult to concentrate on detail. My
brain is tired. Gary
February 2, 2012. What was I saying about golf balls? Forget
it. Yesterday, when I managed to pass the first golf ball, I thought the
constipation was all over. Wrong. At 2:30 this morning, I answered a call
to nature and spent the next hour or so on the loo. What an incredibly
painful experience... but also a huge relief when it was all over! That
was up there with heart attacks, major surgery, tooth-pulling and hernias.
Actually, the final, comparitively minor push was about 7:30 this morning
- that was in total about 2 hours worth of pushing and grimacing. Now I'm
back to my feeding-tube regimen, hoping I don't make that same mistake
again (insufficient flushing with water before and after each feed). The
idea, of course, is to toughen and fatten me up for the radiation therapy
course in a few weeks.
My GP arrived this morning, so I told him about my successful attempt
at unblocking my colon after 2 days of constipation, "So I saved you a
job," I said. "You would have needed to give me an anema." "No, he smiled,"
no anema... I would have given you something to take." How sensible. All
that other business is for the birds. Actually, the doc reckons now I know
what childbirth is like. Fortunately for L&S and the neighbors, I didn't
make as much noise. The doc also checked my blood pressure, said the kind
of things that have happened to me after two ops is perfectly normal, has
taken me off two of the medications and kept me on another two until further
notice. No biggie. He'll visit me again the morning before I leave for
the first dose of radiation in Port Macquarie.
NC Art wrote: Re views from a train, I often commuted from home to
jobs in other towns. Once I beheld the spectacle of a large barn in the
course of exploding from a critical mass of grain dust. Spectacular. In
that same stretch of highway one afternoon, I glanced toward a house in
front of which a lad found a novel way to entertain passing motorists.
He had a garden hose behind him with the nozzle held between his legs,
but the arrangement were not until after the performance. As cars came
in view he opened the valve to project a very respectable stream. Attention
was paid! In my rear view mirror I noticed the following vehicle veer wildly
as our lad entertained an elder lady driver. Sounds like something Daniel
would dream up. Hehe.
You've got Daniel nailed, Art. What a young terror he was! Don't ask
me where he came from. He kinda popped up on the pages of his Diary as
if by magic... something like a naughty version of Peter Pan would do.
And the more Daniel pushed the boundaries, the more impressed Cody became,
and the more he demanded. But Daniel always seemed to know where to draw
the line. It was a fine balancing act between being outrageous and giving
the fans new thrills without upsetting his folks or getting himself into
too much serious crap with the authorities. Yes, a most remarkable scallywag
and one I'm never likely to encounter again. That was an era that belonged
to Code, Mark, Wingnut, Steph, Steve and a few others, and even though
most of them are still here, it will never be the same.
Just had my third tube meal today and everything seems to be working
okay, including business in the loo. Hopefully all this Superman food and
vitamins and minerals will get me into shape in about a week or so. Gary
February 1, 2012. What a way to start a new month! With constipation!
Actually, it's a bit of both... I'm constantly leaking past a blockage
in my bowel... kinda like the way my dad used to fix a leaky radiator with
a potato, except it wouldn't stop leaking, just a little bit. The nutritionist
phoned earlier to see how I was getting along. She agrees that I have a
blockage and that it's not wise to consume any more hi-fiber food at the
she suggests an enema, and then go back to square one. Goody, goody.
Just what I always wanted... an enema. My GP's coming around in the morning
to see about the blood pressure, so I'll tell him about the blockage as
well. Actually, if I can get this tube feeding thing down Pat life won't
be so bad... it's just my bowel I gotta convince to play ball.
Meanwhile, the good thing about starting a new month is that one has
just ended. One down, two to go.
Here's a couple of funnies from NC Art:
Come to think of it, the enema reminds me of a scene through the train
window on the way back to Taree from Sydney recently. We were passing a
couple of rural homes with large backyards, one of which was home to a
greyhound happily defecating a monster as we sailed past. Charming. Maybe
that was some sort of sign. Here's
a kinda cross between an enema and posting a letter.
I'll let y'all know how it goes tomorrow. No I won't, I'll let you know
now. You know those human cannon balls at the circus? Well, it
was a bit like that. No, no, that's not true. For the umpteenth time
I sat on the loo in an attempt to dislodge this thing from my colon before
the doc arrives tomorrow, but rose in defeat once again, except this time
I felt greater pressure on my bowels as I straightened my legs and used
my stomach muscles. I sensed something moving, or at least attempting to
dislodge in my colon. Hello? Could this be the big moment after more than
two days of being constipated? After quite a long time pushing and breathing
hard (and worrying about Sue barging in at any moment), I checked the bottom
of the bowl. Nuttin. So I resumed my previous half-erect stance (as in
standing on two bent legs) and pushed again. Then I sat again, and did
some more pushing - firmly but gently - you know the routine. Still very
little evidence of any substantial poo in the bottom of the bowl, so I
grabbed some paper and felt around under my butt. Ooer! A lump! But the
lump went further inside my anus, so I used a finger to pressure the exterior
of the lump and out popped something like a ball of tightly wound string
about the size of a golf ball (too much fiber and not enough water during
consumption). Success! Now I can sleep tonight without getting up every
hour to squat with barely a result. Tellya what, I made that bloody greyhound
look a bit ordinary this time. And as a bonus, I won't have to have my
GP poking and/or peering up my anus tomorrow morning. Gary
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